Photo: Lynn McIlwee
OUR TASTING PANEL RATES FRUITY & TART ALES
It’s a Spring Fruity & Tart Beer Themed Spotlight! What’s Brewing presents its Tasting Panel feature in each quarterly magazine in concert with our partner, Legacy Liquor Store. We’ve selected products from breweries located around BC. We think comparing products in a particular style or range is a great way to share information about how and why we would assess and drink a certain beer. Pick up some of these beers and taste along at home to see if you agree with our Panel’s findings; our tasting results are below.
MEET THIS ISSUE'S TASTING PANEL
Warren Boyer, BJCP-Certified home and commercial brewer, and past President of CAMRA Vancouver.
Diana McKenzie, Owner, Callister Brewing: beer & soda maker.
…absent for the first time: Chelsea McDowell, who is dearly missed this round and we want her back. Keep punching, young lady. XOXO
Note: neither What’s Brewing nor Legacy Liquor Store bear responsibility for the opinions expressed within, which are solely those of the individual panelists..
SOUR BEERS: WHAT ARE THEY?
A few years ago, this general classification of ales took off in popularity around North America. Folks who typically drank wine or ciders and didn’t enjoy the “taste of beer” found many sours accessible. Ironically though, there was probably a time in history when most beer people drank was sour, since the acidic flavour comes from bacteria and yeasts which occur in nature but are discouraged in “normal” modern brewing.
Inspiring the modern wave of sour beers are certain traditional ales of Belgium and surroundings, some of which can be quite challenging. Our Spring batch, however, aims for the lighter side of this category.
HOW JUDGING IS DONE
Our unsanctioned competition uses a Zagat-like 30-point rating with a weighted scale based loosely on the BJCP Scoresheet. Panellists are instructed to give an honest rating, not a sugar-coating. There is always something about each beer that at least one or two panelists will either like or dislike!
Appearance: 3 points – Colour, Clarity, Turbidity, Legs.
Aroma: 6 points – Aroma of fruit, etc.
Palate/Mouthfeel: 3 points – Mouthfeel, Texture, Carbonation, Astringency
Flavour: 8 points – Sweetness, Fruitiness, Tartness, etc.
Overall Impression: 10 points – Enjoyment, Flaws.
TOTAL: 30 POINTS
AND THE WINNER IS:
Look up the other awards the beer has won on Four Winds’ website. We just know they’ll add our cute Tasting Panel ribbon to that list real soon.
Note: Panellists are instructed to give an honest rating. Neither What’s Brewing nor Legacy Liquor Store bear responsibility for the opinions expressed within, which are solely those of the individual panelists.
THE FULL RESULTS
OVERALL CATEGORY SCORES: SOUR BEERS
Here’s a general overview of how these beers did as a group. Pie chart tip: start at top of legend and work clockwise from 45 degree mark (3 o’clock).