About Continental Ales from Canada

About Continental Ales from Canada
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

Continental Ales

Unibroue 2015 17 Grande Reserve Dark Ale
97 points
Hazy light mahogany color. Earthy aromas of chocolate ganache, balsamic reduction, smoked nuts, canele pastry, dried leaves, and caraway with a velvety, lively, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, massive, very long baked figs, dark chocolate, candied lemon peel, burnt caramel, and toasted pecan finish. Outstanding balance and wildly attractive flavors; an earthy and chocolaty Belgian style ale that will win you over swiftly.
Unibroue La Fin du Monde Belgian-Style Triple Ale
94 points
Bright hazy gold color. Aromas of banana creme, clove, lemon balm, pickled apple, and chutney on toasted crumpet with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a very complex, medium-long spiced rice pudding, valencia orange, salted flatbread, and hints of gouda finish. Champagne-like carbonation, complex spicy flavors, and a lengthy finish that lasts until the next sip; an excellent, vibrant example.
Unibroue 2014 17 Grande Réserve Dark Ale
94 points
Dark burnt sienna color. Complex aromas of fine chocolates, red bean confection, cola-nut, mandarins in whipped cream, and chrysanthemum with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long cafe latte, white chocolate, tobacco, hoisin sauce, carrot cake, and baked plums finish. An excellent Belgian-Style Ale with a myriad of flavors; try with east-Asian cuisines.
Unibroue Trois Pistoles Belgian-Style Dark Ale
94 points
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of pumpernickel with herb compound butter, sweet yogurt with shaved chocolate, bananas on toast, and apple pastry with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of spiced fruits and roasted almond finish. A Belgian strong ale with perky herbal notes balanced by rich roasty malt.
Unibroue La Fin du Monde Belgian-Style Triple Ale
94 points
Hazy gold color. Aromas of meyer lemon curd, bubblegum, buttered grits, artisan cola, and dried mango with a satiny, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length lemon bar, carrot cake, and oregano focaccia finish. A lengthy Abbey ale that presents a wide array of flavors to the curious drinker.
Unibroue Don de Dieu Belgian-Style Wheat Ale
93 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced praline, scrambled eggs with cheddar chive, zucchini raspberry bread with rosemary oil, and book pressed flowers with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying notes of frosted banana cake, apple cobbler with candied orange zest, and sweet and peppery spices finish. A finely balanced and delectable Belgian blonde ale for all occasions.
Unibroue Don de Dieu Belgian-Style Wheat Ale
93 points
Bright light gold color. Aromas of apple struedel, orange peels, white flowers, grilled peach, and summer artichoke with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long bubble gum and speculoos cookie finish. A lengthy, buoyant Belgian-Style Blonde with bright, nicely layered flavors.
Unibroue Terrible Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale
92 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of prune, coffee, mesquite, buckwheat honey, and black cassis with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long veal demi glace, portabello mushroom with lingonberry sauce, nasturtium leaf, and mango chutney finish. A meaty, unconventionally rich Bière de Garde that stands out; port lovers need apply.
Unibroue Á Tout Le Monde Megadeth Saison
92 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of juicy orange, lemongrass and turmeric tea, gingerbread, and dried lavender and bay leaf with a round, lively, effervescent, dryish medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish displaying nuances of mint honey on toast, orange pepper, and radishes finish. A delightfully spicy and and engaging saison with superior drinkability.
Unibroue Terrible Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale
91 points
Ebony color. Aromas of licorice, cinnamon, orange tea, chocolate, and rye toast with a velvety, lively, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long sarsaparilla, figs and dates, almond granola, and spiced apricot preserves finish. A vibrant and extroverted Biere de Garde for the masses.