Blood Simple – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Blood Simple” a Cacao Blood Orange Witbier.  The beer pours a cloudy light orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of blood orange, rind, sweetness, wheat, spices and citrus.  The flavour on the other hand had some good cacao notes that accentuated the blood orange, rind, wheat, bready malts and more citrus notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%.  Beau’s managed to make this a very enjoyable Witbier to drink and would be quite enjoyable on a patio.

Commercial Description:  Chase away the winter blahs with a sunshiny taste of California oranges and Peruvian cacao beans! Blood Simple is a chocolate-orange riff on the classic citrus-and-spice character of a Belgian-style witbier. It is brewed with organic blood orange juice, organic orange peel, and organic cacao.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Duck a l’orange, chocolate mousse

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Triceratops Tripel – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Triceratops Tripel” a Gruit Tripel.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and a pretty active carbonation.  The aroma consists of gruit spices, melon, herbal and floral, sweet and malty.  The flavour is of gruit spice, pepper, earth, melon, candied fruit, caramel, herbal hops and yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This blend of a Belgian Tripel and a Gruit is quite interesting and well worth picking up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Brewed for the 5th annual International Gruit Day, this beer features an assortment of organic botanicals including bog myrtle, dried heather flowers and lavender. The Gruit Tripel is a marriage between the centuries-old technique of using herbs, spices and other botanicals to create inventive recipes (known as gruit ales), and the relatively recent Belgian-style tripel, a dense, malt-forward golden ale.

Farm Table: Dunkel – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Farm Table: Dunkel” a beer in their Farm Table Series.  The Dunkel pours a very deep ruby red colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of lots of fruit, caramel, chocolate and sweetness.  The flavour was of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 25.  A great tasting Dunkel that is a good choice for any fridge in Canada.

Commercial Description:  Beau’s Farm Table Series are sessionable beers inspired by tradition and brewed true to a classic style. Dunkel is a malty Bavarian dark lager with a balanced, reserved hop presence. At 5.7%, this traditional German beer is crisp and highly drinkable, with a rich, malt-forward taste. Dunkel is truly the ideal beer for those who love both the roasted characteristics of a dark beer and the clean finish of a lager.

Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale) – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario conceived collaboratively with Canadian Hip Hop artist K-OS comes their “Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale)”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of rye spice, grainy, caramel, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of huge rye notes, caramel, peppery, citrus, some sweetness, herbal and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% and an IBU of 46.  I have a love for Rye in beer and this one delivered.  If you see this on the shelve it would be well worth your time to pick up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Rye pale lagered ale is something of a hybrid creation, blending the noticeable citrusy hop character of an American Pale Ale with the spicy elements of rye malt, and adding in the signature crisp finish of a lagered ale. An aging on rye-whiskey-soaked oak adds subtle complexity to this balanced, approachable pale-golden beer.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Soft creamy blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola dolce, Cambozola, or medium cheddar & gouda cheeses; smoked herb-rubbed tofu; eggplant, ricotta & roasted pepper flan with chimichurri; cheese agnolotti with gorgonzola & rosemary cream.

Kentucky Bastard Russian Imperial Stout – Nickel Brook


From Burlington, Ontario’s Nickel Brook brewed by Better Bitters Brewing Co. comes their “Kentucky Bastard” a bourbon barrel aged version of the Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, toffee, coffee, dark fruits, earth, bourbon, vanilla, oak and sweetness.  The flavour is of chocolate, coffee, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, oak, earth, ash, bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 14.5% with an IBU of 70.  Not that I have had a ton of beers from Nickel Brook but I have to say that this beer is by far their best beer and I would love to have it again soon!

Commercial Description:  We kicked it up a notch with our Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout,aging it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The rich chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours from our Imperial Stout are married together with the vanilla, oak and warming alcohol from bourbon barrels. Together as one,the result is an incredible blend of aroma and taste. Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures. Cheers!

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