Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Review: Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale (2014 edition)

Goose Island is now available in Manitoba, and if you are educated about the beer industry like I am, you know that Goose Island is owned by the owners of Labatt and Budweiser - AB-InBev. I dislike Labatt's products and then some - Shock Top Belgian Style Wheat Ale is frankly nasty and watered down. That being said, Goose Island hasn't changed much since being bought by Budweiser & co - except ability to have their beers in more places and higher buying power.

I've already reviewed Goose Island's Sofie Saison a year and half ago so I don't need to do another review anytime soon. So now onto Matilda! Matilda is a Belgian Style Pale Ale at 7% ABV and 765mL bottle.

Appearance: Matilda pours a vibrant orange honey comb with a bit of a light creamy beige head on top, a tad bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass, minimal carbonation from what I've noticed.

Aroma: The aroma has notes of orange peel, farm yard, fairly hay-like, a bit of a sour note that reminds me of a mens restroom at a pub. Slightly tart, a bit reminiscent of a saison in some aspects (more citrusy than most Belgian style Pale Ales I'm used to). Hint of clove.

Taste: If someone told me that this was a bottle of Sofie, I would believe them as I find the Matilda seems a bit too similar to the Sofie I had last night. It's sweet, citrusy, hint of orange peel, a bit medicinal. Then there's a hint of pear and apples falling at the very end. Not as tart or sour as the aroma would lead me to believe - but there's subtle notes there anyways, especially as it slowly warms up.

Overall Thoughts: It wasn't what I exactly expected for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, incredibly citrus focused, yeasty breadiness showed up here and there but not really comparable to other Belgian Pale Ales I've drank recently. I do like the nice citrusy zest - it's very easy to drink, lightly fizzy on the tongue and great to sip on on a light jacket Tuesday evening outdoors. Available throughout Canada for approximately $8-10 per 765mL bottle. Save a few bottles because it will age well over time.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

A visit to Dépanneur Peluso


Every year I love to have my annual bièrcation, and with that - I love to check out new and exciting brewpubs, breweries and beer stores, as well as meet up with beer geek friends. For the second year in a row, I went to Montreal even though my heart is in Quebec City.

I was hoping to do a brewery tour or two, but unfortunately that didn't happen as my requests were declined, or in McAuslan's case - they won't be open for brewery tours until later this spring. Bah humbug.

One of my favourite places to check out while in Montreal is Dépanneur Peluso. Time and time again it's raved as being one of the best bottle shops in all of Canada, and even on RateBeer.com - listed as one of the best beer retailers in the world! Why's that? Selection and service.

When you first enter Dépanneur Peluso (Boni Soir), it looks like your standard corner store - you have fridges with milk and soda, racks with chips, snacks and bread. Then.. you walk a bit further into the store and you immediately realize that their main focus is beer. At first, you come across mostly macros, you see fridges full of beers by Molson, Labatt, Sleeman, Tremblay and Belle Gueule - the typical stuff you see at the local Metro or IGA in anywhere in Quebec - the macros. Then you turn a corner and you quickly feel overwhelmed by the Quebec beer scene. Overwhelmed may not be the right word.. I was flat out feeling dizzy at the beer section! They have hundreds of different beers, mostly all listed in dedicated sections so that if you wanted beers of a specific style - say barley wine - all the barley wines are next to each other.

I had a quick chat with resident Peluso beer expert Pierre-Luc who was just finishing up his shift as I was making my way into the store. Pierre-Luc also happens to be the go-to beer expert for Voir.ca so you could tell that the staff there were dedicated about beer. He showed me some of the new beers that were just released, giving me suggestions on what I should check out and even showing me his personal favourite beers. As soon as he was done his shift, we did a beer trade - I gave him a few bottles of beers available out west including a bottle of Half Pints' Grand Slam Breakfast Stout, and he gave me a bottle of Peluso 30 XXX, a beer brewed by Brasseurs Illimités exclusively for Dépanneur Peluso for the store's anniversary (Check out a YouTube review by Les Freres Atman).

In the end, I purchased more beer than I should have - as I was leaving back for Manitoba the next day - and I was well over the limit for excess luggage weight limit because of it. But when in Montreal, boire comme les locaux!

