Sofie 2017 – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Sofie” 2017 a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale barrel aged in white wine barrels. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, grain, peppery, fruit, sweetness and some floral hops. The flavour is of grainy, wheat, citrus, lemon, orange peel, peppery, yeast, vanilla and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. Once again this one was quite enjoyable.

Commercial Description:  Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.

Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB InBev

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Santa’s Sac Golden Strong Ale – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Santa’s Sac Golden Strong Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consist of bubblegum, Belgian yeast, citrus and some spices.  The flavour is of bubblegum, yeast, candi sugar, sweetness, fruit with some peppery spice.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 30.  This brew drinks much like a Belgian Tripel with a strong sweetness.  If you are big on that style then make some to pick this bottle up.

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.

Lemon Gin Saison – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest “Lemon Gin Saison”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon peel, spices and a hint of gin.  The flavour is of yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon peel, gin, peppery, spices, earth and a herbal finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 24.  This is a really interesting take on a saison with interesting flavours combining with the lemon and gin flavours to make a new experience.  Make sure to pick up a bottle and see what you think.

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Dead Ringer Belgian IPA 2015 – Half Pints Brewing


From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their” Dead Ringer Belgian IPA”.  This beer began last year as a test batch growler fill and is now a bomber release.  The beer pours a copper/orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of pepper, Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus and a mild floral hops.  The flavour is of pepper, Belgian yeast, earth, wheat, citrus, citrus rind and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 49.  If you like the Belgian IPA style and find yourself in Manitoba or anywhere else you may be lucky to find it pick up a bottle as you will not be disappointed.

Check out my original review

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