About a month ago, I paid a visit to my ‘long lost’ third cousin Richard in the city of Bradford. On the return train back to Leeds (where I was stationed at the time) I hopped off in Shipley in order to investigate the renowned Saltaire Brewery. It did not disappoint.
Ahoy there! Long time no post. I’ve been busy with a few things, including cleaning out my room, and among the many casualties are these lovely beer bottles that I’ve had since before I even liked beer!
Over the last couple of years I have reviewed several beers that can only be found in stores at this time of year. So for your convenience, I have decided to put them all together into one post to help you navigate the oft’ overwhelming realm of the Winter ale/Christmas ale/Seasonal release shelves. This post is mostly applicable to British Columbia, but certain brews may be available in other jurisdictions too!
This beer was sampled on New Years Eve along with the Corsendonk Christmas Ale, and in all honesty this put that one to shame. Which is rather impressive if you think about it, because that one is a Belgian beer, and this one is a gluten free Canadian beer. This beer needs no handicap to score well compared to regular beers, it is simply a good beer, regardless of its lack of gluten! I tasted it with my family friend, the esteemed industrialist Uncle Jay, and I posted these tasting notes for his, and for all the other coeliacs’, benefit!
Corsendonk is one of the many defunct abbeys in Belgium that licenses out their name to a local brewery. My first experience with Corsendonk ended rather badly, when I consumed eight plastic cups of their blonde ale at a party somewhere in Antwerp province, Belgium, and then gave it all away to the toilet in my friend Simon’s grandmother’s house in ‘s-Gravenwezel. At the time, I thought it an odd place for a serious weasel, but upon reflection, I realize that I was very drunk the only time I ever visited ‘s-Gravenwezel… Oh well, on to the next Corsendonk beer!