Amiral Gin Ale – Le BockAle

Ale Épicée et Herbacée (champignons), 6.9%, de Drummondville, Québec.

Herbed and Spiced Ale (mushroom feel), 6.9%, from Drummondville, Québec.
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4 = 4.01/5

Bottle Lot 003 : Clear golden color with poor activity. Foamy, slightly creamy, white 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, not much legs nor swirl effect. Strong dominant sweet clove and nutmeg smell, quite unique and interesting. Flavors of flowers, nutmeg, lemon, coriander, dark berries, clove, sweet grains, and herbs. Slick and almost creamy full body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, sugary cinnamon and grainy, sour dark fruits and orange, thick herbal, a bit minty with lingering leafy hops. Weird feel of old straw or forest mushrooms, hard to explain but it’s heavily vegetal, not bad at all and having lots of character and complexity! Slightly dry but still quite fresh. Overall high quality craft, it’s experimental and strange at first but I get to enjoy it. Fits well in the categories of amber or brown ale in the feel, without even being that dark.

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.

La Belle Saison – À l’abri de la Tempête

Ale Blonde aux herbes, 5.5%, de L’Étang-du-Nord, Îles de la Madeleine, QC.

Herbed Blonde Ale, 5.5%, from L’Étang-du-Nord, Magdalen Islands, QC.
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3 = 3.14/5

Bright pale straw color with low activity. Foamy white 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of ginger, nutmeg, caramel, lemon, peach, sweet grains and floral hops. Smooth oily full body with a light crisp. Light strength finish, slightly floral and spicy, a little fruity but not much, more like caramel and a bit corny with a hint of vanilla. Poor yeast profile having hardly no barnyard feel nor much wild yeast, just a bit rustic. Very delicate, too much, even less than a table Saison. It’s highly accessible though. Strange cross between a Saison and Amber (I guess). At least the body is pleasant and well rounded, but gets quickly dull from the lack of carbonation. Overall average quality craft.

Cervoise Alésia

Cervoise (herbed beer), 5%

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In a glass of wine: Slightly hazy yellow color with faint activity. Gets quite cloudy with the yeast pour. Weak white 1 finger head, lasting around a minutes, with poor lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, wheat, green grapes, apples, lemon, cranberries, honey, mint, wild yeast, flowers and floral spices. Light sugars, very sour fruity feel, not candy like, higher quality. Slick and smooth medium to full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, quite sour but ends clean like a white wine, floral herbs and vegetables, a little leafy with bit of hay and straw, slight putrid cheese, funky sour fruits with notes pears and apples. Similar to a Gruit but not really, there are no hops, yet more fruity and putrid like a lambic or a flanders. Highly acidic but still decently fresh, I think it fits well as an appetizer (also for the price of 16$). Pretty good taste and feel, although not visually appealing. Has good complexity, I’m impressed, with an inviting smell. A Cervoise isn’t too bad after all, fits well with all the hype for sours hittin’ the shelves these days. Overall very good quality craft.