Ok, I went to a beer tasting about 6 months ago which featured some Canadian craft brewers. Among the brews were some funky “Belgians”. I’m putting “Belgian” in quotes because they were made in Canada, but more importantly, “Belgian” isn’t a style, and these were things like “Belgian IPA” and “Belgian Stout.”
I really liked them, but I have no idea which yeasts (or other bugs) would give me the flavours I was tasting.
The best descriptor I can think of is “cheesey”, though “ropey” might also work.
I’ve now brewed with Saison, Duvel, and Wit yeasts, and I find that those are all distinguished by their ester/phenolic profiles. Is there a more funky Belgian yeast out there? I’ve brewed with Brett before, and it ain’t that. These were rather hoppy brews, so maybe it was a tremendous amount of flavour hopping?