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Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Palm by Brouwerij Palm NV.
First things first, Palm is not made from Palm trees and it's not imported from some place warm where palm trees are native – come on, I couldn't have been the only one who thought that. Palm is a Belgium Pale Ale brewed in Steenhuffel, Belgium where brewing can be traced all the way back to 1747!
Palm pours a wonderful amber colour, very similar to the colour of the bottle it's packaged in, with a sudsy head that quickly disappears. There are sweet aromas of caramel and honey mixed in with roasted malt and a pleasing herbalness. The sweet malt flavours play with a slight crisp fruitiness and enough bitterness to lend balance making a very refreshing drink.
This beer isn't overly complicated, but it's tasty, it's great with food and it's kind of fun to think of people enjoying it in a Belgium castle.
Considered a Belgian amber beer, Palm mirrors the color of it's style, pouring a translucent amber with very little head.
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite.
Mort Subite Kriek Lambic. In reading the name there are so many things to explain. What's a Lambic? For a very basic description, a lambic is a beer produced with spontaneous fermentation; the unfermented wort is left in open tuns so wild yeast and bacteria can fall in and ferment the beer. There are many subcategories of lambics, but they all have a funky sour taste in common. A Kriek is a Lambic beer that has cherries tossed in after the fermentation has started. Finally, Mort Subite means 'Sudden Death' in French and is also the name of a dice game played by locals in a café in Brussels.
Phew, with that behind us let's talk more about how the beer tastes!
Pouring ruby-red with Champagne-like bubbles and a pink foamy head, Mort Subite has big aromas of sugary sweet cherries – almost medicinal, like cherry cough drops. The flavour is very similar to the aroma with cherry dominating the palate and a slight sour funk coming in subtly at the end. Instead of whole cherries being tossed into the tun Mort Subite uses cherry syrup which may explain why there's a concentration of cherry and less stinging tartness.
Serve Mort Subite Kriek in a flute as an aperitif or as a Thursday afternoon treat – it made my afternoon feel fancy.
Mort Subite Kriek pours the color of raspberries, however it's the sweet cherry filled aroma that hits you right away.
At only 4.5 ABV this Kriek Lambic, brewed with sour cherries has a dry tart flavour, just as you would imagine from these cherries, which brought me back to my childhood, when we used to pick them from the trees at home.
A slight berry-like sweetness balances out the sour. This I believe, comes from the Elderberries,referenced on the label. I've actually never had an elderberry but they balance the sour cherry very well in this beer.
Overall a very nice lambic – great to have on a summer's day! I just wish the oak-aged flavour had come through a bit more.
Mort Subite Kriek is available at the LCBO and select pubs and restaurants.
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting American Pale Ale by Brasseurs Sans Gluten.
The LCBO lists five gluten-free brews and they all have a pretty similar crisp pilsner-style profile. How boring! If I was a celiac I'd probably switch to wine so I wouldn't be pilsner-ed to death.
Don't worry though my gluten-free friends, although it hasn't hit Ottawa yet, Brasseurs Sans Gluten from Montreal is available just across the bridge in Quebec beer stores. And no, they aren't offering a pilsner, but a Red, a surprisingly hoppy American Pale Ale and even a Belgian Double!
When I popped the American Pale Ale the copper-coloured brew had wonderful tropical notes, citrus zest and hints of sweet brown sugar. The hops come through on the taste with a sweet citrus bitterness followed by caramel, grain and a dry finish.
While Glutenberg American Pale Ale is a celebration for celiacs wanting to indulge in a brew, it's also simply a good beer to drink.
It seems like Gluten Allergies are becoming more common, which is why I was happy to review Brasserie Sans Gluten's Glutenberg American Pale ale for my gluten-free friends.
With the recent snow fall and blustery frigid wind, this beer review was perfectly timed!
Pouring a thick, thick ink black with a cascading chocolate milk coloured head, there are warm roasted aromas of malt that are sharply contrasted by hoppy grapefruit. There's a wonderful creamy, full body that makes this big 8% ABV bottle a fun indulgence.
As for the flavour, it starts off with a layer of roast – dark cocoa, sweet molasses and notes of ashy smoke and then turns bitter with herbal and grapefruit hops kicking up the IBUs to 117. There's a dry finish with a slight boozy astringency.
If you put the best of Katy's favorite beer style (IPA) and mine (stout) together you basically get Dunham Black IPA.
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They
have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go
head-to-head tasting La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout by Microbrasserie Charlevoix.
A milk stout is a stout that has lactose, milk sugar, added to the brew kettle for sweetness and body. If you're vegan this beer is not for you otherwise this is a must try brew for any beer fan.
La Vache Folle pours a deep black with a light mocha head and sweet aromas of dark chocolate milk, roasted malt and raisin. The first taste is all sweet with hints of dark chocolate and coffee that progress to a slightly fruitier raisin flavour and finishes with a roasted vanilla. As it warms it seems to get sweeter with notes of chocolate milk becoming more prominent.
This is a solid stout and although it's very sweet it's also very balanced – the sweetness won't overwhelm you. Be careful though, at 9% ABV this brew does go down a bit too easy. It also induces a craving for the chocolatiest of chocolate cakes.
The Charlevoix Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a thin caramel head.
The aroma is rich with mixture of coffee and caramel with slight nuttiness.
The taste mirrors the aroma with bold coffee and subtle nut flavours and with a 9% ABV you definitely get a slight burn from the alcohol on the palate.
Overall a well balanced stout, full bodied and creamy (and delicious).
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