Cyclope Thêta IPA – Brasserie Dunham

IPA Américaine avec une touche de Saison, 5.7%, de Dunham, QC.

American IPA / Saison, 5.7%, from Dunham, Quebec.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.18/5

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.

Landlord Pale Ale – Timothy Taylor

Pale Ale Anglaise, 4.1%, de Keighley, Angleterre. (NB Liquor)

English Pale Ale, 4.1%, from Keighley, England.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.81/5

Clean gold color with not much activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of walnuts, butterscotch, toffee, ginger, nutmeg, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, nice biscuity feel, sharp barley and bread, ending with some leafy spices. A rich pale ale with lots of personality, good freshness and accessibility. Great maillard effect of caramel, highly sugary but quite thick on the tongue, so the balance is pretty fine. Feels English all the way, though I had better American Pale Ales, let’s say it’s not that hard to beat. Still highly enjoyable, this is a high quality craft.

The Muse & The Golden Promise – Cannery Brewing Company

Pale Ale Américaine / Saison, 6.5%, de Penticton, Colombie-Britannique. (NB Liquor)

American Pale Ale / Saison, 6.5%, from Penticton, British Columbia.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 3.93/5

Clear golden color with moderate activity and a haze of yeast. Slightly creamy and frothy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with serious legs and a good swirl effect. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, grapefruits, lemon, caramel, sweet grains, ginger, wild yeast, floral hops. Smooth oily full body with a moderately sharp crisp. Medium strength finish, highly tropical and sweet, ending with flowery dry hops. Slightly tongue numbing, still pretty accessible and well intensified. Impressive pale ale that is close to the line of an IPA, while still remaining true to the style from a highly balanced finish. Gets a bit more intense with the yeast, more citrusy with almost Saison qualities. Good freshness and filling, yet delicately super well rounded body. Overall excellent quality craft.

Moinette Blond – Brasserie Dupont

Pale Ale Belge Forte, 8.5%, de Tourpes, Belgique. (NB Liquor & SAQ)

Strong Belgian Pale Ale, 8.5%, from Tourpes, Belgium.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25 = 3.97/5

Clear and slightly hazy gold color with storming activity. Thick foamy and slightly frothy white 1-2 finger head in the goblet, lasting around 10 minutes, with moderate legs, strong lacing, and a thick swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, honey, apples, spices, coriander, clove, ginger, sweet grains, wild yeast, banana yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength finish, slightly vinous and dry, bold spices but proper for the style, soft hay and wild yeast but not like a Saison. Ends slightly leafy and thickly grainy, more sugary and bready. Quite warming and uplifting. Light barrel effect of cheese. Good complexity yet feels a little too boozy; lots of similar brew have this well hidden. Decent freshness but lacks a bit, a sharper body would’ve been nice, like a Chouffe. You can see this is going for a Saison/Tripel kinda way, while still remaining true to the style. Not as accessible as other good examples. Overall excellent quality craft.

La Confesse – Microbrasserie Le Secret des Dieux

Stout à l’avoine, 4.8%, de Pohénégamook, Québec.

Oatmeal stout, 4.8%, from Pohénégamook, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25 = 4.06/5

Tulip recommended. Opaque dark brown color, almost black. Slightly creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with light legs, but good lace and decent swirl effect. Flavors of prunes, berries, plums, light chocolate, liquorice, dark malts and herbal spices. Barrel aged notes similar to a Russian stout and barleywine. Silky and creamy medium to full body with slightly crispy and prickly carbonation. Strong finish, tender rich malty and fruity feel, while thicky leafy and leathery, and a bit chalky. Has a nice earthy feel to it. Quite filling and warming. Powerful but decently fresh, it’s deeply rich and well intensified. Highly enjoyable brew, easy to down while complex and pleasant. Best brew they make.

Bog Water – Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Gruit Écossais, 6.6%, de Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

Scottish Gruit, 6.6%, from Vankleek Hill, Ontario.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.91/5

Clear and veiled copper color with moderate activity. Foamy and slightly creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs, decent swirl effect. The smell is almost butterscotch. Flavors of toffee, berries, light cherries, flowers, ginger, brown sugar, dark grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, slightly toasty, ending with a clean fresh barley feel and floral spices. Makes a very tasty and different kind of red ale, with more fruits, that I would drink anytime before regular reds. It’s still very herbal but pretty well balanced between the sugars and bitterness. I like that kind of complexity, being also quite fresh and filling. Probably gets dull and thin too fast, for the style it’s okay but I would of liked more carbonation and probably more yeast. Overall very good quality craft.

Trifolium – Brasserie Auval

Ale sauvage surette, 5%, de Val d’Espoir, Québec.

American Wild Ale, 5%, from Val d’Espoir, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 3.99/5

Clear straw color at first, with moderate pearly activity. Slightly foamy white 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with no legs but strong lacing and good swirl reaction. Flavors of cranberries, raspberries, lemon, green grapes, local wild yeast, wheat and floral hops. Slick oily medium body with a sharp crisp. Very strong sour finish, super funky and also puckering with sour fruits, lightly cheesy and rustic, ends with a balanced malty and hoppy feel. Soft barrel aged feel included, and it’s a bit candy like similar to Jolly ranchers. So acidic that I would only serve this as an appetizer, not in a large glass. There’s a hint of freshness somewhere in there, from the shadow of a Saison. Highly complex here, while I don’t really enjoy these powerful sour beers, the sour queen wife appreciates it a lot. Not completely unbalanced, but still extreme. Strangely warming and boozy for the ABV, really uplifting. Starting with no yeast, you get a nice grainy and flowery final, the more yeast you pour the more vinous and murky it gets, and more wheaty and citrusy. Overall excellent quality craft.

Capt. Craig – Distillerie Fils du Roy

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.

Shawi Beach IPA – Le Trou Du Diable

IPA Américaine style West coast, 6.5%, de Shawinigan, QC.

West coast American IPA, from Shawinigan, QC.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.16/5

Pretty clear, slight haze, dark straw color with lots of activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast pour. Frothy and creamy faint beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with generous legs. Flavors of pineapples, grapefruits, lemon, pine, pepper, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium body with zesty and sharp carbonation. Medium to strong finish, highly tropical, a bit leafy and piney and clovey on the tongue. Though it’s well intensified, very fresh and ends quite clean. Low buttery feel and maillard effect, still highly sugary. West coast kind of IPA, delicious and filling, I enjoy this a lot ! Overall excellent quality craft.

Luster – Trailway Brewing Co.

Pale Ale tropicale de style Ouest Américaine, 4%, de Fredericton. (NB Liquor)

Tropical Pale Ale West coast style, 4%, de Fredericton, NB.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 4/5

Deep hazy and cloudy dark straw color with light activity. Slightly foamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of lemon, pineapples, soft grapefruits, wheat, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and oily full body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, highly tropical, slightly dry and leafy. Dominant lemony feel, very fresh with zesty yeast, and lightly spiced. More like a session IPA than APA. Quite tender and filling. Well intensified, balanced, while very tasty. Overall very good quality craft.