I really enjoy visiting places like Dépanneur Peluso because they put local beer front and centre, which is something you don't see outside of Quebec due to their restrictive liquor laws AND our restrictive liquor laws. Times are slowly changing out here in the west and one day here in Manitoba we will see people drinking local instead of drinking that beer they saw advertised on Hockey Night in Canada.




"Financing Available #NOT - U-Wuss"

At $180ish, you too can own a 6L bottle of Unibroue's La Fin du Monde!


Ottawa's Beau's is now available in Quebec!

My attempt at a panorama


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review: Unibroue U Rousse

Unibroue's known for their staples like La Fin du Monde, Blanche de Chambly, Maudite and 17 Grande Réserve. To most of us outside of Quebec, we aren't familiar with Unibroue's "U" line of beers, which includes a Blonde, Miel (Honey) and Rousse (Red) Lager. This line of beer can't be compared to Unibroue's most popular products as these products were developed in the early days of Unibroue to compete against Molson and Labatt in the discount beer market. Even with all the success Unibroue has had, the "U" line still exists. I found a case of Unibroue U Rousse Amber Lager at a small family owned dépanneur near my hotel - the sign stated $14.99, but the price was cut to $12.99. So at a price like that, I can't say no!

Appearance: Pours a rich caramel red beer with a bit of a honey hue. Nice amount of off-white head clinging to the er.. hotel plastic glass.

Aroma: Bit of caramel maltiness, hint of honey, light nuttiness and a grainy profile. Reminiscent of most more macro red amber lagers/ales.

Taste: It's very smooth, a bit of a tinny aftertaste, a bit of a caramel sweetness, a hint of nuttiness, fairly light and a bit of a grassy profile.

Overall Thoughts: Compared to the cousin beer Sleeman Honey Brown, I think I actually prefer this one. It's not great but this is a very smooth lager that takes 0 effort to gulf down. At the price ($12.99 before tax + deposit) - is substantially better than the competition in the discount beer section at Quebec dépanneurs.

http://www.unibroue.com/en/beers/product/26

Saturday, 11 April 2015

From the review archive: Glutenberg Rousse



From the Brandon Sun - February 6, 2015


Last year, I wrote about the various gluten-free beer options available in Manitoba because I had friends who were looking for beer without gluten as they are coeliacs.
Frankly, it’s pretty difficult to find gluten-free beer in Manitoba, but it’s going to be easier now thanks to Montreal’s Brasseurs Sans Gluten — or better known to beer geeks who have been to Quebec recently, Glutenberg.
When I was in Montreal last year, the folks over at Dépanneur Peluso beer store were showing me the hundreds of different beers they had, all of them were from la belle province. They kept mentioning this one brand, Glutenberg, because that was one of the newest brands they were selling.
In fact, it was selling really well because it was craft beer for the beer geek, and not only that, it was gluten-free.
I picked up a can of their India Pale Ale, and really wanted to pick up a bottle of one of their Série Gastronomie beers, seeing as they were aiming for Belgian and various tough styles of ales with a gluten-free theme. However, I only bought the IPA as the Belgian-inspired ale was too expensive for my tastes.
As soon as I got back to Manitoba, I tried the India Pale Ale — it was more bitter and piney than your standard Quebecois IPA, but after the hoppy notes, it was lacking in flavour from the malted millet and buckwheat.
Brasseurs Sans Gluten now has their popular Glutenberg beers available here in Brandon. The starting lineup includes their India Pale Ale, American Pale Ale, Blonde (Lager) and Rousse (Red Ale).
The fact that MLCC brought not one style of Glutenberg but four impresses me, as we all have different beer tastes. Some of us like a bitter beer, some of us like a nice caramelly ale, while some just want a lager.
The only beer that the MLCC didn’t bring in from their staples is a Belgian double ale, which I would’ve reviewed in a heartbeat. Instead, I’m trying Brasseurs Sans Gluten’s Rousse.
I’ve liked Rousse (red) ales for a long time. I remember visiting SUDS at Brandon University 10 years ago and savouring lots of bottles and pints (and perhaps pitchers) of Rickard’s Red — to me, that was a good pub-style Red Ale growing up.
This Rousse pours a bit darker than your Rickard’s Red, more of a nutty brown ale, with a bit of caramel hue, clear with just a smidge of a light beige head on top to give it a classic British ale look.
The aroma is more of a roasted malt than I expected. I was hoping for more caramel, but I’m getting lots of buckwheat, lemon, and quite a nutty profile. There’s a hint of sweet caramel, but more roasted than sweet.
The flavour has a nice light caramel taste that hits right at the beginning, which is quickly followed by a recurring theme of nuttiness, a medium amount of bitterness that gives it a hint of a roasted coffee zing.
It has some notes of toffee and a mouth-feel that’s a bit tinny, but after you drink it for awhile, it feels a bit creamy on the tongue.
The buckwheat is very present in this ale, which gives it a bit of bitterness, yet bites you right in the middle of the tongue.
I haven’t had any amazing gluten-free beers yet, so how did this fare? Actually, it’s a very solid ale. I would consider it more of a nutty brown ale than a standard red ale you see at pubs.
If you didn’t read the label, you would not think that this was a gluten-free beer. This has nice malt-forward notes of toffee, some nuttiness, medium amount of hops and would go well with a rack of ribs (with a gluten-free barbecue sauce).
For now, the only Liquor Marts carrying Brasseurs Sans Gluten’s Glutenberg beers are the 10th and Victoria and the South End outlets.
Five per cent ABV and $3.98/473mL can.
Rating: 3.5 pints out of 5

