Mikes wife gift me a beer advent calendar she put together herself. I thought I should post each day as a review. Now, you’re wondering: where are days 1 and 2? I got this on day two and didn’t think of this series until today so I’ll catch up.
So, on with the show.
From Brasserie Dieu du Ciel in St Jerôme, Quebec I got Moralité American IPA. It pours a beautiful, hazy hay yellow with a creamy head of very fine bubbles. Carbonation is invisible through the haze.
The nose is super herbaceous. Celery and thyme come forward quickly with a little raw, wet cereal grain following. There might be a hint of tangerine.
The flavours are super hop forward. Herb-y bitterness really dominates, so much so that it is almost hot or spicy. A sweet tangerine note offers a nice counter to the hops. The finish goes on forever with bitter hops.
Commercial description: The concept of Morality is perhaps a subjective one, as the history of alcohol in Quebec May demonstrate. This IPA is brewed with a dare-we-say excessive quantity of Simcoe, Citra and Centennial hops. The dry finish is highly aromatic and slightly resinous, invoking tropical fruits atop dominant hop bitterness. Moralité was crafted at our Montreal location in 2012 in collaboration with John Kimmich of The Alchemist brewery in Vermont USA.
From Brooklyn Center Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co comes their “Furious Beer” an American IPA. This beer pours from a tall can a copper colour with an off white colour and lots of lacing. The aroma consists of big floral hops, lemon, citrus and sweet malts. The flavour is of hops bitterness up front with pine, resin, malts, lemon, citrus and a very mild sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% wtih an IBU of 99. This is a well crafted big hops IPA and well worth the trouble getting it to my fridge in BC.
Commercial Description: A tempest on the tongue, or a moment of pure hop bliss? Brewed with a dazzling blend of American hops and Scottish malt, this crimson-hued ale delivers waves of citrus, pine and caramel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for.