United Peppers – Tête d’Allumette

Saison Belge poivrée, 7.6%, de St-André-de-Kamouraska, QC.

Spicy Belgian Saison, 7.6%, from St-André-de-Kamouraska, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5 = 3.53/5

Bottle around 6 months old : Slightly veiled straw color with moderate activity. Foamy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs but decent lacing. Flavors of apples, pears, lemon, soft wild yeast, coriander, honey, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with a light crisp. Light strength finish, highly accessible, wheathy and peppery, yeasty and citrusy, with floral spices. The barnyard feel is at minimal, got a thick maillard effect that I don’t like for the style. Still highly fresh, the alcohol is pretty well hidden and quite treacherous. It’s an easy and enjoyable Saison, delicate but lacks a bit of complexity. Overall good quality craft.

L’Oeil Du Mouton – Tête d’Allumette

Vossaøl, style historique Norvégien, 7.5%, un genre Märzen bock Allemand épicé avec une touche de levure Belge. De St-André-de-Kamouraska.

Vossaøl (historical Norwegian style), 7.5%,  from St-André-de-Kamouraska, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25 = 4.1/5

Vossaøl, a Norwegian type of brew, me likes when someone try historical stuff. Clear dark amber color, slight veil, with almost no activity. Pouring the yeast makes it slightly hazy. Foamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent lacing. Flavors of caramel, soft molasses, dark grains, esters like berries, pears, apples, wild yeast and some unknown spicy herbs. Bready and filling, quite warming with a strong alcoholic touch. Feels kinda like a Märzen, a bit German in personality, with some kind of a fruity bock effect. Slick medium body with a light crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, a bit nutty and roasted, spicy tongue coat with some plummy fruits…although the tongue coat is quite thick and leafy, with dominant sugary barley and wheat. It’s a nice brew in colder times that is easy to down and giving up a rich finish. The freshness is well present from the sharp yeast (Belgian?), and there’s good balance in the flavors. A little swirl will reveal a powerful delicious smell. The ingredients is of high quality, and the intensity accessible. Overall excellent quality craft.