Gose – 4.9% – De Montréal, QC.
Gose – 4.9% – From Montréal, QC.
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.41/5
Clear straw color with a slight haze and low activity. Light foamy white 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs and average swirl effect. Flavors of pears, green grapes, sweet grains dominant wheat, salt, and floral hops. Slick and slightly oily medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength tart effect, well balanced and not too puckering. Very soft hoppy and grainy final, the spicy feel is tamarind, still lacks a bit of character and saltiness. Decent freshness and accessible. Clean cut Gose with no surprise. Overall a good quality craft, but you can easily find other better examples.
Stout Impériale Russe, 9%, de Montréal, Québec.
Imperial Russian Stout, 9%, from Montréal, Québec.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5 = 4.08/5
Aged around 8 months: Opaque black. Creamy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong lacing but not much legs nor swirl effect. Flavors of dark grains, walnuts, wood, raisins, plums, coffee, cocoa, toffee, vanilla, and herbal hops. Silky light creamy medium body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, impressive barrel aging effect, with some rauch style smoked hops. A bit leathery with a moderate earthy feel, some brown sugar and cinnamon. Lightly sour from the aging process although manageable. The smell is highly alcoholic but hidden in the mouthfeel, though a highly warming brew that is not overly dry nor lacking much freshness. Rich and densely flavorful, superb balance and intensity, deep complexity although shy in the smell department. Makes a really nice appetizer, yet easy to drink in big quantities. Overall superb quality craft.
Vin d’orge Américain, 10.2%, de Montréal, Québec.
American Barleywine, 10.2%, from Montréal, Québec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4 = 3.86/5
Aged around 6 months : Deep murky dark brown color with a copper hue and lots of activity. Light creamy and bubbly beige 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs but strong lacing yet wild swirl effect. Flavors of walnuts, dark berries, prunes, liquorice, vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, dark grains dominant barley, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, quite alcoholic and whiskey like with a slightly leathery feel. Thick ester fruits, leafy and earthy. Very lightly sour from the aging, so it did age well, it’s not really vinous but more boozy and less fruity. Rich and powerful, yet the balance is good, ending with a nice barrel feel. It’s the bold type of barleywine for real cold times. Could easy fit as an appetizer but would really appreciate a big portion for warming sessions. Easy to down and still highly enjoyable. Overall high quality craft.
Une très bonne IPA Belge, mais qui ressemble maintenant beaucoup plus à une Saison avec probablement trop de levures sauvages brett, 7%, de Montréal, QC.
Belgian IPA / Saison, 7%, from Montréal, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.84/5
Hazy and veiled golden color, with a floating misty cloud of yeast, and very low activity. Foamy and slightly creamy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of Brett yeast, grapefruits, wheat, hay, lemon, clove, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium body with crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, not quite vinous but slightly dry, a bit cheesy and soapy with a powerful barnyard feel of straw and grass, including some notes of barley and leafy dry hops. Resembling more like a Saison than IPA. The intensity is really nice, but gets quite chalky on the tongue for a long while, but I don’t find it zesty nor sharp enough for an IPA, it’s thinner like a Saison. Still providing very good flavors, I find it lacks a bit of complexity and subtleness, too much Brett yeast. Overall high quality craft.
IPA Noire Forte, 6.5%, de Montréal, Québec.
Strong Black IPA, 6.5%, Montréal, Québec.
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75 = 3.63/5
Almost opaque dark brown with a ruby shade, a yeasty coat, and slightly active. Thick creamy and frothy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with a bit of legs, good lacing and swirl effect. Flavors of pine, coffee, dark chocolate, plums, cherries, orange peels, black liquorice, wild yeast, wet barley and dry leafy hops. Milky medium body with soft crispy carbonation. Extra strong finish, deeply herbal and coarse, dense tongue coat of thick grass and earth mixed with straw and dark malts. Chalky while sharp. Soft barrel aged feel of whiskey. Nice smooth and tender body. Lack balance and accessibility, overwhelming finish. Although for those looking for very bold IPAs will be well served. The quality is really high, but I’m a little disappointed. While the flavors are quite tasty, the finish really kills my throat.