Trifolium – Brasserie Auval

Ale sauvage surette, 5%

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American Wild Ale, 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%

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Sour wild ale, 3%: 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.

Sour French Kiss – Microbrasserie Charlevoix

Bière surette aux fruits et de blé, 4.5%

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Sour wheat and fruit beer, 4.5%: Clear, slightly veiled, reddish/orange color with moderate activity. Foamy pink 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with light legs. Flavors of cranberries, wild berries, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with prickly and soft crispy carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, sour but not candy like, more like fresh fruits, highly attenuated yeast with low maillard effect, soft wheat with a light finish of dry hops. The freshness is pretty good. Not much complexity, but still a pleasant all around fruit beer with just really good ingredients. Overall very good quality craft.

Beluette – Microbrasserie Du Lac-Saint-Jean

Wild Ale / Berliner Weisse, 6.1%

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Cloudy dark orange amber, blue hue, and storming activity. Very light foamy white 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of blueberries, wheat, pears, tart, sweet grains, wild yeast, coriander, herbal spices. A bit sugary, quite sour and fruity, slightly candy like. Slick full body with almost champagne like carbonation, very crispy. Strong strength finish, sour and dry, funky blueberries, floral and slightly leafy hops, with light cereal malts and some straw. Berliner Weisse style of sour. Very fresh and clean, yet slightly vinous. Sour as it should, some actual beer qualities, but it’s too much for be. The sour queen likes it. Nice blueberry feel, a bit too subtle. Not my type of beer, yet it feels like a solid craft. It’s tasty and I can manage to enjoy it. Too bad it hardly smells anything. Overall very good quality craft.