Bonhomme Sept-Heures – Brasseurs du Petit-Sault

Ale à la Citrouille – 8.5% – De Edmundston, Nouveau Brunswick.

Pumpkin Ale – 8.5% – From Edmundston, New Brunswick.
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.88/5

Clear, slightly veiled, dark amber color with no activity. Light foamy beige 1-2 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with light legs but good lace and swirl effect. Flavors of pumpkins, barley, brown sugar, toffee, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal hops. Slick medium body with a light crisp. Medium strength finish, spicy like a red ale but leveled a notch, nice roasted pumpkin and squash feel. Lots of sugars but well balanced from the spices and the leafy hops. Highly fresh and pleasant to drink. Perfect for autumn and halloween. Alcohol feel is hidden and incredibly treacherous. Overall high quality craft.

John Glazier – Brasseurs du Petit-Sault

Pale Ale Simple Malt et Simple Houblon – 4.5% – De Edmundston, Nouveau Brunswick.

SMaSH Pale Ale – 4.5% – From Edmundston, New Brunswick.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25 = 3.29/5

Hazy golden color with low activity. Soft creamy light beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with average legs but decent swirl reaction. Flavors of caramel, barley, lemon, and cascade hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp, a bit oily. Light strength finish, grainy with soft dry floral hops, slightly vegetal, and some lemony yeast. Highly refreshing and accessible, lager type of strength and feel. Good tenderness and balance. A bit shy with the intensity. Overall decent quality craft.

Dunder – Trailway Brewing Co.

Pale Ale Australienne – 4.8% – De Fredericton, Nouveau Brunswick.

Australian Pale Ale – 4.8% – From Fredericton, New Brunswick.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.16/5

Hazy and cloudy straw color with low activity. Thick foamy, slightly creamy, white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average legs. Flavors of grapefruits, pineapples, sweet grains dominant wheat, wild yeast, coriander, and floral hops. Slick and oily medium to full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, lots of tropical fruits and zesty yeast with flowery vegetal dry hops and a hint of straw/cheese effect. Fresh ripe fruity feel, unlike an IPA it’s low bitterness, kinda like a rustic pale ale. Really well balanced and intensified. A very solid brew, similar to Rype but even better in complexity. Overall excellent quality craft.

Beyond Reality – Trailway Brewing Co.

Ale de Blé aux fruits (framboises) – 4% – De Fredericton, Nouveau Brunswick.

Fruit Wheat Ale – 4% – From Frederiction, New Brunswick.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.67/5

Cloudy and murky amber/orange color with low activity but lots of floating detritus including what seems to be seeds. Foamy light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent leggings and swirl effect. Flavors of raspberries, pumpkin, orange, light caramel, sweet grains, wheat, and herbal hops. Slick full body with a moderate crisp. Light strength finish, lightly grainy and wheathy, slightly tart from the fruits, ends with balanced leafy hops that feels like autumn and flowers. Good freshness and drinkability though highly accessible. A subtle fruit beer that could be more intense, although you can feel the quality of the ingredients. Overall very good quality craft.

Évangéline & Gabriel – Distillerie Fils du Roy

Black & Tan en Amérique, ou un Half & Half au Royaume-Uni, ?%, de Petit-Paquetville, Nouveau-Brunswick.

A Black & Tan in America, or a Half & Half in the U.K., ?%, from Petit-Paquetville, New Brunswick.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.86/5

Conceptualized from an Acadian Legend of Évangeline and lover Gabriel, originally created for a black and tan. Copper at the bottom, golden at the top. Clear with lots of activity. Both colors holds up very well and were truly crafted to be combined, even a swirl doesn’t mix them up. Slightly creamy beige 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with light legs and not much swirl effect. Flavors of spruce, mint, walnuts, toffee, sweet grains, barley, herbal hops. Slick and slightly creamy medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, moderaty leafy and minty, rich in walnuts and cinnamon, with a hint of wood. Quite sugary but still well intensified, and the flavors are well balanced too. The combination really brings up both styles in very well made unison. Makes a nice autumn or winter brew. Évangeline’s boozy nature is gone, while the overly minty feel of Gabriel is attenuated. Would be better with a more dominant yeast profile me think, although you get an American feel to it. Overall very good quality craft.

Évangéline – Distillerie Fils du Roy

Brown Ale aux noisettes, 7.5%, de Petit-Paquetville, Nouveau-Brunswick. (NB Liquor)

Nutty Brown Ale, 7.5%, from Petit-Paquetville, New Brunswick.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75 = 3.88/5

Deep veiled, almost opaque, dark copper color with lots of activity. Slightly creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with light legs but a good swirl effect. Flavors of toffee, molasses, walnuts, dark grains, dark berries, herbal hops. Really an inviting smell. Slick oily, slightly creamy medium body with a light crisp. Medium strength finish, a bit roasted and slightly woody, with a rich walnut feel. It’s thickly sugary but balanced with leafy hops and grains. So it’s ends a bit rough on the tongue yet it’s well intensified, although it’s unfortunately too boozy. Still decently fresh and pleasant to drink, lots of complexity for a brown ale. Nice autumn themed brew me think, being highly warming but not too much. Overall high quality craft.

 

Gabriel – Distillerie Fils du Roy

Pale Ale à l’épinette, 6.5%, de Petit-Paquetville, Nouveau-Brunswick. (NB Liquor)

Spruce Pale Ale, 6.5%, from Petit-Paquetville, New Brunswick.
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25 = 3.38/5

Clear dark amber color/caramel color with dense activity. Slightly creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of caramel, nutmeg, walnuts, spruce, mint, barley, herbal hops. The smell has some kind of wood effect. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Light to medium strength finish, more minty than piney as you would expect from an IPA, so it’s fresh in the mouth as would tooth paste. It’s interesting but I find it a bit off, could be nicer in winter times from the more festive themed flavors. Still decently fresh, with a slightly leafy and cinnamon end, quite sugary similar to honey or maple. Expected a paler beer than tested at the brewery, could have a deeper maillard effect produced in the bottle. The tongue coat is pleasant. Overall decent 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.

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.

Rascal – Trailway Brewing Co.

Stout Américaine orienté comme un vin d’orge fruité, 7%, de Fredericton. (NB Liquor)

American Stout / Barleywine, 7%, from Fredericton, NB.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.84/5

Deep opaque black color. Thick cream brown 3 finger sparkling head, lasting around 10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of walnuts, cherries, berries, chocolate, light mocha and cocoa, toffee, roasted grains and herbal hops. Smooth creamy, almost milky, medium to full body with a soft crisp. Strong strength finish, slightly earthy but more fruity on the tongue, ends quite thick with leafy spices. Still accessible, only slightly chalky. The star here is the rich tasty ester fruits, not really coffee nor chocolate oriented, plummy like a barleywine. Yet it does ends quite roasted and coarse, slightly unbalanced. Nicely bodied and filling. Overall very good quality craft.