Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 10

A nice bunch of BC craft beer releases landed this week (which is par for the course these days), but we also received some cool European imports, as well. If you’re fan of barrel-aged sours, try the Lindemans Oude Gueuze pictured below. We also received some new ones (though not pictured) from Almanac in California, who are masters of farmhouse ales and barrel aged sours. They’re not barrel aged, but we also received two light and refreshing sours—a dry hopped Berliner weisse and a gose—from To Øl in Denmark. Perfect for slaking your thirst on a hot summer day.

Lindemans Rene’s Cuvee Oude Gueuze Lambic 5.2% 750ml (Belgium)
Mineral, oak, stone fruit (peach, apricot) with a complex, tart and dry finish

Powell Super Duper! Mosaic Dry Hopped Sour 5.2% 473ml (Vancouver)
Herbaceous, funky and resinous aroma with notes of citrus and pineapple on the palate. Dry, sour finish.

To Ol Gose to Hollywod 3.8% 330ml (Denmark)
Light wheat character, floral, lemon and salted lime notes on a soft, tart finish. Not sour.
To Ol Sur Simcoe 4.5% 330ml (Denmark)
Citrusy, effervescent with a frothy, dry, sour/bitter finish

Red Collar Cherry Sour 6.5% 650ml (Kamloops)
Almond brittle, cherry pie and fresh cherries on the nose, with a nutty, cooked cherry flavour on the dry finish. Lightly sour.
Red Collar Dave Bomb Double Pale 9.2% 650ml (Kamloops)
Ripe tropical fruit and heavy caramel aromas, similar with intense richness on the palate with a soft, dry finish. Hard to detect the alcohol.

Salt Spring Island Earl Grey IPA 7% 473ml (Salt Spring Island)
Fresh lemon and bergamot tea on the nose, medium bodied-ESB-style flavour profile (caramel, malt, grapefruit) with a balanced, bitter finish

Parallel 49 Midas Belgian ISA 4.7% 473ml (Vancouver)
Fruity, spicy Belgian yeast esters, tropical fruit and bright hop aromas, medium-light bodied with sharp citrus hop notes and a bright yeast character throughout. Balanced. Solid.