This pumpkin ale from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is pitched with saison yeast and pours a hazy golden orange colour with a small, but frothy white head that settles as a collar and thin, moldy-looking film. The smell of Saison du Pump is vibrant with aromas of yeast and a blend of spices. A mild pumpkin tone blends with the honey-sweetened malt base to give the air of a honeydew melon.
Saison du Pump has a fairly sweet taste that quickly yields a burst of yeast and traditional pumpkin ale flavours such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. This ale has an earthy and very yeasty body with temperate carbonation and minor oiliness. The finish has a somewhat sour funk to it before imparting a lingering, peppery dryness and hint of gourd.
The Wayward Son from Radical Road Brewing in Toronto, Ontario is light amber in colour with tinges of old gold and a loose, but creamy white head that tends to leave thick swathes of lace and settles as a thin but frothy collar. This Belgian strong pale ale is matured in Ontario sourced pinot noir wine barrels and has a pungent smell. Sour, rotting apple and grape tones converge with candi sugar-sweetened malts converge to create an air of apple crisp or rhubarb pie. Hints of yeast and pine contribute to an overall outdoorsy character.
The taste of The Wayward Son brings to mind a union of fresh, crusty white bread, red wine and a honey-soaked bran muffin. The ale has a yeasty and creamy mouthfeel with mild viscosity and carbonation. Mildly sour crab apple and grape notes create a dry finish while a juicy hint of the pinot noir barrels lingers in the back of the throat.
Audrey Hopburn from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is hazy orange in colour with pencil yellow highlights and a tight, but creamy white head that leaves spots of lace and is retained as a healthy cap that climbs the glass. This Belgian IPA has strong tropical aromas of mango, tangerine and lemon zest backed with notes of wild grains, yeast, black soil, musty wood and cigar.
Audrey Hopburn has a dry, peppery taste that brings with it flavours of clove, fennel and citrus fruit rind, while balance is found through a caramel malt tone that is just sweet enough. This ale is very creamy in the mouth, medium-bodied and carries a fairly mild amount of carbonation. The finish is dry on the palate, with a juicy grapefruit flavour on the tongue that transitions into a pithy and yeasty aftertaste.
Moroccan Brown Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario is nut brown in colour, with streaks of rust and ruby and a small tan coloured head that leaves small spots of lace and hangs around as a tight collar and cap. This fruit and spice infused American brown ale has a very inviting blend of fruitcake, raisin, hazelnut, roasted coffee and freshwater aromas.
The blend of dark fruits used in the brewing of Moroccan Brown Ale is at the forefront of its taste and the fig, date and raisin flavours are deftly tied together by a touch of cinnamon. A warm and dry chocolaty tone encapsulates the finish, with the dryness persisting throughout the aftertaste along with a shiraz-like red wine flavour. This ale is fairly thin and low in carbonation, but also carries mild oily and grainy characteristics.
This German wheat ale brewed with sea salt and coriander from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fair-sized frothy white cap that gets retained as a rocky film and collar. Opa’s Gose has a tart, earthy and even cheesy sort of smell to it that brings to mind wet farmland, with strong notes of wheat, honey and coriander.
The taste of Opa’s Gose is moderately sour and balanced by the peppery dryness of coriander. Light red berry and wheat flavours are accompanied by mild orange and lemon tones. The bitterness of the sea salt really bites on the tongue and the finish becomes quite dry before giving way to honey and wheat flavours in the aftertaste. There is a healthy amount of visible carbonation throughout the glass, creating airiness in this medium-bodied and slightly syrupy ale.