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

From the review archives: Four Gluten-free beers available in Manitoba



I wrote this back in March 2014 for my First Draught column in the Brandon Sun:

I’ve had a few friends in the past few years diagnosed with celiac disease who were beer drinkers. Once they were diagnosed with the disease, they had to absolutely cut down on all the gluten they consumed. This meant no more wheat based bread, cookies, pasta, cakes, gravy, dressing and beer. Myself, as an obese guy in his twenties - I’ve had the need to cut out gluten in my diet for the last year or so because I consume too much gluten products for my own good. For those who are looking for something different, beers that contain (almost) no gluten at all, I’ve compiled this list of Gluten Free beers that you can find here in Westman!

Nickel Brook Gluten Free

This is Canada’s most popular Gluten Free, so of course I had to show it off. To me, Nickel brook is actually a pretty darned good brewery in the gluten side, their Head Stock India Pale Ale is one of the tastiest IPAs to come out of Ontario at the moment. Sure they can make good IPAs, can they make a good Gluten Free Beer?

Nickel Brook pours a clear golden ale, reminiscent of your standard Canadian lager, but with one thing missing, close to no carbonation. I see a bubble or two pop up to the surface once in a few seconds, but not streams of bubbles like a true lager would. For aroma, it’s quite a strong and bitter aroma thanks to the amount of hops used in this beer. It’s a floral and aromatic scent of fresh cut alfalfa, a bit of a pepper spice and a scent of oats. Nickel Brook has a taste of Rice Krispies, a bitterness of the alfalfa-like hops, a sample of pear juice and that’s really it. Nickel Brook’s Gluten Free beer is better than a lot of gluten-based beers available from the big guys, but the bitterness from the hops might scare off a few people. I was surprised how much of an alfalfa scent there would be with the hops in here. 3.5/5 Pints

Bard’s Original Sorghum Malt Beer

Bard’s comes from Minneapolis. This one has been at various Liquormarts for a while now, I’ve had it before but I don’t remember what it even tasted like.. so it’s now time to remind myself.

Bard’s pours a clear golden honey in appearance, minimal amount of carbonation, a bit of light bubbling at the very top, but other than that - it looks like it’s pretty flat. For the aroma, I notice scents of black liquorice, hints of caramel and a light cereal bite to it. The aroma is significantly stronger than the bite as this beer doesn’t have much of a flavour at all, I notice a bit of a light sweet maltiness of breakfast cereal and light caramel sweetness. There’s not much in this beer at all: no presence of hops at all, making this taste like a breakfast cereal in a bottle, and not in a good way, it’s not like a bottle of Lucky Charms at all! 4.7% ABV. 2/5 Pints

New Grist Pilsner Style Alcoholic Beverage

I’ve had New Grist a few years ago and honestly - I didn’t like it, I thought it tasted like lemon flavoured water with some alcoholic notes in there.. somewhere, but hey! I’m always up to re-trying a beer because my beer tastes change over times. As I pour this, this is the most carbonated of the bunch (so far). A bit fizzy, leaves a bit of a sprinkling of foam at the very top of the beer, very clear pale golden straw - very watered down looking. For the aroma, it reminds me of wet newspaper, a bit of a pilsner malt and lemon. For flavour, this one has certainly improved since the last time as it does have notes that remind me of a standard North American Pilsner, a bit of a sweetness that’s reminiscent to the malted prairie grains we see in North American Pilsners, some notes of rice, and a hint of pear juice. The hops give it a bit of a bitterness, but only at the end when it leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. It has improved since the last time I tried this two to three years ago, but it still has a long way to go. 5.3% ABV. 2.5/5 Pints.

