Long ago during my year in Belgium I fell in love with Flemish sour ales, both the oud bruins of East Flanders, and the Flemish reds of West Flanders. When I returned to Canada, I was ecstatic to discover the existence of Storm Brewing’s Imperial Flanders Sour Red Ale in Vancouver. After many years of sampling it, but never taking notes, things finally reached critical mass when Ian became aware of its existence and offered to bring a squealer (32oz bottle) back to Vernon for a tasting notes session. Not only did he come back with the beer, but he also provided me with the following narration of his outing.
One of my all time favourite Belgian beers, this beer is also one of the first Belgian’s that I ever tried. I remember sharing a bottle with my uncle and my father as we sat on the dock at my grandparents, watching Terrace Mountain burn to a crisp in the summer of 2009. Shortly after that I went off to Belgium for my exchange, armed with the knowledge that there was at least one beer I would enjoy in my new land; as it turned out, there were many!