Kith & Kin – Innis & Gunn

Stout Anglaise en barrique, similaire à un Porter Baltique, 5.8%, de Edinburgh, Écosse. (NB Liquor)

English Stout, 5.8%, from Edinburgh, Scotland.
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25 = 4.16/5

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.

Colonel John Baker – Brasseurs du Petit-Sault

Dubbel Belge, 6.8%, de Edmundston. (NB Liquor)

Dubbel, 6.8%, from Edmundston, NB.
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4 = 3.99/5

Slightly veiled copper color with low activity. Slightly creamy beige 1 finger head in a goblet, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs but good lacing. Flavors of apples, berries, toffee, clove, honey, coriander, Belgian yeast, dark grains and herbal hops. Silky medium to full body with light prickly carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, very fine vinous feel, slightly dry and peppery, soft roast with some brown sugars, light balanced hops, densely malty and fruity. Good freshness and well intensified, though a good crisp is probably missing. Nice flavors with a delicate pleasant tongue feel. I like the complexity and the balance, although it lacks a bit of attenuation. The interpretation is quite decent, makes a nice spring beer, there’s a strong warming alcoholic scent and feel yet in a positive way. Overall very good quality craft.

Rype – Trailway Brewing Co.

Pale Ale Tropicale pas amère, 5%, de Fredericton. (NB Liquor)

Tropical Pale Ale, 5%, from Fredericton, NB.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 3.96/5

Deeply hazy, almost opaque dark gold color, with a caramel murky floating yeast cloud. Slightly creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, orange, coriander, caramel, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, indeed has a nice ripe tropical fruity juicy feel, with some wheat and balanced leafy hops. Highly accessible, well interpreted APA that is fruity but not bitter, so you can really say this is not an IPA. The balance is really impressive, I’ve never tasted a Pale Ale like that. Pleasant to drink and quite delicious, filling and fresh, although the body gets a little thin quite fast. Overall excellent quality craft.

Houblonnière – Brasseurs Du Monde

Double IPA Tropicale et houblons secs avec levure Belge, 5.2%, pas trop intense. De Sainte-Hyacinthe.

Double IPA, 5.2%, from Sainte-Hyacinthe, Québec.
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75 = 3.76/5

Densely hazy and cloudy, almost opaque, dark gold color, with a fine mist of yeast. Creamy and frothy beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with good legs and a high reaction to a swirl. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, grapefruits, pine, grass, caramel, butter, sweet grains and floral hops. Silky medium body with moderate crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, zesty tropical fruits, leafy and herbal, more towards dry hops, with some clovey and orange peels lingering on the tongue. Great freshness, must have some Belgian yeast in there. Well balanced and intensified for a double, yeah they upgraded keeping the same ABV. Solid flavors and body, very smooth and drinkable. Overall very good quality craft.

Sleigh Booster – Bridge Brewing Company

Double rousse/Brune de Noël similaire à un vin d’orge, 9%, bon apéritif. De North Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique. (NB Liquor)

Double Red Ale / Christmas Brown, 9%, from North Vancouver, British Columbia.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4 = 4.02/5

Almost opaque brownish color and a copper hue. Creamy dark beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with light legs but a good reaction to a swirl. Flavors of plums, prunes, molasses, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, black liquorice, dark grains and herbal spices. Creamy and milky medium body with a moderate crisp. Very strong finish, a bit dry, chalky and earthy, thick malty and bready barley feel with some grassy and super leafy hops. Nice barrel aged feel. Similar to a barleywine, but with dominant toffee, very well executed. Quite bold and robust, highly warming, while decently fresh. Festive but not excessive, could be drank anytime. Deeply flavorful, tasty but a bit too harsh, but there’s good balance in the flavors. Overall very good quality craft.

IPA Américaine des Appalaches – Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

Nouveau nom et image pour leur IPA Américaine, 7%, toujours très bonne! De l’Anse-à-beaufils, QC.

American IPA, 7%, from Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.78/5

Polished veiled and cloudy dark amber color with a powerful amount of activity. Creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with very strong sparkly legs. Aromas of citrus hops and bready caramel. Flavors of orange, lemon, citrus fruits, piney, caramel, pineapples, floral and herbal spices. Sugary with a sharp feel. Thick full body with moderate crispy carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with an highly leafy hoppy tea like feel, less tropical than most others, with some citrusy and piney tongue coat. Overall high quality craft offering a killer look and tons of powerful flavors that are well balanced. Decent freshness, silky body, with a nice buttery scent. Though a bit too intense for a single, less accessible.

