Brewer: Dupont Brewery, Tourpes, Belgium
Description: The Saison Dupont is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed in our farm-brewery, during the winter time. Then this beer became a second refermentation in the barrel. During the next summer, this very thirst-quenching beer was served to the “saisoniers” which were working on the fields.
Tasting Notes: Saison Dupont is considered a classic when it comes to this style of beer. And it certainly hits all the right notes. Its has a golden-orange and cloudy hue and grows a thick head upon pouring. It has an effervescent, bubbly quality that is indicative of bottle fermentation, its strong yeasty backbone compliments with the taste with a hint of spice and bitterness, and its mellow malt base is highly drinkable and refreshing. Add to that a hint of lemon and coriander, and you have this brew.
Brewer: Brasserie St. Feullien, Le Rœulx – Belgique
Style: Belgian Tripel
Description: This beer has a white, smooth and very compact head. Its pale amber colour is very characteristic revealing a distinctive maltiness. It has a rich aroma with a unique combination of aromatic hops, spices and the typical bouquet of fermentation – very fruity. Secondary fermentation in the bottle gives it a unique aroma due to the presence of yeast. St-Feuillien Triple has a very strong and exceptionally lingering taste thanks to its density and its long storage period. Whether served as a refreshing aperitif in summer or savoured during the winter months, the Triple is a connoisseur’s beer par excellence.
Tasting Notes: This beer is certainly consistent with what I’ve come to expect from a Tripel, and in some ways, reminiscent of Duvel. It is straw golden in hue, semi-cloudy, and has hints of clove, honey and spice on the nose. These come through in the flavor department as well, starting subtle and lingering on the palate, and with a yeasty tang to punctuate things. A good sipping beer, refreshing despite its strength.
Brewer: Townsite Brewing, Powell River, BC/Gladstone Brewing, Courtenay, BC
Style: Belgian Single
Description: This beer was a collaborative effort, produced by Townsite and Gladstone Brewing, located just across the water from each other. This ale is brewed in the Belgian Single style (i.e. a Belgian pale ale) that is then bottle conditioned with brettanomyces yeast.
Tasting Notes: This beer is definitely reminiscent of a good farmhouse ale. It is golden in hue, cloudy, and forms a good, thick head. In terms of taste, it starts with a smooth malt base, spicy yeast notes, and a thick, foamy finish that is the result of bottle conditioning.