Double IPA Bavaroise (Hors Série) – Les Trois Mousquetaires

Double IPA avec une touche Allemande de houblons secs floraux, 7.9%, de Brossard, Québec.

Double IPA with a German touch, 7.9%, from Brossard, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 = 4.38/5

Slightly hazy dark straw color with low activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast pour. Foamy and softly frothy white 3 finger sparkling head, lasting around 15 minutes, with okay legs and a good swirl effect. Flavors of mangos, pineapples, orange, grapefruits, pepper, soft clove, banana yeast, wheat and floral hops. Thick and smooth oily full body with sharp and extra crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, quite balanced and accessible at first while getting more tropical, citrusy and piney as the yeast is poured. The fruit flavors are deeply rich and the floral dry hops bouquet impressive. Great complexity and damn delicious. Very fresh yet filling. Solid double IPA with the intensity of a single, overall this is a superb quality craft. Highly recommended, almost as good as their Signature IPA.

Lune De Miel – Unibroue

Pale Ale Belge Forte, 8%, de Chambly, QC.

Strong Belgian Pale Ale, 8%, from Chambly, QC.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5 = 4.38/5

Aged around 6 months : Hazy and veiled golden color with heavy activity. Thick foamy, slightly frothy, lightly beige 3-4 finger head in the tulip, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with light legs but nice lacing, a decent swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, honey, lemon, green grapes, Belgian yeast, sweet grains, coriander, floral spices. Slick and smooth full body with almost champagne like carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, slightly wheathy and flowery, lightly meady having a rich honey feel, while zesty and sharp. Similar to a Don de Dieu, but less spicy and bit more complex. The flavors are incredibly well balanced, and the intensity highly accessible. One of the most treacherous low alcohol feel I’ve ever experienced, uplifting buzz included. It’s a crime to call this an amber ale (it’s on the bottle), this is clearly a strong pale ale with probably a bit more hops. Please make this a regular brew cause I can’t get enough of this. Delicate, filling, delicious, overall superb quality craft.

La Terrible – Unibroue

Quadrupel, 10.5%, de Chambly, Québec.

Quadrupel, 10.5%, from Chambly, Québec.
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 = 4.26/5

6 month old bottle : Opaque black color. Super foamy and light creamy beige 4-5 finger head in the tulip, lasting around 20 minutes, producing some good legs and a strong lacing. Flavors of prunes, plums, raisins, cherries, wood, maple, black liquorice, toffee, soft cheese, light cocoa and coffee, Belgian yeast, herbal spices. Silky full body with extra crispy carbonation. Very strong finish, long tongue coat but not overly aggressive, sharp bitter leathery and earthy feel, thick malty and fruity sugars, thick barrel aged feel. Got lots of complexity, pretty well balanced, although not very accessible. Kinda vinous and deeply acidic, some appetizer qualities, still quite fresh and tender from the yeast. Superb taste and body, incredibly rich and smooth. Almost feel like a Quad, heavily alcoholic and warming, almost burning! Perfect winter beer, fits well for festive activities. Yet strangely, I wouldn’t drink this one too warm, drink it rather cold, it gets putrid and pukey when at room temp. Overall superb quality craft.

L’Éclipse – Microbrasserie Le Castor

IPA Noire, 6.8%, de Rigaud, Québec.

Black IPA, 6.8%, from Rigaud, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 = 4.41/5

Opaque with a very dark brown color. Creamy brown 3-4 finger sparkling head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with soft legs and good lacing. Pure inviting smell. Flavors of rich cappuccino, cocoa, pineapples, orange, peach, mangos, light pine, slight molasses and plums, wood, dark malts, with grassy and leafy herbal hops. Slick and silky medium body with crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength earthy finish, some clove and peppercorn dryness, nice tropical feel, with notes of oak. The tongue coat quickly dissipates. Incredibly well balanced and intensified. Very good interpretation of a black IPA, with a bit of barrel aged effect. Delicious and accessible. Good complexity and freshness. Top notch stuff from Castor as usual, great fine quality overall.

Série Signature IPA – Les Trois Mousquetaires

IPA Américaine, 6%, de Brossard, Québec.

American IPA, 6%, from Brossard, Québec.
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75 = 4.58/5

Cloudy and veiled golden color with moderate activity, gets murky with the yeast. Thick creamy, frothy and rocky, white 3-4 finger sparkling head, lasting around 20 minutes, with generous legs. Flavors of pineapples, passion fruits, mangos, lemon, caramel, sweet grains, wheat, floral spices. Slick and smooth medium body that gets to full with the yeast drop, a bit silky, with extra crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, sharp and clean, light pine and leaves, delicate tropical fruits and sugary caramel malts, soft clove and butter, peppercorn, sharp yeast and flowery spices. Nice intensity and very accessible. Inviting fruity feel, no harsh tongue coat. Perfect representation of a well balanced single IPA, delicate and complex while highly flavorful. With the yeast drop it gets sharper and zestier, more dry and piney. Delicious with a satisfying body. Super refreshing. Highly recommended IPA, up there with Auval. Overall exquisite quality craft.

 

Fuller’s ESB – Fuller Smith & Turner

Extra Special Bitter, 5.9%

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Copper color. Minimal head that dies fast. Sour smell but slightly fruity. Smooth taste with a perfect crisp. Rich grainy and hoppy feel. Overall : Fully bodied beer with well balanced flavors. Truly a blast to drink!