Wellington County Brewing
The early brewing influences in 19th century Canada borrowed much from
English, Scottish and Irish settlers and their traditional ales. Ale brewing
pretty much disappeared in the 20th century, except in Quebec, until Canada
followed the American trend with a microbrew revolution.
Wellington was one of the early players in this revival, located in Guelph (40
miles from Toronto) in 1985. The brewery was established with a view to making
classical ale styles, benefiting from Guelph’s artesian wells and hard water
(which works better for ale brewing).
Real ale is a British tradition, and Wellington claims to be the first North
American brewer in modern times to use this technique.
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||Type: Brown/Strong Ale
|Ruby-reddish brown color, something close to
well-polished mahogany, and certainly looks English on first impressions.
There’s a nice adequate tan foam formation and a fairly light bubble
activity. The aroma tells you right away that this is going to be a
fruity, malty ale. It’s deep and instantly noticeable with signs of
raisin and plums as well as a definite alcohol presence. The palate is
slightly fizzy at first, but not too heavy and smoothing out a little in
the middle. Right away I got the fruity malt in the flavor. The fruitiness
lingers right into the aftertaste and picks up some nutty, woody, toasty
notes along the way, followed by a satisfying dry bitter finish. The
aftertaste is persistent; you’ll certainly know you’ve been drinking
it with an alcohol presence that warms both the palate and the soul.
|Ratings: Appearance: 3/5
Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 3.9
Last Updated: 07/24/2001