Rustica – MonsRegius Bières Artisanales

Saison – 6.3% – De Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, proche de Montréal.

Saison – 6.3% – From Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, close to Montréal.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.59/5

Clear straw color with a good amount of activity. Gets cloudy as more yeast is poured, even murky. Extra foamy white 3-4 finger sparkling head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, creating strong legs and good swirl reaction. Flavors of lime, green grapes, sweet grains dominant wheat, wild yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with sharp crispy carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium strength finish, some brett yeast and straw effect with flowery hops. A hint of cheese as more yeast is poured. Highly accessible, lacking a bit of spices or fruity yeast, cause it feels more like a low ~4% table saison. Still a well done and balanced delicate mellow Saison. Overall good quality craft.

L’Interdite 90 Minutes – Brasseurs Du Monde

IPA Américaine – 6.5% – De Saint-Hyacinthe (proche de Montréal), Québec.

American IPA – 6.5% – From Saint-Hyacinthe (close to Montréal), Québec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.37

Deep murky dark amber color with tons of floating chunks of yeast. Thick foamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of caramel, grapefruits, lemon, barley, clove, nutmeg, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with a sharp crisp. Strong strength finish, bready with a soft earthy feel, leafy herbal hops, lots of clove and citrusy yeast. Okay freshness. Lacks a bit of complexity and personality, feels like a cross red ale and IPA. Overall good quality craft.

Flambée ’64 – Loup Rouge

Rauchbier – 6.5% – De Sorel-Tracy, Montérégie-Est, QC.

Rauchbier – 6.5% – From Sorel-Tracy, Montérégie-Est, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.68/5

Clear with a slight haze, dark amber/caramel color with moderate activity. Foamy and slightly creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with average legs. Flavors of smoke, bacon, barley, caramel, nutmeg, salt, raisins, and floral hops. Slick and soft oily medium body with prickly carbonation and a soft crisp. Medium strength finish, grainy and toffee feel, light coffee and leaves, with a moderately smoked effect that is more balanced as a Marzen or red lager so it makes a nice American interpretation. Some brown sugar and gingerbread, more sugary than usual. Notes of cheese as more yeast is poured. Decent freshness. Overall very good quality craft.

Draconic Transylvanian Pale Ale – Microbrasserie Kruhnen

Pale Ale Transylvanienne Double (IPA Rousse), 9%, de Blainville, nord de Montréal.

Double Transylvanian Pale Ale, 9%, from Blainville, north of Montréal.
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.25/5

Clear golden color with lots of activity. Gets cloudy as the yeast is poured. Thick creamy and frothy light beige 4+ finger explosive head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with average legs but good swirl reaction. Flavors of orange, lemon, toffee, wild yeast, clove, coriander, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with sharp carbonation. Strong strength finish, dominantly spicy and less hoppy, some brett effect and light cheese while slightly minty. Similar to a Belgian IPA but with a more spicy and yeasty profile close to a Saison with Tripel intensity. As more yeast is poured I find the hops really kick in with a thick leafy tongue coat similar to tobacco, tea or even closer to hemp. Still remains fresh from the Belgian magic as the alcohol sensation is quite low. So I really like the complexity even though it’s a bold and robust brew. Very well balanced with lots of personality that could easily fit the beer’s name. Overall excellent quality craft.

Willow Gose – Le Trou Du Diable

Gose – 4% – De Shawinigan, Mauricie.

Gose – 4% – From Shawinigan, Mauricie.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 3.91/5

Dense hazy shiny dark straw color with no visible activity. Slightly foamy white 1-2 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of sweet grains dominant wheat, cabbage, cranberries, and floral hops. Slick full body with high crispy carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, sour tart feel with a bit of straw. Vegetal, salty and flowery with a hint of wood and cheese. Real good freshness. One of my favorite Gose with a much more refined taste than usual. Very well balanced and deep complexion. Overall excellent quality craft.

Docker Double IPA – Brasseur de Montréal

Double IPA – 8.2% – De Montréal, Québec.

