IPA Américaine, 6.8%, de Montréal.
American IPA, 6.8%, from Montreal.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.88/5
Deep hazy dark gold color with lots of activity and a yeast cloud. Creamy and frothy light beige 2 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with a bit of legs, but having a great swirl effect. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, orange, lemon, soft pine, sweet grains, light caramel, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium to full body with prickly and crisp carbonation. Strong strength finish, slightly leafy, more tropical, citrusy, and floral with dry hops. Residual notes are quite pleasant and well balanced. Nice intensity ending quickly clean. Solid IPA and American interpretation. Overall very good quality craft.
Pale Ale Anglaise, 4.4%, de Blandford St. Mary, Angleterre.
English Pale Ale, 4.4%, from Blandford St. Mary, England.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.43/5
Clear golden color with almost no activity. Slightly foamy white, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs and swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, rye, barley, walnuts, light roast, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and berries. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, thick malty feel of cereal and bread with balanced leafy hops. Toffee and vegetal. Filling and decently pleasant, but lacks complexity. Good freshness and accessibility. Nothing amazing to note, pretty basic. Unfortunately probably light struck from the clear glass bottle. Overall good quality craft.
Saison, 5%, de l’Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.
Saison, 5%, from Anse-à-beaufils, Quebec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.7/5
Veiled straw color with faint activity. Gets deeply hazy and murky with more yeast pour. Slightly foamy light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs, okay lacing, but lacks a swirl effect. Flavors of green grapes, light grapefruits, flowers, wild yeast, caramel, black pepper, wheat, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation, softly crispy. Light to medium strength finish, clean and lightly dry, slightly sour and funky with a bit of hay, ending with balanced grains and flowery hops. Not much cheesy nor strong in the yeast department, the barnyard feel is too faint. Feels like a table Saison of session strength, similar to a Sofie but unfortunately not as complex. Gets a little more powerful the more the yeast is poured but still not enough for my taste. Still a nice pleasant and delicate Saison to enjoy, with good freshness. Overall very good quality craft.
IPA Tripel, 10%, de Boucherville, Québec.
Tripel IPA, 10%, from Boucherville, Quebec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.7/5
Deep hazy and veiled golden color with storming activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast. Thick foamy and creamy beige 4-5 finger head in the tulip, lasting around 15 minutes, with good set of legs and lacing, but a poor swirl effect. Flavors of pineapples, orange, green grapes, mangos, caramel, sweet grains, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander and herbal spices. Oily medium body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength finish, feels wheathy with a bit of hay, deeply hoppy and tropical, leafy and grassy. This is a Belgian IPA / Tripel interpretation. I get a light brett and wild yeast feel in there. The freshness is decent but could be better. It’s a bit vinous and heavily alcoholic, way too much, hits the complexity. The body gets dull quite fast, and the flavors lack balance. The smell is highly boozy, quite a bold brew and not accessible. With a bit of tweaking this could be promising. Still overall a high quality craft that is packed with flavors.
Gruit Écossais, 6.6%, de Vankleek Hill, Ontario.
Scottish Gruit, 6.6%, from Vankleek Hill, Ontario.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.91/5
Clear and veiled copper color with moderate activity. Foamy and slightly creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs, decent swirl effect. The smell is almost butterscotch. Flavors of toffee, berries, light cherries, flowers, ginger, brown sugar, dark grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, slightly toasty, ending with a clean fresh barley feel and floral spices. Makes a very tasty and different kind of red ale, with more fruits, that I would drink anytime before regular reds. It’s still very herbal but pretty well balanced between the sugars and bitterness. I like that kind of complexity, being also quite fresh and filling. Probably gets dull and thin too fast, for the style it’s okay but I would of liked more carbonation and probably more yeast. Overall very good quality craft.
Pale Ale Belge Forte, 8.5%, de Tourpes, Belgique. (NB Liquor & SAQ)
Strong Belgian Pale Ale, 8.5%, from Tourpes, Belgium.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25 = 3.97/5
Clear and slightly hazy gold color with storming activity. Thick foamy and slightly frothy white 1-2 finger head in the goblet, lasting around 10 minutes, with moderate legs, strong lacing, and a thick swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, honey, apples, spices, coriander, clove, ginger, sweet grains, wild yeast, banana yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength finish, slightly vinous and dry, bold spices but proper for the style, soft hay and wild yeast but not like a Saison. Ends slightly leafy and thickly grainy, more sugary and bready. Quite warming and uplifting. Light barrel effect of cheese. Good complexity yet feels a little too boozy; lots of similar brew have this well hidden. Decent freshness but lacks a bit, a sharper body would’ve been nice, like a Chouffe. You can see this is going for a Saison/Tripel kinda way, while still remaining true to the style. Not as accessible as other good examples. Overall excellent quality craft.
Ale sauvage surette / Berliner, 3%, de Montréal, QC.
Sour wild ale, 3%, from Montréal, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.62/5
Hazy and veiled orange/pink color with light activity. Faint foamy white 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with weak legs. Flavors of raspberries and wild berries, lemon, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong sour tart finish, not candy like but more acidic and truly fruity with no overwhelming sugars, ending with a rich malty feel with a hint of corn, which I enjoy in those styles. Probably more like Berliner than a true Wild ale, ends clean with no perceptible Wild yeast funk. It’s still quite fresh and decent to down in a hot summer day on the balcony. The fruits are really nice and the balance is there. The sour queen wife really likes it. Overall good quality craft.
Pale Ale Belge Forte, 8%, de Chambly, QC.
Strong Belgian Pale Ale, 8%, from Chambly, QC.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5 = 4.38/5
Aged around 6 months : Hazy and veiled golden color with heavy activity. Thick foamy, slightly frothy, lightly beige 3-4 finger head in the tulip, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with light legs but nice lacing, a decent swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, honey, lemon, green grapes, Belgian yeast, sweet grains, coriander, floral spices. Slick and smooth full body with almost champagne like carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, slightly wheathy and flowery, lightly meady having a rich honey feel, while zesty and sharp. Similar to a Don de Dieu, but less spicy and bit more complex. The flavors are incredibly well balanced, and the intensity highly accessible. One of the most treacherous low alcohol feel I’ve ever experienced, uplifting buzz included. It’s a crime to call this an amber ale (it’s on the bottle), this is clearly a strong pale ale with probably a bit more hops. Please make this a regular brew cause I can’t get enough of this. Delicate, filling, delicious, overall superb quality craft.