Palabre 21 Trans IPA – À l’abri de la Tempête

Saison IPA, 6.8%, de L’Étang-du-Nord, Îles de la Madeleine.

Saison IPA, 6.8%, from L’Étang-du-Nord, Îles de la Madeleine.
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.3/5

Hazy dark straw color, moderate activity, with a fine mist of yeast. Thick foamy and frothy white 3-4 finger island head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with a bit of legs, and good lacing. Flavors of lemon, grapefruits, mangos, light pineapples, sweet grains, wheat, soft cheese, wild brett yeast, floral spices. Sweet tropical fruits, moderately bitter with dry hops. Oily and silky medium to full body with crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, slightly dry, straw and hay feel, grassy noble hops, sharp bitter yeast, soft clove and peppercorn. Belgian yeast with German hops, fits well and feel complex. My bottle was a little old, from august 2016, probably with some attenuated hops. Although it’s very well balanced with the matured wild yeast. The smell is a deep bard yard feel, similar to an armpit, but strangely attractive. Quite delicious and highly drinkable. The hops are not aggressive, very flowery and lagered. The body gets a bit thin, but still remains smooth enough. Solid brett IPA, overall excellent quality craft.

Cervoise Alésia

Cervoise, 5%, flaveurs végétales et de vin blanc, de Montréal, QC.

French Cervoise (herbed beer), 5%, from Montréal, Québec.
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.87/5

In a glass of wine: Slightly hazy yellow color with faint activity. Gets quite cloudy with the yeast pour. Weak white 1 finger head, lasting around a minutes, with poor lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, wheat, green grapes, apples, lemon, cranberries, honey, mint, wild yeast, flowers and floral spices. Light sugars, very sour fruity feel, not candy like, higher quality. Slick and smooth medium to full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, quite sour but ends clean like a white wine, floral herbs and vegetables, a little leafy with bit of hay and straw, slight putrid cheese, funky sour fruits with notes pears and apples. Similar to a Gruit but not really, there are no hops, yet more fruity and putrid like a lambic or a flanders. Highly acidic but still decently fresh, I think it fits well as an appetizer (also for the price of 16$). Pretty good taste and feel, although not visually appealing. Has good complexity, I’m impressed, with an inviting smell. A Cervoise isn’t too bad after all, fits well with all the hype for sours hittin’ the shelves these days. Overall very good quality craft.

Imperial Ginger Cat – Mill Street Brewery

Bière de blé double épicée (gingembre) et à l’orange, 7%, de Toronto, Ontario.

Ginger double wheat orange beer, 7%, from Toronto, Ontario.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.5/5

Hazy and cloudy dark gold color with few activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good lacing. Flavors of orange, light passion fruits, peach, ginger, vanilla, coriander, wheat, sweet grains, nutmeg, and floral spices. Bready and wheathy, quite sugary and a bit candy like, soft spices. Creamy and silky full body with moderate prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, gingerbread and red ale kind of feel, a bit of straw and cereal, soft tropical fruits and clove, with some noble hops. Belgian like. Smells like orange crush, almost feels like a radler. Good freshness and taste, not overly ginger. Very nicely bodied, thick and filling. A bit too sugary I think, too candy like. Good accessibility, not harsh. Overall good quality craft, a nice try but I wouldn’t drink this casually. Festive for once a year, like Halloween or the holidays.

Beluette – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Ale sauvage surette de type Berliner Weisse, 6.1%, de Saint-Gédéon, Québec.

Sour Wild Ale similar to a Berliner Weisse, 6.1%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.57/5

Cloudy dark orange amber, blue hue, and storming activity. Very light foamy white 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of blueberries, wheat, pears, tart, sweet grains, wild yeast, coriander, herbal spices. A bit sugary, quite sour and fruity, slightly candy like. Slick full body with almost champagne like carbonation, very crispy. Strong strength finish, sour and dry, funky blueberries, floral and slightly leafy hops, with light cereal malts and some straw. Berliner Weisse style of sour. Very fresh and clean, yet slightly vinous. Sour as it should, some actual beer qualities, but it’s too much for be. The sour queen likes it. Nice blueberry feel, a bit too subtle. Not my type of beer, yet it feels like a solid craft. It’s tasty and I can manage to enjoy it. Too bad it hardly smells anything. Overall very good quality craft.

