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. De St-André-de-Kamouraska.

Vossaøl (historical Norwegian style), 7.5%,  from St-André-de-Kamouraska, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25 = 4.1/5

Vossaøl, 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.

American IPA – Innis & Gunn

IPA Américaine avec une touche Britannique, 5.6%, de Edinburgh, Écosse. (NB Liquor)

American IPA, 5.6%, from Edinburgh, Scotland.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.81/5

Cloudy golden color with moderate activity. Creamy and frothy light beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of pineapples, lemon, caramel, soft orange peels and clove, roasted grains with leafy and herbal hops. Smooth oily full body with crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, thick citrusy tongue coat, heavily malty in a wet barley way and a bit wheathy. Dense floral spiciness, nice freshness though, and pleasantly bodied. Very tasty but quite bold and a bit too harsh, hitting the accessibility. Still quite enjoyable, ending sugary on the tongue, with some degree of balance in there, and high quality malty feel at the end. I think it’s well represented, yet with a proper English feel. Overall very good quality craft.

Cartier’s Columbus – Shiretown Beer

IPA Américaine avec orientation Anglaise, 6.5%, de Charlo. (NB Liquor)

English IPA, 6.5%, from Charlo, NB.
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25 = 3.24/5

Cloudy and murky dark gold color with low activity but very yeasty. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of lemon, caramel, barley, biscuits, orange peels, leafy and herbal hops. Smooth oily medium body with a light crisp. Medium strength finish, lots of dominant roasted sweet grains, some butterscotch, kinda earthy and very spicy, with thick leafy and floral hops. Has more of an English oriented sensation with a weak tropical feel, but a lot bolder than a typical English IPA. Lacks freshness, quite coarse on the tongue, and missing some carbonation a bit, making it less accessible. Interesting taste, it’s nice but quickly overwhelmed by the finish. Overall decent 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.

Houblon Libre – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

IPA noire légèrement fumée en barrique, 7.7%, ressemble beaucoup à un barleywine ou stout impériale russe. De Saint-Gédéon.

Black IPA, 7.7%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4 = 4.03/5

Opaque deep brown/black color. Thick creamy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with generous legs and a strong swirl effect. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, plums, pine, orange, caramel, soft liquorice and molasses, barley and herbal hops. Smooth and creamy medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong finish, slightly chalky and quite earthy, tropical fruits, clovey, dark roasted malts, ends with leafy hops and a bit smokey (rauch style). Although it’s a long and heavy unaccessible spruce tongue coat. There’s a barrel aged flavor turning the malts similar to a barleywine or Russian stout. Robust while still enjoyable, yet the freshness takes a hit. Nicely balanced, very tasty and warming. Overall very good quality craft.