Brewed in collaboration with Züm Schlussel in Düsseldorf, Germany, this altbier from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited in Creemore, Ontario pours a deep, clear amber colour with a large white head that gets retained as a thick collar and cap, leaving a thick coat of lace behind. Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale carries smells of honey-sweetened, toasted malts, yeast, a berry-like fruit tone, tree nuts and a hint of chocolate, along with the brewery’s signature mineral water aroma.
The taste of Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale is led by a deep toasted malt flavour, with nutty, floral and earthy accents. There is a slight sourness in the finish before a wallop of bitterness. The ale is full-bodied with light, but fine carbonation with a thick yeast tone on the tongue that lingers throughout the otherwise dry aftertaste.
Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale comes in an electric blue can with a white logo area that features the skeleton key from the Züm Schlussel logo and Creemore Springs’ familiar riverbed iconography. The back of the can has a detailed description of the beer and a declaration of no added preservatives, additives or pasteurization is on the side. Freshness dating follows the coded system of parent company Molson Coors Canada and is stamped on the bottom.
Despite being the first ale the brewery has produced, Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale has a familiarity that their fans will appreciate. For my taste it could use a bit more malt character to balance the bitterness, but this is a very solid effort that I will be sure to try again while it’s available.
Creemore Springs Altbier Collaboration Ale pairs well with sausage, dry lunch meats, grilled meats and crisp vegetables. You can currently find it listed at 200 LCBO locations and on tap throughout southern Ontario.
Region: Ontario, Creemore
Brewery: Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%