Vin d’orge Anglais – 10.5% – De Saint-Hyacinthe (proche de Montréal), QC.
English Barleywine – 10.5% – From Saint-Hyacinthe (close to Montréal), QC.
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.77/5
Deep hazy and veiled brown color with a bright copper hue but no visible activity. Light creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, lacing is average but the swirl is decent. Flavors of prunes, raisins, liquorice, toffee, brown sugar, roasted grains dominant barley, and herbal hops. Slick and soft silky medium body with a light crisp. Strong finish yet not too excessive on the tongue coat, densely sugary and fruity, a hint of clove and soapy cheese effect. Pure barley sugar smell, quite inviting. Though the body gets a bit dull very fast as it warms. Rich intense caramel sweetness, too much but lots of spices kicks in so the balance is not too much affected, still makes a decent appetizer. Overall very good quality craft.
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.
Scotch Ale, 9%, de Sainte-Hyacinthe, Québec.
Scotch Ale, 9%, from Sainte-Hyacinthe, Québec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3 = 3.15/5
Aged 6 months : Near opaque deep brown, almost black, with a copper hue and lots of activity. Slightly creamy brown 2-3 finger bubbly head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs and average swirl reaction. Flavors of liquorice, dark berries, prunes, coffee, dark grains, walnuts, and herbal hops. Slightly creamy, but more oily, medium body with light crispy carbonation. Very strong strength finish, a bit chalky, thick earthy feel, molassy with brown sugar and raisins, also vinous but the aged feel while overly acidic (hits the throat). The bottle didn’t age really well, heavily alcoholic and unbalanced, similar to whiskey. Astringent and tongue coating fruity barrel feel included, not fresh nor accessible. The body is not pleasant and it lacks complexity. Overall average quality craft, probably better if not aged, not an excuse for this type of brew.
Double IPA Tropicale et houblons secs avec levure Belge, 5.2%, pas trop intense. De Sainte-Hyacinthe.
Double IPA, 5.2%, from Sainte-Hyacinthe, Québec.
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75 = 3.76/5
Densely hazy and cloudy, almost opaque, dark gold color, with a fine mist of yeast. Creamy and frothy beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with good legs and a high reaction to a swirl. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, grapefruits, pine, grass, caramel, butter, sweet grains and floral hops. Silky medium body with moderate crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, zesty tropical fruits, leafy and herbal, more towards dry hops, with some clovey and orange peels lingering on the tongue. Great freshness, must have some Belgian yeast in there. Well balanced and intensified for a double, yeah they upgraded keeping the same ABV. Solid flavors and body, very smooth and drinkable. Overall very good quality craft.