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Bons Temp Petits Fruits was a new take on @brasseriechamplibre ’s tripel Saison. This version is barrel-aged for four months with elderberries, blackberries, cranberries, and haskap berries. As expected, the nose is clearly fruity with lots of cranberries at the front, followed by subtle haskap cherry-like aromas and generally berryness. Some subtle phenols peek through. The palate matches, with cranberries at the front, followed by an immediate cutting dryness. Lots of berry tannins mix with oak layers to really create a dry and moisture sucking tannin-rich finish. The phenols are there, but more in balance with the fruits, and nothing in your face. The alcohol is impressively hidden, with little to no burn considering how dry this bad boy is. I think I prefer the OG, but fun none the less. #champlibre #mercier #beerism #bonstemps
Substance from @bbascanada is an imperial milk stout brewed with a shit-ton of coconut, as well as cacao and vanilla beans from Madagascar. Within moments of the release, Substance became the new “it” beer, being traded and sought after on local trade forums. Pastry stouts haven’t quite hit the Quebec beer scene yet, so folks got excited when a truly legit example dropped. Substance pours out like motor oil; thick and sludgy. The nose is inane. Smells like liquid cake. And not like other stouts do – it really smells like cake in a blender. There is just so much coconut up front, alongside chocolate fudge, hazelnut, and a light roasted coffee essence. Up front the palate matches. Loads of coconut and chocolate fudge meet cake batter. This is sweet, like really sweet. However, the finish manages to come off magically dry and rather balanced without an aggressive bitterness – it’s very impressive. If compared to Guerre et Paix, this is truly a pastry stout, delivering loads of luscious, uncompromising richness, intense sugars, and general cake-like flavours. Overall, this is a touch too sweet for my tastes, and if I had to choose between the two, I’d definitely be on team #GuerreetPaix. That said, this is an exceptional beer, carrying a perfectly executed balance. It’s a beer that truly accomplishes what it’s trying to be – a pastry stout – and one of the best I’ve had. #substance #bascanada #brasseriedubascanada #beerism @marcandrecordeirolima
Guess what? @brasseriedieuduciel has collaborated with @jamesonwhiskey to create a Péché Mortel variant aged in Jameson barrels. It drops tomorrow at certain stores around the province in very small quantities. Full details outlined on their Facebook event. Lets dive in. The nose carries that quintessential classic péché richness, with loads of coffee and chocolate. Alongside however, is a lovely aromatic woody layer from the whiskey, delivering hints of spiciness. The palate provides big coffee bitterness and some very dark chocolate flavours. A nice little fudgy body and general classic péché mocha layers come through as well. There is a hefty barrel character, but it’s less noticeable than the bourbon variant, which carries a sweeter presence and lots of vanilla. Here, the whisky is more direct and less rich, adding a sharp dry finish that echoes tannic oak and some real whiskey bite. When this herbal sharpness combines with the bitterness of coffee, you’re left with a cleaner and arguably less complex finish - but a gem none the less. Can’t wait to see what’s next for Péché. Keep the variants coming! #jameson #péchémortel #pechemortel #beerism #barrelaged @leilaalex
I tried QV10 from @microbrasserie_a_la_fut last year. It was a bright juicy show of a beer that showcased both raspberries and cherries. This year’s edition still carries these fruits but they’ve added blueberries and strawberries to the mix! They blended 1 and 2 year old Cuvée Western and then let it mature another year with all the fruits. The nose is bright, delivering lots of jammy berries and rich cherry aromatics. Some funk and acidic layers come through as well, alongside a vinous touch. The beer is quite tart and sour, holding a nice tannin-rich finish that keeps it rather dry. There are layers upon layers of jammy fruits. The raspberry and cherry take the show, but you can certainly pick out the subtle blueberry nuances. I often find strawberry provides an odd solvent-y thing in beers, but it works here and just gives you the good stuff. This one was a lot of fun. #alafut #beerism @fruitbeer #sour #sourbeer
Right here is “La Festi Valoise” the official beer of @festivalbiereslaval - a luscious DIPA. The nose is oddly kind of non-existent, light aromas of tropical fruits mix with a yeast presence I can’t put my finger on. Floral notes to the point of almost soapy mixed with grapefruit rinds and a touch of marmalade. The palate matches. The body is creamy and luscious, the colour on point, and the carbonation is perfect. However, the whole thing is quite muted. There is very little brightness to the hops, and instead I’m only left with echoes of tropical fruitiness. That said, they still managed to hit certain things right in point, but it could be that the hops used just don’t add the necessary zestiness for my liking. Still solid though.
What’s your favourite @bbascanada double IPA? #gatineau #dipa #doubleipa #quebecbeer #hops #haze @marcandrecordeirolima
Right here is the latest in @lagabiere ’s monthly series of beers called Balade de Radeau - this time isn’t a pineapple sour for July! The nose starts with lots of zesty stone fruit aromas, with peach in particular, alongside the obvious juicy pineapple. It’s A touch earthy, and quite juicy, but not an over the top fruit bomb. Up front on the palate it’s tart and juicy, carrying a balanced acidity that works well with the fruit. This beer is on the subtler side of things, which delivers a rather palatable profile that would allow for the consumption of several of these.That said it gives enough sourness to let you know this there, and although dry, there is a nice fruity pineapple sweetness to balance everything nicely. Three for three, it’s another hit. Hat trick!
@brasseriechamplibre is hosting a bottle release right this second out in Mercier, if you’re looking to pick up son fun beer variants today. This is IPA Ce rêve d’été and it’s a blend of 2/3 Épicentre (their wine yeast fermented IPA and 1/3 Rio (a fruited IPA). The blend was then fermented with mango and was given a healthy mosaic dry hop. The nose is fruity all around, carrying mango and lots of citrus from the mosaic – oranges in particular. The phenolic yeast profile adds some pretty potent earthy notes, and some spicy clove aromatics in the finish. The palate matches, delivering loads of citrus and general juice. However, this is bone dry. The body is pretty luscious, and especially smooth, going down like nothing. The mosaic plays really nice with the added mango; starting juicy and ending with that peppery mango finish. The wine yeasts spicy phenolic presence is still at the front, and in certain areas overpowers things, but overall it works well and all the components mesh nicely. Drinkability on point! #beerism #champlibre #brasseriechamplibre #ipa @alexganivetb @patrickcool38
Guess what!? Tomorrow at 11:00AM, @brasseriechamplibre is hosting a bottle release at their brewery in Mercier. They will be selling three brand new bottle variants for our drinking pleasure (in very limited numbers). I was lucky enough to get the beers ahead of time so that I could let you all what I think. Check it out at www.beerism.ca (link in bio). @alexganivetb @patrickcool38
Wow, @microlecastor really nailed their first ever canned NEIPA! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next batch. Truly solid. #neipa #beerism #lecastor #neipa