Coup de Foudre (New World Wild Ale) – Strange Fellows Brewing

From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Coup de Foudre (New World Wild Ale)”.  This was the first bottle release from their Foudre.  The beer poured a cloudy orange brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma was of oak, cherry, malt vinegar and tartness.  The flavour was of malt vinegar, oak, cherries, dark fruits, toffee, tartness and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% and they list the IBU as low.  This is an excellent execution of a sour ale!

Commercial Description:  Heaven-sent by arrow or lightning bolt, “Love at First Sight” is thought to be a madness inflicted upon unsuspecting beings by the Gods for sport. Others believe it’s that moment of recognition when one first looks upon their other half. Either way, the poor soul didn’t know what hit them. Aged for over a year in our 6000 litre oak Foudre this fruity, complex ale is our tribute to the love struck

Food pairing as per brewery:  Seafood (muscles), Fruit deserts, Fresh cheese, Charcuterie. Quiche

BeerBera 2012 – LoverBeer

Limited Release

From Marentino Italy’s LoverBeer comes their “BeerBera” a 2012 vintage bottle.  This beer is a spontaneously fermented beer that has no yeast added into the brew.  The beer pours a deep cloudy red with no head.  The aroma consists of sweet cherries, oak and an overall tartness.  The flavour is of sweet cherries, grapes, tartness, oak and a mild hint of  malt vinegar.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% but it is not at all present in the taste.  This sour ale is a very well crafted beer and is amazingly drinkable.

Commercial Description poorly translated from Italian:  “Fresh, vinous and fruity on the nose, qualities that are confirmed in the palate and which reveal a close bond between the world of the beers to spontaneous fermentation and the wines. Challenge very successful that gives us a original beer and courageous, and especially user-friendly, despite the high alcohol content, thanks to an appropriate body “watery” .” – Lorenzo Dabove, better known as Kuaska

Food Pairing as per brewery:  strong cheeses, cold meat and salmon.

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Grand CRU – Brouwerij Rodenbach

From Belgium’s Brouwerij Rodenbach comes their “Grand CRU” a sour ale.  The beer pours a cloudy brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma of the beer consists of malt vinegar, sour, tart and fruit.  The flavour consists of malt vinegar, sour, tart, fruit and a mild sweetness.  This is one mighty fine Sour ale!  The alcohol content of this beer comes in at 6%.

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A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats. The more important proportion of oak matured beer contributes to its fruity taste, complexity and intensity. The finish is worthy of a great wine.