Corsaire Microbrasserie Brown Ale

Le Corsaire Microbrasserie is a brewery out of Lévis, Québec that has a pirate and nautical theme for all of their beers. With it being a pirate/nautical theme, their beers are primarily traditional English style ales, but they happen to brew some popular current styles such as New England IPAs once in a while as well. Le Corsaire made an appearance at Brandon Beer Festival back in April, making it the first time I've ever seen brewery reps travel from another province to the festival, which I thought was absolutely awesome!

Today I'm checking out their English Brown Ale, an ale that combines the perfection of the typical flavours seen in English Brown Ales in the north and south regions of England. 5.0% ABV

Appearance: The Brown Ale pours a rich, dark brown with a cherrywood reddish hue to it as the line shines. The beer is quite foamy but not a gusher, so I have to let the beer settle before I'm able to even take a photo of it. Once the foam settles, it leaves behind a finger's worth of yellowish-beige head on top with a crispy-looking yellowish lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Quite sweet malt forward with notes of caramel and brown sugar. There's a rich roastiness that gives off a rich coffee aroma, notes of peat, and a decent amount of brown bread aroma to it.

Taste: Decently sweet up front with a medley of raisins, caramel and brown sugar. The roasted coffee aroma pops out big time in the flavour as well, with a moderate amount of dark chocolate presence to it. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and reminds me a tad of a milk stout but more bitter.

Overall Thoughts: Definitely on point for an English-style Brown Ale, it's rich and roasty with a moderate amount of dark chocolate presence, good amount of sweetness, a bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel and is quite comparable to many of the English Brown Ales I've had over the years. It's a bit reminiscent of Fort Garry's Dark Ale (English Mild Ale), so if you're a fan of that beer, you'll certainly enjoy this one.

I lived in Quebec City for a few months when they first opened back in 2008 but unfortunately I didn't know about the brewery at the time.. I still remember wanting to visit local breweries but most of them were far outside the Québec-Lévis area for me to visit back then.

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