Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale – Ravens Brewing Company


From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale”.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of smoke, peat and caramel.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, peat smoke, roasted malts, maple, bitterness and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%.  While I am not a massive fan of smoked beers this one is well made and very enjoyable.

Commercial Description:  Smouldering smoke rises over dark caramel and a rich malty backbone, leaving you with a smooth and decadent finish.

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Steve’s Beer Advent Calendar Day 4 – Blonde – Abdij Van St Martin


From Brasserie de Brunehaut for Abdij Van St Martin, Brunehaut, Belgium is their Blonde.

Pouring a cloudy, vibrant orange, there are noticeable suspended particles stationary in the beer though no visible carbonation. The head is thin, white with an orange tinge.

The nose is floral and vanilla with orange blossom. A little bit of grain at the end.

The flavours are effervescent and flit by quickly on the tongue while maintaining complexity. There is a base of lager-y, Molson-like “beer” flavour with a vanilla and honey sweetness to add balance and interest. There is a mineral bitterness to counter the sweet and the finish is of bitter orange.

Commercial description:

  • Look: A golden straw colour, with a strong foam once opened then the bubbles gently rise to the top and a good head remains.
  • Nose: Sharp, lively and nervous, fermentation with a touch reminiscent of a flowery cheese.
  • In the mouth: A round, balance and full flavour. In the mouth it is floral, elegant and direct, almost feminine. A great beer that perfectly suits cheeses with a hard crust or some fine Bries and Camemberts.
  • The aftertaste has a noble bitterness.

Scarlet Red Rye Ale (Barley Wine) 2017 – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Scarlet Red Rye Ale” a Rye Barley Wine that is part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of rye malts and rye whiskey, oak, red wine, dark fruits and some sweetness.  The flavour is of  rye malts and whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, red wine, sweetness, low bitterness and an alcohol note.  The alcohol content comes in at a healthy 9.5%.  This is probably the breweries most complex beer to date and I really enjoyed it.  This beer has some good aging potential also.

Commercial Description:  This robust Rye Barley Wine was carefully aged for months in Woodford Reserve rye barrels resulting in a vibrant red brew we fittingly named Scarlet. With rich flavours and a warming finish, it’s perfect for rainy days.

Double IPA – Black Bridge Brewery


From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Double IPA”.  The brew pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops as well as citrusy orange fruity notes, tropical fruit and some sweetness.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, tropical fruit, caramel, resin, pine, sweetness, hops bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  Now we are talking!  This is a really well crafted Double IPA and would fit in anywhere on the West Coast!

Commercial Description:  This Double IPA will knock your socks off at 8.5%. The addition of Mosaic hops gives a healthy dose of tropical fruit in the aroma and a juicy finish that lingers long on your tongue.

BC Craft Brewers Guild Oktoberfest – Bomber Brewing


From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver in collaboration other members of the with  BC Craft Brewers Guild comes their “BC Craft Brewers Guild Oktoberfest” a Marzen lager well placed for this time of year.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.    The aroma consists of toffee, caramel, fruity and a bit of sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, sweetness and some minor hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 25.  This beer delivers on exactly what it should.  Its got the malts and the crispness of the Marzen or Oktoberfest style beer.  This can is the launch of the new BC Independent Owned BC Beer seal.

Commercial Description: OKTOBERFEST BC BEER COLLABORATION: Early in September, BC Craft Brewers Guild members gathered at Bomber to create a celebratory brew in honour of the 6th anniversary of BC Craft Beer Month, an annual campaign to promote and raise awareness of independently owned and operated BC craft breweries. Using a recipe collaboratively designed by various Guild member head brewers, this golden, medium-bodied Oktoberfest is eminently drinkable and refreshing.  The BC Craft Brewers Guild would like to thank the following companies for their very generous support of this project: West Coast Canning, IMS (labels), and BSG Canada (malts).