Dark Farmhouse – Microbrasserie Le Castor

Saison Noire – 6% – De Rigaud, proche de Montréal.

Dark Saison – 6% – From Rigaud, close to Montréal.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25 = 3.24/5

1 year old bottle : Almost opaque black color with a copper hue and not much activity. Creamy and frothy light brown 4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with decent legs and good swirl reaction. Flavors of light roasted grains, wheat, grapefruits, soft coffee and chocolate, brett yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, faint leafy hoppy feel, mostly yeasty and wheathy. Unfortunately it didn’t age well I guess, slightly sour, no developed bardyard effect with muffled roasted flavors and hops. Feels more like a 4% table Saison. At least the freshness is good and easy to drink. Overall above average 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.