Mongozo Premium Pilsner

Last but not least for this weekend of gluten-free beer! Mongozo Premium Pilsener from Belgium is one of the new ones at the Liquormart. Mongozo is dubbed a European-style pilsener that uses fair-trade and organic ingredients. One thing that’s interesting about Mongozo is that it contains traces of barley malts, but the gluten content is less than 10 parts per million. Mongozo pours a golden honey, similar to the standard European and Canadian lagers/pilsners you see here. This is the most beer-like product I’ve seen so far, appearance wise. For aroma, it even smells like an European pilsner, it has that typical skunkiness that you see from beers like Heineken, Stella and Beck’s. I dislike the typical “skunky” aroma in many European beers so that ruins it a bit for me. There’s a bit of a lemon zest in the aroma as well, but I can’t get over the skunkiness. For the flavour, this is by far, the most beer-like gluten free beer I’ve had out of the bunch. This is a light European pilsener-style beer, it has notes of toasted rice, light citrus zest, various grains and even a bit of a hint of barley for good measure. Oh, and it also has that “skunkiness” that I’m not liking. Mongozo costs $2.99 per 330mL bottle. 2.5/5 Pints.


Out of all the gluten free beers I’ve tried this week, I personally enjoyed Nickel Brook’s the most, as it’s liberal in hops, to mask the taste of sorghum and rice. The most beer-like beer of the group has to be Mongozo from Belgium, but since it does use barley, it does have minimal traces of barley. It’s all up to you what you think is the best gluten-free beer in town!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Review: Fernie Brewing's Snowblind Belgian IPA

I don't know what to think about Belgian IPAs, I love Belgian beers and I love IPAs, but the combination of the two always seems unnatural. But what would I know? I'm the same guy who reviews beers like Bud Light Platinum and Carling Black Label Extra Old Stock for the hell of it!

Appearance: Here we have Fernie's Snowblind Belgian IPA. New to the LC (and basically already gone) for $6.11/650mL. Pours a murky reddish brown with a cherrywood hue to it. Unfiltered yet somewhat bright. Decent amount of beige head sticking to the glass.

Aroma: First off, we have notes of grapefruit, lemon, Belgian yeast. Followed up with subtle notes of various hops including Cascade to give it a bit of a pine & alfalfa bite to it. Sweet but not as sweet as other Belgian IPAs I've had.

Taste: This one is quite moderate on the hops, giving it a bitter bite right from the start. Not as sweet as the aroma would lead me to believe. Yet, it's still a bit sweet with notes of grapefruit, cloves and just a hint of sugary sweetness. Fairly yeasty like a lot of Belgian style ales.

Overall Thoughts: More of a West Coast take on Belgian IPAs than most I've seen so far - though nowhere near as bitter as most West Coasts. Nice citrus zest that's really welcoming on a warm Manitoba spring afternoon! Fairly solid and not over the top. To top it off, it's 7.9% ABV!

http://www.ferniebrewing.com/

Monday, 30 March 2015

Palabre XXX Impériale IPA & Palabre Corne de Glace reviews!

La brasserie À l'abri de la tempête from les Îles de la Madeleine has to be one of my favourite breweries in all of Quebec.. in fact: in the world. I absolutely love everything I've tried by them. I had their La Belle Saison is easily one of the best summer time saisons I've had, and their Corps Mort Barley Wine may contain traces of herring, which is.. yuck! But it's one of the few barley wines out there that can honestly compete with Half Pints' Burly Wine.

Today, it's a dual Palabre review kind of day. First off:

Palalbre XXX Impériale IPA.

Mon ami Alain knew I was a big fan of À l'abri de la tempête that he made me aware of the Palabre line of beers by the brewery. I didn't find out much information about them, but I knew I had to try them!

Appearance: Palabre XXX Impériale IPA pours a thick honey-orange, a good amount of creamy beige head that just sticks to the side of the glass. It looks like I'm about to drink 355mL of syrup.. who knows?!

