Mein Schatzy – Brasseur De Montréal

Kölsch – 4.5% – De Montréal, QC.

Kölsch – 4.5% – From Montréal, QC.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3 = 3.1/5

Clear with a slight cloud effect, with few activity. Tight foamy and frothy white 4+ finger explosive head, lasting around 15 minutes, with residual legs and decent swirl reaction. Flavors of pears, lemon, sweet grains pils dominant, light caramel, and floral hops. Slick full body with a very sharp crisp. Light strength finish, more fruity dominant than herbal, poor hops intensity, so it’s not a good Kolsch example. Way too accessible. Nice body but the finish is bland and uninteresting, while clean and refreshing. Overall average in quality.

Rustica – MonsRegius Bières Artisanales

Saison – 6.3% – De Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, proche de Montréal.

Saison – 6.3% – From Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, close to Montréal.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.59/5

Clear straw color with a good amount of activity. Gets cloudy as more yeast is poured, even murky. Extra foamy white 3-4 finger sparkling head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, creating strong legs and good swirl reaction. Flavors of lime, green grapes, sweet grains dominant wheat, wild yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with sharp crispy carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium strength finish, some brett yeast and straw effect with flowery hops. A hint of cheese as more yeast is poured. Highly accessible, lacking a bit of spices or fruity yeast, cause it feels more like a low ~4% table saison. Still a well done and balanced delicate mellow Saison. Overall good quality craft.

Flambée ’64 – Loup Rouge

Rauchbier – 6.5% – De Sorel-Tracy, Montérégie-Est, QC.

Rauchbier – 6.5% – From Sorel-Tracy, Montérégie-Est, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.68/5

Clear with a slight haze, dark amber/caramel color with moderate activity. Foamy and slightly creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with average legs. Flavors of smoke, bacon, barley, caramel, nutmeg, salt, raisins, and floral hops. Slick and soft oily medium body with prickly carbonation and a soft crisp. Medium strength finish, grainy and toffee feel, light coffee and leaves, with a moderately smoked effect that is more balanced as a Marzen or red lager so it makes a nice American interpretation. Some brown sugar and gingerbread, more sugary than usual. Notes of cheese as more yeast is poured. Decent freshness. Overall very good quality craft.

L’Interdite 90 Minutes – Brasseurs Du Monde

IPA Américaine – 6.5% – De Saint-Hyacinthe (proche de Montréal), Québec.

American IPA – 6.5% – From Saint-Hyacinthe (close to Montréal), Québec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.37

Deep murky dark amber color with tons of floating chunks of yeast. Thick foamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of caramel, grapefruits, lemon, barley, clove, nutmeg, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with a sharp crisp. Strong strength finish, bready with a soft earthy feel, leafy herbal hops, lots of clove and citrusy yeast. Okay freshness. Lacks a bit of complexity and personality, feels like a cross red ale and IPA. Overall good quality craft.

Disruption – Category 12 Brewing

IPA Noire – 6.7% – De Saanichton (proche de Vancouver), Colombie Britannique.

Black IPA – 6.7% – From Saanichton (near Vancouver), British Columbia.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.63/5

Almost opaque dark brown color with a copper hue but no visible activity. Fluffy and creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with good legs and swirl effect. Flavors of dark grains, coffee, cocoa, grapefruits, orange, plums, raisins, and herbal hops. Light slick and slightly oily medium to full body with prickly carbonation and a soft crisp. Gets more tender as it warms. Strong strength finish, roasted while a bit chalky and earthy with a leafy hoppy final that coats the tongue. Nothing excessive, the balance is there and the freshness is decent. The hops are dominantly herbal and less fruity, which I find less interesting, a barrel effect would have been nice and add to the complexity. Still a highly enjoyable brew. Overall very good quality craft.

Fresh As Helles – Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)

Lager Helles de Munich – 5.4% – De Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Munich Helles Lager – 5.4% – From Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75 = 2.76/5

Clear with a slight haze, golden color with low activity. Tight foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with decent legs and swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, sweet grains, algae, fish sauce, and floral hops. Slick medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Light strength finish, grainy with soft vegetal hops, soft butterscotch and attenuated lager yeast. Salt and sea profile. Highly accessible. Good freshness but a bit bland. Nothing special nor stellar to note. Overall below average quality craft.

Draconic Transylvanian Pale Ale – Microbrasserie Kruhnen

Pale Ale Transylvanienne Double (IPA Rousse), 9%, de Blainville, nord de Montréal.

Double Transylvanian Pale Ale, 9%, from Blainville, north of Montréal.
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.25/5

Clear golden color with lots of activity. Gets cloudy as the yeast is poured. Thick creamy and frothy light beige 4+ finger explosive head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with average legs but good swirl reaction. Flavors of orange, lemon, toffee, wild yeast, clove, coriander, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with sharp carbonation. Strong strength finish, dominantly spicy and less hoppy, some brett effect and light cheese while slightly minty. Similar to a Belgian IPA but with a more spicy and yeasty profile close to a Saison with Tripel intensity. As more yeast is poured I find the hops really kick in with a thick leafy tongue coat similar to tobacco, tea or even closer to hemp. Still remains fresh from the Belgian magic as the alcohol sensation is quite low. So I really like the complexity even though it’s a bold and robust brew. Very well balanced with lots of personality that could easily fit the beer’s name. Overall excellent quality craft.

John Glazier – Brasseurs du Petit-Sault

Pale Ale Simple Malt et Simple Houblon – 4.5% – De Edmundston, Nouveau Brunswick.

SMaSH Pale Ale – 4.5% – From Edmundston, New Brunswick.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25 = 3.29/5

Hazy golden color with low activity. Soft creamy light beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with average legs but decent swirl reaction. Flavors of caramel, barley, lemon, and cascade hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp, a bit oily. Light strength finish, grainy with soft dry floral hops, slightly vegetal, and some lemony yeast. Highly refreshing and accessible, lager type of strength and feel. Good tenderness and balance. A bit shy with the intensity. Overall decent quality craft.

Propeller Hefeweizen – Propeller Brewery

Hefeweizen – 5.3% – De Halifax, Nouvelle Écosse.

Hefeweizen – 5.3% – From Halifax, Nova Scotia.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25 = 3.3/5

Slightly cloudy and veiled golden color with light activity. Foamy light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, average legs but good swirl reaction. Flavors of sweet grains dominant wheat and barley, light clove, caramel, banana yeast, and floral hops. Slick and oily medium body with a moderate crisp. Light to medium strength finish, cerealy with a soft spicy effect, and a hint of noble hops. The body is kinda dull and uninteresting for the style, also lacks a bit a freshness from an overly syrupy toffee maillard feel. Highly yeasty with an excessive banana sensation. Not really subtle and feels more like a desert. Overall above average quality craft.

Nine Locks ESB – Nine Locks Brewing Company

Bitter Extra Forte/Special – 5.6% – De Dartmouth, Nouvelle Écosse.

Extra Special/Strong Bitter – 5.6% –  From Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75 = 3.6/5

Cloudy and murky dark amber caramel color with not much visible activity. Creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with average legs but good swirl reaction. Flavors of toffee, roasted grains dominant barley, berries, pears, and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with sharp carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, toasty with leafy dry hops, thick caramel and honey. Heavier yeast profile than a typical ESB, more fruity and hoppy, less crispy and attenuated. A bolder ESB interpretation, still well refreshing and balanced but unfortunately not as complex but highly respectable for most probably being an evolving brew of the style. Tastes really good and the body is quite tender. Overall very good quality craft.