From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Fortunello Farmhouse Ale” a beer aged in a Foeder for 6 months. The beer pours a orange brown colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of orange peel, anise, herbal, sweetness wood and a floral finish. the flavour is of orange peel, kumquats, herbal, anise, candi sugar, generic fruit, wood, spices, mild bitterness, mild brett and some malts. The alcohol content comes in at 8.3% with an IBU of 15. This beer is one of the more unusual releases from Four Winds Brewing and may be challenging to some but is quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: This herbaceous farmhouse ale was brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar and bay laurel, then aged over kumquats and bitter orange peel in an oak foeder for six months. Delicate aromas of citrus and annise precede notes of dark pit fruit, settling into a mild Brett funk.
From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their “Full Patch Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise and some sweetness. The flavour is of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise, dark fruits, roasted malts, mild smoke, sweetness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 30. I have been a bit burnt out with pumpkin beers over the last few years but this one is a nice take on the style and I am quite happy I gave it a try.
Commercial Description: This seasonal, Belgian Style Saison is not for the faint of heart. Born in a pumpkin patch and raised in the brewery, this 9% bad boy is not your grandma’s pumpkin pie. Eight slaughtered pumpkins and a whole lotta spice were boiled in a cauldron of barley, hops and anything else we could find lying around. Fly orange with full patch.
From Victoria BC’s Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Old Ale 2017″ a beer in the Ancient Ale Series. The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of spices, mild vinegar notes and semi sweet notes. The flavour is of mild sour notes, spices, herbal notes, tannins, earth, oak and some wine notes. Most reviews I have read spoke of smoke but I did not get that in my bottle. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9%. This is definitely a very different beer but I really enjoyed it none the less. I mean I am always hoping to try new and crazy beer and this one fits that mold.
Commercial Description: A long time ago. In a civilization far, far away… For 9,000 years our history has been shaped by the myriad of ingredients use to crate fermented beverages. This series pays homage to the variety of starches, spices, fruits and whatever else civilizations of the past have used to satisfy humanity’s love affair with alcohol.
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 Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Buenos Dias Gruit Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, orange, lime and an wheat and floral finish. The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, orange, lime, citrus rind, wheat, bready and some spices. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 10. I have had mixed feelings about gruits over the years but this one was quite interesting.
Commercial Description: Buenos Dias is a gruit ale brewed with organic lime juice, organic orange and lime peel, and sea salt. The zippy lime flavour is accented with a lick of salt. Kick back and enjoy the zest of a classic Margarita in each refreshing sip!
Food pairing as per brewrey: Scallop ceviche with chili & lime; seared Albacore tuna with salsa verde; duck breast with preserved citrus & green olives; lime curd tarts.