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.

Saison Duval – Brasserie Auval

Saison – 6% – De Val d’Espoir, Gaspésie, Québec.

Saison – 6% – From Val d’Espoir, Gaspésie, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.9/5

Bright dark straw color with storming activity. With the yeast pour it gets deep cloudy with floating detritus. Creamy and frothy white 2-3 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with generous legs and swirl reaction. Flavors of lemon, orange, pineapple, wheat, brett yeast, and floral hops. Slick and silky medium to full body with a zesty sharp crisp. Medium strength finish, moderate straw and barnyard effect, some honey with flowery hops and a tropical feel. Soft dryness but a prominent maillard sensation. More hoppy and floral than usual, less of a « cheesy » wild profile. As more yeast is poured it gets more citrusy and lemony. This is a cross Saison/IPA. Very well rounded and highly fresh, though slightly too much sugars. Overall high quality craft.

St-Ambroise Black IPA – McAuslan Brewing

IPA Noire – 6.5% – De Montréal, QC.

Black IPA – 6.5% – From Montréal, QC.
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.49/5

Black opaque color. Creamy bubbly brown 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good legs and swirl reaction. Flavors of walnuts, coffee, cocoa, dark grains, liquorice, prunes, and herbal hops. Silky and creamy medium body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength, light dark fruity feel, chalky with moderate spiciness and leafy hops, while deeply roasted like biting coffee beans. The hops are more herbal and less tropical, makes a less interesting mix that is quite bold for the ABV but still remains decently fresh. Overall very good quality craft.

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.

Gladiamori – Multi-Brasses

Ale Brune Américaine – 9% – De Tingwick, Centre-du-Québec.

American Brown Ale – 9% – From Tingwick, Centre-du-Québec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75 = 2.68/5

Deep murky brown color with a copper hue but no visible activity. Slightly creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with decent lacing, poor legs and swirl reaction. Flavors of caramel, light roasted grains, light berries and cherries, coffee, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium to full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, faint sugary feel of toffee with faint leafy hops and a hint of clove. Hard to and a point out some flavors, feels muffled and not well balanced with a tarnished finish (this is why you see lots of « light » and « faint » words in the review). I can’t understand what type of brew this is or what personality. At least the alcohol is well hidden and it’s easy to drink. Overall below average quality.

Amoureuse – Multi-Brasses

Bière aux fraises – 5% – De Tingwick, Centre-du-Québec.

Strawberry fruity beer – 5% – From Tingwick, Centre-du-Québec.
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25 = 3.43/5

Bright with a light veil, pinkish color with no activity. Poor foamy light pink 1 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, legs. Flavors of strawberries, light sweet grains and hops but no wheat detected. Slick and smooth full body with a good crisp. Light strength finish, slightly tart and mostly fruity with a hint of leafy hops and grains. Highly accessible. Very basic but true to the style by offering a fresh fruity feel with lots of bubbles though not much complexity, just almost pure strawberries. Overall above average quality craft.

Ale De Hardy – Brasseurs Du Monde

Vin d’orge Anglais – 10.5% – De Saint-Hyacinthe (proche de Montréal), QC.

English Barleywine – 10.5% – From Saint-Hyacinthe (close to Montréal), QC.
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.77/5

Deep hazy and veiled brown color with a bright copper hue but no visible activity. Light creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, lacing is average but the swirl is decent. Flavors of prunes, raisins, liquorice, toffee, brown sugar, roasted grains dominant barley, and herbal hops. Slick and soft silky medium body with a light crisp. Strong finish yet not too excessive on the tongue coat, densely sugary and fruity, a hint of clove and soapy cheese effect. Pure barley sugar smell, quite inviting. Though the body gets a bit dull very fast as it warms. Rich intense caramel sweetness, too much but lots of spices kicks in so the balance is not too much affected, still makes a decent appetizer. Overall very good quality craft.

APA Cluster – Multi-Brasses

Pale Ale Americaine – 5.5% – De Tingwick, Centre-du-Québec.

American Pale Ale – 5.5% – From Tingwick, Centre-du-Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3 = 3.14/5

Hazy dark amber caramel color with poor activity. Creamy and frothy beige 3 finger rocky head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with shy legs. Flavors of caramel, light orange and lemon, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Light strength finish, bready with slightly flowery and leafy hops. More sugary than bitter. Being overly accessible, it lacks flavors and character. Though the body is well rounded and well refreshing. Overall average quality craft.

Tamarindo – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Gose – 4.9% – De Montréal, QC.

Gose – 4.9% – From Montréal, QC.
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.41/5

Clear straw color with a slight haze and low activity. Light foamy white 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs and average swirl effect. Flavors of pears, green grapes, sweet grains dominant wheat, salt, and floral hops. Slick and slightly oily medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength tart effect, well balanced and not too puckering. Very soft hoppy and grainy final, the spicy feel is tamarind, still lacks a bit of character and saltiness. Decent freshness and accessible. Clean cut Gose with no surprise. Overall a good quality craft, but you can easily find other better examples.

Mein Schatzy – Brasseur De Montréal

Kölsch – 4.5% – De Montréal, QC.

Kölsch – 4.5% – From Montréal, QC.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3 = 3.1/5

Clear with a slight cloud effect, with few activity. Tight foamy and frothy white 4+ finger explosive head, lasting around 15 minutes, with residual legs and decent swirl reaction. Flavors of pears, lemon, sweet grains pils dominant, light caramel, and floral hops. Slick full body with a very sharp crisp. Light strength finish, more fruity dominant than herbal, poor hops intensity, so it’s not a good Kolsch example. Way too accessible. Nice body but the finish is bland and uninteresting, while clean and refreshing. Overall average in quality.