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Driftwood Spring Rite

Formerly brewed at Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Belgian Ale
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The second in our local malt series. Inspired by the Abbey beers of Belgium, the base malt is an artisan barley that is grown and malted on the Saanich Peninsula (as close to the brewery as we can get). Finishing with a healthy dose of floral hops and the distinct funk of brettanomyces, Spring Rite will evolve with some aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchant in James Bay for $6.61 per bottle. Firstly, when I heard about this from an EskimoDave tweet I went stark raving mad and scoured the neighbourhood for bottles even though it hadnít been released... then I did it again Monday - the day before it was released - and perplexing the staff at Hillside Liquor, Cascadia Liquor Quadra and finally Spinnakerís Spirit Merchant in Vic West. "Iím looking for the First Rite... No? The Last Rite?... Okay, quit being a dumbass - where the hell are you hiding the Third Reich?" So finally, Tuesday my dementia settled down and I got a bottle - okay, 12 bottles. Its not often that someone tells you that a good Orval-like clone has been produced. I didnít care, dropped $80 to pick up a favourite beer clone from a favourite brewer. Driftwood is a fantastic brewery with great people and very inventive, creative and ,,, well fuck a third descriptor; theyíre cool. Thatís all you need to know. And you are willing to envy me for living in such a fine beering-city in the Pacific Northwest. This beer is deeper in colour than Orval but it has a nice orange hue. Great yeasty, bretty aroma - lightly fruity and tobacco. Fun yeasty and grainy front with fortified white wine. Green weeds. Flowering with flavour. This is wonderful, playing my palate and drilling my psyche. Congratulations on a fine follow-up local malt beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
In short: A very bretty/funky and very floral (lilacs and other scented garden flowers) golden ale. Wow!
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed approximately 7 months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Clear pale golden body topped by a large off-white head with medium retention
In long: Highly aromatic nose with bretty funk, a lot of lilacs, aromatic pepper like Voatsiperifery (the only one I now really know). In some ways with the lilacs and brett there was something a bit orval-esque about the aroma of this beer. Taste is funky, crackery malts, unsweetened scented candies, garden flowers petals, very low sweetness sensation, some biting grapefruits (often happens with brett beers). The brett was really coming out strong, I always wait 6 to 8 months before I drink brett beers, and I think it really paid-off with this one. No sweetness sensation whatsoever and a multi-layer of funk that excited each and every of my taste buds. Body feels very light. Underrated wild beer. I drank this beer with my favorite drinking buddy but he didnít want to taste it, he never wants to drink my beers, he doesnít like craftbeer, thatís why heís my favorite drinking buddy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ardiesr (62) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
Golden-amber colour with small head. Aroma with plenty of brett funk, citrus and malt notes. Flavour is delicate, mix of citrus, light malt flavours and more brett funk, yeast flavours mixed in, very dry. Delicious. Great silky mouth feel with well balanced light flavours with much depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
Very floral and peppery in the nose with underlying fruity esters. Clear deep golden coloured body is topped by a generous and long lasting, fine bubbled, off white head that coats the sides of the glass. Toasted malt flavours blend nicely with spicy and floral notes. The undercurrent of brett is unmistakable if less pronounced than say Orval, but there is a similaroty here in the flavour profile. Very dry with fairly strong, lightly prickly carbonation. Tulip glass. Just a bove fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (3139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
Thanks to Derek for this one. Pours a foggy light gold with a big frothy white top. Aroma is light malts and peppery spice. Taste is a maltiness that dries out the palate. Light peppery notes and a slight funk. Interesting beer and one I would like to try with some age on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2011
650ml bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a very clear medium gold with thin off white top and great sticky foam remaining on the glass as I drink. Aroma is mild yeast, clementine citrus, brett, some lemon. Taste is lemon, orange hop, brett, un oaked chardonnay, light yeast. Finish is lingeringly bitter and sharp. Overall, very fresh tasting and delicious...but I donít get Orval from this at all (if that was what they were going for).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14406) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
650mL bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours amber orange with a medium white head. Crisp aroma of Belgian yeast, brett, citrus, champagne and a sharp hoppy bite. Flavour of chardonnay, lemon / citrus, brett, orange peel and a hoppy finish. Bitter hoppy and dry vinous finish. Very well-done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
650ml bottle split with mcberko. Pours orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma citrus, grapefruit, hops, biscuit, grain. Flavour of citrus hops, some floral notes, orange peel, yeast. The hops are not as harsh as I expected. Lively flavour with a slightly dry finish. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Poor is light with very little head. Smells straight up funky with a hint of roast. Taste kinda sweaty. Itís also got a distinct malt lemon and fresh celery taste. Good beer thanks Adam!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
8/5/11. Bomber courtesy Adam! Clearish orange pour with a small tan head. Slight funk on the nose with Belgian yeast and esters. Surisingly light/thin flavor but with a definite funk touch and plenty of citrus character as well. Tasty!

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