ABV 6.4% IBU 24
This week’s beer profile is a classic from one of our favourite West End Toronto Breweries, Halo! Tokyo Rose is a classic and is always a popular choice among our brewery crawlers when they get a chance to sample it. Tokyo Rose is a very approachable, yet complex Saison that always leaves me wanting ‘just one more’.
The saison, or farmhouse ale, style is one that hasn’t achieved mass market appeal. Although popular among the craft beer crowd, commercial breweries aren’t releasing saison’s by the dozen to try and ride the coat tails of craft brewers like they have with IPAs. The delicate flavours, esters, and tempermental Belgian yeast can make producing an approachable farmhouse ale a difficult task. Halo Brewery is up to the challenge with Tokyo Rose.
Spicing up a Classic Belgian
This beer isn’t a strict Belgian style. The Sorachi Ace hops are from Japan (hence the Tokyo Rose name). Halo Brewery posts all of their recipe’s online in case you want to try your hand at brewing one up yourself. Click here for the recipe to Tokyo Rose.
Tokyo Rose pours a clear pale golden straw colour with a nice white and foamy top. The carbonation level is medium. I would describe the aroma as a lemony funk – as expected in a farmhouse ale. The flavour is small parts sour, floral, and fruity. This beer is brewed with Rosehips and I think the floral note comes from them. The finish is dry and not too bitter.
This beer deserves a slow clap. I can’t seem to keep any in my fridge for any length of time – they just vanish. Do yourself a favour and try Tokyo Rose by Halo Brewery.