Westvleteren 12

Brewery: Westvleteren Brewery Type: Quadruple (Trappist) ABV: 10.2% About: Westvleteren 12 is brewed by a monastery in Belgium called the Saint-Sixtus Abbey and is widely regarded as the best beer in the world. It is sold in limited quantities and, like a fine wine, gets better with age – in fact, it is not recommended to open the bottles…

Westmalle Dubbel

Brewery: The Monks of Westmalle Abbey (Belgium) Type: (A Trappist) Dubbel ABV: 7% Trappist Beers: This is a Trappist beer.  Westmalle is one of only 11 monasteries in the world who have authority to call themselves Trappist brewers.   A Trappist Beer: Must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by the monks themselves or…

Farm Hand

Brewery: Driftwood Brewery (Victoria BC) Type: Saison – Belgian Wheat ABV: 5.5% Fact: This is a ‘saison’ beer.   True saison beers were originally this style of Belgian- yeast heavy beers (they are often called white beers in North America- improperly or not I do not know)- which were brewed in the winter time for consumption by the beer…

Gypsy Tears Ruby Red

Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing (Vancouver) Type: Red Ale ABV: 6% Thoughts:  Pours just slightly thicker than a typical ale.  Produces a nice white frothy, creamy head that sticks around for a while and leaves it’s mark on the glass which I love.  The nicest foam i’ve seen since a beer poured from a wooden barrel…

Anchor Steam

Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company (San Fran) Type: Steam Beer (I cannot get an explanation of what this is?) ABV: 4.9% Thoughts:  Pours a bright mustard yellow but quickly thickens into a mellow toffee orange colour with a pleasantly spongy head.  It has a semi sweet smell- not overbearing.  It’s lively and bright in my mouth.  Kind…