La Flore Du Québec – Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

Saison, 5%, de l’Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.

Saison, 5%, from Anse-à-beaufils, Quebec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.7/5

Veiled straw color with faint activity. Gets deeply hazy and murky with more yeast pour. Slightly foamy light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs, okay lacing, but lacks a swirl effect. Flavors of green grapes, light grapefruits, flowers, wild yeast, caramel, black pepper, wheat, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation, softly crispy. Light to medium strength finish, clean and lightly dry, slightly sour and funky with a bit of hay, ending with balanced grains and flowery hops. Not much cheesy nor strong in the yeast department, the barnyard feel is too faint. Feels like a table Saison of session strength, similar to a Sofie but unfortunately not as complex. Gets a little more powerful the more the yeast is poured but still not enough for my taste. Still a nice pleasant and delicate Saison to enjoy, with good freshness. Overall very good quality craft.

Double IPA Bavaroise (Hors Série) – Les Trois Mousquetaires

Double IPA avec une touche Allemande de houblons secs floraux, 7.9%, de Brossard, Québec.

Double IPA with a German touch, 7.9%, from Brossard, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 = 4.38/5

Slightly hazy dark straw color with low activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast pour. Foamy and softly frothy white 3 finger sparkling head, lasting around 15 minutes, with okay legs and a good swirl effect. Flavors of mangos, pineapples, orange, grapefruits, pepper, soft clove, banana yeast, wheat and floral hops. Thick and smooth oily full body with sharp and extra crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, quite balanced and accessible at first while getting more tropical, citrusy and piney as the yeast is poured. The fruit flavors are deeply rich and the floral dry hops bouquet impressive. Great complexity and damn delicious. Very fresh yet filling. Solid double IPA with the intensity of a single, overall this is a superb quality craft. Highly recommended, almost as good as their Signature IPA.

Bog Water – Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Gruit Écossais, 6.6%, de Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

Scottish Gruit, 6.6%, from Vankleek Hill, Ontario.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.91/5

Clear and veiled copper color with moderate activity. Foamy and slightly creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs, decent swirl effect. The smell is almost butterscotch. Flavors of toffee, berries, light cherries, flowers, ginger, brown sugar, dark grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, slightly toasty, ending with a clean fresh barley feel and floral spices. Makes a very tasty and different kind of red ale, with more fruits, that I would drink anytime before regular reds. It’s still very herbal but pretty well balanced between the sugars and bitterness. I like that kind of complexity, being also quite fresh and filling. Probably gets dull and thin too fast, for the style it’s okay but I would of liked more carbonation and probably more yeast. Overall very good quality craft.

Trifolium – Brasserie Auval

Ale sauvage surette, 5%, de Val d’Espoir, Québec.

American Wild Ale, 5%, from Val d’Espoir, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 3.99/5

Clear straw color at first, with moderate pearly activity. Slightly foamy white 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with no legs but strong lacing and good swirl reaction. Flavors of cranberries, raspberries, lemon, green grapes, local wild yeast, wheat and floral hops. Slick oily medium body with a sharp crisp. Very strong sour finish, super funky and also puckering with sour fruits, lightly cheesy and rustic, ends with a balanced malty and hoppy feel. Soft barrel aged feel included, and it’s a bit candy like similar to Jolly ranchers. So acidic that I would only serve this as an appetizer, not in a large glass. There’s a hint of freshness somewhere in there, from the shadow of a Saison. Highly complex here, while I don’t really enjoy these powerful sour beers, the sour queen wife appreciates it a lot. Not completely unbalanced, but still extreme. Strangely warming and boozy for the ABV, really uplifting. Starting with no yeast, you get a nice grainy and flowery final, the more yeast you pour the more vinous and murky it gets, and more wheaty and citrusy. Overall excellent quality craft.

Bière De Balcon (framboises) – L’Espace Public

Ale sauvage surette / Berliner, 3%, de Montréal, QC.

