Driftwood Brewery Belle Royale

$5-7 for 650ml bottle  (9% abv)

Well, we’ve reached the half way mark of the first ever Vancouver Craft Beer Week.  Numerous dinners, tastings and events are taking place throughout the city.  And Victoria’s newest brewery, Driftwood, is proving to be the buzzy, boozy, Belle of the Ball.  Especially their new Belle Royale.

This limited edition strong Belgian cherry ale was created with nearly 900 pounds of Morello sour cherries (that’s ¼ pound per bottle, thank you math wizards).   Salmon orange in hue, with mild cherry aromas and flavours of spicy hops, crisp tart citrus and a lingering bitter cherry finish.  Surprisingly, not overtly cherry – more waftish, with nice fresh acid.   Would make a wow moment with cherry glazed pork tenderloin or enjoy with a dark chocolate dessert – Black Forest cake please.

Bonus points for stunning label.  Ooh la la!

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Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ...

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