Tasting Notes: 7 Summer Craft Beers

Well, spring was pretty great, but it’s wheat beer season and we’re ready to relax on the porch with a few delicious craft beers.

Blanche Des Honnelles Strong Belgian Wheat Ale (Belgium, 6%)
Deep gold, thin head, aromas of bread and spice, zesty on the palate with bread, citrus, and honey. Pretty good kick for a white, too.
330ml, $2.80

Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel (Belgium, 9%)
Orange side of gold, lasting head. Highly carbonated. Honey, hay, and citrus on the nose, light, vibrant hops on the palate.
330ml, $3.75

Scaldis Blonde Triple (Belgium, 10.5%)
Golden colour with gigantic head. Honey, white pepper, and must on the nose, champagne and vanilla on the palate; you wouldn’t think it’s as strong as it is.
750ml, $8.10

Cuvee des Jacobins Belgian Lambic Ale (Belgium, 5.5%)
Crimson with a thin ring of a head. Sour cherries and oak on the nose. The palate is all molasses and sulphur—so sour, you’ll only be able to sip.
330ml, $3.30

King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen (Canada, 7.7%)
King indeed; for such a beefy bottle, this is a light German style wheat beer. Foggy orange, aromas of banana, wheat, and cloves, with a good balance of floral notes and spices on the palate. You’ll want to split one of these guys with buddies at the driving range.
1000ml, $11.20

Dominus Vobiscum Saison (Canada, 6%)
Golden with robust head. Spicy nose cut with yeast. Highly carbonated, clean on the palate.
750ml, $9.90

Shawinigan Handshake (Canada, 6.5%)
Yes, that Shawinigan handshake. Muddy orange, white head. Peach and citrus on the nose, tart on the palate; it tastes like a Chretien victory lap.
500ml, $4.95

Dave Robson is the editor of DailyXY. He spends his time reading books, drinking Scotch, and smoking cigars.

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