Aroma: First thing that came out was a rich bitter hoppiness that reminds me of what Yakima, WA must smell like in the summer time. A great deal of pine, woodiness and a faux lemon aroma that reminds me of baby wipes. A very sweet syrupy background to it, very sweet and tart - reminiscent of raisins and prunes. Incredibly parfumic, bitter and sweet. 

Taste: I can't believe this is damned 14.5% ABV! It honestly doesn't taste like it's more than 8-10%! In fact, this is the second strongest beer (ABV) I've ever had in my life. With the strongest being Sam Adams' Utopias. Incredibly sweet and syrupy with a great deal of surprisingly fresh hoppy background to it. Bitter cascade & other hops that almost taste like they were grown right on l'île next to the brewery. Incredibly syrupy...The mouthfeel leaves a syrupy aftertaste to it. As it warms up, the booze starts to burn the tongue and you quickly start to feel warmth throughout the body from the alcohol. 

Overall Thoughts: Is it possible for an IIPA/DIPA to be too strong to be an IIPA/DIPA? Who knows. At $8/bottle, I thought this was expensive, but I didn't know it was damned 14.5%! It had a great combination of nice bitter West Coast hoppiness and a sweet and syrupy desserty taste to it to give it an overwhelming yummy complex.... somehow almost a Barley Wine taste to it. 

Also, I'm not a certified beer judge in any sense - I review the beers according to how I find it to taste and review it accordingly. Even if it's not to style, I don't ding marks off it in my personal blog reviews - thats why I don't do a rating - you can find my ratings in the Brandon Sun!

From the bottle: Sex, hops & rock n roll!


Palabre Corne de Glace

I've been told À l'abri de la tempête's Palabre corne de glace is based off the popular Corne de Brume Scotch Ale - which is rated one of the top Scotch Ales on the planet! Corne de Glace is an ice Scotch Ale take on the Corne de Brume, to condense it into a stronger, sweeter and more over the top beer. According to Untappd, I haven't tried Corne de Brume yet, though I know I have a few bottles
of it lying around.

Appearance: Corne de glace pours a dark nutty brown ale and opaque. A nice amount of creamy beige on head. 

Aroma: Cinnamon! Gingerbread, scotchy scotch scotch! It's a very wintery beer for the most part. There's also a bit of nuttiness in the background. Also a bit of an earthiness to it while it warms up. Also notes of dark fruits like raisins popping up here and there. 

Taste: Rich taste of cinnamon, molasses and a rich earthiness that reminds me of a fine Scotch. It's quite bitter and leaves a buzzing bitter aftertaste. While it's quite a syrupy beer, it's not as syrupy as I expected - also not AS sweet. I was expecting of a syrup and even more syrup taste right at the beginning. Light amount of toffee in the background, and just a hint of oaky woodiness to top it all off.

Overall Thoughts: Expected it to be more like a syrupy candy in a bottle, but surprisingly it was more complex thanks to the earthy notes and the dash of cinnamon to make this a great winter time beer. It's comparable to most Wee Heavy/Scotch Ales you can get here in Canada but at 13% ABV this one will get you a bit buzzed. It's interesting and I like it, but certainly not à l'abri's best. 

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Review: Cannery Brewing's Blackberry Porter

I lost my job this week, and then wham - today all Futureshop employees were let go - some will be able to re-apply for a job similar to their old job if their store is changing to a Best Buy. I don't ever want to work in a retail environment like that ever again. But chances are, I will.

Now I have time to review beers out of my big hoard that have been collecting dust, including this beer - Blackberry Porter by the folks over at Cannery Brewing out of Penticton, BC.

Appearance: The Blackberry Porter pours a dark dark beer, almost like an English dark ale. It has a bit of a caramelly brown head, which goes down fairly lightly. Overall, not quite 'almost pitch black' like a standard porter, but still looks nice and creamy.

Aroma: The aroma doesn't seem like much at the beginning as all I notice at the beginning is toasted barley, a bit of notes of grassiness and a hint of coffee. As the beer settles in the glass, I notice a big whiff of Okaganan fresh blackberries doing the cha-cha-cha into my nose. It's a sweet, dark fruity and tart combination. Reminiscent of raisins, cassis and black cherries. There's a bit of a syrupy sweetness to it that reminds me of jam filled danishes/croissants. Quite sweeter than your typical porter but then again, when I used to drink their Maple Stout, I thought of it as a breakfast in a bottle.

