From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Anno 2017″ a Strong Golden Ale brewed with Okanagan Pear and Coriander and conditioned with Brettanomyces. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, mild funk, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of pears, coriander, citrus rind, spice, yeast, mild funk and a bitterness that round it out. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%. This is a great beer every year but this years addition of Brettanomyces Claussenii will ensure this beer ages amazingly well and changes over time. This bottle conditioned beer is already tasting amazing though.
Commercial Description: Our annual celebratory year-end beer is slightly different this year. As always, it is a strong, golden ale brewed with Okanagan pears and Indian coriander. But this year, we have added Brettanomyces claussenii, a strain of yeast that brings funky, fruity flavours to the beer and slowly develops over time in the bottle, preserving the freshness of the beer and adding layers of complexity as it ages. Anno 2017 is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops. The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45. While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.
Commercial Description: This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla. Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.
From Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Entropy Series No 2” the second of their barrel released beers. The beer pours a very deep amber colour with a very active off white head. The aroma consists of candy sugar, pear, oak and some mild brett. The flavour is of resin, tannins, oak, pear, tropical fruit, candy sugar, pepper, herbal hops and some mild alcohol. The brett character of this beer will build over time but it is pretty darn subdued right now. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%. This is tasty fresh but if you got two bottles then you should really hold onto the second bottle and let the brett build!
Commercial Description: Amber Ale aged in a pear brandy barrel and bottle conditioned with brettanomyces.
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 Central City Brewers & Distillers in Surrey in collaboration with Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto Ontario comes their “Peared Up Saison”. The saison pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, banana and more fruit, yeast, wheat and spices. The flavour is of pear, apples, citrus, banana, yeast, wheat and some spices. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 25. This is not a big bold saison but it is a really well executed beer with a great mix of flavours.
Commercial Description: The Peared Up Saison is a single hopped Saison brewed with Jarrylo Hops and real pear juice. The Jarrylo hops bring out a natural banana, pear and citrus spice flavour in this light and sessionable ale. The natural hop flavour is augmented with pear juice in the brew for a fruit-infused flavour experience.