From Luppolo Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Wild Saison with Pear”. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, citrus, citrus rind, yeast, wheat and some sweetness. The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, pear, wheat, yeast, spices with a mild funk in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This may not be a hugely complex beer like some wild ales but it was a very well executed while approachable saison.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby comes their “Wild Muscari Farmhouse Ale”. This is the first of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The wild Yeast was harvested from a Muscari Flower on Mt Seymour in North Vancouver. The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of leafy, floral hops, tropical fruit and citrus. The flavour was of tropical fruits, lemon, citrus rind, herbal, mild resin, some grain, maybe a hint of funk and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 20. This was an interesting brew I just wish it had some more wild yeast notes. You have to love the spirit of collaborating in a coolship though!
Commercial Description: Edition 01/04 is a light, fruity, farmhouse ale, fermented with wild yeast harvested off the Muscari Flower atop Mt. Seymour, and hopped in our Copper Coolship with Cashmere, Mosaic & Motueka Hops.
From Richmond BC’s Big River Brewing Company located inside the Zone Bowling Centre comes their “Red Bretty IPA”. This IPA is brewed pure Brettanomyces bruxellensis Trois yeast or as its now classified Saccharomyces “bruxellensis” Trois. The beer pours a deep copper orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mango, tropical fruit, some sweetness, earth and floral notes. The flavour is of pineapple and other tropical fruits, citrus, earth, resin, pine, hops bitterness and a minor funk from the yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 65. This is a complex and very interesting IPA and I will have to get into a few more glasses of this beer in the not to distant future. I am a massive fan of Brett yeasts and what they do to beer and this beer is no different!
Commercial Description: Brewed with a unique, crystal malted rye, for colour and body, hopped up like a big west coast IPA, and fermented with a wonderfully fruity/earthy pure Brett B Trois yeast A beer that defies categories, it’s big and complex yet easy to drink. If this beer was a woman she’d be a full figured gal for sure!
Growler art by Brewmaster Bill
From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Bird Of Prey” a re-release of Driftwood’s first every Sour Ale a Flanders Red Ale. The original release came out in November 2011 and started their Bird Of Prey series of Sour Ales. This version was released in February 2014. This Flanders Red Ale pours a deep amber/red with an off white head. The aroma consists of sweetness, sour cherries, fruits, oak and mild funkiness. The flavour is of grape must, sour cherries, oak, tannins, candies, mild funky sourness. The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 7.5%. I think this beer will be amazing in a year or two with aging. Currently the flavours a muted and a bit muddled much like many very young sours. I have 5 bottles of this beer put away so I will keep everyone up to date on how this beer ages. I recommend picking up a few bottles and aging them.
Commercial Description: The return of the original Bird of Prey from Driftwood Brewery’s Wild Ale series, this sour ale was inspired by a Coopers Hawk that took residence in the brewery for 24 hours in November 2011. Brewed in its honour, this very unique sour beer has been conditioned in a mix of American and French oak wine barrels for a year, creating a dry, sour & funky profile that will continue to evolve in the bottle for a very long time.
From Belgium’s Brouwerij Rodenbach comes their “2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145)” a flanders red ale. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of malty, balsamic vinegar, oak, apples, dark fruits, cherries and some sourness. The flavour is of tartness and sweetness followed by dark fruit, apple, cherries, mild funk, oaky and balsamic vinegar. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. This is an amazing vintage of this great Flanders red ale!