What’s in my beer?

Main ingredients

Obscure art or exact science? What are our beers made of? Even if it is possible to make brews with many different sugars and cereals (rice, corn, etc.), our beers are designed following the purest brewing tradition, with simple ingredients, that are natural and easily accessible: water, malt, hops and yeast. It’s up to our brewmaster and his techniques that lead us to the delicious, natural and resfreshing brews you’ve grown to love.

Take the time to learn a little more about the ingredients and find out what makes our beers taste so good!

Beer appreciation

Notice how it looks

Beer appreciation starts with observation. The beer should be poured into an appropriately shaped glass; the pour should produce a generous foam head. Now let your senses kick in: observe the beer’s colour, nuances, and clarity and the texture and retention of the head. It’s at this stage that you’ll really appreciate the amber hue of an ale, the slight cloudiness of a witbier, or the creamy head on a stout.

Smell the aromas

Taste, it turns out, is largely a matter of smell. When you inhale a beer’s aromas, you’re picking up on subtle variations in flavour and preparing your tastebuds for the beer’s full complexity. This is when you’ll want to play with your glass: swirl it gently to release the brew’s subtler notes. Take a deep whiff and try to identify the aromas. Is it a malted beer with hints of caramel, toast, and roasted grains? Or is it more hoppy, with notes of citrus, resin, or tropical fruits? So begins the adventure…

Taste the flavours

It’s time to taste your beer. Pull in a good mouthful and take the time to notice your impressions. The beer is revealing its flavours: bitterness, sweetness, acidity, sometimes even a salty note or two. This is where the beer reaches its full potential — when the nuances really come into play. Take your time and let the beer warm up slowly to release its full range of aromas.

Glassware

A beer for every glass, and a glass for every beer. Choosing the right glass amplifies the tasting experience. Tall, narrow glasses are best for lighter beers, while round glasses enhance strong, dark beers.

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    Pint Nonic

    This 20 oz glass is a bar and tavern staple. It holds more beer than most glasses and is also highly versatile, doing equal justice to Boréale’s Rousse, ISA or IPA.

    Rousse

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    Pint Heavy Sham

    A glass with straight edges, well suited for a beer such as our Blonde. The beer stays cold longer thanks to the thickness of the glass.

    Blonde

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    Weizen

    Typically used for wheat beers, this glass showcases the slight cloudiness of these unfiltered beers, while the widening at the top makes for a good head of foam.

    Blanche

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    Snifter

    This curvy number captures and enhances the aromas and flavours of any beer it holds — preferably a strong beer, which can then warm slowly in the palm of your hand.

    Cuivrée

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    Pub glass

    This glass is intended for light beers and those with moderate alcohol content. The flared shape promotes a nice layer of head and brings out the creamy texture of our Noire.

    Noire

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    Tulip glass

    Its roundness emphasizes the delicate notes of honey of our Dorée. The slightly narrowed mouth propels the aromatic notes toward the nose.

    Dorée

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