From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Brett Zeste Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of lemon, citrus zest, mild brett funk and some sweetness. The flavour is of citrus zest, lemon, yeast, wheat, rye spice, pepper, herbs, resin, mild Brettanomyces and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This was a very interesting Saison and I would recommend picking up a bottle if you can find it.
Commercial Description: As spring breezes refresh our spirits and make us think of warmer months ahead, so too will this tribute to traditional Belgian farmhouse ales. Brewed with authentic saison & wild Brettanomyces yeasts, we have added a lot of citrus zest & juice to the mix. Throw in some cracked pepper, and classic rustic yeast character, and you’ve got a refreshingly dry companion to your summer thirst.
From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Raw Ale” a beer brewed without boiling the wort. The beer is a Westcoast Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces & Red Cedar. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and lacing that sticks around in the glass. The aroma consists of brett funk, tropical fruit, citrus and some sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of citrus rind, cedar, brett funk, tropical fruit, lemon, spices, resin, earth and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 13. I don’t know if I have had a beer quite like this one before. I hope that Category 12 Brewing makes more like this as it is a great beer and very unorthodox.
Commercial Description: Reaching back across the millennia, we’ve recreated our version of an ancient ale that is fermented without ever being boiled. This Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse raw ale combines the heritage of our brewing “family” by infusing West Coast red cedar from the workshop of local Coast Salish artist, Chris Paul, who also contributed art to our label. Primary Brettanomyces fermentation, merged w ith the benefits of refermentation in the bottle, results in a deliciously light, crisp, and complex beer that encapsulates our Elemental Series’ commitment to experimentation and innovation.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head with lots of lacing. The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and some sweetness. The flavour is of orange, citrus, toffee, candied sugar, resin, medium bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2% with an IBU of 36. I have not had this one in a while and I don’t know why I waited. Well worth picking up some the next time your at the liquor store.
Commercial Description: An emerging new world style, this double pale blends north-west and noble bittering hops and finishes with old world noble aromatic hops to create a complex and floral hop profile. This beer is superbly balanced, masking its strong body and making the beer very drinkable. Beware!
From Backroads Brewing Co the newest brewery in Nelson BC comes their “First Descent Northwest IPA”. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of lots of fruit including citrus, semi sweet notes and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, orange, mild tropical fruit, caramel, resin, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 53. This is definitely a tasty IPA coming out of Nelson BC. If you find yourself in the Kootenays make sure to check this brewery out.
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA”. The beer pours a golden orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, tropical fruits, citrus rind, toffee, wheat, spruce, pine, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 55. This is an interesting new beer from Dead Frog Brewery and I recommend it if you like either a spuce beer or a white IPA.
Commercial Description: A JUICY WHITE IPA BREWED WITH FRESH PICKED SPRUCE TIPS AND SIMCOE HOPS TO PROVIDE A TROPICAL PINE AROMA THAT’S FOLLOWED BY A CRISP, GOLDEN MALT PROFILE.
Food pairing as per brewery: CEDAR PLANK SALMON, ASIAGO CHEESE, SPRING SALAD