Saison Du Pinacle – Brasserie Dunham

Une excellente Saison avec l’intensité d’une IPA, 6.5%, de Dunham, QC.

Saison, 6.5%, from Dunham, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25 = 4.35/5

Bright dark straw color with a slight veil and very dense storming activity. It gets cloudy with more yeast pour. Thick frothy and creamy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs, moderate lacing, and a good reaction to a swirl. Flavor of cheese, butter, straw, grapefruits, orange, lemon, pineapples, clove, peppercorn, caramel, wild yeast, grassy and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with extra crispy carbonation. Strong finish, quite long and tongue coating, a little dry but well intensified and nothing too excessive at first, yet the more yeast is poured the more hoppy and harsher it gets. Very fine rustic barnyard feel, highly sharp and edgy, rich tropical fruits with thick floral and piney spices. Powerful inviting smell. The complexity is quite high, with great balance in the flavors, a good freshness. Delicious taste with a pleasant oily body. Overall excellent quality craft, makes a really nice Saison / IPA.

Dernière Volonté Brett – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Une très bonne IPA Belge, mais qui ressemble maintenant beaucoup plus à une Saison avec probablement trop de levures sauvages brett, 7%, de Montréal, QC.

Belgian IPA / Saison, 7%, from Montréal, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.84/5

Hazy and veiled golden color, with a floating misty cloud of yeast, and very low activity. Foamy and slightly creamy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of Brett yeast, grapefruits, wheat, hay, lemon, clove, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium body with crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, not quite vinous but slightly dry, a bit cheesy and soapy with a powerful barnyard feel of straw and grass, including some notes of barley and leafy dry hops. Resembling more like a Saison than IPA. The intensity is really nice, but gets quite chalky on the tongue for a long while, but I don’t find it zesty nor sharp enough for an IPA, it’s thinner like a Saison. Still providing very good flavors, I find it lacks a bit of complexity and subtleness, too much Brett yeast. Overall high quality craft.

Tante Tricotante – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Une Tripel de qualité moyenne qui ressemble plus à une double Witbier / IPA, 8%, de Saint-Gédéon, QC.

Tripel, 8%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25 = 3.35/5

Deep hazy dark straw color, a bit cloudy, with sparkling activity. Dense foamy and frothy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with strong legs and a good swirl reaction. Flavors of wheat, coriander, lemon, soft clove, light grapefruits, Belgian and wild yeast, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with extra crispy carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium strength finish, soft hay, bready, with lots of dry hops. Good accessibility, but an under-intensified tripel. Lacks complexity and further Belgian qualities, even with all the yeast in. Slightly unbalanced with too much hops I find, feels more like a double witbier/IPA. Overall the quality is okay, could easily be a very good one with a bit of tweaking, or it didn’t reacted well to the cellar (3 months).

Grande Réserve 17 – Unibroue

Une exceptionnelle brunette Belge puissante qui s’utilise bien comme apéritif, 10%, de Chambly, QC.

Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10%, from Chambly, Québec.
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75 = 4.74/5

Thick veiled copper color, with a pink hue, and powerful carbonation activity. Extra foamy, delicate, beige 3 finger sparkly head, creating a foam island and lasting around 20 minutes, with some strong legs, a swirl easily reconstructs the head. Flavors of plums, prunes, cherries, vanilla, toffee, honey or maple, oak, clove, dark grains and herbal hops. Rich malty feel, delicious super fruity taste. Slick, almost creamy, full body with some extra crispy carbonation. Very strong finish, vinous and dry, bitter herbs with plenty of lingering dark fruits, densely spicy, oak bareel aged feel. Makes a nice appetizer though. Belgian qualities with a robust barleywine feel.

Overall : Exquisite quality; sexy lovely look, super warming, yet decently fresh for the ABV. Nice complexity with an inviting smell. My first review was rated 5, but now after 2 years in the cellar, I lowered the rating. Doesn’t age well, it was overly vinous and harsh, with not much developed aged feel. Not the worth to cellar me think, better fresh.