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I’ve come to realize Belgian IPA’s just may be my ideal beer style for summer. The Belgian yeast makes them incredibly refreshing on the palate and the hop content varies enough from brew to brew to keep things interesting.

Last night I enjoyed some delicious (and very well priced) pints at the Bellwood’s Brewery on Ossington. The atmosphere was great even though we weren’t on the beautiful patio, and the beers were fairly tasty. My buddy Steve even decided to order the Duck Heart’s (four hearts for $4). They were very tender and covered in a jalapeno sauce that provided a nice kick in the crotch, and a thirst for beer. Well done folks.

I’ve had a bottle of Catherine Wheel Belgian IPA from Bellwoods in my fridge since the last time I visited the retail shop and I decided today was a great day to drink it.

Beautiful evening in Etobicoke North

Beautiful evening in Etobicoke North

Pours a cloudy light amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of light citrus, flowers, grassy hops, and yeast. Light mouth-feel with more citrus, yeast, and grass. Its got a nice sweetness to it, but not diabetes-inducing by any means. Finish is dry, with grass and yeast. A little bit of lemon bitterness is evident, with some sweet malt undertones coming through. You wouldn’t guess it has an ABV of 7.2%

I’d recommend Catherine Wheel for a hot day on a patio. It’s not the best Belgian IPA I’ve ever had, but if it popped up on my Tinder page Catherine Wheel would be a firm right-swipe.

Study break beer review

I’ve been balls deep in the books all day, so I decided I’d earned myself a delicous beer break (its a thing, okay?!).

Now back during my time at home (Toronto) in the beginning of November I made the trek downtown to highly acclaimed Bellwoods Brewery to check out what all the fuss was about.

I went with a good buddy who also had never been there before. My first impression of the bottle shop was: “damn this place is small”. Still though, the woman working the cash was very helpful and gave some good descriptions of the 3 beers they had available. Being a craft beer fan with little self control, I got one of everything. This included the Galaxy Single hop Pale Ale, Hellwoods Russian Imperial Stout, and today’s beer of choice, Farmageddon barrel aged Brett Saison (all were 500ml bottles).

Farmageddon barrel aged Brett Saison – bottle conditioned:

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Cloudy straw colour with a frothy white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, and sweetness like licorice. On the palate are surprising tangy flavours, with yeast, spices, and a bit of sour citrus. Finish is slightly bitter with lingering hints of lemon and spice. The sourness dominates this beer, but in turn it hides the hefty 7.2% extremely well, so look out.

Overall, very smooth and sessionable. It was my first Bellwoods experience and I definitely plan on going back for more next time I find myself in Toronto.

I’m going to get my balls back in the books. Keep that stick on the ice folks!