Double IPA – 8.2% – De Montréal, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.47/5

Deep hazy and murky dark amber color with no activity. Creamy and bubbly light beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with average legs but a good swirl effect. Flavors of pineapples, orange, grapefruits, lemon, sweet grains dominant barley, clove, toffee, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with a sharp crisp. Strong strength finish, citrusy and slightly tropical though more with a thick leafy and piney feel similar to tobacco. It’s resinous and a robust one indeed but still well balanced with lots of brown sugar and cinnamon. Okay freshness that takes a hit from an overly alcoholic feel. The maillard effect is excessive, also the body is a bit too dull and thin. With the yeast it gets even harsher but sharper from a dominant taste of lemon. A tad overly strong, yet really packed with flavors. Overall good quality craft.

Pale Ale Américaine – Brasserie Dunham

Pale Ale Américaine – 5.5% – From Dunham, Montérégie, QC.

American Pale Ale – 5.5% – From Dunham, Montérégie, QC.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4 = 3.91/5

Veiled and cloudy dark straw color, almost golden, with lots of activity. Thick foamy, almost creamy, light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with average legs. Flavors of sweet grains, caramel, orange, grapefruits, wheat, Wild yeast, herbal and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation and a sharp crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, moderately tropical, slightly leafy and piney but more flowery, with a light straw and bardyard effect. A bit spicy in a coriander kind of way. Very close to an IPA in style, even closer to Belgian IPA so I’m not convinced about calling this an American interpretation. Although it’s highly refreshing and well polished, highly drinkable and pleasant. Really good balance. Overall high quality craft.

La Vache Folle Session IPA – Microbrasserie Charlevoix

IPA de Session – 4.2% – De Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix.

Session IPA – 4.2% – From Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix.
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.85/5

Vache folle, an old bottle from feb 2017 in a shady store (shame on, shame on me) : Veiled and dense hazy golden color with good activity. Creamy and frothy meza, quite explosive, light beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes and making serious legs. Flavors of sweet grains dominant barley, pineapples, orange, peach, caramel, Wild yeast, and floral hops. Slick and oily medium to full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, highly flowery and a bit rustic with sharp yeast and a decent tropical feel on the tongue, not too coarse nor leafy. Light straw and bardyard effect with a hint of clove. I still find the taste pretty good after all that time, with more subtle hops it balance everything out but most probably turns it further into a rustic pale ale or Saison intensity. Although the body did take a bit of a hit making it kinda dull, still remains the murky sensation that is trademark of the Vache folle series, kinda milky. Good freshness and accessibility. Overall very good quality craft.

La Bittt à Tibi Amos Kristall Witte – Brasserie Belgh Brasse

Kristalweizen – 5% – De Amos, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

Kristalweizen – 5% – From Amos, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25 = 3.33/5

Hazy and soft cloudy dark straw color with low activity. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with light legs. Flavors of melon, caramel, pears, banana, sweet grains dominant wheat, floral and herbal hops. Slick medium to full body with a shy crisp. Light to medium strength, cereal and light straw feel, slightly spicy, with a balanced leafy herbal sensation similar to other Bittt’s. Highly sweet but ends a bit coarse. Best one of the three in that collection. Still too accessible and lack intensity. Didn’t taste much Kristalweizen to compare, but overall it’s a decent quality craft.

La Bittt à Tibi Amos Pale Ale – Brasserie Belgh Brasse

Ale Pâle Américaine – 5.5% – De Amos, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

American Pale Ale – 5.5% – From Amos, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3 = 3.2/5

Slightly hazy light amber color with dense activity. Thick foamy, a bit creamy, beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of caramel, lemon, sweet grains dominant barley, floral and herbal hops. Slick medium to full body with light prickly carbonation but a good crisp. Light to medium strength finish, bready with decent butterscotch feel, balanced hops, soft leafy and faintly flowery. More sugary than bitter. Nice butterscotch sent though. Lacks a lot of complexity and intensity, nothing amazing nor special to notes except easy to down. Overall average quality.