Frappabord – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Barleywine Américain, 11%, de Saint-Gédéon, Québec.

American Barleywine, 11%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.12/5

Aged 8 months old : Deep cloudy and murky brown caramel color with not much visible activity. Creamy and frothy beige 3-4 finger bubbling head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good legs and decent swirl reaction, some powerful lacing. Flavors of berries, plums, toffee, orange peels, slight cheese, wood, walnuts, barley and herbal hops. Slightly creamy, smooth silky, medium to full body with soft crisp. Strong strength finish, thick dark esters, pleasant caramel feel similar to maple, ends leafy and earthy on the tongue, a bit clovey with a hint of grapefruits. Superb balance and decent freshness from probably some Belgian yeast in there. The barley sensation is not too intense, it’s still a robust one while strangely delicate. Slightly sour from the aged session, but it aged well with added complexity. Impressive intensity, the alcohol effect is moderate, very easy to drink while extremely warming. Overall excellent quality craft.

Rang 10 – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Stout Impériale Russe, 9.5%, de Saint-Gédéon, Québec.

Russian Imperial Stout, 9.5%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5 = 3.52/5

Aged around 8 months : Opaque black. Thick creamy and frothy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with serious legs and lacing, good swirl reaction. Flavors of raisins, plums, coffee, cocoa, molasses, liquorice, vanilla, walnuts, clove, dark grains and herbal hops. Slightly creamy and silky medium body with a light crisp. Extra strong strength finish, chalky and deeply earthy, almost leathery, lightly sour from the aged feel that makes it more powerful. Extremely tongue coating, highly fruity, rich black coffee and barrel aged feel. A little unbalanced there, quite bold, yet it feels somewhat proper to the style. I don’t recommend cellaring this one, makes it overly acidic and alcoholic. Intensely rich and robust, highly warming in bad weather. Good appetizer qualities. Overall good quality craft.

Gros Mollet – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Brown Ale Américaine avec une levure Belge, 7.8%, de Saint-Gédéon, QC.

American Brown Ale with Belgian yeast, 7.8%, de Saint-Gédéon, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.44/5

Veiled copper color with lots of activity. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with timid legs. Flavors of toffee, elderberries, soft walnuts, lemon, nutmeg, ginger, dark grains and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with a moderate sharp crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, a bit alcoholic, softly roasted and bready, slightly leafy and nutty. Has a deeper warming touch except a little fresher that most browns, although probably not as filling. Would have preferred a nuttier feel, and less boozy. Light Belgian yeast in the smell, following a hint of clove in the aftertaste. Tastes and feels alright, nothing excessive, and decently balanced. Overall good quality craft.

Boutefeu – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Ale Rousse Américaine/Anglaise très forte, 5.1%, de Saint-Gédéon, Québec.

American / English Red Ale, 5.1%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.35/5

Deep murky brown color with a pronounced copper hue. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of toffee, berries, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, light chocolate and nuts, dark grains and herbal hops. Light creamy and oily medium to full body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, bready, sugary brown caramel, with typical red ale spices, soft oysters, ends densely leafy and coarse on the tongue. Light brown ale toasty feel in there, lots of English personality. A little dull and lacks freshness. The maillard effect is too burned. Decent taste and feel, quite bold, hits the accessibility. Overall good quality craft.

Houblon Libre – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

IPA noire légèrement fumée en barrique, 7.7%, ressemble beaucoup à un barleywine ou stout impériale russe. De Saint-Gédéon.

Black IPA, 7.7%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4 = 4.03/5

Opaque deep brown/black color. Thick creamy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with generous legs and a strong swirl effect. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, plums, pine, orange, caramel, soft liquorice and molasses, barley and herbal hops. Smooth and creamy medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong finish, slightly chalky and quite earthy, tropical fruits, clovey, dark roasted malts, ends with leafy hops and a bit smokey (rauch style). Although it’s a long and heavy unaccessible spruce tongue coat. There’s a barrel aged flavor turning the malts similar to a barleywine or Russian stout. Robust while still enjoyable, yet the freshness takes a hit. Nicely balanced, very tasty and warming. Overall very good quality craft.

Tante Tricotante – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Une Tripel de qualité moyenne qui ressemble plus à une double Witbier / IPA, 8%, de Saint-Gédéon, QC.

Tripel, 8%, from Saint-Gédéon, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25 = 3.35/5

Deep hazy dark straw color, a bit cloudy, with sparkling activity. Dense foamy and frothy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with strong legs and a good swirl reaction. Flavors of wheat, coriander, lemon, soft clove, light grapefruits, Belgian and wild yeast, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with extra crispy carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium strength finish, soft hay, bready, with lots of dry hops. Good accessibility, but an under-intensified tripel. Lacks complexity and further Belgian qualities, even with all the yeast in. Slightly unbalanced with too much hops I find, feels more like a double witbier/IPA. Overall the quality is okay, could easily be a very good one with a bit of tweaking, or it didn’t reacted well to the cellar (3 months).

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.

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.

Beluette – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Sour Ale / Berliner Weisse, 6.1%


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.