From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Dark Cherry Sour Saison”. This beer comes from the lot BR4. The beer pours a very cloudy reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cherry, tartness, oak and some tannins. The flavour is of oak, red wine tannins, cherry, malts, earth and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This is not a perfect Sour Saison but I would not hesitate to purchase more bottles if I was back in Kelowna. It was definitely a tasty one.
From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “INSEPT1ON Saison” a beer aged in French Oak red wine barrels. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of saison yeast, spices, oak, citrus and some wine in the finish. The flavour is of wine, oak, yeast, pepper, bready malt, lemon and generic citrus with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. I really enjoyed this wine barrel aged saison and I hope they do more beers like this in the future.
Commercial Description: Aged 6 months in French oak red wine barrels, this bottle conditioned Saison is both refreshing and light with hints of oak and vanilla.
From Halcyon Barrel House in Vankleek Hill, Ontario part of the Beau’s All Natural Brewing family comes their “Infinity Mirror Brett IPA” the very first release from the brewery. This is a brett fermented barrel aged beer that was then bottle conditioned. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, barnyard funk and some floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits such as pineapple, citrus, citrus rind, brettanomyces funk, red wine, oak, earth and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 10. To say this beer was good is a massive understatement. This is an amazing Brett IPA and I hope to have the chance to try more from the Halcyon Barrel House in the future!
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Barrel Aged Maple Porter”. This beer was aged for 12 months in Pinot Noir Barrels. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of red wine, chocolate, earth, roasted malts, caramel and maple. The flavour is of red wine, chocolate, caramel, toffee, maple, roasted malts and ash. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 35. I was really happy to find this beer at a local liquor store in Vancouver as it is really complex and tasty.
Commercial Description: Our Award-Winning Maple flavored Porter. Aged for one year in oak barrels which previously held Pinot Noir from Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery. Expect strong notes of berries and dried fruit, combined with our dark, robust Porter.
From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″. As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!