New Lang Syne from Beau’s

Colourful Packaging

When I was asked to try Beau’s New Lang Syne, Taylor Campbell from Beau’s explained that they were asking some folks more associated with wine to try this specialty beer as it was something quite a bit different.

Not only is the packaging beautifully done (doesn’t it remind you of a sparkling wine?), the contents themselves are just as well done. Bottle-conditioned with Champagne yeast, the cork comes out fairly easily, as this beer is well carbonated (careful!), and pours with a massive head.

Aged in oak wine barrels for 4 months, this Belgian Tripel style beer is quite a unique offering! The nose imparts baking spice and clove on top of citrus peel and wet stone. There’s hints of traditional hops intermingled which makes this a beer (I almost said wine!) that you can sip over a longish period (if you can resist).

The frothy head diminishes to provide a palate thats starts off fruit forward and malty, showing tropical fruit and some buckwheat honey sweetness. It’s moderate weight belies the 9% alcohol of this Tripel, and the hops are well balanced with the malts. There’s a slight astringency (can this really be tannins in a beer?) and the finish is clean and slightly drying, showing some more baking spice and white pepper.

A very special and very tasty beer for your loved ones over the holidays. I recommend you find some of these before they all disappear, as they are a limited item. Available at the LCBO and the Brewery in Vankleek Hill (that’s the “VKH” on the tag).

$16.00, and I give it ****1/2 out of 5.

(Sample was provided free of charge by Beau’s All Natural Brewing)


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Win Free Tickets to Upcoming Savvy “Oh Canada” Wine Taste n’ Buy Event

Savvy Company offers some great events and this one promises to be no different. With over 100 wines, cheeses, and other goodies to try from NS to BC, it should be a fun event. I’ve been given the opportunity to give away 4 tickets to the event – and these are the VIT (Very Important Taster) tickets that get you in for early access (at 5PM).

Date: Thursday June 22nd
Time: 5PM (for VIT tickets)
Location: Horticulture Building – Lansdowne Park (near TD Place)

Who’s Coming? This was the last list I saw but it is changing all the time:

From British Columbia…

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Sperling Vineyards

From Niagara…

Legends Estates Winery
Reif Estate Winery
The Good Earth Food & Wine Co.
Two Sisters Vineyards
Westcott Vineyards
Vieni Estates

From Prince Edward County…

Casa-Dea Estates Winery
Huff Estates
Karlo Estates
Keint-he Winery & Vineyards
Kinsip House of Fine Spirits
Trail Estate Winery

From other corners of Ontario & Ottawa…

Copper Tree Creative Studio
Mariposa Dairy
Pure Bread Bakery
Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co.
St-Albert Cheese Co-op
The Merry Dairy
Top Shelf Preserves

From Quebec…

Ferme Guy Rivest
Fromagerie Montebello
Fromagerie Nouvelle-France
Fromagerie du Presbytere
Vignoble Carone Wines

From P.E.I…

COWS Creamery

From Nova Scotia…

Gaspereau Vineyards
Jost Wines

For more details on the event, check out the Savvy page here:–white-ottawa-june-28542



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