Trifolium – Brasserie Auval

Ale sauvage surette, 5%, de Val d’Espoir, Québec.

American Wild Ale, 5%, from Val d’Espoir, Québec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 3.99/5

Clear straw color at first, with moderate pearly activity. Slightly foamy white 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with no legs but strong lacing and good swirl reaction. Flavors of cranberries, raspberries, lemon, green grapes, local wild yeast, wheat and floral hops. Slick oily medium body with a sharp crisp. Very strong sour finish, super funky and also puckering with sour fruits, lightly cheesy and rustic, ends with a balanced malty and hoppy feel. Soft barrel aged feel included, and it’s a bit candy like similar to Jolly ranchers. So acidic that I would only serve this as an appetizer, not in a large glass. There’s a hint of freshness somewhere in there, from the shadow of a Saison. Highly complex here, while I don’t really enjoy these powerful sour beers, the sour queen wife appreciates it a lot. Not completely unbalanced, but still extreme. Strangely warming and boozy for the ABV, really uplifting. Starting with no yeast, you get a nice grainy and flowery final, the more yeast you pour the more vinous and murky it gets, and more wheaty and citrusy. Overall excellent quality craft.

Bière De Balcon (framboises) – L’Espace Public

Ale sauvage surette / Berliner, 3%, de Montréal, QC.

Sour wild ale, 3%, from Montréal, QC.
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.62/5

Hazy and veiled orange/pink color with light activity. Faint foamy white 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with weak legs. Flavors of raspberries and wild berries, lemon, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong sour tart finish, not candy like but more acidic and truly fruity with no overwhelming sugars, ending with a rich malty feel with a hint of corn, which I enjoy in those styles. Probably more like Berliner than a true Wild ale, ends clean with no perceptible Wild yeast funk. It’s still quite fresh and decent to down in a hot summer day on the balcony. The fruits are really nice and the balance is there. The sour queen wife really likes it. Overall good quality craft.