Monday, March 10, 2014

Beau's - Barrels of fun!

Beau's All Natural Brewing Company released four limited, barrel-aged beers last week that were only available at select LCBOs spread across the Ottawa region.

Fortunately for me, one of them was not far from my workplace so I picked up all four on Friday. The first thing you notice is the wrapping. I've seen it compared to opening Christmas presents.

Gilgamesh (Old Ale)

Aged in rum barrels.
This one was on of my favourites. It poured a cloudy, dark ruby red brown, with a cream head that lingered.

The aroma was hobby and fruity. I couldn't pinpoint exactly what fruit until I let my daughter smell it for her opinion. Immediately, she said "prunes" and I think she was right. I also picked up an alcohol aroma that reminded me of rubbing alcohol.

The taste was a light rum with a slight alcohol burn, perhaps because it was a healthy 8.9% ABV.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I've tasted other beers aged in rum barrels and this was by far the smoothest one for me.

Aged in red ice wine barrels.
It poured a cloudy golden colour, with very foamy off white head. You can see in the photo that there was a lot of it, and how it dissipated.

The aroma was pepper, and orange which reminded me a lot of wheat beers that I enjoy so much.

The flavour was similar. Pepper, orange, wheaty, and smooth.

Overall, another one that I enjoyed very much. At 10.2% ABV, it's probably not a good idea to enjoy too many of them at once.

Aged in rum barrels
To say this was my least favourite would be a disservice. I'm not a big fan of ginger beers to begin with, but this one was pretty good.

The colour was a cloudy copper, and like the Siduri, it had a very foamy head, and lacing.

The aroma was ginger, with a hint of chocolate.

The taste was a little hoppy, and the ginger was pretty light — lighter than other ginger beers I've tried. Despite being aged in rum barrels, I didn't pick up an rum flavour. Perhaps it was hiding behind the ginger?

This had the lowest ABV of all four, at 6%.

Overall, I did enjoy it. For me, this was more like a beer, whereas other ginger beers I've tried were closer to being a pop drink.

Aged in Chardonnay barrels
This was my second favourite. If you're a wine lover, you might enjoy this one.

The color was a light golden orange. There was very little carbonation, which made me think of wine.

The taste was smooth, with a light orange peel flavour. The taste also reminded me of wine. It's no wonder it's called a "wheat wine".

The ABV was the second highest at 9.8%.

Overall, really nice. I think this could make a great dinner wine substitute for beer lovers, or perhaps allow a wine lover to explore the craft beer world.

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