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Right here we have quite the hybrid. Fabrice from the contract brewery @appatdugrain threw together this mush-mash beer that combines three hyper-trending (and somewhat contradictory) Styles of beer. This is the Brut Kveik NEIPA. I know, right? Let’s crack her open. The nose is bright, tossing intense citrus, light grassiness, and lots of subtle tropical notes at my senses. It has all the characteristics of a classic NEIPA and is pretty damn inviting. The palate matches, delivering a lovely array of tropical fruits, complimented by citrus and some grassy hop funk. It’s very dry, but still rounded, and there is a velvety body that provides ample creaminess. An undertone of very overripe fruits adds something that I don’t love (maybe the Quebec malts), but otherwise this is actually really well executed and pretty damn tasty. The “brut” dryness works well and doesn’t make the beer come off bitter or astringent. Well done. Cheers! #appatdugrain #beerism #kveik #neipa #brutipa
One Year Wiser from Kanata’s @smallponybarrelworks is a golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with Chardonnay muské pomace and tonka Beans. It was brewed in collaboration with @bar_lupulus in Ottawa to celebrate their one year anniversary. The nose is a big spicy mix of almonds, maraschino cherries and cinnamon. Lots of bright acidic layers come next, carrying more tropical fruits - like papaya and mango - followed by green grapes and some white balsamic. The nose pretty damn inviting. Up front the flavour profile matches the nose, delivering loads of marzipan and cherry pie from the tonka beans. The Chardonnay is a bit lost in everything, adding light tartness to the mix. The sourness is quite apparent, putting forth serious (but balanced) balsamic layers. Acetic notes often throw me off, but they play well here against the rich essence of the tonka beans. The beer is on the richer side of things, and holds a steady sweetness, while still being quite drinkable and balanced. This is very nice, and quite different. I believe you can still get a bottle at both the Small Pony brewery and at Bar Lupulus in Ottawa (to drink on site). #smallponybarrelworks #barlupulus #beerism #sourbeer #tonkabeans #chardonnay
Right here is “Éloge Des Vignes” from @brasseriechamplibre , a beer brewed entirely with a yeast strain gathered from the skins of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes, then aged in Bordeaux Demi-Muids. It was it was sold exclusively at their bottle release last weekend. The nose is bright and fruity, with loads and loads of vinous layers, delivering aromatics of oak and candied fruit. On the mouth there is a real winey red grape thing going on, carrying an abundance of tasty oak spiciness. It’s round, but quite dry - and less tannic than I expected from the nose. A subtle tartness balances well against the malt base, while the yeast characteristics are surprisingly subtle and not particularly phenolic. It’s very soft, carrying a creamy carbonation that doesn’t come off flat, but also isn’t spritzy in the least. This is exceptionally original and quite a refreshing concept. It’s not the typical wine barrel-aged saison by any means, and I’m not complaining. Very solid stuff. @alexganivetb #beerism #winebarrel #pinotnoir #pinogris #champlibre #brasseriechamplibre
Earlier this year I made it out to the @4originesbeer launch party. Of the four beers on tap that day, I was most impressed with “Krumpet”, a northern England brown ale - a style of beer that I honestly haven’t really thought about (or had much interest in) for a long time. Well, it’s finally in cans and being distributed, so if you’re interested in revisiting this style, it is one you really shouldn’t miss. The nose begins with lots of inviting bready malts, delivering deep chocolate notes. It’s nutty, rich and full of caramel-forward earthiness. The palate matches. It’s malty to the core, but quite dry nonetheless. Lots of caramel and light roasted cocoa mix with pumpernickel bread and toasted hazelnuts. The body is robust yet very balanced and incredibly easy to drink. Once again, 4 Origins nails drinkability. #4origines #brasserie4origines #microbrasserie4origines #brownale #krumpet #beerism
Right here is Crime & Châtiment from @bbascanada - a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is a rich and pungent mix of vanilla-forward bourbon notes, alongside sharp spirit soaked oak. Chocolate and coffee come through as well, lending a roundness to the aromatics. Up front it’s barrel all the way, with the bourbon adding layer upon layer of vanilla, leather, and spicy oak. The body is rich and luscious, carrying a soft carbonation. As it opens, fudgy chocolate and black cherry flavours start to emerge, with hints of bitter coffee grounds. It’s dry and drinkable, without needing to be overly bitter. The barrels also help keep the richness in check, lending tannins to the finish. Solid indeed. #bascanada #brasseriedubascanada #imperialstout #crimeetchatiment #crimeetchâtiment