Taste: I'm really not expecting this to be in any shape a porter. Why? Fruitiness and porters don't usually go together. Fruitiness and wheat ales are more so what I'm used to. There's certainly a lot of blackberry in here. It's sweet, it's a tad tart like cranberries but it works in a porter or stout. There's a sweetness combination of fresh picked blackberries and a bit of a puréed syrupy sweetness to it. In the background, it's a light porter - notes of roasted malt to give it a bit of a hint of coffee and chocolate profile to it. As it warms up, the sweetness/bitterness ratio evens out. It's a nice beer to have when winter just won't simply end, it makes you look forward to picking fresh fruit.. though I'm not a fan of that.

Overall Thoughts: A nice porter that's a bit lighter than most for bitterness, it's more of a really heavy dark ale. There's a nice amount of blackberry all over with a hint of medley of other dark and tart fruits. Somewhat syrupy, but enjoyable. 6.5% ABV/650mL bottle. Cannery's Naramata Nut Brown is coming to Manitoba soon, watch out!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Review: Philips Raspberry Wheat Ale

One of the main beers I've had my eyes on was Phillips' Wheat King Hefe. Just imagine how popular it would be in Brandon if Phillips brought the beer to Manitoba. Wheat ales are pretty damned popular now days with Rickard's White Shock Top on tap at essentially every licensed establishment with draught in town.

I picked up a bottle of Phillips' Raspberry Wheat when I was job training back in the summer. I keep forgetting to review it - actually more like I prolonged reviewing it because I just wanted to drink it. Now's the time..

Appearance: The first thing you notice about this raspberry wheat ale is that it's overly ruby red. It's one of those beers you just know it's going to be a fruity beer. It's a ruby red with a mahogany brown hue to it. Minimal head glacing the side of the glass - a light beige at that.

Aroma: Raspberry juice, sugar - it reminds me more of Ocean Spray than a wheat ale. There's notes of yeast and bread, aaaand that's essentially it. I don't know if someone actually replaced the contents with Ocean Spray.

Taste: Sweet right at the beginning, reminiscent of raspberry juice. After the sweetness dies down, there's not much else other than that. There's a bit of a sugary lingering feeling on the tongue, some tartness. No noticeable taste of hops. Slightly grainy, not that yeasty or bready. Very much a raspberry centric wheat ale.

Overall Thoughts: If you're looking for a very yeast focused wheat ale, you'll be disappointed, but if you want a very fruity and desserty fruit ale, this is a great alternative to the cherry beers out there (such as the Krieks). I now remember I was going to review this against Bud's fruit themed -rita (right in the ass) beers. This one has a nice fresh juice flavour to it - it's hard to believe that this is an ale, which would be great for those who want a fruity beer but don't generally care for the taste of beer. Bud's -rita beers are incredibly sugary, fizzy, syrupy and taste horrible. Phillips' Raspberry Wheat is comparable with Unibroue's Éphémère line of beers. Nice for a treat. 5.0%

https://phillipsbeer.com/

Review: Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison



J'aime les saisons! Yum yum! Who doesn't love saisons? Seriously! Time to review Brewery Ommegang's Hennepin Farmhouse Saison.

Appearance: Ommegang's saison pours a rich citrusy copper-orange, thick and opaque, minimal amount of snow white head on top. A hint of carbonated fizziness taking place.

Aroma: Ommegang went the whole nine yards for the aroma. It's a rich, zesty saison with lots of orange peel notes, a boat load of coriander, a bit of graininess, a hint of ginger, a squirt of lemon and that typical Belgian yeast aroma.. it's all right in your nose.

Taste: Big flavour of citrus right at the beginning - lots of orange peels followed by a rich breadiness coming from the yeast, a bit of an acidic aftertaste from lemons. Rich carbonation as it hits my tongue. A bit of a creamy yet lemony aftertaste to it. Very refreshing and absolutely love the amount of citrus zest is being used in here. Very easy to drink and fairly light on the palate making it not as heavy as some saisons.

Overall Thoughts: Very solid saison, rich in citrus zest, coriander and hits the senses immediately. At 7.7% ABV, it's a bit stronger than most saisons. Very yeasty and bready brew but lots of spices to make it a great Sunday afternoon brew snack. Very Belgian-inspired.

http://www.ommegang.com/#!beer_hennepin