Dark yellow, orange reflections. Fresh nose of hops and grapefruit. Same flavours in the mouth, good balance with the right dose of bitterness to keep it refreshing.
Hazy yellow with orange hue. Lots of hops on the fresh nose along with citrus and fresh herbs notes and a hint of cat pee. Light body, balanced acidity, intense hops flavour and slightly bitter finish. Overall a thirst-quenching IPA, very flavourful. "Double" refers to a double dose of hops at every step of the brewing process.
Yeti Imperial Stout is a big, bold and rich stout. Named Yeti because it can be hard to find, beer geeks line up at the Denver brewery to buy bottles. On the nose, baking chocolate and espresso beans, with a touch of stone fruit. Full-bodied and smooth; there’s complex notes of caramel, dark chocolate and a dark roast coffee, and the malt bill is perfectly balanced with hop bitterness. Take this brew out of the fridge 20 minutes before serving to let it warm up a little.
The recipe for this Belgian brew was created by the monks of nearby Westvleteren, and it uses the same yeast strain as the famed Westvleteren 12 ale. Nicknamed a “quadruple” because of its higher alcohol; try pouring this 10% ABV ale into a snifter to enjoy its rich, layered notes of fig, toffee and plum. This ale is great for cellaring, too; let it sit for up to 60 months in a cool dark place, and the body will slowly thicken and sweeten with time, drinking more like a port.
I stock up on cases of the newest Rodenbach Vintage every holiday season. This Flemish Red Ale is perfect for oenophile pals. It has a wine-like beginning and a balsamic vinegar-like tang thanks to the house strain of yeast, which was found to contain at least 25 different types of microflora and bacteria. They’re great beers for cellaring too.
Delicate notes of chocolate and roasted nuts dance to the nose followed by a sip of light-roasted coffee, dark chocolate and nuts finishing dry and roasty on a gently carbonated, medium body. This English-style brown ale is true to style and elegantly executed. It took home a Gold Medal for the category at the 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards. This is a beer I could spend all day sipping at the pub.