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Right here we have one of the nicest cans I've even seen, and easily the best gluten free beer I've ever consumed. This is Fantasma from @magicrockbrewing , which the kind folks at @agencevitriol provided me. Check them out for some killer imports. The nose is a bright citrusy punch, with some light honey and subtle caramel. On the palate, it's dry and drinkable, with ample body and a malt profile that doesn't scream gluten free in the least (no astringency and not too grainy). Grapefruit and general citrus dominate, delivering a west cost feel, with a more aromatic profile. Damm delicious.
Hey, what are you doing today? You might want to head out to Mercier for @brasseriechamplibre 's first ever bottle release! I got an exclusive chance to taste the beers ahead of time in order to tell you all about them. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Visit beerism.ca (link in bio) for the article. Nice job @alexganivetb @patrickcool_pc and Alexandre!
This Mosiac hopped version of @microbrasserievoxpopuli Vox Pop IPA might be my favourite of the series. Loads of tangerins meet all kind of tropical delights. What's you favourite version to date? #voxpopipa #voxpopuli #microbrasserievoxpopuli #oshlag #beerism
@halfhoursonearth continues to deliver with Totally, a Raspberry and Hibiscus infused tart farmhouse ale. Sour, fruity and amazing - as good as you can imagine. #halfhoursonearth #totally #raspberry #hibiscus #beerism #seaforthontario
If you didn't know already, tomorrow @brasseriedieuduciel is hosting Journée Sure #2, a big party and bottle release at their Saint-Jérôme location. The event starts at noon and there will be a bunch of crazy stuff on tap as well as several brand new barrel-aged bottles to bring home with you. I had a chance to get my hands on a bottle of "Wild Ultra" a couple of days early so that I could tell you about it. Wild Ultra is a brett barrel-aged version of Ultra Mosaika, their hoppy pale ale. The nose is a blast of brett funk alongside lots of nice hop-induced tang. Aromatics of oranges and grapefruit meet dusty basement and lots of vinous soaked oak. The palate matches, carrying an intense carbonation. Ample tangerine flavours and grapefruit bitterness meet some serious brett dustiness. There are tropical fruits galore, as well as green grapes, peaches, and tangerine. It's dry, with a great tangy fruit profile that follows each sip. The hops blend brilliantly with both the barrel and the musty phenols, finishing with a hint of acidity. If you do head out there tomorrow, be sure to bring one of these home with you! #wildultra #ultramosaika #wildale #brett #barrelaged #ddc #dieuduciel #brasseriedieuduciel
This 100% Galaxy hopped edition of IPA du Nord-Est from @biereboreale first dropped earlier this year in brewery-only growlers. I had the chance to try it at the time – it was fantastic. I actually found this surprising given that mono-hopped IPA’s are often kind of one dimensional. This however, was not. Let’s check out how the canned version is. The nose is a massive dank blast of fruity hops, with huge citrus, passion fruit and all kind of tropical goodness. Tangy and zesty aromatics attack my nostrils before I dive in. The palate matches with equal veracity. Loads of sharp and tangy hop fruitiness blasts my senses is all directions – Passion fruit, papaya, and grapefruit rind dominate. A rich silky body follows, carrying a fluffiness to help enrich the citrus bomb that preceded it. This iteration is a bit sharper and more bitter than the standard edition, but it’s still nicely rounded and “balanced” overall. @gabdulong #borealebiere #boreale #ipadunordest #ipadunordestgalaxy #hops #haze #hazyipa #ipa #galaxyhops #beerism @laurentfouctiere
If you are not already aware, @brasseriechamplibre opened its doors in May, and their core line-up is extremely sexy. In this article, I interview @alexganivetb (brewer/co-owner) as well as examine all four of their beers. I also have some exclusive details about their upcoming bottle release! Check out the full article at beerism.ca (link in bio) Cheers @patrickcool_pc , Alex, and Alexandre! #brasseriechamplibre #brasseriedistilleriechamplibre #champlibre #imperialstout #saison #bohemianpilsner #ipa #hops #wineyeast
@microbrasseriecharlevoix is a brewery that helped spark my interest in craft beer many years ago. Their beers were always synonymous with quality and have helped pioneer the scene here in Quebec. That said, I haven't had anything from them in a very long time. Why? Largely because (unfortunately) the craft scene is all about what's new. Until recently, they haven't put out many new products, nor were they chasing trends. As a beer writer and general enthusiast, I'm finding myself coming full circle on a lot of things beer-related. That's why I was very happy to receive a couple of their new bottles to taste. G7 is an "international" Lager, taking each ingredient from a different country. The balance of this beer is perfection. Coming in at 7%, there is a beautiful malty roundness that coats each sip, before drying out in the finish. It carries some light citrus and herbal Hop tang, while the body has a luscious velvety feel, and yet incredibly crushable. Simply delicious. #microbrasseriecharlevoix #charlevoix #g7 #beerism
In early 2017, Maltstrom dropped this unassuming imperial stout called RIP. After my first sip, I was floored. It was 11.9%, but carried an approachable finesse – the beer was incredibly easy to drink. It was rich and luscious, with huge fudgy notes, but was just so accessible. Well, they took most of that batch and threw it in bourbon barrels for the better part of a year. The nose is quite subtle, with a some dark roasted aromatics of coffee and chocolate, mixed with hints of barrel. Cooked toffee, cake and toasted oats come through as well, with vanilla bourbon accents in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and slick, with a brilliant lusciousness. There is virtually no sharp edges to this beer, it’s round and incredibly easy to drink. The roast is there, but not heavily pronounced, while the bourbon notes come through, more aggressively, providing some vanilla and slight warming ethanol in the finish. Chocolate and cooked taffy come through as well, adding some sweet elements, yet the beer itself is very dry. Overall this is great, but I actually preferred the fresher, non-barrel-aged version. The brightness of the hops and the chocolate notes were just so on point at the time. In this version, the barrel does add some nice bourbon vanilla notes and spicy oak layers, but I’m just not feeling it quite as much as the OG – I feel like it lost something with time. That said, I still highly recommend finding a bottle if you can. #maltstrom #ris #imperialstout #maltstromcraftbrewers #Bourbon #stout #beerism @elaura.bussiere
This is the 8th edition of @dunhambrasserie 's Assemblage, a series of wild and blended barrel-aged beers that Dunham has been putting out for some time now. This version consists of a Foudre fermented Grisette, Saison Orange, d’Orange de Dunham, and two year old barrel-aged No Tahoma. Let’s dig in. The nose carries that quintessential Dunham Brett funk, with lots of dusty phenols and loads of vinous wine soaked oak. Apple flesh and fresh pear meet some tangy berries and citrus. It’s very inviting. The palate matches. There is a present brett profile, lending some earthy layers. Next comes the barrels, adding a touch of oak, but mainly lots of rich and tannic wine remnants. There is a orange-focused citrus component here that provides a lingering grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish. This, combined with the tannic dryness, creates a pretty aggressive astringency. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine are at the forefront of this beer and there is a slight acidity to the whole thing – that said, it’s subtle and hard to place. There are a lot of interesting and downright delicious layers to this. I like the way the tangy bitterness creates this potent orange and grapefruit rind thing, but overall the beer is too bitter for my tastes, making it quite astringent. #dunham #brasseriedunham #assemblage#8 #beerblend #sourbeer #barrelaged #wildale
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