Sometimes, our explorations for interesting beers to tip and sip takes us to place we may not necessarily go normally. Those moments are always interesting... but are they worth it?
Part of what drew me towards Les Trois Mousquetaires' brew was the bottle- label and all. I loved the use of the cork and the cork cage, which added a nice, elegant "old world" sort of feel to the bottle. The label is simple, but classy with the "medal" logo, and the gentle blue "wave" elements of the label. One could be forgiven for almost mistaking it for a wine bottle. One of things that I really liked about the labeling that it even has a section detailing some of the types of food it'd be good to serve with- which makes sense when you consider the French love of combining food and drink.
The Serie Signature IPA has a marvelous straw colour- though one needs to be careful when pouring, as the head could get a bit out of control. Adding to the wonderful sunny colour is a soft haze, that brings to minds fields of grain. Just a real pleasant appearance.
The first sip gave me something I wasn't quite expecting- the taste of pine and sap. That's right- pine and sap. It's not overpowering- but certainly enough to catch my attention during that first sip. With the second sip, some of the tropical fruit flavours mixed in with the pine and resin tastes to create an interesting, and refreshing drink. I was able to close my eyes, and almost imagine myself walking through a forest of pine trees as I sipped my way through the bottle. By the end of the bottle, I was nicely mellow.
Most of the brews I've reviewed to date have been provincially produced. It was nice to experience a craft beer from outside my normal borders, and discover a new taste. I would absolutely recommend this IPA. A "Good" for sure.