About Canadian Beer

Canada: Beer Eh?

Despite its geographic proximity, Canada has a very different beer scene in comparison to the United States. For example, many beer connoisseurs agree that mass-market Canadian pale lagers are typically stronger and more full-bodied than their U.S. counterparts. Canada’s beer scene also varies due to provincial government monopolies on beer distribution and retail sales. These laws often allow for the rapid growth of microbreweries by eliminating the difficult step of securing distribution and placement in the marketplace. However, it is interesting to note that with an alternatively independent retail sector, Quebec boasts the liveliest craft-brewing scene in Canada, with the similarly unregulated British Columbia falling close behind.

Unibroue from Chambly, Quebec has been recognized by the Beverage Testing Institute and many others for their outstanding range of Belgian-style ales. McAuslan of Montreal boasts an excellent range of Anglo-style ales, many of which are also found in U.S. markets. Apart from various artisanal products, U.S. consumers are most likely to encounter Canadian beers from Labatts, Molson or Moosehead. Additionally, a considerable amount of beer from other countries are brewed under licenses in Canada, including Guinness of Ireland, Foster’s of Australia and Carlsberg of Denmark.
Top Picks for Canada
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Cidrerie Arista
Pomme de Coeur
Deep golden amber color. Spicy apple sauce aroma with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, and pure honeyed apple and fresh apple cider finish. A delicious and pure cider that is sure to please, especially with desserts.
Date Tasted: 10/9/2013 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Unibroue
La Resolution
Copper color. Aromas of spice cake, candied dried fruits, and herbal honey with a chewy, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long chocolate berries and nuts, coriander and pink pepper, and pomegranate chutney finish. A complex wine-like ale with lots of spicy flavor and aging potential.
Date Tasted: 5/9/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Unibroue
17 Grande Reserve 2011
Copper color. Aromas of chestnuts, toffee, and black raspberry tart with a slightly chewy, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long chocolate tangerine peels and oak finish. A superbly balanced and flavorful oak-aged ale.
Date Tasted: 5/9/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Unibroue
La Fin du Monde
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Delicate, inviting aromas of orange soufflé, salty baguette, and yams with an even, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long orange gelato, delicate spices, and watercress finish. A fantastic rich and delicious meal or dessert in a glass.
Date Tasted: 4/28/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Brasseurs du Monde
Vielle Brune
Hazy mahogany color. Bright, complex aromas of dark berry shrub, mesclun greens, rhubarb yogurt, and marinated meat with a glycerous, tangy, effervescent, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length wafers, pomegranate soufflé, blood orange, and nuts finish. A mouthwatering sour beer with fine balance.
Date Tasted: 4/29/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Cidre Beaupré
Rosé Cider
Nickel pink color. Aromas and flavors of green apples, raspberries, passionfruit, cream, and rubber sap with a silky, lightly effervescent fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry and earth accented finish. A charming, very different cider that drinks like a rosé Vinho Verde wine.
Date Tasted: 10/9/2013 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Vancouver Island Brewery
Hermannator Eisbock
Medium-Brown color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, smoked meat, dried fruits, and white pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long mocha cream, spiced melon, toffee, and peppercorn bread finish. A rich, delicious, and dangerously drinkable eisbock.
Date Tasted: 11/5/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Belgh Brasse
Mons Dubbel d'Abbaye
Brilliant dark brown color. Lively, complex, minty spicy aromas of spice cake, alpine mint lozenge, pink peppercorns, and floral honey with an oily, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-long spiced fruits, sassafras, cherry cola, and caramelized yams finish. A fantastically rich, flavorful and complex Belgian style ale for all occasions.
Date Tasted: 4/29/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Unibroue
Noire de Chambly
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Lively, complex, vinous aromas of reduced lemon, apple vinaigrette, and mesclun with an oily, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-long wafer, cocoa-dusted dried fruit, and nutskin finish. A brilliantly balanced and super sessionable Abbey beer.
Date Tasted: 4/29/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
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Unibroue
17 Grande Reserve 2014
Copper color. Aromas of bread pudding, caramelized nuts, and berry scone with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long roasted nuts, herbs, pepper bread, and honeyed blackberries finish. A vibrant oak aged ale with rich and inviting aromas and flavors.
Date Tasted: 5/9/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab