Propeller Revolution – Propeller Brewery

Stout Impériale Russe, 8%, de Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse.

Imperial Russian Stout, 8%, from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.03/5

6 months old bottle : Almost opaque very dark brown color with a copper hue. Creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of plums, dark berries, orange peels, coffee beans, toffee, vanilla, liquorice, clove, peppercorn, walnuts, oak and smoke, dark roasted malts with leafy herbal hops. Slick and creamy full body with light crispy carbonation. Very strong finish, dry and slightly vinous, thick resinous feel on the tongue that last for a moment, although very well balanced and still enjoyable. Deeply sweet and earthy, while highly acidic. So it’s a pretty good solid interpretation, highly spicy as it should, still with an inch of remaining freshness that makes it more drinkable. Densely malty and fruity similar to a barleywine, while smokey and coarse like a Baltic Porter. Very tasty with a comforting warmth. Lots of character and refinement. Overall excellent quality craft.

Dubaï Pillée – Le Trou Du Diable

Double IPA fumée et très fruitée, 9%, de Shawinigan, Québec.

Smoked Double IPA, 9%, from Shawinigan, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.05/5

Deep hazy and veiled dark gold going for amber, with a thick haze of floating yeast, and low activity. Gets highly cloudy when you drop the yeast. Dense creamy and frothy beige 3-4 finger island head, lasting around 20 minutes, with faint legs, but generous lacing. Responds well to the swirl. Flavors of butter, passion fruits, grapefruits, mangos, cherries, berries, roasted barley, peppercorn, toffee, soft oak, and dry leafy herbal hops. Silky and lightly creamy medium to full body with soft prickly carbonation, more with a long sharp crisp that lingers. Very strong finish, vinous dry and almost sour, astringent tongue coat moderately long though, leafy and almost earthy mixed with tasty bread. Great example of good balance; it’s powerful while still strangely refreshing. It’s harsh and coarse but I still enjoy it. It leaves an interesting smoky effect on the tongue, zesty tropical fruits with caramel barley. Probably too yeasty, and not much accessible. But it’s quite tasty with an inviting smell and lots of complexity. And the body is really pleasant. Kinda like a cross between a barley wine and a DIPA, not the usual kind but I think this is interesting. Overall excellent quality craft. Good stuff as usual from Trou du Diable thank you.

Padou – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

IPA Blanche avec levure Belge, 6.2%, de Saint-Gédéon, Québec. Incroyablement sexy, avec des flaveurs de citron, raisins verts et levure Brett. Aussi très malté, mais avec de fortes notes d’houblons floraux. Elle est extrêmement vivante et fraiche, contenant un bon zeste. C’est une interprétation Belge avec une touche Américaine, incluant levure sauvage et un doux froment, mais aussi légèrement tropicale. Elle est assez forte et très goûteuse, on pourrait dire que c’est une Blanche/IPA/Saison. L’une de mes bières préférée de cette micro.

White IPA with Belgian yeast, 6.2%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.12/5

Deep veiled and hazy golden color with moderate activity. Sparkling, extra foamy, frothy white 4-5 finger mountain head. Last around 20 minutes, with good legs, and a heavy swirl effect. Flavors of lemon, caramel, grapefruits, green grapes, sweet grains, wheat, Belgian brett yeast, floral spices. Citrusy, zesty and floral. Slick and oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong finish, some roasted malts notes, lots of piney and grassy hops, sharp wild yeast and resinous tropical fruits, with a slightly cheesey hay and bardyard feel. Quite smooth and well balanced. Good intensity, very tasty, highly refreshing. This is a white saison IPA with very nice Belgian qualities. Overall excellent quality craft.

Vire-Capot – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Belgian Pale Ale, 5.5%
Flaveurs de grains caramel, blé, citron, un peu d’orange et de pêches. Sensation de pain, épices florales, avec un léger zeste de fruits tropicaux. Assez lourde et croquante. Facilement buvable, le houblon est bien présent mais ça reste agréable. Une Blonde Ale Américaine qui penche vers une IPA, avec des notes de levure Belges, incluant une bonne fraicheur. On peut l’acheter partout au Québec, c’est une micro respectable, et une très bonne bière pour les temps chauds.
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Dense cloudy and veiled dark gold color with moderate activity. Slightly creamy light beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with dense legs, and moderate lace. Flavors of orange, sweet grains, grapefruits, lemon, peach, caramel, wheat, floral spices. Bready and zesty. Slick and smooth medium to full body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, soft clove, tropical fruits, sharp zesty yeast, citrusy and leafy hops. Pleasant floral and flowery dry hops. Good balance and well intensified. Solid pale ale, very fruity while clean, with not too much maillard effect. Highly hoppy close to an IPA, with a Belgian touch in the yeast. Very good taste and feel. Overall high quality craft.

Palabre 21 Trans IPA – À l’abri de la Tempête

Saison IPA, 6.8%

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Hazy dark straw color, moderate activity, with a fine mist of yeast. Thick foamy and frothy white 3-4 finger island head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with a bit of legs, and good lacing. Flavors of lemon, grapefruits, mangos, light pineapples, sweet grains, wheat, soft cheese, wild brett yeast, floral spices. Sweet tropical fruits, moderately bitter with dry hops. Oily and silky medium to full body with crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, slightly dry, straw and hay feel, grassy noble hops, sharp bitter yeast, soft clove and peppercorn. Belgian yeast with German hops, fits well and feel complex. My bottle was a little old, from august 2016, probably with some attenuated hops. Although it’s very well balanced with the matured wild yeast. The smell is a deep bard yard feel, similar to an armpit, but strangely attractive. Quite delicious and highly drinkable. The hops are not aggressive, very flowery and lagered. The body gets a bit thin, but still remains smooth enough. Solid brett IPA, overall excellent quality craft.

Cervoise Alésia

Cervoise (herbed beer), 5%

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In a glass of wine: Slightly hazy yellow color with faint activity. Gets quite cloudy with the yeast pour. Weak white 1 finger head, lasting around a minutes, with poor lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, wheat, green grapes, apples, lemon, cranberries, honey, mint, wild yeast, flowers and floral spices. Light sugars, very sour fruity feel, not candy like, higher quality. Slick and smooth medium to full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, quite sour but ends clean like a white wine, floral herbs and vegetables, a little leafy with bit of hay and straw, slight putrid cheese, funky sour fruits with notes pears and apples. Similar to a Gruit but not really, there are no hops, yet more fruity and putrid like a lambic or a flanders. Highly acidic but still decently fresh, I think it fits well as an appetizer (also for the price of 16$). Pretty good taste and feel, although not visually appealing. Has good complexity, I’m impressed, with an inviting smell. A Cervoise isn’t too bad after all, fits well with all the hype for sours hittin’ the shelves these days. Overall very good quality craft.

Beluette – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Sour Ale / Berliner Weisse, 6.1%

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Cloudy dark orange amber, blue hue, and storming activity. Very light foamy white 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of blueberries, wheat, pears, tart, sweet grains, wild yeast, coriander, herbal spices. A bit sugary, quite sour and fruity, slightly candy like. Slick full body with almost champagne like carbonation, very crispy. Strong strength finish, sour and dry, funky blueberries, floral and slightly leafy hops, with light cereal malts and some straw. Berliner Weisse style of sour. Very fresh and clean, yet slightly vinous. Sour as it should, some actual beer qualities, but it’s too much for be. The sour queen likes it. Nice blueberry feel, a bit too subtle. Not my type of beer, yet it feels like a solid craft. It’s tasty and I can manage to enjoy it. Too bad it hardly smells anything. Overall very good quality craft.

La Strawberry Fields – Le Naufrageur

Berliner Weissbier, 4%

Flaveurs de fraises fraîches, blé, bonbons sûres, levures sauvages et de délicats houblons nobles floraux. Ce n’est pas amère comme une IPA, plutôt très surette (tart) avec un bon fruité de qualité et bien balancé. La fraîcheur est respectable, car d’autres du même style, surtout d’origine Allemande, son encore plus surette et acide. Elle se termine par des agréables notes de grains rôties, ce que personnellement je recherche dans le style, un réel goût de bière. Probablement seulement disponible en Gaspésie, car elle est brassé en petite « batch » saisonnière. Possiblement différente a chaque année de brassage, on pourrait dire qu’elle est en rodage.

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Cloudy dark gold color with a good amount of activity. Slightly creamy beige 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs, and good lace. Flavors of sweet grains, strawberries, tart, peach, wheat, soft barley and corn, wild yeast, floral spices. Light sweet malts, with tart fruity sourness. Slick oily medium body, well rounded, with crispy and soft prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, sharp sour fruits, roasted grains, soft hay, gentle leafy and floral hops, probably noble. Good balance and not too excessive, with a high quality strawberry feel and scent. My favorite Berliner, not quite as light and acidic as the norm, with actual grainy beer flavors. Very tasty and properly intensified. Overall excellent quality craft. Should taste different each year, made in small batches.

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.