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It was a risky move for @biere.vagabond.beer to deliver me some of their new raspberry creamsicle milkshake IPA given I'm usually #teamnolactose when it comes to Hoppy beers. But let's give her a try! The aromas are a bright mix of intense raspberry jam, with some light hops in the backdrop. Subtle cotton candy and what I can only describe as candy rockets peak through as well. This actually has a spectacular nose - it's super bright, fruity and inviting! The palate is similar, carrying some pretty zesty and in your face jammy raspberry goodness. A light lactose-induced sweetness comes through, but not cloying or too sticky - it's just enough to give body and some sweetness. However, there in an aggressive (fruit-based?) astringency that is quite overpowering and kind of dominates the whole thing. And when coupled with hop bitterness, it's just a bit too much. Overall, even despite my (half joking) hate for lactose IPAs, I liked a lot of what is going on in this beer, it's just unfortunate about that hefty astringency. That said, it's definitely worth a try none the less, as the fruit layers almost make up for it. #framboisecreamsicle #vagabond #bierevagabond #raspberrybeer #milkshakeipa #teamnolactose #teamlactose #beerism
@bbascanada arrived with a bang late last year and since then they have been killing the hop game here in Quebec. From Brut IPAs to NEIPAs and even Milkshake IPAs, their hop-focused model is pretty much always on point. I had a chance to interview co-owner and brewer Gabriel Girard Bernier about their Gatineau based brewery, as well as sample pretty much all of their cans. Read about it all at beerism.ca (link in bio)! #brasseriedubascanada #bascanada #hypa #lostabarnacos #neipa #souripa #brutipa
Chèque en Melon from @appatdugrain Is a watermelon infused witbier. The nose carries a nice inviting phenolic spiciness, alongside some dusty layers and hints of fruit. Cloves and cardamom meets some estery pear flesh and juicy watermelon. The palate matches, providing those quintessential witbier spicy layers, coupled with an apparent but balance watermelon fruitiness. It's extremely drinkable, and goes down very well. I'd like to see more carbonation though, as the effervescence would help clean up the body and create a more crisp drinking experience. That said, the flavour profile is on point here, and I like the clever use of fruit in this one. #chequeenmelon #appatdugrain #beerism
Chats Sauvages Goyave from @bieresavantgarde is a blend of Saison en Enfer, Wild #1, and de Funk et La Furie, barrel-aged for 6 to 16 months in wine and tequila barrels with a mix of wild yeast and bacteria. The whole thing is then re-fermented with guava puree. The nose is a wild juice bomb, throwing bits of orange and lots of tropical guava at my senses. Ample oak aromatics mix with an inviting dusty and fruity Brett profile. Some zesty acetic notes come through as well, lending a white balsamic component. Up front on the palate you get so much fruitiness. The guava provides lots of actual juiciness, but there are layers of vinous oak, fruity Brett esters, and some tangy acidity, adding even more bright fruits into the mix. There is an amazing flora to this beer, carrying a bright and balanced acidity. This results in a tangy and complex finish that has an almost lambic-like profile. I’m not usually a fan of acetic acid in most beer styles, but it’s extremely subtle and actually adds to the fruit layers here. This is delicious. #wildale #sourbeer #beerism
Last Saturday was @brasseriedieuduciel 's 20th anniversary! I was fortunate enough to attend and join in the festivities. This year, they not only hosted at the pub downtown, but also rented a space in the basement of Eglise St-Enfant-Jésus just down the street. The list of beers was impressive, and the space and general set-up felt relaxed, inviting, and didn’t come off as cramped at all. There was also an outdoor “terrasse” to eat and hang out in the sun. I had a chance to dive into countless beers from DDC as well as many invited guests. And although there was so much deliciousness, I found myself back at the Péché Mortel booth over and over. There was just something special about drinking all the Péché variants in one sitting, going back for more and doing our own little blends with my nerdy friends on the side. I know this was a special event for their 20th, but I'd be really happy if they did this ever year! #dieuduciel #pechemortel #péchémortel #stouts #beerism
This is Truce, a Trappist style Belgian strong dark ale brewed with dried figs, raisins, and star anise. Created by @toothandnailbeer . It was brewed for the first time as a special 750ml bottle during the holidays of 2015 and has returned the following years in can form and then returning to 500ml bottles. The long list of adjuncts can be daunting to read, possibly instilling the fear of it being a muddled mess. However, I assure you it’s not. Matt may throw a lot of things in his beers sometimes, but it’s always with subtlety and grace, as drinkability and balance always seem to be at the forefront of his beers. Anyway, in 2017, Truce was placed in some Cognac barrels to age and now we have this sexy bottle of deliciousness to dive into! The nose delivers light phenolic spices alongside lots of raisins, figs and dates. The cognac layers are subtle but complementary, providing rich fortified wine sweetness, which carries layers of cherry and cooked fruits. The nose here is pretty divine. The palate matches, but with particular components shining more than others. It begins sweet, with all kinds of rich cognac vinous layers. This is very much complimented by malty sugars and notes of fresh figs, dried dates and a plethora of macerated raisins. All this sweetness is beautifully cut down in the finish by phenolic dryness alongside tannic tartness from the oak barrels, and the grapes that once resided in them. As it opens, more sweet complexities arise, carrying maple, brown sugar and light caramel. There is a decadent smoothness to the mouthfeel, and although it is certainly slick and even a bit sticky, it goes down quite easily, and isn’t laborious to drink. The 11.8% ABV is incredibly well hidden amongst the malty layers, with virtually no ethanol burn to be found. This is a gem.
Guess what!? Several weeks ago I drove out to the Eastern Townships to brew a collaboration with @patroy55 and Éric from @suttonbrouerie ! Brett Never Sleeps is a Brut IPA fermented with 100% brett. Read all about my experiences creating the beer as well as drinking it at Beerism.ca (link in bio)! It hit stores this week. Go get some! #suttonbrouerie #beerism #brutipa #brett #brettipa #brettbrutipa #brettneversleeps #ipa #hops #easterntownships P.S. Dan from @brasserie1biere2coups (and @maltehops ) helped too!
This weekend is @bieresetsaveurs ! Sadly I won't be able to able to attend, but they were kind enough to send me a little care package, including this "Hopfenroggen" from @les_grands_bois_ - a Hoppy roggenbier? Why not! The beer has a nice balance of phenolic spiciness, alongside peppery rye notes and some rich stone fruit hoppiness. It's fruity, spicy and a touch malty, carrying a relatively aggressive sweetness to it, but is still balanced and quite enjoyable overall. For those going this weekend, have a blast! #bieresetsaveurs #grandebois #beerism
@biereboreale is back with the latest IPA Du Nord-Est variant. This time, it's Citra! The nose is that now classic Nord-Est bright tropical bomb, with much more intense citrus. Orange, grapefruit and some clementine match vibrant tropical and grassy aromatics. Like usual on the palate it's a turbid monster, carrying sharp tropical and citrus fruits. This Citra variant has a particularly intense hop burn and a bit of a hectic bitterness in the finish. That said, it's delicious, bone dry and goes down with a smooth and velvety body, echoing grapefruit pith and underripe tangerines. #boreale #ipadunordest #ipadunordestcitra #ipa #neipa #citra #citrahops @gabdulong @laurentfouctiere
Yummy is back! This New England inspired pale ale from @btpbrewing is the best beer they've created from my perspective. If you're in Ottawa, get some! #btp #beyondthepalebrewing #neipa #nepa #hops #hoppy #beerism
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