Pale Ale Américaine – Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, QC, Canada)


TL:DR – “dryish cereal barley malt with some wet cork aftertaste, overall boring.”


Pale Ale Américaine – Les Trois Mousquetaires, 5% ABV, 650 ml., (Brossard, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Here’s a most surprising and refreshing pale ale. Its hop leaves, grown on American soil, balance out lightly caramelized cereals with powerful citrus notes.”


  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Taste: dry light metallic cereal-biscuit barley malt dull soft bitter
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., August 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: No
  • What made an impression: the dryness of the malt

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Twisty steel top cap that broke, composite cork, hefty bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a nice 2 cm head,  fine micro retention, very active clustered activity.

Nose: cereal barley malt, biscuity, light toffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: dry-crisp,

Mid-palate: dry low metallic, cereal-biscuity barley malt, (lvl-1-sweetness), wet cork

Finish: dull subtle bitter hop

Summary: No power citrus notes detected in the advertised back label, but likely because of cellaring this for 6ish years. Decent mouthfeel, but the overall character of the cereal barley malts are quite boring. A disappointing Trois Mousquetaires brew.

Double Cyclope – Brasserie Dunham (Dunham, QC, Canada) 

Double Cyclope – Brasserie Dunham, 8.6% ABV – 341 ml., (Dunham, Quebec, Canada)


3x dry-hopped. Hops: citra, ekuanot, el dorado, mosaic, amarillo


  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: big bright orange citrus bitter resiny hop sweet toffee malt
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.90 CAD (after 20% off) – 341 ml., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: big bright orange citrus hops

Visual: Pours clear honey orange without much of a head, a hazy spotty micro layer with ring, lots of singular fast and slow steady streams.

Nose: bright tangerine-mandarin orange hop oils, hints of pomelo. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: thicker crisp, fruity citrus impression

Mid-palate: mild alcoholic heaviness, (lvl-4-sweetness), fruity tangerine toffee malt, metallic-resiny bitter

Finish: grapefruit-tangerine exhale, lingering soft bitter orange citrus hops

Summary: Big all around fruity orange citrus notes with soft bitter resiny hops and a solid malt backbone. Very sippable and went down with ease. Quite boozy by the last sip. Recommended.

Sticke Alt – Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, QC, Canada) 

Série Signature Sticke Ale (Red Lager) – Les Trois Mousquetaires, 6% ABV, 750ml, (Brossard, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Stronger, rarer and hoppier version of an Altbier typically found in Dusseldorf, Germany ”

Malts: pilsner, pale, cara 60/160

Hops: Magnum, Northern Brewer, Hallertau


  • Style: Altbier
  • Taste: Sweet crisp toffee biscuity toasted barley malt red fruity lengthy bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $10 CAD (12.5% off) – 750 ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: Yes
  • What made an impression: seamless transitions, great balance

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Twisty steel top, corked. Pours translucent copper red (SRM=19), barely any head, a thin hazy layer of micro retention, lots of slow steady micro streams. Unfiltered.

Nose: strawberry, fruity malt (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp bite, sweet malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), biscuity caramel, strawberry, toffee barley malt, micro CO2 mouthfeel, smooth bitter hop transition

Finish: lingering bitter hops, toasted malt exhale

Summary: Extreme balance of pleasant sweet caramel malts and an underlying red fruitiness, accompanied by a prominent hop presence.

 

La Pitoune (Pils) – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Pitoune (Pils) – Le Trou du Diable, 5% ABV, 375 ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“The Pitoune Pils offers and intense aroma of grain and hops, topped with a rich, thick cream. The palate is both fresh and crisp, and the bitterness comes through with each sip for a refreshing experience.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (unfiltered lager) Keller Pils
  • Taste: Tangy bright off-dry citrus grainy barley
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 375 ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure
  • What made an impression: clean grainy barley with depth

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy bright yellow-orange with a 1cm head, a thin layer of micro retention, a few microbubbles here and there.

