Cherry Bomb Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale – Mission Springs Brewing Co. (Mission, BC, Canada)

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Cherry Bomb Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale – Mission Springs Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Mission, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

“This unique and delicious ale is brewed as a classic farmhouse ale using imported malts; and is fermented with just the right amount of sour cherries. Exceptionally sessionable. Small batch, Fraser Valley goodness in every bottle.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Cherry) Saison / Farmhouse ale
  • Taste: Creamy mild tart cherry banana wheat malt pukey med acidic dry bitter astringent hops
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $6.30 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours reddish brown with a massive super foamy head with a large 1cm retention and sticky lacing, mixed singular tight streams and clusters hugging the side of the glass.

Nose: berried banana wheaty malts with background acidity (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, cream-lively tingly

Mid-palate: background light tart cherry tangy, dull bitterness, banana wheat malty, pukey, (lvl-3-sweetness)

Finish: medium acidic sour, dry bitter soft astringent hops.

Summary: It looks deceptively good and noses alright, but the flavours just don’t together right. Overall it there’s some astringency from the the cherry or the hops or perhaps both. At least the creamy mouthfeel and acidity are decent, but not a ton of juicy cherry flavour considering the name.

Mr. Brown’s Mashing Pumpkin Winter Ale – Mission Springs Brewing (Canada)

Mr. Brown’s Mashing Pumpkin Winter Ale – Mission Springs Brewing, 8% ABV, (Mission, BC, Canada)
Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, pumpkin, demerara sugar, maple syrup, spices.
My notes:
  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like: spiced pumpkin flavour with depth & carry
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $9 (after 10%) , 650ml., 11/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours light golden brown, decent foamy head, ultra-long thick retention, clutter active CO2 streams on one side only. Spiced pumpkin on the nose. Lots of sourness up front, flavours of pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup, cola, malts, sarsparilla, finishes lingering medium bitter. Medium-high complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. Not digging the sourness, somewhat unbalanced.