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Rating
91.00
Price
$5.69/650 ml

Leap beer indeed. This was brewed on Feb. 29, 2016, that extra day on the calendar, which Tree Brewing of Kelowna, B.C., did not squander making this excellent potation. It's a limited-release offering concocted in collaboration with Beau's, a noteworthy craft counterpart based in Vankleek Hill, Ont., to celebrate the two establishments' respective anniversaries (Tree was founded 20 years ago, and Beau's just reached the ripe age of 10). The East-meets-West recipe starts with Tree's bock-beer base and derives additional flavourings from Beau's locally sourced Ontario hops as well as another bittering agent, the peppery bog myrtle plant. A fine balance was achieved. Deep amber-brown in colour, the beer is full-bodied, at 6.7-per-cent alcohol, with creamy effervescence. Malty and rich with fruity notes that suggest fig and date as well as a caressing essence of caramel, it's complemented by a smoky overtone owing to the smoked malt. Substantial and deliciously autumnal, it finishes dry. Available at the above price at Tree Brewing's two Kelowna locations, as well as select stores in B.C.'s Okanagan, Alberta and Manitoba.

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