Nose: musky apricot-pineapple malt, honey. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, smooth almost creamy CO2

Mid-palate: bright, light tangy, very grainy barley malt malt, dry (lvl-1-sweetness), hint lemon

Finish: apricot, subtle hop dry bitter, residual grainy

Summary: A fine balance of bright barley grain accented by slight citrus and subtle hops. This goes well with any meal. A fine lager, which I don’t particularly lean toward in preference.

Dubaï Pillée – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Dubaï Pillée (Extra Strong Invasive Beer, IIPA)- Le Trou du Diable, 9% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“In 1954, Dubai was invaded and looted of its alcohol by extraterrestrials. Unfortunately, very few realize that the stocks are constantly diminishing… Their return is imminent.

Thus, we present this offering consisting of a beer with a white, lasting head, from which emerge fine exotic bubbles filled with predominant aromas of mango, passion fruit and apricot. Initially fruity, this beer features a well rounded and smooth a palate, punctuated with an alcohol warmth and a pronounced bitterness, which are both engaging in an ultimate conflict, therefore convincing the sceptics [sic] that the Great Invasion is coming.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Taste: toffee malt sweet slight apricot heavy alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.90 (after 20% off) – 600ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in particular
  • What made an impression: overbearing alcohol

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 1 year). Pours rich golden orange with a fine 1mm lasting head, sticky lacing, very tight clustered micro active streams.

Nose: honey biscuity toffee barley malt, chamomile. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp-thicker, heavy malt with alcohol impression

Mid-palate: honey toffee malt, (lvl-7-sweetness) with some alcoholic heat, chamomile, tangy apricot

Finish: woody honey exhale, residual malty bittersweet

Summary: Drinks good at 17.5°C. Good body and flavour, but the alcohol detection is on the invasive side, making it too heavy after multiple sips. Not quite as tropical as the description.

 

Saison Framboise – Brasserie Dunham (Dunham, QC, Canada)

Saison Framboise – Brasserie Dunham, 6.5% ABV – 18 IBU – 750 ml., (Dunham, Quebec, Canada)

“Bottle fermented ale with real raspberries”


  • Style: (flavoured – Raspberry) Saison / Fruit Beer
  • Taste: controlled light tart-sour-tangy sweet wheat clean raspberry soft funk
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $14.70 CAD (after 20% off) – 750 ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good quality beer

Visual: (Cellared for 1 year). Pours cloudy hibiscus pink with super creamy 2cm lasting head, a plethora of very active micro streams. Gorgeous.

Nose: sour funk pukey, red berry fruity notes. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-smooth, lively mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tingly, tart-short sour, (lvl-3)-sweetness, mild woody funk, wheat malt sweet, fruity raspberry

Finish: airy, slight wheat malt palate rough, residual tangy woody malt

Summary: Super clean and balanced straight out of the fridge and into a chilled glass. Surprisingly low funk and sourness for the first glass; As it warms, a bit more funk, sourness, and palate roughness emerge, but still very high quality. I would have liked more body at the finish.

Schieve Tabarnak – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Schieve Tabarnak – Le Trou du Diable & Brasserie de la Senne Collaboration, 5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“The Schieve Tabarnak! is a light, hazy blonde beer with greenish highlights. Brewed with rye and a selection of atypical hops, it has a very floral scent reminiscent of roses with a fruity aroma which culminates into a very long finish, leaving the drinker wanting for more. This collaboration with Brasserie de la Senne gets the first part of the name stems from a Brussel curse word (Schieven architeckt!, meaning twisted architect). The Quebec curse word of course speaks for itself…”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, rye hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Belgian Ale
  • Taste: complete sweet banana fruity sour tangy bitter finish
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.50 (after 20% off) – 600ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 1 year). Pours golden straw yellow with a ridiculously massive initial 90% head, thick retention, a plethora of singular tight streams.

Nose: sweet thick banana wheat malt (though no wheat) with floral nuances. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, sweet-sour impression

Mid-palate: sour-tangy undertones, (lvl-3-sweetness), ripe banana, controlled soft pukiness, pineapple-lemon curd

Finish: wheat malt exhale, stealth subtle hopped bitterness

Summary: A complete balance of sweet, sour, tangy, fruity, malty AND bitter. Great complexity and drinkability. Recommended.