IPA Américaine des Appalaches – Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

Nouveau nom et image pour leur IPA Américaine, 7%, toujours très bonne! De l’Anse-à-beaufils, QC.

American IPA, 7%, from Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.78/5

Polished veiled and cloudy dark amber color with a powerful amount of activity. Creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with very strong sparkly legs. Aromas of citrus hops and bready caramel. Flavors of orange, lemon, citrus fruits, piney, caramel, pineapples, floral and herbal spices. Sugary with a sharp feel. Thick full body with moderate crispy carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with an highly leafy hoppy tea like feel, less tropical than most others, with some citrusy and piney tongue coat. Overall high quality craft offering a killer look and tons of powerful flavors that are well balanced. Decent freshness, silky body, with a nice buttery scent. Though a bit too intense for a single, less accessible.

L’Arlequin – Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

IPA Double Américaine, 8%, de l’Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.

American Double IPA, 8%, from Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.94/5

Deep cloudy, slightly veiled, golden color with hard to see activity. Creamy light beige 2-3 finger bubbly head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with good legs and swirl effect. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, lemon, caramel, wheat, herbal and floral hops. Creamy and silky medium to full body with light prickly carbonation and a soft crisp at the end. Strong strength finish, tropical all the way, citrusy and slightly vinous, also quite yeasty and zesty with a hint of straw and bardyard effect. Robust but well balanced flavors, some English style of dry hops. Really smooth with good freshness. Overall high quality craft.

No. 13 Tennessee Imperial Porter – Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

Porter Impérial, 10%, de l’Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.

Imperial Porter, 10%, from Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2 = 2.55/5

Aged around 6 months : Dark brown/dark red, almost black and opaque. Creamy brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good legs and a decent swirl effect. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, sour dark fruits, toffee, molasses, dark grains and herbal hops. Oily medium body with sharp crisp carbonation. Super strong finish, acidic and quite sour, not sure if it aged well, probably not cause it’s hitting the throat like vinegar. Balsamic vinegar feel, very dry and wine like, really unbalanced. Notes of barrel, prunes and plums, with some whiskey. Down the drain, undrinkable like a powerful flanders red, also too alcoholic. Did not react well the the cellar, can’t tell how good it is when fresh. Until then nice try but overall bad quality craft.

La Flore Du Québec – Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

Saison, 5%, de l’Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.

Saison, 5%, from Anse-à-beaufils, Quebec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.7/5

Veiled straw color with faint activity. Gets deeply hazy and murky with more yeast pour. Slightly foamy light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs, okay lacing, but lacks a swirl effect. Flavors of green grapes, light grapefruits, flowers, wild yeast, caramel, black pepper, wheat, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation, softly crispy. Light to medium strength finish, clean and lightly dry, slightly sour and funky with a bit of hay, ending with balanced grains and flowery hops. Not much cheesy nor strong in the yeast department, the barnyard feel is too faint. Feels like a table Saison of session strength, similar to a Sofie but unfortunately not as complex. Gets a little more powerful the more the yeast is poured but still not enough for my taste. Still a nice pleasant and delicate Saison to enjoy, with good freshness. Overall very good quality craft.