Jubilation Winter Warmer – Grand River Brewing

Winter Warmer, 7%, de Cambridge, Ontario. Un corps riche pour se rassasié en hiver. Elle fait bien son travail, avec une finition agréable mais très résiduelle sur la langue, manquant donc légèrement de tonus dans les saveurs. Elle goûte le caramel et des fruits esters comme la pomme et la pêche, ainsi que de l’orge et une dominance d’herbes. Elle est plus fraîche que la normale, ayant de la levure de style Allemande au phénols de bananes.

Winter Warmer, 7%, from Cambridge, Ontario.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75 = 3.65/5

Slightly hazy dark amber color, with low activity, and a light mist of yeast. Slightly creamy and bubbly beige 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent lace, but faint legs. Flavors of caramel, lemon, apples, pears, nutmeg, ginger, dark grains, banana yeast, light vegetables, herbal spices. Biscuity and bready, mostly sugary, with moderately spicy herbal bitter notes. Slick and smooth medium body with crispy carbonation, quite long. Medium strength finish, fruity esters, roasted barley, light brown sugar, soft clove and vanilla, leafy and floral hops, with tingling cinnamon. Good freshness from sharp yeast, and well intensified, pleasant and easy to drink, low perception of alcohol. Decent flavors, but a little thin and bland, quickly overtaken by the finish. So all the flavors are residual on the tongue, although it’s a very nice rich tasty feel. Overall high quality craft, need some tweaks and this could be a great one!

Venezualan Express – Shiretown

Porter Américain, 5.5%, de Charlo, NB. Un porter assez puissant, avec des notes de fumée et poivrons. Flaveurs dominantes de café, chocolat, mélasse et fruits sauvages noirs. Le thème est intéressant à essayer, mais elle manque de raffinement. Le corps est un peu terne et la finition trop corsée, qui plaira seulement pour certains courageux.

American Porter, 5.5%, from Charlo, NB.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75 = 2.85/5

Opaque very dark brown, almost black color. Creamy and bubbly brown 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, toffee, tobacco, dark grains, walnuts, prunes, dark berries, salmon, herbal spices. Roasted, molassy, and bready malts, with bitter earthy spices. Milky medium body with moderate crispy carbonation. Strong and long strength finish, slightly dry and leathery, earthy roasted beech malts with bacon/salmon flavors, leafy and grassy hops, liquorice, light hot peppery tongue feel. Lacks balance in the flavors, it’s a bit off. A little bland and watery. The finish has almost all the flavors. Highly acidic, light sour diacetyl. I hope this is the effect of actual hot pepper. The yeasty part is even more intense. Very bold for a porter, but hey it’s a south American interpretation. Not too bad but still, overall, this is a below average quality craft.

Padou – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

IPA Blanche avec levure Belge, 6.2%, de Saint-Gédéon, Québec. Incroyablement sexy, avec des flaveurs de citron, raisins verts et levure Brett. Aussi très malté, mais avec de fortes notes d’houblons floraux. Elle est extrêmement vivante et fraiche, contenant un bon zeste. C’est une interprétation Belge avec une touche Américaine, incluant levure sauvage et un doux froment, mais aussi légèrement tropicale. Elle est assez forte et très goûteuse, on pourrait dire que c’est une Blanche/IPA/Saison. L’une de mes bières préférée de cette micro.

White IPA with Belgian yeast, 6.2%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.12/5

Deep veiled and hazy golden color with moderate activity. Sparkling, extra foamy, frothy white 4-5 finger mountain head. Last around 20 minutes, with good legs, and a heavy swirl effect. Flavors of lemon, caramel, grapefruits, green grapes, sweet grains, wheat, Belgian brett yeast, floral spices. Citrusy, zesty and floral. Slick and oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong finish, some roasted malts notes, lots of piney and grassy hops, sharp wild yeast and resinous tropical fruits, with a slightly cheesey hay and bardyard feel. Quite smooth and well balanced. Good intensity, very tasty, highly refreshing. This is a white saison IPA with very nice Belgian qualities. Overall excellent quality craft.

