Beer Review: Strange Times for Modern Fellows from Strange Fellows and Modern Times

cxgummvuaaavabtStrange Times for Modern Fellows is a collaboration, or collabeeration, between Strange Fellows Brewing from East Vancouver and Modern Times Beer of San Diego California.

Both of these breweries make some absolutely fantastic beers, so I was very interested to find out what sort of flavour explosion would occue when these two forces of fermentation collided.

Official description:

Brewed in June 2016 in collaboration with the folks from Modern Times Beer in San Diego, this is a complex, dry and refreshing beer. Fermented with a unique multiculture, flavours of pineapple, Lemon and Lychee dominate this bottle-conditioned beer

Bottle: 750 ml

ABV: 6.5%; IBU: 25; OG: 1.955

Price: $16

Tasting notes:

The beer pours out a light amber colour, with a medium white head that leaves gentle lacing.

The nose is tangy with aromas of pineapple, citrus, lychee, malt, and a faint amount of hops.

Being a soured beer the mouthfeel is tart, but not overpoweringly so and the carbonation creates a gentle tingling sensation.

The palate is complex and fruity, with the most predominant flavours being mango, pineapple, citrus, and stone fruit, with very subtle hints of lychee. There is also a touch of spicy yeasty aftertaste that is typical of brettanomyces.

This is an incredibly refreshing sour beer with a subtle and complex fruity pallet. I’m not normally a huge fan of fruity beers, finding them too sweet, but I found this beer incredibly drinkable with a dry finish. It’s not really what you’d think of as a fall beer, but I’m the kind of person who drinks stouts in the height of summer, so that doesn’t bother me at all.

Rating: 4.75/5