5th Anniversary Ale (Barrel Aged Hazy IPA) – Powell Brewery


From Powell Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “5th Anniversary Ale” a Hazy IPA aged in Pinot Noir Barrels with Brettanomyces  for 6 Months.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of brett funk, floral hops, pinot noir and oak from the barrel aging.   The flavour is of brett funk, citrus rind, tropical fruit, melon, pinot noir, oak, resin, yeast and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6%.  This is a definite winner of a beer and very worthy of being the 5th Anniversary beer!

Commercial Description:  Our 5th Anniversary beer features new and old world techniques.  Starting with a Hazy IPA, agin it for 6 months in Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces, and finally dry-hopping it with Ekuanot Cyro hops just before bottle conditioning.  Barnyard brett meets hazy IPA.

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INSEPT1ON Saison – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “INSEPT1ON Saison” a beer aged in French Oak red wine barrels.  The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of saison yeast, spices, oak, citrus and some wine in the finish.  The flavour is of wine, oak, yeast, pepper, bready malt, lemon and generic citrus with a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  I really enjoyed this wine barrel aged saison and I hope they do more beers like this in the future.

Commercial Description:  Aged 6 months in French oak red wine barrels, this bottle conditioned Saison is both refreshing and light with hints of oak and vanilla.

 

Gillian 2016 Release – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Gillian” a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from the 2016 Release.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold colour with a white head much like a champagne.  The aroma consists of strawberries, honey, spices, pepper, sweetness and some tartness.  The flavour is of strawberry, honey, spices, pepper, wheat, honey, mild earth, tartness and a mild brett funk.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 20.  I was really excited to give this beer a try!  It is a very good beer with an amazing mix of flavours and there might still be a chance to find it on tap in Vancouver.  Hawskworth had a keg at one time.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of our brewers, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this Belgian style farmhouse ale is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body.

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Dulcis Succubus – Le Trou du Diable


From Shawinigan, Quebec’s Le Trou du Diable comes their “Dulcis Succubus” a saison aged in noble rot wine barrels with brettanomyces added.  This saison brett pours an Orangey/amber colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, funk, fruits, grapes, sweetness and an earthy finish.  The flavour is of malts, yeast, citrus rind, grapes, pineapple, brett funk, pepper, sourness and some honey.  The alcohol content comes in at 7%

Commercial Description:  Six months of maturation in oak barrels from white wine Californian botrytised gives this beer a complex nose resembling flower honey, vanilla, Apricot and leather by the addition of yeast.  Translated from the latin, Dulcis Succubus means “sweet succubus. A succubus is a demoness in the charming appearance of woman taking advantage of sleep to seduce and die for men.  (English Translation from French)

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Disco Beer (Red and White) – Evil Twin Brewing


From Copenhagen Denmark’s Evil Twin Brewing (brewed at the Brouwerij De Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands) comes their “Disco Beer” a double IPA.  The disco beer is usually aged in white wine chardonnay barrels but there was also a special batch brewed using red wine chardonnay barrels.  This post will rate them side by side!

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The only way to tell the two different beer apart before cracking the beer open is the colour of the caps.  The cap colour is fairly self explanatory although the bottle does not hint at this at all!

First up is the Original White Chardonnay barrel aged version.

This beer pours a copper colour with a huge explosive head that builds and builds!  The aroma consists of malts, woodiness, mild pine, white wine and floral hops.  The flavour is of malts, floral hops, pine, white wine and some woodiness from the barrels.  This is a pretty nice although different double IPA.

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Next up is the red wine chardonnay barrel aged version of the beer.

This beer pours a cloudy copper/orange colour with a small red tinged white head.  The aroma is of malts, sweetness, red wine, woodiness and dark fruit.  The flavour consists of  very sweet malts, hops ,red wine, woodiness, nuts and dark fruits.  This may be a double IPA but it sure tastes like a barleywine!

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Both beer drink very differently and would not be recognizable side by side!  One tastes like a double IPA and one tastes of a Barleywine.  I love how much a change in wine barrel and some malts can completely change the aroma, flavour and complexities of a beer!  As I like both barleyines and double IPA’s I can not pick a favorite.  The alcohol content of both these beer is 10.5%.  If you are looking for an IPA go for the regular cap but if you want to play a bit go red all the way!

Commercial Descriptions:

White Version:  Discobeer is a vinous IPA thoughtfully aged on Chardonnay wine barrels. This rock star of a beer is a real party starter. No more shy beer geek. Drink it and you will own the dance floor.

Red Version:  Special version of our infamous Disco Beer, this time brewed with a slight darker malt profile and aged on Chardonnay red wine barrels instead of the usual white wine barrels.