Belle Royale – Driftwood Brewery (Canada)

Belle Royale – Driftwood Brewery, 9% ABV, (Victoria, BC)

On the side label:

“Each bottle of this Belgian-inspired ale is laden with 1/2 pound of Morello sour cherries, which pack an orchard’s share of flavor! This beer’s high alcohol content will ensure successful ageing [sic] for those interested, but don’t deny yourself the pleasure of this beer fresh!”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: deep sour cherry flavor
  • Where I got it: St. John’s Liquor, Oct-2011
  • How much: $8, 650ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours reddish-copper, minimal quickly dissipating head, medium CO2 size, barely any retention, zero lacing, average speed CO2 streams. Very fragrant Morello cherry nose, almost cotton candy like. Deep 2/10-sour 5/10-tart cherry start, puckering mouthfeel at 14C, slight bitterness near the mids, zero traces of alcohol. Low-medium complexity, medium-depth, great balance, good carry, excellent drinkability. This beer goes especially well with salty foods. Quite refreshing when drunk at 3-5C. Creeper alcholic effect.