Pale Ale Américaine – Brasserie Dunham

Pale Ale Américaine, 5.5%

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American Pale Ale, 5.5%: Veiled and cloudy dark straw color, almost golden, with lots of activity. Thick foamy, almost creamy, light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with average legs. Flavors of sweet grains, caramel, orange, grapefruits, wheat, Wild yeast, herbal and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation and a sharp crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, moderately tropical, slightly leafy and piney but more flowery, with a light straw and bardyard effect. A bit spicy in a coriander kind of way. Very close to an IPA in style, even closer to Belgian IPA so I’m not convinced about calling this an American interpretation. Although it’s highly refreshing and well polished, highly drinkable and pleasant. Really good balance. Overall high quality craft.

Dunham 150 Pils

Pilsner Tropicale, 5.3%

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Tropical Pilsner, 5.3%: Bright straw color with lots of activity. Tight foamy and frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of flowers, lemon, grapefruits, sweet grains, lager yeast and dry hops. Light slick, kinda oily medium body with a sharp crispy feel. Medium strength finish, leafy and dry floral feel with plenty of citrusy bitterness, dominant residual grains and wet corn more like an American lager, gets quite thick on the tongue and doesn’t end clean. A more robust version of a regular pils, not much noble feel, plenty of fruit zest too, kinda tropical. Too oily and not well rounded with okay freshness. Though very flavorful having rustic pale ale or Saison similarities. Overall very good quality craft.

Musje – Brasserie Dunham

Saison, 4.5%

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Saison, 4.5%: Deep cloudy almost opaque dark straw color with no visible activity. Extra foamy and frothy mountainous light beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong legs and a good swirl reaction. Flavors of cheese, sweet grains, lemon, wild berries, grapefruits, wild yeast, wheat and straw, with floral hops. Silky and smooth medium to full body with extra crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, flowery noble spices and sharp yeast, highly fruity with a strong barnyard feel. Belgian style Saison/Pasterbier, not an APA, but it’s more intense than a table Saison with similar ABV. Really pleasant and uplifting. Well balanced, super fresh, nice complexity. Overall excellent quality craft.

No Tahoma – Brasserie Dunham

Pale Ale Sauvage (Saison), 5.9%

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Farmhouse Pale Ale (Saison), 5.9%: Hazy straw color with storming activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast poured. Extra foamy and frothy light beige 3-4 finger head in a teku, lasting around 20 minutes, with powerful legs. Flavors of caramel, lemon, grapefruits, green grapes, hay, cheese, brett yeast, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a sharp crisp. Medium strength finish, potent maillard effect, slightly tropical, more flowery and yeasty barnyard feel, with a hint of coriander. Really fresh, zesty, and crispy, while not excessively funky. I can see why they call it a rustic pale ale from the kind of malts and dominant sugars used, but I still find it leaning more towards a Saison having lots of complexity. Highly pleasant, good accessibility, awesome balance. Overall excellent quality craft.

Cyclope Thêta IPA – Brasserie Dunham

IPA Américaine avec une touche de Saison, 5.7%

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American IPA / Saison, 5.7%: Deep murky straw/yellow color with no visible activity. Thick foamy and frothy white 4-5 finger head in a willibecher, lasting around 20 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, grapefruits, lemon, sweet grains, wild yeast and herbal hops. Smooth silky, almost milky, medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, zesty and tropical, floral and slightly leafy, a bit wheathy and ending with sharp Saison style yeast having notes of cheese. Nicely fresh and quite tender, although I find it lacks a bit of sharpness. Fine IPA cross Saison interpretation, it’s impressive and complex, would drink this every day if I could. Great balance with pleasant intensity. Overall excellent quality craft.

Saison Du Pinacle – Brasserie Dunham

Une excellente Saison avec l’intensité d’une IPA, 6.5%

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Saison, 6.5%: Bright dark straw color with a slight veil and very dense storming activity. It gets cloudy with more yeast pour. Thick frothy and creamy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs, moderate lacing, and a good reaction to a swirl. Flavor of cheese, butter, straw, grapefruits, orange, lemon, pineapples, clove, peppercorn, caramel, wild yeast, grassy and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with extra crispy carbonation. Strong finish, quite long and tongue coating, a little dry but well intensified and nothing too excessive at first, yet the more yeast is poured the more hoppy and harsher it gets. Very fine rustic barnyard feel, highly sharp and edgy, rich tropical fruits with thick floral and piney spices. Powerful inviting smell. The complexity is quite high, with great balance in the flavors, a good freshness. Delicious taste with a pleasant oily body. Overall excellent quality craft, makes a really nice Saison / IPA.

Amicis Magicus – Dunham / Jester King

Saison / Farmhouse Ale, 5.3%

Flaveurs de pêches et pamplemousse, avec des fleurs et un léger caramel mielleux. Doux effet vineux en bouche, une intensité assez légère avec des notes de levures sauvages. Plus sucrée qu’amère, plutôt fruité et malté. Beaucoup de fraicheur, tranchant et se termine sèche, presque comme un champagne. Très accessible, une version « soft » de la saison, similaire à une Sofie de Goose Island. Malheureusement une édition rare qui se brasse une seule fois?

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Veiled dark golden color with a good amount of activity. Slightly frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with a good amount of lacing. Flavors of peach, grapefruits, pears, banana yeast, flowers, roasted grains, caramel. Fruity and bready. Slick smooth full body with champagne carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, ending with a soft lingering, slightly dry, vinous fruity feel, and faint yeasty. Overall excellent quality saison. Very soft with lots of sweetness and low bitterness. So it’s a little faint, but still well intensified. Delicious and complex flavors. Really fresh and pleasant to drink.

Saison Rustique – Brasserie Dunham

Saison / Farmhouse Ale, 6.0%

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Slightly hazy dark straw color with dense activity. More cloudy as the yeast is poured. Thick foamy and frothy white 3-4 finger head that last for around 15 minutes, with decent legs and lacing. Flavors of lemon, pears, sweet grains, Wild yeast, honey, cheese, wheat, and floral hops. Slick and smooth, almost silky, full body with sharp crispy carbonation, close to champagne. Strong strength finish, flowery and slightly grassy feel, yeasty and citrusy, straw and bardyard effect. A bit dry and lingers for a short moment, but not vinous or overly spicy, with notes of orange peels on the tongue. So it’s well intensified, with nice complexity. Overall high quality craft offering tasty zesty tropical flavors and a great refreshing feel that still feel robust in intensity.