Kriek (Fellowship 2017) – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third of four beer of 2017 in their Fellowship Club the “Kriek” a Lambic Style Ale.  The beer pours a red colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of cherries, berries, tart funk, oak and sweetness.  The flavour is of with a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  This is one great beer and possibly my favourite of the Fellowship so far.

Commercial Description:   With the Holiday season just around the corner, we are excited to announce that today the third beer in this year’s Fellowship will be ready for pick up! The beer, a Kriek-inspired ale aged in oak barrels with Okanagan cherries is a style we have always adored and this is, we feel, an homage to a tradition that has inspired us for years.  Kriek is the Flemish word for a Lambic beer made with cherries, and Lambic is a class of sour beer made using spontaneous fermentation. Just as Champagne comes from a particular region of France, Lambic comes from the Pajottenland, a valley that runs from Brussels to the South West. Because Clark Drive is not in the Pajottenland, we classify this beer “Lambic-style” in respect of a centuries-old tradition. In our opinion these are some of the coolest beers in there world.  If you are familiar with the style, you will notice that our Kriek is a touch more sour than those examples from Belgian lambic producers Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. When opening the bottle, you will be hit with aromas of vanilla, oak, and sweet cherries. The cherries we used impart a juicy fruit character, a touch of sweetness and cinnamon. Just as with the Little Red One, we recommend drinking this beer at cellar temperature rather than cold from the fridge.

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Dead Frog Dozen Mixer Pack – Dead Frog Brewery


Dead Frog Brewery has released a new mixed 12 case of beer.  The pack consists of 4 different beers with a total of three of each.  There are three standard beers for this pack including Steel Toe Lager, Green Magic IPA and the Rocket Man Pale Ale with a 4th that will rotate.  At this point it is the Atomic Tart Cherry Ale.

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Rocket Man Pale Ale has been around for a while now but the other three beers are all pretty new beers to Dead Frog.

Steel Toe Lager

Steel Toe Lager pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrusy fruit, grainy malts and grassy hops.  The flavour is of citrusy lemon, grain, and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14.    This does exactly what a lager sets out to do.  It is light refreshing and goes down really easy.

Commercial Description: A SMOOTH AND REFRESHING LAGER BREWED WITH PREMIUM INGREDIENTS, MADE FOR ENJOYING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK.

Food Pairing as per brewery: SALMON, BBQ PORK, PAD THAI, FISH TACOS

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Rocket Man Pale Ale

Rocket Man Pale Ale pours a copper colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of caramel, bready malts and some tropical and citrus.  The flavour is of caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, some earth, mild resin, mild bitterness and a herbal finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  Rocket Man may have been an ESB in its past life but this is a pale ale through and through.

Commercial Description: A CRISP AND REFRESHING PALE ALE WITH SMOOTH MALT FLAVOURS AND A TROPICAL CITRUS AROMA.

Food pairing as per brewery: CHIPS & SALSA, SMOKED MEATS, SPICY CHICKEN

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Green Magic IPA

Green Magic IPA pours a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, caramel, biscuit malt and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, caramel, mild resin, earth, medium bitterness, citrus and a herbal finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 60.  If you are looking for a new standard IPA to keep in your fridge this might be your choice.  It is not over the top but has all the malt and hops you will be looking for.

Commercial Description: A WEST COAST IPA WITH JUICY HOP FLAVOURS OF TROPICAL CITRUS AND PINE WITH A CRISP, BALANCED FINISH.

Food pairing as per brewery: SPICY CURRY, TACOS & FAJITAS, CAJUN PRAWNS

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Atomic Cherry Tart Cherry Ale

The Atomic Cherry Tart Cherry Ale pours an orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of maraschino cherries and some caramel.  The flavour is of maraschino cherries, bready malts, some earth and bitterness and a very mild tartness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 8.  This is a good tart ale to introduce a new person to the style.  The tartness is mild and there is some sweetness also.  It will not overwhelm the pallet of someone that has never had a tart beer.

Commercial Description: A CRISP RED ALE BURSTING WITH FRESH CHERRIES, PREMIUM MALTS, AND A REFRESHING TART FINISH.

Food pairing as per brewery: STEAK, CURRY, MUSSELS

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If you are like me and don’t really like the 6 pack format this might just be a great pack for you.  Three of each beer is a great sample of each without having to commit to 6 of the same beer.

Beers

Kasteel Rouge – Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck


O’hare’s Beer Club December 2013 Box

From Ingelmunster Belgium’s Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck comes their “Kasteel Rouge” a style of fruit beer.  The beer pours a dark ruby red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of sweet cherries and candied sugar.  The flavour is of sweet/tart cherries, candied sugar and a minor bite to finish.  It almost tastes like a jolly rancher candy.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% even if it does not taste strong.  I should not have enjoyed this beer as much as I did as I do not have a sweet tooth but this was downright amazing.

Commercial Description:  Kasteel Rouge is a blend of Kasteel Donker and cherry liquor. The mix of these two excellent products creates an exceptional soft beer with references to the dark mother beer.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Cheesecake and Ice Cream

Click here to check out the December Box

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