Saison – 6% – De Val d’Espoir, Gaspésie, Québec.
Saison – 6% – From Val d’Espoir, Gaspésie, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.9/5
Bright dark straw color with storming activity. With the yeast pour it gets deep cloudy with floating detritus. Creamy and frothy white 2-3 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with generous legs and swirl reaction. Flavors of lemon, orange, pineapple, wheat, brett yeast, and floral hops. Slick and silky medium to full body with a zesty sharp crisp. Medium strength finish, moderate straw and barnyard effect, some honey with flowery hops and a tropical feel. Soft dryness but a prominent maillard sensation. More hoppy and floral than usual, less of a « cheesy » wild profile. As more yeast is poured it gets more citrusy and lemony. This is a cross Saison/IPA. Very well rounded and highly fresh, though slightly too much sugars. Overall high quality craft.
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.
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.