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.


Mikkeller Dry Stout (Sauternes Edition) – Mikkeller

O’hare’s Beer Club April 2014 Box

Limited Edition

Mikkeller is a gypsy brewery from Copenhagen, Denmark that contract their beer to be brewed all over the world.  This brew was brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in Belgium and is called “Mikkeller Dry Stout (Sauternes Edition”.  This stout was aged in Sauternes wine barrels.  The beer pours a opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, wine, oaky and chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, wine, grapes, dark fruits, chocolate and some funky notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.1% with an IBU of 20.  People seem to be split on this beer as some places give it a 99/100 rating and some give it 54/100.  I come in on the much higher side as I really enjoyed this beer!

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Dark chocolate truffels

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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)


Abstrakt AB10 – Brewdog

From Brewdog’s (Scotland) Abstrakt Concept Beer line comes their “Abstrakt AB:10” an Imperial Brown Ale that has been aged in Spanish Red Wine Barrels.  Only 9872 Bottles were produced of this beer and I had bottle 4129.  The beer pours a deep brown semi opaque colour with an off white head.  The aroma is of dark fruits, molasses, oak and some wine.  The flavour consists of Dark fruits like prunes, caramel, oak, molasses and a hint of wine and alcohol.  The alcohol content of this interesting brew is 11.5%.

Commercial Description:  The beer is an 11.5% Imperial Brown Ale which we have aged in amazing Spanish sweet red barrels from Malaga. Stewart Bowman, our Head Brewer, devised an Imperial Brown Ale designed to perfectly complement the wine flavours and extract maximum depth and character from the giant barrels. We also felt the Imperial Brown Ale was ideally suited to be barrel aged and as well as the infusion of the Malaga wine character will also benefit added complexity and maturity from the time in oak.