From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Belgian Golden Strong”. The beer pours a orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of bubblegum, banana, fruity notes and a sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of bubblegum, banana, caramel, candi sugar, mild bitterness, spices and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 28. This is a tasty Belgian style beer and a worthy addition to the Moody Ales small batch series.
Commercial Description: The light body and soft, sweet malt character blend with the fruity aromas for a delicious and dangerous easy drinking beer. Highly attenuated Belgian ale with fruity esters and low spicy alcohol and hop notes.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC in collaboration with Blasted Church Vineyards in Okanagan Falls comes their “Sanctuary” a Saison with Gewurztraminer Grape Must. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, spices, Gewurztraminer Grape and wheat. The flavour is of lemony citrus, spices, wheat, yeast funk, mild Gewurztraminer Grape and pith. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. This is an absolutely delicious blend of both beer and wine. Make sure to rush out and buy your bottles before it sells out.
Commercial Description: Trying to decide between a glass of wine or pint of beer? Now you can have both, with the release of “SANCTUARY”; the heavenly new collaboration beer from Steamworks Brewing Co. and Blasted Church Vineyards. Sanctuary is a bottle conditioned Saison featuring Gewürztraminer grape must and is a departure from the ordinary for both producers. The making of the beer has been a true labour of love for the brewers and vintners involved. The process started with Blasted Church pressing fresh Gewürztraminer grape must from their Okanagan Valley fall 2017 harvest. The must was then rushed to Steamworks brewery and added during fermentation within 24 hours. The beer was then bottle conditioned for over 2 months in a special facility kept at an optimal temperature. All of this effort has led to a truly unique and spectacular flavour profile. Subtle grape and fruit notes give way to an effervescent mouthfeel and dry finish with a floral yet mildly spicy saison character.
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Sirens Chai Saison”. The beer poured a copper orange with a white head. The aroma consists of chai tea, orange, anise, spices and yeast. The flavour is of chai tea, mild funk, anise, spices, orange with a saison yeast finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 22. I am not a huge tea fan but this one was quite ewnjoyable.
Commercial Description: The Sirens call to lure you into this refreshing and effervescent farmhouse ale. Kettling a local chai tea blend of rooibos, orange, star anise, clove and pepper all adding up to give off a unique spice aroma that compliments our Belgian yeast.
From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Zombie Repellant Ale 2″ or ZRA2. This beer is their answer to the Pumpkin ale as they do not seem to like them. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, dark fruity notes, candied sugar, earth and some floral hops. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, spices, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, citrus, candied sugar, citrus rind, resin and some leafy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 24. This Anti-Pumpkin beer is really tasty and I will have to get some more of it.
Commercial Description: Our 2017 ZRA 2 is a Belgian-inspired red ale with a fruit forward aroma, full body and hints of spice from both our Belgian yeast and aromatic hop selections. In the middle of the night, when all evidence of light has faded, that’s when they come. Be vigilant, be prepared. The throngs of pumpkin beer loving hoards can’t keep you from what you really want… Zombie Repellant Ale. Our ZRA will increase your resolve to fight through the zombie hoards. Guaranteed to contain no pumpkin.
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.