Vire-Capot – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Pale Ale Belge – 5.5% – De Saint-Gédéon, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Flaveurs de grains caramel, blé, citron, un peu d’orange et de pêches. Sensation de pain, épices florales, avec un léger zeste de fruits tropicaux. Assez lourde et croquante. Facilement buvable, le houblon est bien présent mais ça reste agréable. Une Blonde Ale Américaine qui penche vers une IPA, avec des notes de levure Belges, incluant une bonne fraicheur. On peut l’acheter partout au Québec, c’est une micro respectable, et une très bonne bière pour les temps chauds.


Belgian Pale Ale – 5.5% – From Saint-Gédéon, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.88/5

Dense cloudy and veiled dark gold color with moderate activity. Slightly creamy light beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with dense legs, and moderate lace. Flavors of orange, sweet grains, grapefruits, lemon, peach, caramel, wheat, floral spices. Bready and zesty. Slick and smooth medium to full body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, soft clove, tropical fruits, sharp zesty yeast, citrusy and leafy hops. Pleasant floral and flowery dry hops. Good balance and well intensified. Solid pale ale, very fruity while clean, with not too much maillard effect. Highly hoppy close to an IPA, with a Belgian touch in the yeast. Very good taste and feel. Overall high quality craft.

La Strawberry Fields – Le Naufrageur

Berliner Weissbier – 4% – de Carleton-sur-mer, Gaspésie. Flaveurs de fraises fraîches, blé, bonbons sûres, levures sauvages et de délicats houblons nobles floraux. Ce n’est pas amère comme une IPA, plutôt très surette (tart) avec un bon fruité de qualité et bien balancé. La fraîcheur est respectable, car d’autres du même style, surtout d’origine Allemande, son encore plus surette et acide. Elle se termine par des agréables notes de grains rôties, ce que personnellement je recherche dans le style, un réel goût de bière. Probablement seulement disponible en Gaspésie, car elle est brassé en petite « batch » saisonnière. Possiblement différente a chaque année de brassage, on pourrait dire qu’elle est en rodage.

Berliner Weissbier – 4% – from Carleton-sur-mer, Gaspésie.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 4.07/5

Cloudy dark gold color with a good amount of activity. Slightly creamy beige 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs, and good lace. Flavors of sweet grains, strawberries, tart, peach, wheat, soft barley and corn, wild yeast, floral spices. Light sweet malts, with tart fruity sourness. Slick oily medium body, well rounded, with crispy and soft prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, sharp sour fruits, roasted grains, soft hay, gentle leafy and floral hops, probably noble. Good balance and not too excessive, with a high quality strawberry feel and scent. My favorite Berliner, not quite as light and acidic as the norm, with actual grainy beer flavors. Very tasty and properly intensified. Overall excellent quality craft. Should taste different each year, made in small batches.

Amicis Magicus – Dunham / Jester King

C’est mes premières photos de bières, en 2015, alors disons que c’est pas les meilleurs….

Style Ale Saison – 5.3% – de Dunham, Québec. Flaveurs de pêches et pamplemousse, avec des fleurs et un léger caramel mielleux. Doux effet vineux en bouche, une intensité assez légère avec des notes de levures sauvages. Plus sucrée qu’amère, plutôt fruité et malté. Beaucoup de fraicheur, tranchant et se termine sèche, presque comme un champagne. Très accessible, une version « soft » de la saison, similaire à une Sofie de Goose Island. Malheureusement une édition rare qui se brasse une seule fois?

Saison / Farmhouse Ale – 5.3% – from Dunham, Quebec.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.32/5

Veiled dark golden color with a good amount of activity. Slightly frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with a good amount of lacing. Flavors of peach, grapefruits, pears, banana yeast, flowers, roasted grains, caramel. Fruity and bready. Slick smooth full body with champagne carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, ending with a soft lingering, slightly dry, vinous fruity feel, and faint yeasty. Overall excellent quality saison. Very soft with lots of sweetness and low bitterness. So it’s a little faint, but still well intensified. Delicious and complex flavors. Really fresh and pleasant to drink.