From Victoria BC’s Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Old Ale 2017″ a beer in the Ancient Ale Series. The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of spices, mild vinegar notes and semi sweet notes. The flavour is of mild sour notes, spices, herbal notes, tannins, earth, oak and some wine notes. Most reviews I have read spoke of smoke but I did not get that in my bottle. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9%. This is definitely a very different beer but I really enjoyed it none the less. I mean I am always hoping to try new and crazy beer and this one fits that mold.
Commercial Description: A long time ago. In a civilization far, far away… For 9,000 years our history has been shaped by the myriad of ingredients use to crate fermented beverages. This series pays homage to the variety of starches, spices, fruits and whatever else civilizations of the past have used to satisfy humanity’s love affair with alcohol.
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their first beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Greybeard Old Ale”. These beers are only available to people that bought into the club and was the first of 4 releases. The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of oak, raisins, malts and brettanomyces. The flavour is of oak, malts, toffee, raisins, earth, funk from brettanomyces and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8%. I don’t often get stumped by a beer when it comes to flavours but I did have some trouble figuring this one out. What it is though is easy drinking and tasty and will probably age really well with multiple strains of Brettanomyces.
Commercial Description: We are happy to announce the release of the first of 2016’s four Fellowship Beers. First up is GREYBEARD – a barrel-aged stock old ale conditioned with two different Brattanomyces yeast strains. A style not widely known in this part of the world, it’s origins date back several hundred years to Burton-on-Trent, England’s most famous brewing region. Greybeard is a warming 8% abv with a complex malty foundation and distinct Brett aroma and flavour, with raisin notes. It deserves to be drunk a little warmer than fridge temperature, so take it out for an hour before you open.
From Traquair House in Scotland comes their “Traquair 50 Anniversary Ale” an Old Ale. The beer was limited to a 20,000 bottle run so I do not know how it made it to Canada. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a ruby tinge and a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, earth, molasses and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 9%. This beer was a bit on the sweet side but it was good and I was glad I was able to get a bottle.
Commercial Description: Celebrating 50 years of brewing in the ancient brewery at Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House. A limited edition ale (20,000 bottles only) packaged in a specially designed bottle. This is not a beer to be taken lightly but promises to be a smooth dark and well balanced ale.
From Placentia California’s The Bruery comes the “Bois Anno 2013″ a Bourbon Barrel Aged that has been cellared for 2 years. The beer pours a very dark ruby red with a brownish head. The aroma consists of molasus, syrup, dark fruits, brown sugar, anise and some bourbon. The flavour is of brown sugar, molasus, dark fruits, anise, oak, bourbon and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at a whopping 15%! I had a sample of this beer fresh two years ago and saw potential but it was quite harsh. After two years this beer has seriously mellowed out and is tasting amazing!
Commercial Description: The traditional fifth anniversary gift is something made of wood, or “Bois” in French. Bois is our fifth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Bois is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.