Setting Day Saison – Prince Edward Island Brewing Company

Saison de table, 3.5%, de Charlottetown, Île-du-Prince-Édouard.

Table Saison, 3.5%, from Charlottetown, PEI.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.44/5

3.5% ABV version : Misty and cloudy dark straw color, with low activity but lots of floating yeast. Foamy white 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs, but decent lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, wheat, lemon, green grapes, light grapefruits, hay, wild yeast and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with crispy carbonation. Light session strength finish, soft flowery dry hops with sharp zesty yeast, a bit wheaty with some coriander. Highly accessible entry level Saison, could be stronger. Good freshness with some filling qualities. Well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Nice taste with some delicate complexity in the finish, although it does have an underflavored barnyard feel. Overall good quality craft.

 

Pénombre – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

IPA Noire Forte, 6.5%, de Montréal, Québec.

Strong Black IPA, 6.5%, Montréal, Québec.
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75 = 3.63/5

Almost opaque dark brown with a ruby shade, a yeasty coat, and slightly active. Thick creamy and frothy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with a bit of legs, good lacing and swirl effect. Flavors of pine, coffee, dark chocolate, plums, cherries, orange peels, black liquorice, wild yeast, wet barley and dry leafy hops. Milky medium body with soft crispy carbonation. Extra strong finish, deeply herbal and coarse, dense tongue coat of thick grass and earth mixed with straw and dark malts. Chalky while sharp. Soft barrel aged feel of whiskey. Nice smooth and tender body. Lack balance and accessibility, overwhelming finish. Although for those looking for very bold IPAs will be well served. The quality is really high, but I’m a little disappointed. While the flavors are quite tasty, the finish really kills my throat.

L’Ambiguë – La Voie Maltée

Bitter Anglaise, 4.5%, de Jonquière, Québec.

English Bitter, 4.5%, from Jonquière, Québec.
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.61/5

Slightly hazy copper color with no activity and a very fine mist of yeast. Slightly creamy llight brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs, and average lacing. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, light molasses, berries, apricot, nutmeg, honey or maple syrup, and herbal spices. Liquid toffee, bready, with earthy herbal spices. Slick and light creamy full body with soft prickly carbonation, ending with a crisp. Medium strength finish, soft eater fruits, roasted barley, some toffee and liquorice, red ale spices, thick leafy hop. The bitterness is a little high, but not coarse nor too « wet ». Lacks a bit of complex walnut flavor. Pleasant body, accessible, with a nice smell. Good taste and freshness. The English feel is proper. Decent balance. Overall high quality craft.

 

Série Signature IPA – Les Trois Mousquetaires

IPA Américaine, 6%, de Brossard, Québec.

American IPA, 6%, from Brossard, Québec.
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75 = 4.58/5

Cloudy and veiled golden color with moderate activity, gets murky with the yeast. Thick creamy, frothy and rocky, white 3-4 finger sparkling head, lasting around 20 minutes, with generous legs. Flavors of pineapples, passion fruits, mangos, lemon, caramel, sweet grains, wheat, floral spices. Slick and smooth medium body that gets to full with the yeast drop, a bit silky, with extra crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, sharp and clean, light pine and leaves, delicate tropical fruits and sugary caramel malts, soft clove and butter, peppercorn, sharp yeast and flowery spices. Nice intensity and very accessible. Inviting fruity feel, no harsh tongue coat. Perfect representation of a well balanced single IPA, delicate and complex while highly flavorful. With the yeast drop it gets sharper and zestier, more dry and piney. Delicious with a satisfying body. Super refreshing. Highly recommended IPA, up there with Auval. Overall exquisite quality craft.

 

L’Éclipse – Microbrasserie Le Castor

IPA Noire, 6.8%, de Rigaud, Québec.

Black IPA, 6.8%, from Rigaud, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 = 4.41/5

Opaque with a very dark brown color. Creamy brown 3-4 finger sparkling head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with soft legs and good lacing. Pure inviting smell. Flavors of rich cappuccino, cocoa, pineapples, orange, peach, mangos, light pine, slight molasses and plums, wood, dark malts, with grassy and leafy herbal hops. Slick and silky medium body with crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength earthy finish, some clove and peppercorn dryness, nice tropical feel, with notes of oak. The tongue coat quickly dissipates. Incredibly well balanced and intensified. Very good interpretation of a black IPA, with a bit of barrel aged effect. Delicious and accessible. Good complexity and freshness. Top notch stuff from Castor as usual, great fine quality overall.

La Hangar – Microbrasserie L’Arsenal

IPA Anglaise (plus Américaine), 6.2%, de Charette, Québec.

English IPA (more American), 6.2%, from Charette, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3 = 3.07/5

Deep cloudy dark amber color, with moderate activity, and a floating mist of yeast. Thick foamy and frothy dark beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of pineapples, orange, pears, caramel, grapefruits, herbal spices. Moderately sweet fruitiness, with thick bitter leafy hops. Slick oily full body with soft crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, long astringent tongue coat, slightly dry and a very sharp piney feel, some maillard effect, lots of grassy and citrusy hops, tropical fruits, thick malt backbone, soft buttery and sharp yeast. A little too coarse and lacks balance in the flavors. Wet straw like grainy feel, not pleasant nor english. Okay flavors that doesn’t feel very fresh. The body is alright. Overall average quality craft. Not an english IPA, more American.