Imperial Ginger Cat – Mill Street Brewery

Bière de blé double épicée (gingembre) et à l’orange, 7%

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Ginger double wheat orange beer, 7%: Hazy and cloudy dark gold color with few activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good lacing. Flavors of orange, light passion fruits, peach, ginger, vanilla, coriander, wheat, sweet grains, nutmeg, and floral spices. Bready and wheathy, quite sugary and a bit candy like, soft spices. Creamy and silky full body with moderate prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, gingerbread and red ale kind of feel, a bit of straw and cereal, soft tropical fruits and clove, with some noble hops. Belgian like. Smells like orange crush, almost feels like a radler. Good freshness and taste, not overly ginger. Very nicely bodied, thick and filling. A bit too sugary I think, too candy like. Good accessibility, not harsh. Overall good quality craft, a nice try but I wouldn’t drink this casually. Festive for once a year, like Halloween or the holidays.

Moinette Brune – Brasserie Dupont

Ale ambrée forte Belge, 8.5%

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Belgian strong dark ale, 8.5%, aged around 6 months : Cloudy and veiled dark brown with a red hue, extremely active. Creamy brown 1-2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with not much legs but good lacing and a decent swirl reaction. Flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, wild berries, cherries, roasted grains, Belgian yeast, coriander, ginger, and herbal hops. Slick and silky medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, malty and bready, thick esters and spices, a bit leafy with sharp yeast, lightly sour from the aging process that’s far from excessive. Moderately alcoholic. Pleasantly spiced and yeasty, including a hint of barrel aged feel of cheese. Fits well in winter time celebrations having of festive qualities. Decent freshness and bodied. Highly warming, could easily be used as an appetizer, it’s salivating with sugars. Complex and really well made. Aged well in the bottle. Overall excellent quality craft.

Le Trinqueur – Brasseurs Du Monde

Scotch Ale, 9%

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Scotch Ale, 9%, aged 6 months : Near opaque deep brown, almost black, with a copper hue and lots of activity. Slightly creamy brown 2-3 finger bubbly head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs and average swirl reaction. Flavors of liquorice, dark berries, prunes, coffee, dark grains, walnuts, and herbal hops. Slightly creamy, but more oily, medium body with light crispy carbonation. Very strong strength finish, a bit chalky, thick earthy feel, molassy with brown sugar and raisins, also vinous but the aged feel while overly acidic (hits the throat). The bottle didn’t age really well, heavily alcoholic and unbalanced, similar to whiskey. Astringent and tongue coating fruity barrel feel included, not fresh nor accessible. The body is not pleasant and it lacks complexity. Overall average quality craft, probably better if not aged, not an excuse for this type of brew.

Musje – Brasserie Dunham

Saison, 4.5%

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Saison, 4.5%: Deep cloudy almost opaque dark straw color with no visible activity. Extra foamy and frothy mountainous light beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong legs and a good swirl reaction. Flavors of cheese, sweet grains, lemon, wild berries, grapefruits, wild yeast, wheat and straw, with floral hops. Silky and smooth medium to full body with extra crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, flowery noble spices and sharp yeast, highly fruity with a strong barnyard feel. Belgian style Saison/Pasterbier, not an APA, but it’s more intense than a table Saison with similar ABV. Really pleasant and uplifting. Well balanced, super fresh, nice complexity. Overall excellent quality craft.