La Confesse – Microbrasserie Le Secret des Dieux

Stout à l’avoine, 4.8%, de Pohénégamook, Québec.

Oatmeal stout, 4.8%, from Pohénégamook, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25 = 4.06/5

Tulip recommended. Opaque dark brown color, almost black. Slightly creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with light legs, but good lace and decent swirl effect. Flavors of prunes, berries, plums, light chocolate, liquorice, dark malts and herbal spices. Barrel aged notes similar to a Russian stout and barleywine. Silky and creamy medium to full body with slightly crispy and prickly carbonation. Strong finish, tender rich malty and fruity feel, while thicky leafy and leathery, and a bit chalky. Has a nice earthy feel to it. Quite filling and warming. Powerful but decently fresh, it’s deeply rich and well intensified. Highly enjoyable brew, easy to down while complex and pleasant. Best brew they make.

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.

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.

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.

Shawi Beach IPA – Le Trou Du Diable

IPA Américaine style West coast, 6.5%, de Shawinigan, QC.

West coast American IPA, from Shawinigan, QC.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.16/5

Pretty clear, slight haze, dark straw color with lots of activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast pour. Frothy and creamy faint beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with generous legs. Flavors of pineapples, grapefruits, lemon, pine, pepper, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium body with zesty and sharp carbonation. Medium to strong finish, highly tropical, a bit leafy and piney and clovey on the tongue. Though it’s well intensified, very fresh and ends quite clean. Low buttery feel and maillard effect, still highly sugary. West coast kind of IPA, delicious and filling, I enjoy this a lot ! Overall excellent quality craft.

Fuller’s ESB – Fuller Smith & Turner

Classique ESB, 5.9%, de Chiswick, Londre, UK. (SAQ)

Extra Special Bitter, 5.9%, from Chiswick, London, UK.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 = 4.42/5

Copper color. Minimal head that dies fast. Sour smell but slightly fruity. Smooth taste with a perfect crisp. Rich grainy and hoppy feel. Overall : Fully bodied beer with well balanced flavors. Truly a blast to drink!

Sour French Kiss – Microbrasserie Charlevoix

Bière surette aux fruits et de blé, 4.5%, de Baie-Saint-Paul, QC.

Sour wheat and fruit beer, 4.5%, from Baie-Saint-Paul, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.84/5

Clear, slightly veiled, reddish/orange color with moderate activity. Foamy pink 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with light legs. Flavors of cranberries, wild berries, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with prickly and soft crispy carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, sour but not candy like, more like fresh fruits, highly attenuated yeast with low maillard effect, soft wheat with a light finish of dry hops. The freshness is pretty good. Not much complexity, but still a pleasant all around fruit beer with just really good ingredients. Overall very good 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.

United Peppers – Tête d’Allumette

Saison Belge poivrée, 7.6%, de St-André-de-Kamouraska, QC.

Spicy Belgian Saison, 7.6%, from St-André-de-Kamouraska, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5 = 3.53/5

Bottle around 6 months old : Slightly veiled straw color with moderate activity. Foamy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs but decent lacing. Flavors of apples, pears, lemon, soft wild yeast, coriander, honey, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with a light crisp. Light strength finish, highly accessible, wheathy and peppery, yeasty and citrusy, with floral spices. The barnyard feel is at minimal, got a thick maillard effect that I don’t like for the style. Still highly fresh, the alcohol is pretty well hidden and quite treacherous. It’s an easy and enjoyable Saison, delicate but lacks a bit of complexity. Overall good quality craft.

Luster – Trailway Brewing Co.

Pale Ale tropicale de style Ouest Américaine, 4%, de Fredericton. (NB Liquor)

Tropical Pale Ale West coast style, 4%, de Fredericton, NB.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 4/5

Deep hazy and cloudy dark straw color with light activity. Slightly foamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of lemon, pineapples, soft grapefruits, wheat, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and oily full body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, highly tropical, slightly dry and leafy. Dominant lemony feel, very fresh with zesty yeast, and lightly spiced. More like a session IPA than APA. Quite tender and filling. Well intensified, balanced, while very tasty. Overall very good quality craft.