Continuing my craft beer adventures in Ontario I stocked up on unique (to me) bottles at every opportunity though I have to say Ontario you really do not make it easy for beer geeks. We have to settle for whatever the Beer Store or the LCBO chooses to stock and as we here in BC know all too well relying on the judgement of the provincial liqour stores can leave you woefully wanting.
Nonetheless I did manage to sample quite a few Ontario, Quebec and Eastern US craft beers and if there is a unifying theme to the beer I tried I would have to say it was as advertised.
What do I mean by this? Well when you try a flavoured beer say vanilla or rye you most definitely get what you expect i.e. there was no hunting for subtle essences of hints of spices. And to extend the branding when you try a beer style it really conforms to the standards.
For instance, Porter Baltique Grande Cuvee from Les Trois Mousquetaires (10%) Baltic Porter pours a deep opaque black brown with lots of mocha coloured head. A strong alcoholy nose big on peat, leather and dried fruit. This porter is big bodied, warming and rich. The smoky flavour carries through as does a slight sweetness and the roasted, almost burnt, malt character. The finish leaves a strong alcohol presence, definitely a sipper. Very robust for the style and I would liken it to Brew Dog’s Alice Porter, which is a very big compliment coming from me. If you were ever hesitant to sample what’s brewing in Quebec rest assured you will not be disappointed.
Stay tuned for a week of reviews on everything craft beer east…