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I was super excited to see that @microbrasseriecharlevoix released a Brut IPA! My first “Double Brut”. The nose is subtle, beginning with light earthy and vinous hops, followed by oranges and ripe pears. A bit of those west coast dank and grassy vibes come through in the finish. On the palate it’s a touch tangy up front, with some boozy vinous qualities. It’s a bit rich, but still quite dry. However, the ethanol is very apparent and there is a hefty bitterness, making everything a bit sharp. There is a tanginess to this, delivering some pithy orange zest and candied tangerine. Overall I enjoyed this, but the lack of any sweetness makes it a touch too bitter and boozy. It think this is one of the main challenges with this new style in general, but again, I’m still really digging these bruts.
L’Équilibre (Saison Impériale Vinifiée) is a collaboration between @oshlag and @bieresavantgarde . This lovely specimen is an mixed fermentation imperial saison aged in Chardonnay barrels for 16 months. The nose is a rich blend of tangy vinous wine layers alongside loads of oaky vanilla. Lots of wild Brett funk complements these Wine notes, with ample pear, apple, and strawberry adding some fruity aromatics to the mix. The palate begins with some pretty apparent sweetness, coupled with intense apricot and peach. There is a slight Sauternes or ice-wine essence to this. The finish is both bitter and tannic, creating a tangy and dry finish to an otherwise pretty rich beer. There are layers of sweet tropical fruits, rich fortified wines, and some Bretty funk. This was a really interesting beer - a touch sweet for my tastes overall, but still balanced, quite complex and pretty tasty. #mixedfermentation #winbarrel #saison #brett #brettanomyces #beerism #oshlag
@maisondesbieres_houseofbeers teamed up with @labrossebrewery to create “Le Jardin Secret,” a cucumber infused saison. Sold exclusively at Maison Des Bieres. The nose is quite cucumber forward, carrying earthy vegetal notes that actually play nicely against the equally earthy saison yeast phenols. Some light grains peak through, but the nose on this is definitely the cucumber show. The palate matches. Again, it’s very heavy on the cucumber, with some nice accompanying herbal hops and spicy yeast layers. The finish is a touch tannic, carrying a lingering vegetal earthiness that sticks around. Unfortunately there isn’t any head retention, so the carbonation comes off muted and quite low. Overall, If you’re into trying new and interesting combinations, this one is for you. That said, you definitely have to like cucumbers to enjoy this one. #maisondesbieres #microbrasserielabrosse #saison #cucumber
Pertinax is a double IPA from @bbascanada that seems to have dropped several times now, each with different hop profiles. This one is Mosaic, Amarillo and Simcoe (This beer was released a while back and consumed fresh). The nose is a rich and dank mix of tropical and citrusy hops. Loads of tangerine-forward Mosaic goodness hits my senses followed by a swift and sharp zestiness. Overripe mango and bright clementine peels mix with hints of grassy funk. Up front on the palate it’s beautifully tangy, holding a sweet to bitter ratio that works well. Just like the nose, the big orange notes come through the most, delivering all kinds of citrusy layers. As well, light tropical fruits come through, with ripe mango and some papaya. The 8% is a touch too pronounced, carrying a sharp ethanol finish. That said, it’s still balanced, and quite drinkable. #brasseriebascanada #beerism #doubleipa #ipa #hops #gatineauottawa
I’ve had XX Bitter from @brouwerijderanke before - it’s a classic Hoppy Belgian offering - but this is the first time I’ve dived into its big brother, XXX Bitter. I really loved the interplay of aromatic hops against their particular yeast strain, which delivers both mild spicy layers, and also some complex dusty phenols. It’s dry and quite bitter, but the whole thing is balanced in its own way and really quite exceptional. Check in with @agencevitriol if you want to get your hands on some. #brouwerijderanke #deranke #beerism #agencevitriol #belgianipa
When I first saw that @bbascanada was releasing a Pilsner, I was super excited. As much as I can enjoy contemporary hazy New England IPAs, the rise of the lager is here, and I’m at the front of the line waving my hands. Here we have L’aspiration. The nose is soft but aromatic, displaying beautiful floral and herbal hops, alongside grainy malts that showcase honey and oats. It’s earthy, and a touch musty with some subtle citrus in the background. The palate matches. A lot of honey and fresh grains meet big herbal hop layers. The finish is bitter and lingers with a certain resinous tang, but it is all very balanced and on the more traditional side of things. Overall this is a crushable and balanced beer – I love it. #pils #pilsner #bascanada #brasseriebascanada #laspiration #brasseriedubascanada
