Every week we post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. For the most part, the new arrivals are very geared toward refreshing summer sipping. However, we picked up some special Belgian treats (priced really nicely, too) from Brasserie Caulier that we’re excited about, as well. The Bon Secours Myrtille Dry Hopped is a strongish brew made with blueberries and dry-hopped for some nice aromatics. Truly a unique beer and if you love blueberries, it will scratch that itch. The Paix Dieu is a strong tripel that is brewed once a month under the full moon.
Ninkasi Wünderbier Kölsch 4.4% 650ml (Eugene, OR) $7.90
Pours a bight lemon yellow colour. Clean grainy malt and tart, citrusy fruit on the nose. Fresh grassy hop notes with grainy malt a hint of fruit and refreshingly bitter finish. Two Rufus paws up from: Brent & Leanna
Driftwood Gose-Uh 5% 650ml (Victoria) $7.40
Pours a hazy, rich yellow colour. Briny and tart on the nose with a hint of lemon. Fairly robust and malty on the palate with a dusting of salt and a squeeze of lemon.
Dieu du Ciel Blanche du Paradis 5.5% 330ml (Quebec) $4.90
Pours a clear pale yellow colour. Exotic notes of tropical flowers, clove and ripe fruit on the nose. Equally complex on the palate with notes of spiced pear and a nice dryness to the finish. Deliciously quaffable. Two Rufus paws up from: David
Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’été 5.9% 330ml (Quebec) $4.90
Pours a raspberry red colour. Big notes of raspberry pastilles on the nose. Big acidity on the palate, with sour raspberry notes dominating. Tart, dry and enchanting.
Brasserie Caulier Bon Secours Myrtille Dry Hopped 6.4% 650ml (Belgium) $5.90
Pours a bruised blueberry-red colour. Enticing notes of blueberry pie on the nose. Round blueberry and caramel malt notes mingled with floral hop notes and a bitter finish. Two Rufus paws up from: Megan
Brasserie Caulier Paix Dieu Tripel 10% 750ml (Belgium) $10.90
Pours a rich deep yellow colour. Sweet notes of apple, booze and honey on the nose. Sweet, rich and boozy on the palate with delicious, honey-smeared orchard fruit notes. Two Rufus paws up from: Julian
Persephone Gibsons “B” Pilsner 5% 650ml (Gibsons) $7.40
Pours a pale lemon yellow colour. Major pine, grapefruit and citrus notes on the nose. Big citrus hop notes on the palate. Very hoppy, like an India Pale Lager, with a dry, bitter finish. Two Rufus paws up from: Adem