Sour wild ale, 3%, from Montréal, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.62/5

Hazy and veiled orange/pink color with light activity. Faint foamy white 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with weak legs. Flavors of raspberries and wild berries, lemon, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong sour tart finish, not candy like but more acidic and truly fruity with no overwhelming sugars, ending with a rich malty feel with a hint of corn, which I enjoy in those styles. Probably more like Berliner than a true Wild ale, ends clean with no perceptible Wild yeast funk. It’s still quite fresh and decent to down in a hot summer day on the balcony. The fruits are really nice and the balance is there. The sour queen wife really likes it. Overall good quality craft.

Lune De Miel – Unibroue

Pale Ale Belge Forte, 8%, de Chambly, QC.

Strong Belgian Pale Ale, 8%, from Chambly, QC.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5 = 4.38/5

Aged around 6 months : Hazy and veiled golden color with heavy activity. Thick foamy, slightly frothy, lightly beige 3-4 finger head in the tulip, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with light legs but nice lacing, a decent swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, honey, lemon, green grapes, Belgian yeast, sweet grains, coriander, floral spices. Slick and smooth full body with almost champagne like carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, slightly wheathy and flowery, lightly meady having a rich honey feel, while zesty and sharp. Similar to a Don de Dieu, but less spicy and bit more complex. The flavors are incredibly well balanced, and the intensity highly accessible. One of the most treacherous low alcohol feel I’ve ever experienced, uplifting buzz included. It’s a crime to call this an amber ale (it’s on the bottle), this is clearly a strong pale ale with probably a bit more hops. Please make this a regular brew cause I can’t get enough of this. Delicate, filling, delicious, overall superb quality craft.

La Sacristine – Microbrasserie Le Secret des Dieux

Ale rousse style Irlandaise, 4.9%, de Pohénégamook, QC.

Irish Red Ale, 4.9%, from Pohénégamook, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.6/5

Deep murky brown color. Frothy and creamy dark beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with basic legs. Flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, soft ginger, light berries, toffee, barley and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with some prickly carbonation, slightly sharp. Light to medium strength, quite smooth, bready and filling. Ends with a rich malty caramel feel. Good freshness and accessibility. Well balanced although probably a little light on the spices, while I tend to prefer that kind of intensity. It’s a classic take on the style, nothing special to note. Overall good quality craft.

Full Time IPA – Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

IPA Américaine, 6.7%, de Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

American IPA, 6.7%, from Vankleek Hill, Ontario.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.74/5

Hazy dark straw/golden color with moderate activity and a mist of yeast. Creamy light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with poor legs, but a nice swirl effect and decent lace. Flavors of pineapples, lemon, grapefruits, pine, orange peels, caramel, sweet grains and herbal hops. Thick oily, almost milky medium to full body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength finish, tongue coating leafy tar of spruce, less tropical but still zesty, and lightly buttery. Quite coarse for a single, not accessible, only for the experienced mouths. So it lacks a little freshness, but I can see where it’s trying to go with the powerful West coast interpretation. The balance is alright in the flavors, the finish doesn’t overly kill them. Overall very good quality craft.

Capt. Craig – Distillerie Fils du Roy

Brown Ale Américaine, 5.5%, de Petit-Paquetville. (NB Liquor)

American Brown Ale, 5.5%, from Petit-Paquetville, NB.
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25 = 4.08/5

Clear and slightly veiled, dark amber/copper color, with low activity. Light creamy 1 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of walnuts, caramel, light chocolate, apples, berries, soft clove/orange peels, dark malts and herbal hops. Smooth creamy full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, filling butterscotch and barley, a bit beady and roasted, ending with balanced leafy floral hops. A good swirl with reveal an impressive walnut bouquet and taste. Quite tender with rich toffee sweetness. Not as bitter as a true English version, still the bitterness is well present and proper. Excellent balance between sweet and bitter, it’s delicate while effective on the tongue. Helps with the accessibility, and the and complexity is really nice. Overall excellent quality craft, pretty much as always, from this fine Acadie brewery.