Ci-Tron from @smallponybarrelworks is one of their latest creations- this time a citrusy hopped blend of golden sour ales. Still available at the brewery just west of Ottawa. The nose is a blast of candied pineapple, underripe tangerine, and sweet grapefruit rinds. There is a rich spicy oak backdrop carrying hints of vanilla. It’s dank and a touch grassy, delivering light bretty phenols and a big sour candy finish. The aromatics alone are intoxicating. The palate matches, but carries a far more citrus-forward profile if completed to the tropical nose. You certainly still get some pineapple, but here it’s lemon to the max, with hints orange and grapefruit in the finish. It’s tangy, tart and has some amazingly subtle oak tannins that really dry out the finish. The acidity here is very bright and pronounced, but Small Pony is really starting to nail their drinkability factor in these latest bottles. Delicious as usual. I hope this becomes their staple dry-hopped sour! #citron #smallponybarrelworks #beerism #dryhoppedsour #barrelagedsour #kanata #ottawa #613beer
The folks from @raslbock sent me this bottle of L’anse Sauvage, a Flander’s Red inspired sour ale, aged in both Porto and Bourbon barrels with a mix of wild yeasts and bacteria. The nose is a rich combination of vinous soaked oak, bretty funk, and light bourbon induced vanilla oakiness. Black cherries and red grapes come though as well. There are not too many acetic qualities on the nose, which I like. Up front this is quite sour, carrying a tart berry fruitiness and some light drying oak tannins. The body is thin and the carbonation is quite low, which is a bit unfortunate. However, I quite like the minimal acetic influence, carrying little to none of that often overpowering balsamic vinegar profile you get in a lot of examples of the style. There are lots of cherry and general berry layers, mixed with a light, almost smoky bourbon essence. The combination of barrels works nicely, and are rather complimentary. The Porto adds subtle sweet fortified wine complexities of prune, raisin, and cherries, while the bourbon has a sharper spicy oak and vanilla flavour. Overall this is pretty solid! #raslbock #raslbockartisansbrasseur #flandersred #rougedeflandres #beerism #sourred
This beautiful can from @4originesbeer is Houbombe, an unclassified American IPA. It carries a classic West Coast IPA nose, deliverIng lots of tangy and citrusy hops, with hints of pine. big grainy aromas come next, with light caramel, and some honey. The palate matches, and as expected it’s quite bitter compared to all the juicy IPAs these days. This bring me back a few years. Juicy hops dance alongside a present but not too overbearing malt base. The finish is tangy, herbal and has a pretty crushing bitterness to clean everything up nicely. There are some light oxidized honey notes, which isn’t surprising given that it’s pushing five weeks old at this point. That said, it’s still drinking well, carrying the right balance of bright hops, bitterness and sweetness. Tasty stuff! #4origines #microbrasserie4origines #beerism #houbombe #ipa #westcoastipa @brewing_education
Matière from @bbascanada is a sour IPA brewed with blackberries and lactose. The nose is a bright mix of tropical citrusy hops and some blackberry tartness, followed by sweet smelling lactose sugar in the backdrop. Ripe strawberries and light grassiness peak through as well. The palate starts off with some tart blackberry juiciness, followed by layers of juicy hops that add strawberry, under-ripe tangerine and some grapefruit to the mix. Given the addition of lactose, it’s far dryer than expected, and that powdered sugar flavour isn’t particularly perceivable on the palate (thankfully). The finish is on the bitter side, which clashes a touch with the tartness of the beer (although it’s barely tart to begin with). The body is round and relatively luscious due to the lactose, and the lack of sourness is made up for by a nice lingering tang from the fruit. The beer is growing on me as I drink it, but I’d like more sourness and less bitterness. An augmented dry hop and perhaps more fruit might also lift this to another level. #souripa #dhsour #dryhoppedsour #brasseriebascanada #beerism
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