7 Beers You Should Be Drinking This Fall

7 Beers You Should Be Drinking This Fall

There are still a few days left before fall officially turns to winter, so I am posting this at the last minute… but I assure you these beers are great choices for winter as well! Let’s be honest, in Canada winter kind of starts in October. Even if we have had a mild season so far, there are cold nights and snow on the ground, making these beers the perfect solution to warm up with!

In the fall and winter I always tend to lean towards the brown ales, harvest ales full of flavour and spice, stouts and porters. This fall I picked up seven different beers that I think every beer lover should try! Here are the reviews of what I have been sipping on this fall! 

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Yukon Brewing Belgian Gothic Saison 

Saison’s aren’t typically fall types of beers since they were originally brewed to cool the summertime thirst and let the farmhands relax. When I thought of this, it made me think of September, with farmers harvesting their fields at the end of the season, so I consider it a borderline fall beer. Yukon Brewing’s Saison is a beer that will refresh the palate after any long day of work, whether it is in the fields of your farm or at the office. 

A – pours a clear, honey yellow colour with a long lasting foamy lace of head

S – smells weedy, like fresh cut grass with some banana fruit and citrus hops

T – has herbal and citrus hops flavours balanced by the banana sweetness

M – fizzy carbonation, medium bodied, sweet and sour flavours balance together

O – lots of flavours going on in this beer, good carbonation and really is refreshing

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Prohibition Harvest Pumpkin Spiced Ale

What says autumn more than pumpkin? The Prohibition Harvest Pumpkin Spiced Ale has the warm fall feel with all the harvest spices. It was a no-brainer for me to try this season!

A – very little head, yet pours fizzy; clear pour with a light golden yellow colour

S – smelled bready, yeasty, and light notes of pumpkin spice

T – pumpkin spices complimented by bready malts

M – fizzy beer, light bodied, lingering pumpkin spices

O – overall a decent, easy to drink pumpkin beer with very noticeable pumpkin spices that taste like fall should

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Yukon Brewing Up The Creek Birch Sap Ale

 Something about tree sap sounds autumn to me which is why I picked up this birch sap ale from Yukon Brewing to try during the fall season. 

A – pours a caramel colour, slightly hazy, with a light line of fluffy white head

S – bready, caramel malts and some citrus hops

T – tastes similar to the smell with earthy citrus hops rounded out by the sweetness of the birch sap

M – bubbly, medium weighted beer with great citrus hops balanced by sweet birch sap

O – a very balanced beer with great flavours that go down smooth

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Howe Sound Pumkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Another pumpkin beer, this time in a strong dark form by Howe Sound, brings the flavours and aroma of fall right to your palate. 

A – pours dark, golden, copper colour, slightly hazy with fizzy, white head

S – pumpkin spices come to the nose right away – cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove – some scent of the pumpkin fruit itself as well

T – same as the smell – lots of pumpkin spice flavours with cinnamon really noticeably lingering

M – medium bodied, smooth finish with lingering cinnamon

O – a good pumpkin beer that holds true to pumpkin spice

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Okanagan Spring Chili Porter

When it’s cold outside, warming up to a spicy meal is often a good choice – so why not warm up to a spicy beer? What a great idea Okanagan Spring had to add chili to its porter! 

A – pours clear, dark brown/black with a thin line of fluffy tan coloured head

S – smells of cold coffee and some chocolate notes

T – tastes of some coffee with chocolate, rich malts and light chili notes at the end

M – the smoothness of the porter makes it easy to drink with a nice heat at the end that warms you up

O – very interesting beer, easy to drink, and great to warm up with on a cold winter night

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Saugatuck Brewing Neapolitan Milk Stout

I first tried this beer at a beer tasting event and fell in love with the flavours and creaminess of this beer immediately. Saugatuck Brewing has a lot of other interesting craft beers that I will have to seek out and try in the future!

A – pour black with a creamy, frothy, tan thick line of head that lingers for a long time

S – smells of the strawberry, vanilla and chocolate in neapolitan ice cream

T – tastes just like it smells – like neapolitan ice cream – letting the strawberries, vanilla and chocolate shine through the creamy milky, maltiness

M – creamy, milky, smooth, almost like melted neapolitan ice cream

O – a very balanced, solid stout that I love to drink! It’s heavy bodied and full of sweet milky flavours, tasting just like neapolitan ice cream. 

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Hub Survivor Stout

Hopworks Urban Brewery (Hub) make this stout with coffee and ancient grains (amaranth, quinoa, spelt, kamut, oats, wheat and barley) – I am not sure if it is the grains that they are alluding to for human survival in the name of the beer, or if it is the coffee – both are necessary! Either way this beer can help you survive the fall and winter cold nights! 

A – pours black, with a line of tan head that lingers

S – huge notes of coffee with some malts and chocolate 

T – tastes bready, lots of malts and some chocolate flavours with a large coffee finishing that lingers

M – smooth, heavy bodied, filling beer

O – if you only had this to survive on, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing – it’s heavy, filling, has coffee and all the grains you need! A great beer that I can enjoy more than one! 

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What are you drinking this fall and winter? Have you tried any of these beers?

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