Black & Tan en Amérique, ou un Half & Half au Royaume-Uni, ?%, de Petit-Paquetville, Nouveau-Brunswick.
A Black & Tan in America, or a Half & Half in the U.K., ?%, from Petit-Paquetville, New Brunswick.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.86/5
Conceptualized from an Acadian Legend of Évangeline and lover Gabriel, originally created for a black and tan. Copper at the bottom, golden at the top. Clear with lots of activity. Both colors holds up very well and were truly crafted to be combined, even a swirl doesn’t mix them up. Slightly creamy beige 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with light legs and not much swirl effect. Flavors of spruce, mint, walnuts, toffee, sweet grains, barley, herbal hops. Slick and slightly creamy medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, moderaty leafy and minty, rich in walnuts and cinnamon, with a hint of wood. Quite sugary but still well intensified, and the flavors are well balanced too. The combination really brings up both styles in very well made unison. Makes a nice autumn or winter brew. Évangeline’s boozy nature is gone, while the overly minty feel of Gabriel is attenuated. Would be better with a more dominant yeast profile me think, although you get an American feel to it. Overall very good quality craft.
Brown Ale aux noisettes, 7.5%, de Petit-Paquetville, Nouveau-Brunswick. (NB Liquor)
Nutty Brown Ale, 7.5%, from Petit-Paquetville, New Brunswick.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75 = 3.88/5
Deep veiled, almost opaque, dark copper color with lots of activity. Slightly creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with light legs but a good swirl effect. Flavors of toffee, molasses, walnuts, dark grains, dark berries, herbal hops. Really an inviting smell. Slick oily, slightly creamy medium body with a light crisp. Medium strength finish, a bit roasted and slightly woody, with a rich walnut feel. It’s thickly sugary but balanced with leafy hops and grains. So it’s ends a bit rough on the tongue yet it’s well intensified, although it’s unfortunately too boozy. Still decently fresh and pleasant to drink, lots of complexity for a brown ale. Nice autumn themed brew me think, being highly warming but not too much. Overall high quality craft.
Pale Ale à l’épinette, 6.5%, de Petit-Paquetville, Nouveau-Brunswick. (NB Liquor)
Spruce Pale Ale, 6.5%, from Petit-Paquetville, New Brunswick.
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25 = 3.38/5
Clear dark amber color/caramel color with dense activity. Slightly creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of caramel, nutmeg, walnuts, spruce, mint, barley, herbal hops. The smell has some kind of wood effect. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Light to medium strength finish, more minty than piney as you would expect from an IPA, so it’s fresh in the mouth as would tooth paste. It’s interesting but I find it a bit off, could be nicer in winter times from the more festive themed flavors. Still decently fresh, with a slightly leafy and cinnamon end, quite sugary similar to honey or maple. Expected a paler beer than tested at the brewery, could have a deeper maillard effect produced in the bottle. The tongue coat is pleasant. Overall decent quality craft.
Brown Ale Américaine, 5.5%, de Petit-Paquetville. (NB Liquor)
American Brown Ale, 5.5%, from Petit-Paquetville, NB.
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25 = 4.08/5
Clear and slightly veiled, dark amber/copper color, with low activity. Light creamy 1 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of walnuts, caramel, light chocolate, apples, berries, soft clove/orange peels, dark malts and herbal hops. Smooth creamy full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, filling butterscotch and barley, a bit beady and roasted, ending with balanced leafy floral hops. A good swirl with reveal an impressive walnut bouquet and taste. Quite tender with rich toffee sweetness. Not as bitter as a true English version, still the bitterness is well present and proper. Excellent balance between sweet and bitter, it’s delicate while effective on the tongue. Helps with the accessibility, and the and complexity is really nice. Overall excellent quality craft, pretty much as always, from this fine Acadie brewery.