Farm Table: Grisette: Coal Miner’s Water

This lighter take on a Belgian-style ale From Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a hazy golden honey colour, with a creamy white head that settles as a thin film and fuzzy collar, leaving a few small streaks of lace behind. Farm Table: Grisette has a honey-soaked malt smell that reminded me of banana or carrot bread, with light aromas of apple and pear, fresh herbs, a hint of farmhouse funk and a crisp, white pepper-like note.

Farm Table: Grisette
Herbal and Grassy Notes Punctuate This Refreshing Ale

The taste of Farm Table: Grisette brings this bright and appealing melange forward and is set against a stark dryness that really promotes the grassy, herbal and floral tones. A quick, crisp and lemony finish punctuates the light-bodied and modestly carbonated ale, leaving vague hints of earthy, toasted malts, citrus rind and mineral.

Beer Notes: Farm Table: Dry Irish Stout

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company (Vankleek Hill, Ontario)

Irish Dry Stout (4.1%)

Farm Table Series: Dry Irish Stout

Look: Black, but not quite opaque. Ruby tinges when held to light. Large & spongy tan head settles as creamy collar, large lace spots.

Smell: Roasted malt, baker’s chocolate, sea water, birch bark.

Taste: Dry chocolate, dark roasted malt, stone fruit, a bit salty in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouth: Light-medium body, though grainy. Moderate carbonation, some mineral character.

Opinion: Drinks as advertised. A well-crafted traditional stout you could enjoy all day.

Food: Beef or pork stew, young cheddar or marble cheese, light rye bread, root vegetables, smoked oysters.

Beer Notes: DOA Hardcore 8.1

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company (Vankleek Hill, Ontario)

Malt Liquor (8.1%)

DOA Hardcore 8.1

Look: Deep, clear golden yellow. Large, soapy white head dissipates quickly and settles as a moldy film.

Smell: Sweet berry and honey tones that bring cheap fruit punch drinking boxes to mind. Lightly toasted, earthy malt (2-row/Pale, Pilsner). Metallic note.

Taste: Shockingly well-balanced. Honey-like sweetness, dry & slightly burnt grain, solid citrus peel flavoured bitterness, earthy finish.

Mouth: Grainy, full-bodied, slightly viscose. Aftertaste is crisp and mildly sour, but leaves my mouth feeling dry.

Opinion: Probably the only organic malt liquor I’ll ever try. It’s much more palatable than your average corn-based swill such as Olde English 800 or Colt 45, but at the end of the day it’s still malt liquor. Drink it cold.

Food: Boiled hot dogs, frozen pizza, ramen noodles, Hot Rods, store brand potato chips, Chef Boyardee, cheap smokes.

2014 Oktoberfest Mix Pack: Beau’s n the Hood

It’s that time of year again. The weather is cooler, leaves are changing colour and tables are filled with comfort food. For the third year, the folks at Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario have put together a mix pack of beers to celebrate and promote their famous Oktoberfest event that sees thousands of beer lovers from far and wide descend on the quaint eastern Ontario town in search of revelry, great food, big name musical acts and, of course, beer.

2014 Oktoberfest Mix Pack
This Collection of Fall Beers is Sure to Keep You Warm

This year we see the return of some favourites from years past in Dark Helmut (complete with a new label) and Happy Pilsner, while Dial “Z” for Zwickel and Rauchstack represent the newest entries in Beau’s Wild Oats Series. I briefly reviewed the four beers, which are presented in alphabetical order.

Patio Saison: Sunshine on My Shoulders

Patio Saison from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a hazy golden-amber colour and yields a large, billowy white head that is retained as a small cap and leaves large rings of lace on your glass. This Belgian-style farmhouse ale has strong aromas of light, honey-sweetened malts and freshly picked cloves with a mild citrus note and a faint perfumy whiff that comes from the addition of elderflower.

Patio Saison
This Beer Debuted in 2012 as Wild Oats Series No. 19

The taste of Patio Saison is anchored by a blend of pilsener and wheat malts that create a soft caramel sweetness. Subtle citrus zest and peppery flavours contribute to a well-balanced dryness, while the ale finishes with a moderate bitterness and leaves notes of pith and clove in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel has definite earthy and grainy qualities, though long-lasting fine bubbles produce an air of creaminess and my tongue was left feeling a bit slick and syrupy between sips.