Written By Treve Ring Beer & Cider / Libations Dec 23, 2010 Spinnakers Festive Saison SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest$4.65 for 650ml +354332 Available at Brewpub, BC Liquor Stores and select private liquor stores on Southern Vancouver Island www.spinnakers.comThere’s more – so much more – to holiday activities than wine. Nothing pairs better than post shopping, gift wrapping, tree trimming, apres-cleaning – than a good beer. Plus when you have guests over it’s always a smart idea to stock up on local brews for those non-wine drinkers in the crowd. Spinnakers Brewpub has released two festively labeled, limited edition, seasonal beers this month – just the thing to stock up on. I tried their Festive Saison – released December 15 and available through the end of the month (or while supplies last!). I do love Saisons – also known as Farmhouse Ales. Traditionally cold weather brewed, these Belgian style beers marry fruit and spice beautifully. This one does that in a nutshell – a lovely gold hue, with intertwined orange peel, coriander and cereal notes and an earthy, bitter orange rind ending. Sweet malts are present and balanced very nicely, and the finish is crisp and refreshing. This beer isn’t clumsy or heavy handed, rather it is rustically elegant (like my gift wrapping). I have a few of these chilling in my fridge right now – but they won’t be there for long! Hmm – maybe Santa would like to stop by for a cold one… 5.5% alc.*Also keep an eye out for Spinnakers Happy New Beer – available December 22 through New Year. This is possibly Spinnakers’ most local beer made to date. Happy New Beer is a Belgian style Witbier, brewed with Mike Doehnel’s malted wheat & barley from the Saanich Peninsula, Saanich grown coriander, Cliff Leir’s (Fol Epi bakery) bran and Silk Road Tea’s Chamomile tea.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsSpinnakers Festive SaisonSaisons are also known as Farmhouse Ales. Taditionally cold weather brewed, these Belgian style beers marry fruit and spice beautifully. This one does that in a nutshell – a lovely gold hue, with intertwined orange peel, coriander and cereal notes and an earthy, bitter orange rind ending. Sweet malts are present and balanced very nicely, and the finish is crisp and refreshing.Beer & CiderWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring 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 ... Read More You may also like Beer & Cider / Events / Food Events / Places / Victoria November 17, 2019 Canoe Brewpub’s Eighth Annual Winterbrau Festival 2019 Beer brewers from across the island and the lower mainland gathered in the lofty wooden halls of Canoe Brewpub over November 9 and 10 for the eighth ... Read More Beer & Cider / Beer Dinners / Events / Food Events / Wineries & Breweries August 30, 2019 A Categorically Great Meal Saanich Brewery Category 12’s ‘Brewmaster’s Dinner’ Marries Wildcraft With Craft-Beer It was somewhere at the beginning of the ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / First Look / Places / Press Release / Wineries & Breweries July 25, 2019 There’s a New Buoy in Town Whistle Buoy Brewing Company, a locally owned craft brewery and taproom, is now open in Historic Market Square, Victoria. Whistle Buoy Brewing ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Events / Press Release July 24, 2019 Great Canadian Beer Festival The line-up is set and the tickets are on sale. The Great Canadian Beer Festival will return to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC, on Friday, ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Comments are closed.