Dark Saison (Red Wine Barrel) – Green Leaf Brewing Co

From North Vancouver’s Green Leaf Brewing Co at Lonsdale Quay comes their “Dark Saison (Red Wine Barrel)”.  This beer was barrel aged for one full year in a red wine barrel.  The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of huge red wine, wood, dark fruit, hint of citrus and some malts hidden in the background.  The flavour is of lots of red wine, wood, earth, some yeast notes, roasted malts, dark fruit and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This was a pretty good brew but I am not really a fan of wine so I would have liked to see notes of red wine instead of the wine being the main flavour.

dark saison

Barrel Aged Apricot Ale – Mission Springs Brewing

Mission Springs Brewing out of Mission BC have been quietly building up a brand new series of beers.  This series of beer is called the Stave Lake – Lost Barrel Series and this is one of the first beers in the series. The beer is aa called  “Barrel Aged Apricot Ale” but sadly with this beer they did not bother to number the bottles on this release like the last Barrel Aged Scotch Ale.  This golden ale was aged in a blend of white and red French Oak wine barrels.  The beer poured a deep orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of apricots, sweetness and some wine.  The flavour is of apricots, sweetness, red and white wine, wood, lots of fruit and some oak and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8%.  Not as complex as their last barrel aged beer but this is really enjoyable and I would recommend you pick up a bottle if you can find it.

Commercial Description:  This golden ale has been aged to perfection for one full year in a blend of red & white French Oak wine barrels.  After careful selection the beer was moved on to farm fresh apricots for a month of infusion.  This bold ale has a beautiful balance of alcohol warming notes, oak and fruit leaving a pleasurable unique lasting impression of barrel aged intensity.  Open now or later, but always enjoy with friends and family.