Luster – Trailway Brewing Co.

Pale Ale tropicale de style Ouest Américaine, 4%

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Tropical Pale Ale West coast style, 4%: Deep hazy and cloudy dark straw color with light activity. Slightly foamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of lemon, pineapples, soft grapefruits, wheat, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and oily full body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, highly tropical, slightly dry and leafy. Dominant lemony feel, very fresh with zesty yeast, and lightly spiced. More like a session IPA than APA. Quite tender and filling. Well intensified, balanced, while very tasty. Overall very good quality craft.

La Vie De Château – Le Grimoire

Bière épicée du genre rousse avec gingembre et vanille, 7%

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Spicy ginger red ale, 7%: Clear brown color with few activity. Foamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with shy legs, but decent lacing. Flavors of ginger, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, soft dark grains and hops. Slick and oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, cereal and bready, thick candy like sugary feel, with a soft rum sensation. Easily enters the holidays category from dense festive spices, not much else of use. The freshness is alright, it’s quite accessible with minimal harshness left over, plus the alcohol is hidden with a nice warming quality. Although it lacks complexity and refinement. Gets a little weird. Overall below average quality craft.

La Baptême – Microbrasserie Le Secret des Dieux

Pale Ale Tropicale, 4.8%

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Tropical Pale Ale, 4.8% : Hazy golden color with moderate activity. Soft creamy and frothy light beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with weak legs. Flavors of sweet grains, barley, caramel, light butter, soft grapefruits and orange, wheat and dry noble hops. Slick and smooth full body with a sharp crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, a bit tropical and dominantly hoppy with a dry leafy feel. Nice intensity, going for an IPA, yet still feels APA. Good balance and taste. Filling and pleasant. The smell is a little dull though. Overall high quality craft.

Gros Mollet – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Brown Ale Américaine avec une levure Belge, 7.8%

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American Brown Ale with Belgian yeast, 7.8%: Veiled copper color with lots of activity. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with timid legs. Flavors of toffee, elderberries, soft walnuts, lemon, nutmeg, ginger, dark grains and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with a moderate sharp crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, a bit alcoholic, softly roasted and bready, slightly leafy and nutty. Has a deeper warming touch except a little fresher that most browns, although probably not as filling. Would have preferred a nuttier feel, and less boozy. Light Belgian yeast in the smell, following a hint of clove in the aftertaste. Tastes and feels alright, nothing excessive, and decently balanced. Overall good quality craft.

Rascal – Trailway Brewing Co.

Stout Américaine orienté comme un vin d’orge fruité, 7%

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American Stout / Barleywine, 7%: Deep opaque black color. Thick cream brown 3 finger sparkling head, lasting around 10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of walnuts, cherries, berries, chocolate, light mocha and cocoa, toffee, roasted grains and herbal hops. Smooth creamy, almost milky, medium to full body with a soft crisp. Strong strength finish, slightly earthy but more fruity on the tongue, ends quite thick with leafy spices. Still accessible, only slightly chalky. The star here is the rich tasty ester fruits, not really coffee nor chocolate oriented, plummy like a barleywine. Yet it does ends quite roasted and coarse, slightly unbalanced. Nicely bodied and filling. Overall very good quality craft.

Kith & Kin – Innis & Gunn

Stout Anglaise en barrique, similaire à un Porter Baltique, 5.8%

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English Stout, 5.8% : Opaque black color. Slightly creamy brown 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs, but not much swirl effect. Flavors plums, berries, toffee, molasses, chocolate, coffee, light salmon, wood, walnuts, barley and herbal hops. Silky smooth medium body with a light crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, soft leathery feel, thick esters, roasted bread, light Rauchbier effect, with some hints of whiskey barrel. Superbly well balanced, incredibly rich nutty feel. Also a bit salty with light oysters. Yeah damn filled with tasty flavors. Highly alcoholic for the ABV, so the freshness takes a hit, but plentifully warming. Still well intensified and pleasant to drink, very rich and smooth. Nice complexity with a similar sensation to a Baltic Porter. Overall excellent quality craft.

L’Impardonnable – Microbrasserie Le Secret des Dieux

IPA Américaine standard, 6.8%

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American IPA, 6.8%: Hazy and cloudy dark golden color with almost no activity. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with good legs. Flavors pineapples, grapefruits, pine, butter, clove, sweet roasted grains and leafy hops. Creamy full body with a sharp crisp. Strong strength finish, piney and leafy tongue coat, sweet tropical fruits, with light orange peels and spruce tar. A bit coarse but still tolerable, hits the accessibility. Good taste, nicely bodied, decently balanced. Basic American style, well interpreted, overall good quality craft.

L’Armûre – Le Grimoire

Bière aux fruits du genre framboises avec une touche d’épices de rousse, 7%

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Fruit beer / Red Ale, 7%: Clear dark amber caramel color with moderate activity. Slightly creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with thin legs. Flavors of raspberries, light cherries, sweet grains, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, barley and herbal hops. Slick full body with soft prickly and crispy carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, more sour than bitter, softly dry, very accessible black fruity feel, slightly grainy and bready. Truly a fruit beer, does the job well, with some hints of red ale spices. Not much complex, nor well balanced. Highly sugary, yet it ends not too bad with a pleasant thick berry tart effect on the tongue, similar to a jolly rancher candy. Average taste with a well rounded body. Decent freshness, and the scent is incredibly inviting. Overall okay quality craft.

Boutefeu – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Ale Rousse Américaine/Anglaise très forte, 5.1%

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American / English Red Ale, 5.1%: Deep murky brown color with a pronounced copper hue. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of toffee, berries, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, light chocolate and nuts, dark grains and herbal hops. Light creamy and oily medium to full body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, bready, sugary brown caramel, with typical red ale spices, soft oysters, ends densely leafy and coarse on the tongue. Light brown ale toasty feel in there, lots of English personality. A little dull and lacks freshness. The maillard effect is too burned. Decent taste and feel, quite bold, hits the accessibility. Overall good quality craft.

L’Oeil Du Mouton – Tête d’Allumette

Vossaøl, style historique Norvégien, 7.5%, un genre Märzen bock Allemand épicé avec une touche de levure Belge.

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Vossaøl 7.5%, a Norwegian type of brew, me likes when someone try historical stuff. Clear dark amber color, slight veil, with almost no activity. Pouring the yeast makes it slightly hazy. Foamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent lacing. Flavors of caramel, soft molasses, dark grains, esters like berries, pears, apples, wild yeast and some unknown spicy herbs. Bready and filling, quite warming with a strong alcoholic touch. Feels kinda like a Märzen, a bit German in personality, with some kind of a fruity bock effect. Slick medium body with a light crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, a bit nutty and roasted, spicy tongue coat with some plummy fruits…although the tongue coat is quite thick and leafy, with dominant sugary barley and wheat. It’s a nice brew in colder times that is easy to down and giving up a rich finish. The freshness is well present from the sharp yeast (Belgian?), and there’s good balance in the flavors. A little swirl will reveal a powerful delicious smell. The ingredients is of high quality, and the intensity accessible. Overall excellent quality craft.