If you didn’t know already, @brasseriechamplibre is hosting their latest bottle release tomorrow - this time with three brand new offerings that sound simply fantastic. First is “Bons Temps,” a dry and hoppy high ABV saison, inspired by Dupont’s magnificent Bons Voeux (this beer we be available for the first time tomorrow, but is the only one of the three to be distributed to stores). Next is “Éloge Des Vignes,” a beer brewed entirely with a yeast strain gathered from the skins of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes, then aged in Bordeaux Demi-Muids. Lastly, the bottle that I was most excited to crack into was their new double bourbon edition of “Déjeuner en Paix”, a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, brewed with coffee and charred maple staves. While aging the standard edition, there was one particular bourbon barrel that had perfect character and depth. They decided to go further with it and transferred its contents into some smaller bourbon barrels from Vapors distillery in Collorado - further developing the flavour profile. Let’s dive into this one. The nose is surprisingly fruity and earthy, carrying a big berry profile and lots of rich coffee. Next the bourbon notes come through, with lots of vanilla and oak. The maple is also pretty apparent, throwing out some seemingly sweet aromatics. Up front on the palate, it’s extremely dry. The body is luscious and rich, while carrying a hefty espresso-like bitterness and some sharp booze burn. There is a nice roundness, but it’s definitely on the drier spectrum of imperial stouts, delivering serious ashy roasted malts. The bourbon certainly is a big part of this as well, showcasing layers of rich vanilla and oak tannins. Overall, this is essentially an amped up version of the original, providing that much more richness and bourbon-infused depth. If you are a fan of the original, this is certainly for you. #beerism #champlibre #brasseriechamplibre #imperialstout #dejeunerenpaix
Last month, @passeportenfut worked with twelve different breweries in Quebec to create six collaborations. Right here is #5, a wildflower saison, brewed by @pubpitcariboumtl and @mabrasserie . The nose is focused on clove-forward phenolics, followed by big floral spices notes. It’s quite exceptionally herbal, carrying layers of pear and lychee. The palate matches, but comes of a touch softer, with a yeast spiciness that compliments the herbal wild flowers quite well. The beer is pretty delicate overall while still being on the aggressive side of flavour spectrum. It finish dry and slightly tannic. Tasty stuff! #passportenfût #beerism #pitcaribou #mabrasserie @audreybiere
Ginnungagap is a collaboration between @dunhambrasserie and @brasseriealbion out of Joliette. It’s a blend of a 100% English-style pale ale with some Arctic ale (barrel-aged Old burton ale). The nose is a mix of chocolate, toasted grain and light Brett phenols that add just a touch of earthiness. Some noble hops add a tangy and herbal aroma that comes through as well. Smells delicious The palate matches, shaping an original flavour profile that somehow works in all directions. First comes the pronounced malty English pale ale base, delivering lightly toasted grains that produce a subtle nutty and chocolate base. Then some rich earthy hops comes forth, holding a sharp but balanced bitterness in the finish. The Brett, although here, is subtle and not overly dusty or leathery; instead it provides just hints of mustiness. There is a dry slightly tannic finish that carries hints of acidity – creating a cherry/strawberry thing. This is truly delicious and crushable. #albion #dunham #brasseriedunham #beerism #burtonale #arcticale
Los Tabarnacos from @bbascanada is one of the only Milkshake IPAs that I enjoy. This brand new iteration is a Double, brewed with mango and their usual toasted coconut (in place of vanilla). And of course, lactose. It will be available tomorrow only, at their very first anniversary party and can release! The nose is a massive juice bomb, throwing huge zesty citra and mosaic aromatics at my senses. The mango is there as well, adding more fruity fun to the mix. Then comes the coconut, further sweetening this surprisingly inviting nose. The palate delivers the same layers. Again, loads of hops dominate, providing tangy and citrus-forward flavours that burst with vitality. The mango is certainly a flavourful component, but it’s not too aggressive, adding just the right amount of fruit to balance and not overpower the hops. This drinks like an actual DIPA, not a glass of fruit juice. Just like in the standard Los Tabarnacos, the coconut adds a fun essence of sweetness without the actual sugar, along with some nutty complexities. The lactose however, provides extra sweetness and a fuller body as usual (a touch too much sweetness for my tastes actually, but that’s the whole point of this beer). Even though this beer is on the sweeter side, it finishes pretty dry and actually quite clean – all things considered. For a beer that sounds like the kitchen sink, it surprisingly works well, being subtle where it needs to be (lactose, fruit addition) and in your face in the places I like (hopping rates). It’s certainly not something I’d have more than one of, but I’d seek this out again, and I’d be curious to see what variants come out down the line. #brasseriedubascanada #bascanada #milkshakeipa #ipa #doubleipa #doublemilkshake #gatineau #beerism
Papillon de Nuit is an American Barleywine from @bbascanada aged in both bourbon and rye barrels. I was very excited to see this on the list of beers available this weekend for their bottle release (details at beerism.ca). The nose is an amazing balanced blend of rich caramel malts, floral hops and big bourbon vanilla notes. It’s layered and complex, without coming off too aggressive or muted. Some earthy oak character delivers tannic aromatics that lead into inviting red fruits. Sugar pie and apple crisp come to mind. The palate matches, but is on the fruitier side. Upon first sip, it comes off a bit sharp, with an ethanol induced finish coupled with some hop bitterness. However, this subsides as it opens and my palate adjusts. Lots of stewed stone fruits mix with caramel and fresh figs. The hops add a zesty quality here, livening things up and cutting through the sweetness. The barrel is quite apparent as well, adding a layer of vanilla bourbon sweetness, along with subtle oak tannins – further drying things out. The finish is actually quite dry despite the flavour profile, ending with a pretty clean bitterness and some lingering booze burn. The body is nice, but not sticky or cloying. Really, another well executed offering, and one very much up my alley. #papillondenuit #bascanada #brasseriedubascanada #barleywine #bourbob #rye
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