Ale de blé Américaine, 4.9%, de Val d’Espoir, Québec.
American Wheat Ale, 4.9%, from Val d’Espoir, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 4.04/5
Dense hazy and cloudy dark straw color with lots of activity. Extra foamy, bubbly and frothy, 4-5 finger sparkling head, lasting around 15 minutes, with faint legs but decent swirl reaction. Flavors of sweet grains dominant wheat, lemon, pineapples, passion fruit, wild yeast, floral hops. Slick and smooth medium body with light prickly carbonation but a good crisp at the end. Light to medium strength finish, a bit of straw and thick wheat feel, highly flowery with dry hops, kinda noble like a hoppenweisse but also similar to a table Saison or rustic pale ale from the light bardyard feel. Quite fresh and filling. Overall very good quality craft.
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.