BARREL AGED BEERS
Last fall we managed to get our hands on a couple Tequila barrels which we filled with our Skyline Pilsner. The result, after being aged for 6 months, is a crisp, oaky Pilsner with a touch of tequila agave.
Ernest, a Barrel Aged Stock Ale, is our third style in Endeavour's Mixed Fermentation Project. This version was aged in oak wine barrels which created aromas of caramel, dark fruits, pralines, and sweet cherries. The flavours are deeply complex and include chocolate, coffee, fruit, caramel, and nuts reminiscent of a chocolate biscotti. This beer will make you want to eat something sweet and continue to drink it to the very end.
This is Endeavour Brewing's first mixed fermentation beer, which was proudly awarded silver in the national brewing awards. The base beer, a Belgian Blonde, spent 2 years maturing in oak wine barrels where Brettanomyces yeast performed it's magic. The combination results in a beer with wonderful stone fruit (nectarines, apricots) aromas. The low acidity makes this beer easy to drink and allows the citrus, light baking spices and oaky/wine notes to come through.
Edith is the last in this series of our Mixed Fermentation Project and the first to use fruit. Edith is a Belgian Tripel that has been soured in oak wine barrels with lactobacillus for 12 months and then placed on apricots for three months. The result is a beer with aromas of sweet apricots and tart fruit as you approach the glass. Intense apricot flavours dance on the palate followed by tart notes which lead to a semi-sweet apricot finish with a lingering dryness.
Flemish Red Ale
Endeavour Brewing’s second mixed fermentation beer is a classic Belgian Flemish Red Ale. This beer was aged in oak wine barrels for 300 days where wild yeast and bacteria created tantalizing candied plum, raisin, chocolate coco and sour aromas. The taste runs parallel to the nose but finishes with a dry, tannic finish that gives the suggestion of a vintage well-aged red wine. Solving the complexities of this taste profile will keep you coming back for another sip.