From brekeriet beer out of Landskrona Sweden comes their “Sourley Wine” a sour Barleywine. The beer pours a cloudy brown red with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, sweetness and some mild funk. The flavour is of sour cherry, dark fruits, toffee malts, wood, apple cider vinegar, red wine and some brown sugar. The alcohol content comes in at 11%. I love Barleywines and I love sour beers and this takes the cake. Why not blend two amazing styles into one super beer?
Commercial Description: Brekeriet Sourley Wine is a double mash sour barley wine fermented in Niepoort barrels with several wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria strains.
From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their 3rd Anniversary (2012-2015) beer the “Lil’ RedEMPTION” cherry sour. The brewery did a cherry berliner weisse called Lil’ Red in 2013 that did not turn out and this is their response to that beer. This brew has been aged in wine barrels for 2 years and then blended with cherries for 3 months. When I cracked the bottle open and turned my head it exploded in a non stop head (She is a lively one). Once the beer stopped gushing I poured it and found it to be a deep cloudy brownish orange colour with a tan head and lots of sediment. The aroma consists of huge cherries, mild funk, oak, mild wine and a big sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, acidity, vinegar, oak, red wine, sweetness and some earthiness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 7. Once the surprise of the explosive head was finished I really enjoyed this beer. There was a ton of depth to it and it did redeem the brewery for sure! Happy late 3rd anniversary!
Commercial Description: Aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels with wild yeast and sour bacteria for 2 years and then blended with sour cherries for 3 months. Big notes of cherries, vanilla and cinnamon. Tart, refreshing and full of fruit flavour.
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!
From Southeast Portland Oregon’s The Commons Brewery comes their “Brotherly Love” 2014 Edition. This beer is part of the Beetje Series named after the Flemish word for “Little bit” it celebrates the Garage Brewery where The Commons Brewery began. These beers are all small batch experimental beers. The Brotherly Love is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale that is aged in second use Bourbon barrels with sour cherries and Cocoa Nibs from both Trinidad and Peru. The beer pours a deep brown almost opaque with a tan head. The aroma consists of cocoa, sour cherries, roasty malts, bourbon, oak and maybe some yeast. The flavour is of roasted malts, bourbon, cocoa, oak, sour cherries, yeast and dark fruits. The alcohol comes in at a cool 10% alcohol although that does not come through in the flavour one bit. This is an amazingly crafted ale and I would love to have a few more bottles of this kicking around (sadly I don’t).
Commercial Description: Brotherly Love is our Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Little Brother, aged in second-use Bourbon barrels with Northwest grown sour cherries and Ecuadorian cacao nibs roasted by Woodblock Chocolate in SE Portland.
From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Bird Of Prey” a re-release of Driftwood’s first every Sour Ale a Flanders Red Ale. The original release came out in November 2011 and started their Bird Of Prey series of Sour Ales. This version was released in February 2014. This Flanders Red Ale pours a deep amber/red with an off white head. The aroma consists of sweetness, sour cherries, fruits, oak and mild funkiness. The flavour is of grape must, sour cherries, oak, tannins, candies, mild funky sourness. The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 7.5%. I think this beer will be amazing in a year or two with aging. Currently the flavours a muted and a bit muddled much like many very young sours. I have 5 bottles of this beer put away so I will keep everyone up to date on how this beer ages. I recommend picking up a few bottles and aging them.
Commercial Description: The return of the original Bird of Prey from Driftwood Brewery’s Wild Ale series, this sour ale was inspired by a Coopers Hawk that took residence in the brewery for 24 hours in November 2011. Brewed in its honour, this very unique sour beer has been conditioned in a mix of American and French oak wine barrels for a year, creating a dry, sour & funky profile that will continue to evolve in the bottle for a very long time.