Belgian Style Wheat Ale – Red Racer Brewing (Dec 4, 2014)

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From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes there “Belgian Style Wheat Ale”.  The beer pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow colour with a big white head.  The aroma consists of big citrus, yeast, coriander, orange peel and wheat.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, orange peel, coriander, wheat and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16.  This beer does not scream Belgian at all but it is a good wheat beer or White Ale and would be a great option for Summer drinking.

Commercial Description:  Traditionally cloudy, our Belgian style Red Racer White Ale is brewed with coriander seed and dried orange peel producing a beer light in body with a refreshing citrus-spice aroma.

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Cherry Bomb Belgian Pale Ale – Mission Springs Brewing

From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Cherry Bomb Belgian Pale Ale”.  This pale ale pours a deep copper colour with a tan head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.  The aroma consists of caramel malts, cherries and some floral aspects at the finish.  The flavour is of caramel malts with a mix of dark and sour cherries, tartness and some hops bitterness to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 28.  The brew has just enough cherries in it to add a very interesting flavour to the beer without being overpowering.  Kevin has really hit the mark with this one.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales of Belgium, this unique and delicious pale ale uses imported malts and classic “Saison” influence and is fermented with just the right amount of dark and sour cherries. Exceptionally Sessionable!   Not only is it fruity & spicy, but it’s thirst quenching and pairs well with hearty food — once a delight for the hard-working farmer!  Cherry Bomb can be described easily by saying it is “fermented with just the right amount of dark and sour cherries!


Auburn Ale – Cameron’s Brewing Co (December 12, 2013)

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From Oakville Ontario’s Cameron’s Brewing Co comes their “Auburn Ale”.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of bready malt, caramel, citrus and other fruits.  The flavour is of bready malts, caramel, citrus and some hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.

Commercial Desription:  Cameron’s Auburn Ale 5% ABV is our most-awarded beer.  Deliciously complex, this West Coast style ale uses an abundance of citrus, aromatic American hops. Named after its unique rich colour, this beer offers a full body that evokes a multitude of different flavors.  Watch for the generous hop aroma and smooth maltiness, followed by a deep smooth finish. A perfect complement for red meat, fish or a spicy food.

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Ovila® Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

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This Ale was created in Collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Trappist-Cistercian Monks at Abbey of New Clairvaux both in California.  The brewery is located in Chico while the abbey is located in Vina.  The monks may be trappist Monks but this is not an official Trappist beer but an Abby Ale.  The “Ovila® Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns” is what has been born out of this collaboration.  This interesting saison pours an amber/orange with a quickly dissipating off white head.  The aroma consists of peppercorn, mandarin oranges, lemon, yeast and wheat.  The flavour is of lemon, mandarin oranges, peppercorn, yeast, wheat and some hops bitterness at the finish.  This body has a very nice mouth feel and body.  The alcohol content comes in at a respectable 7.5% alcohol and IBU of 24.  This is a highly tasty beer and I really hope that the monks start to look into becoming an official Trappist brewery to shine a light on this very special project they have with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Commercial Description:  An homage to the monks’ noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.

Food Pairing as per the Sierra Nevada Brewing:  Curried dishes, poultry, fish, shellfish, Camembert, Parmesan, Gorgonzola, orange sorbet, crepes.