On the Coast aired Nov 25 '14. Listen here:
Winter beer is usually all about vanilla, but for On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman, this year the holidays are about Christmas ales from Belgium.
Whyman says all three are vanilla-free, and can be imported from Bravo Beer Company or found at specialty beer stores.
Bonsecours Blonde de Noel : One of the only blonde ales brewed for Christmas, it is made with malt, candi sugar, hops and yeast. This is a sweet, yeasty and fruity beer with notes of clove, coriander and citrus.
Noel de Silenrieux: An organic spiced Belgian brown ale made with barley malt, candi sugar, hops and spices. It tastes of cherries, figs, grapes and pears. It has a sweet initial taste, moving to caramel and molasses.
Scaldis Noel: A dry-hopped Belgian strong dark ale made with barley malt, candi sugar, hops and yeast. It tastes of toffee, oak, nuts, pepper, stone fruit and all spice with the mouthfeel of a sherry or port.
Our incredible selection of Christmas beers are here, cleared customs, activated and ready to go. We've got some great new selections as well as the tried and true. Take your pick....or try them all!
The list goes on and on! So many beer festivals....so little time. This doesn't include the special events some amazing venues are putting together.
Whistler Beer Festival: Sat., Sept 13 12:00-5:00pm Olympic Plaza, Whistler
IVSA Vancouver - Trade Only - Mon., Sept 15, 1:30-4:30pm, Four Seasons, Vancouver
Steveston Beer Fest - Sat., Sept 20, 7:00-9:30pm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston
IVSA Victoria - Trade Only - Mon., Sept 29, 1:30-4:30pm, Delta Ocean Pointe Resort, Victoria
Hopscotch Kelowna - Fri. & Sat, Sept 26&27, 6:00-10:00pm, Kelowna Curling Club, Kelowna
Beerlesque - Fri., Oct 10, 6:00-11:00pm, the Roundhouse, Vancouver
Gluten Free Gala - Sat & Sun, Nov 15&16, 10am-4:00pm, Pearkes Rec Centre, Saanich, BC
Hopscotch Vancouver - Fri & Sat, Nov 21&22, 6:00-10:00pm, the Forum at the PNE, Vancouver
Non-Dom Christmas - Fri., Dec 5, 5:00-10:00pm, Studio East, 1480 Frances Street, Vancouver
Two weeks of Belgium fun. Buy either the Tripel Karmeliet or the Duchesse de Bourgogne and get the signature glass for free @Pronto or @Prontino. Also fill out a ballot for a chance to win tickets to the Whitecaps.
The 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver will take place on Sunday, November 30th and Bravo Beer Co has 2 prime tickets to give away simply for reviewing one of our stellar beers.
Can't get much better than that!
Review our beer, enter to win. Simple.
Please ensure you read the attached legal stuff as well as the contest rules and guidelines to participate.
You must have reached the age of majority in your province or territory of residence to participate in this contest.
How to Play
It’s easy. Just like Bravo Beer Co Facebook page, review one of our beer and post the review to FB!
1. Like Bravo Beer Co FaceBook Page
2. Review one of our beers listed under “Our Beer” on our website www.bravobeerco.com
Review must include:
• Your preferred contact address (phone, email, twitter, facebook, snail mail, other)
• Name of beer • Name of Brewery
• Alcohol Level
• Date of Review
• We suggest using RateBeer.com rating guide highlighted below:
Make sure the beer has as close as possible to the correct size head for the beer style. Ideally you should pour yourself a full serve so you can observe the proper head. Appearance: After pouring, look at the beer and write down as many things as you can about its visual appeal, including the colour, clarity, carbonation, head size and longevity and pattern of lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Now smell the beer. The very first smell is the one you need to pay most attention to, as your nasal sensors will quickly saturate. Move the glass away from you and breathe normal air and then try again. Look for and note down any attractive, unusual or bad aromas, hop character, malts, sweetness, fruitiness and other aromas. Swirling the glass can release some of the fainter more subtle aromas that are not evident the first time around.
Palate: The “feel” of the beer inside your mouth as you swallow it. How does the beer feel around the front of your mouth, the back of the mouth and as you swallow it? Is it velvety smooth or harsh, mouth filling like a stout or is it thin bodied like a watery lager? Sticky or cloying like over sweet soft drinks or does it strip your mouth out like vinegar? Is it balanced, or one-dimensional?
Flavour: This is how the beer tastes. How many different tastes and flavours can you identify? How does the initial flavour vary from the start, the middle, finish and aftertaste. Here you can describe the intensity of the bitterness, sweetness and sourness of the beer.
Overall: This can be a way of balancing up other features about the beer or anything else you like or dislike about it. This may include price, packaging or any other comments. How likely are you going to want to buy this beer again?
3. Post it on Bravo Beer Co FaceBook wall.
4. Repeat for next beer.
You are now automatically entered to win 2 tickets to the 2014 Grey Cup. Each beer reviewed will be entered to win so enter as many as you like – 1 per day. All entries must conform to this format or they will not be entered.
Draw date: November 15, 2014. Winners will be contacted by the preferred contact address listed in their beer review.
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