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.
From Trinity Brew in Colorado Springs, Colorado comes their “Mad Ear, Naked Bière de Garde” a saison aged on Brettanomyces. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with lots of floaters and a tan head. The aroma consists of yeast, brett, pepper, earth and some citrus. The flavour is of saison yeast, brett, pepper, earth, citrus, citrus rind, resin and some sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.1% with an IBU of 35. Not the best Bière de Garde or Saison that I have had but this was a very enjoyable beer and I look forward to trying more from the brewery.
Commercial Description: Grist: Barley, Oats +Rye, 35 IBUs of Styrian + Saaz, Mad Extended Boil for Mad Red Color, No Spices, Free-Rise Fermentation with Proprietary Yeast, Pair with Truffled Foie Gras, Cassoulet, Rosemary Lamb
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Space Armadillo Double IPA” a beer brewed with the wild yeast Sacc Trois. The beer pours a cloudy deep orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, pineapple, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus rind, stone fruit, bitterness, resin and really more citrus rind. The fruits in this beer are very juicy. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 60. To say this is a good Double IPA is an understatement. Twin Sails Brewing would be stupid to not add this to a fairly regular rotation!
Commercial Description: Double IPA brewed with Sacc Trois yeast and double dry hopped with Galaxy & Amarillo.
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 North Vancouver’s Green Leaf Brewing Co at Lonsdale Quay comes their “Modern Gentleman Aged IPA” a barrel aged IPA. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of oak, fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of oak, fruit, grapes, earth, hops bitterness and some hints of lingering Brett funk. I would associate this beer more with a Barleywine than a Double IPA. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 80. For what I was expecting this beer was a little odd but I did quite enjoy it.