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7205-009 from @brasserieharricana is a blend of sour amber beers, barrel-aged and mix fermented with the addition of cacao. The nose begins subtle, carrying a fruity flora that lends acidity to the aromatics. Next is a peaty later of smoke and roasted almond. The palate begins tart, carrying a tannic oak-filled flora that has just the right amount of funk. It’s dry, with lingering tannins that stick around before your next sip. There is a fun nutty layer, but not particularly malty, and there are hints of smokiness. This beer comes off complex but straightforward. It drinks super well and disguises itself as something dark, but it’s hardly noticeable on the palate.
Balade en Radeau is back again - a series of beers from @lagabiere that are released each month, allowing the brewers to experiment in ways that can be otherwise challenging. This is November, the first dark beer of the series, a stout brewed with orange zest and cacao. The nose is rich dark chocolate with hints of espresso. This is followed by lots of orange zest - it really personifies that Christmas orange chocolate ball perfectly. The palate matches, but is more subtle. Lots of bitter coffee vibes mixe with notes of dark chocolate, finishing with hints of orange (without any acidity). The body is pretty killer, delivering luscious sips, but with a low abv crushability. I really enjoyed this one. #lagabiere #beerism #orangestout #stout #cacao
If you weren’t already aware, @4originesbeer teamed up with @joebeefmtl to create L’apocalypse, a beer made with Sea Buckthorn berries from Quebec. The nose is earthy up front, carrying hints of lemon, fresh pear, and some herbal notes. Next comes aromas of tangerine zest alongside bits of phenolic dustiness. The palate begins with fresh cracked wheat, followed by bright citrus layers of lemon and orange. There is a floral character here that brings everything together nicely. A tight and very subtle acidity lends a crispiness, while hints of bitterness clean out the finish. The vibe here is subtle and refreshing. It drinks like a fruity Witbier, but without the Belgian yeast profile. It’s exceptionally dry, and finishes clean with juicy sea buckthorn berries and tea leaves lingering in the backdrop. Apocalypse has character and depth, but is mainly a beer that you could sit down with and drink several throughout the night. #joebeef #4origins #micro4origines #microbrasserie4origines #beerism #seabuckthorn
Halloween is over, but there are still scary cans to be had. This is Frissons 2.0, a collaboration between @lagabiere and @titefrette - it’s a fruited wheat beer made with blackcurrants and strawberries. The nose wafts some earthy yeast, mixed with rich strawberry and general berries. The fruits come through heavily on the palate, but the beer isn’t tart. Instead, it’s tastes more like a fruited pale ale. The beer drinks incredibly well, making it go down easily. That said, I’m not much into fruited wheat beers, but that’s just me.
@messorembracitorium has been pumping out IPA’s faster than I can get them. For those who’ve had a chance to indulge, what’s your favourite to date?
Journeys In Space & Time from @halfhoursonearth is an Oak Aged Farmhouse Sour Ale with Saskatoon Berries & Merlot Wine Must. The nose is wonderful, carrying a solid acidic edge, with loads of vinous notes from the grapes. Having never had Saskatoon berries it’s a bit hard to place, but I’m definitely getting some blueberry-like aromatics in here. That said, this is a wine forward nose with just the perfect amount of yeasty funk and barrel character. The palate is actually quite subtle and is one of the more mild HHOE beers I’ve had in terms of acidity. Only slightly tart, the beer carries a rich combination of grape-forward vinous flavours and lots of berry sweetness. Grapes, blueberries, and blackcurrants make up the fruit profile, and is layered against a dusty phenolic funk. There is a solid but not overbearing tannic component that dries things out beautifully in the finish. Delicious.
Jane Doe #10 from @dunhambrasserie is a “…blend of saison and sour beers aged in barrels, re-fermented with acerola, a Brazilian fruit that looks like an hybrid between a crab-apple and a cherry. The beer showcases fruity notes reminiscent of cherry, and it’s balanced and easily drinkable.” The nose begins with bright fruits – cherries in particular, with a touch of strawberry and apricot as well. Slight apples notes come through, but it’s very cherry-forward, in a different way than usual. It’s hard to describe. Wow, the palate is completely different. I’m no longer getting the cherry as much, and instead there is a bitter grapefruit presence alongside very tart under-ripe apple – but not cider-like at all. The acidity is quite present, but not too aggressive, allowing you to really dive into this one quickly. The barrels add layers of oak tannins and some nice vinous qualities, but the star here is really that acerola. Wow, what a character this fruit brings. It’s earthy and bright, delivering layers of juiciness that feels familiar yet so different. Impressive. #dunham #brasseriedunham #beerism #beerblend #barrelagedbeer
Sunset Overdrive is a sour IPA from @halfhoursonearth brewed with watermelon, marshmallow, Madagascar vanilla, and lactose. I have to say, this beer scares me. The nose is madness. Imagine if you took a pink movie theatre slushie, then added marshmallow and cotton candy. The watermelon and vanilla are at the front, with some hibiscus adding juiciness as well. It’s quite something. The palate is all these things, but manages to have been molded into something palatable and surprisingly delicious. Sour watermelon candy meets marshmallow fluff and juicy hibiscus sweetness – yet somehow this is aptly dry, with the deep sourness cutting through all the sugars and complimenting the overall fruitless. I feel like I should hate this beer, but I love it.
A little vampire beer on this Hallows’ Eve Eve from @dunhambrasserie - as part of last weekend’s bottle release. Funk Écarlate is one of Dunham’s “…foeder beers (rye Grisette) refermented on local morello cherries. A red beer with fruity and spicy notes, showcasing a fresh acidity. We used 350 grams of fruits per litre!” The nose is fruit all the way, with amazing cherry pie aromas mixed with dusty phenols and spicy oak. Notes of marzipan and bright acidity add further layers of aromatic complexity to this very inviting nose. The palate matches, delivering rich cherry depth alongside an accessible and easy drinking base. There is acidity, but it’s subtle, allowing the Grisette to still come through. The cherries add sweetness, but mostly mouth puckering tannins, creating a brilliantly dry profile. Thoughts of almond cake and cherry pie go through my mind as I sip this. Instead of any sweetness however, there is a wild phenolic funk that cuts through it, leaving a long dry finish. Delicious. #brasseriedunham #dunham #grisette #cherry #cherrybeer #beerism #easterntownships
Whether it's a refined barrel aged sour, a clean Pilsner, or some wacky pastry sour, @halfhoursonearth manages to wow me from every angle. Tomorrow they are having their 2nd annual Cellar release, so it's perfect timing that I'm able to share my latest post, where I examine several bottles and cans from this marvelous brewery. Visit www.beerism.ca for the article (link in bio) If you could order just one, what would it be? #halfhoursonearth #sours #sour #barrelagedsour #seaforthontario
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