From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juniper Lime Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head. The aroma consists of juniper, lime with honey notes. The flavour is of juniper, herbal, honey, lime, caramel malts, mild tartness with some very minor bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 13. This beer was fashioned after the gin cocktail Gimlet. I don’t know the cocktail but I did really like this beer.
Commercial Description: Cheerful nights on warm patios. This Juniper Lime Ale has been brewed to imitate the refreshing zest of a Gimlet cocktail, an iconic gin-based summer sipper.
From Purnode-Yvoir Belgium’s Brasserie Du Bocq comes their “Blanche de Namur” a witbier. The beer pours a cloudy blond colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruits like orange and lemon peal and wheat. The flavour is of fruits like orange, lemon peal, orange peal, wheat and a very minor hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% and the IBU is 12. This is a very tasty witbier or wheat beer and I am very happy that it has finally made it to Canada. Make sure to pick up some bottles for yourself!
Commercial Description: Blond, cloudy, milky (colloïdal by cold). The cloudy appearance is created at low temperature but disappears when the beer gets warmer or when it is kept too long in the cold. Fine fruity with a scent of the used spice, coriander and bitter orange. Smooth beer, thirst-quenching but mild, slightly acidulous, powdery consistency on the tongue, not bitter
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Fish, white meat
Food Pairing according to the brewery: Game, red meats, highly-seasoned white meats