Blood Simple – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Blood Simple” a Cacao Blood Orange Witbier.  The beer pours a cloudy light orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of blood orange, rind, sweetness, wheat, spices and citrus.  The flavour on the other hand had some good cacao notes that accentuated the blood orange, rind, wheat, bready malts and more citrus notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%.  Beau’s managed to make this a very enjoyable Witbier to drink and would be quite enjoyable on a patio.

Commercial Description:  Chase away the winter blahs with a sunshiny taste of California oranges and Peruvian cacao beans! Blood Simple is a chocolate-orange riff on the classic citrus-and-spice character of a Belgian-style witbier. It is brewed with organic blood orange juice, organic orange peel, and organic cacao.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Duck a l’orange, chocolate mousse

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Matilda 2015 – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Matilda” 2015 a Belgian Style Pale Ale barrel aged with Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of big fruit notes like lemon, yeast, caramel and some floral hops. The flavour is of very juicy fruit notes of lemon and oranges, yeast, coriander, spices, grassy, citrus rind, mild bitterness with a hint of funk in the finish. The beer has an alcohol content of 7% and an IBU Of 26. This is a really good beer!

Commercial Description:  Inspired by great Trappist ales, our complex Belgian Style Pale Ale is fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden sunrise color with dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish.
According to legend, a grateful Countess Matilda founded a monastery where, over centuries, monks have been brewing ale unique in character. While in Belgium, we were inspired by the story and the monks’ beer. We returned to Chicago and brewed our homage – a Belgian Style Pale Ale named Matilda.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Matilda pairs with many foods. Its spicy yeast flavors complement fresh mussels and contrast rich pork belly.
 Camembert, Washed Rind Cheeses.

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Saison Deux Fois La Taille – Black Bridge Brewery


From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Saison Deux Fois La Taille”.  This was a very special bottle conditioned release.  From my understanding it was their first bottle release as they typically use cans.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, wheat and some floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, more fruit, yeast, wheat, pepper, vanilla and a mild alcohol finish.  The alcohol content came in at 8.6%.  This was a really well crafted imperial sasion and I am glad I was able to get my hands on it.

Commercial Description: Very dry, clove and rose flower aromas. Lightly spiced with a light pear taste.  Unfiltered, bottle conditioned. High alcohol content.  When possible please enjoy our beer from a glass to experience it fully.  Recommended serving temperature: 45°F/ 7°C.

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Citradelic Single Hop IPA – Big Rock Urban Brewery


From Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver comes their latest creation the “Citradelic Single Hop IPA” a beer that only uses Citra hops but has been hopped many times with it! The beer pours a copper orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of earth, caramel, citrus, floral hops and some sweetness. The flavour is of earth, pine, resin, citrus rind, mild citrus and bready malts. The alcohol content comes in at 6.55 with and IBU of 60. I would have to say this is the best beer I have had from Big Rock BC or AB. It is a big but balanced IPA and quite enjoyable I just wish the citrus would come through a little more.  Sadly this beer is only sold in BC currently.

Commercial Description:   The band takes the main stage. The amps turned up nice and loud so you can feel the fuzzy guitar tones wash over you. A kaleidoscope of colours paints the backdrop, shifting and morphing with the crowd. You can taste the smooth citrus and tropical tones from the Citra hops.   The moment is perfect.

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IPAwkward – Awkward Brewing


From the new Nano Brewery in Lake Stevens, Washington comes their “IPAwkward” an awkward named IPA to be sure.  The beer pours a deep cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consisted of melony fruit, floral hops and some sweetness.  The flavour was of tropical fruits, citrus rind, sweetness, bitterness, pine with some mild earthiness to finish it off.  There was a ton to the body of this beer that made it almost chewy think Fat Tug IPA if you are in BC.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU around 118.  I quite like this beer and look forward to trying more of their beer in the future.

Commercial Description:  Hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, Citra and just a bit of Simcoe. Hoppy but very drinkable.

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