Quelque Chose Dans L'eau | 5e Baron + Bas-Canada
Score: 95/100 - World-Class
From a 473ml can served cool at 9 degrees Celsius into a TeKu glass. Canned on 14/10/20 - making this about three weeks old.
I picked up the beer straight from the brewery just over a week ago. We're back to IPA's from yesterday's stout - given the breweries involved in this beer, my expectations are high.
The beer pours a hazy pale gold with 4.5cm of moderately dense, creamy, white head which dissipates into a solid cap within 3+ minutes. Great lacing with good head retention. Excellent.
Medium-strong intensity with great balance. The aroma is layered and restrained with a beautiful hop-character.
Sweet orange and gooseberries at the front provide a gentle sweetness and intrigue which is cut by mild lemon and resin. Moderate peachy quality and low passion fruit add complexity. No grassy notes.
The dry nose is light with a fruity elegance. Exquisite.
Strong intensity with great balance and moderate perceived bitterness.
The juicy palate opens up with notes of sweet orange, gooseberries, and peaches making way for a delicious center where a subtle citrusy bite, juicy stone fruit, low woody hops, white grapes, and a dash of minerals come together harmoniously.
The medium-length finish is balanced and of moderate strength with notes of sweet orange, peaches, hints of lime, low minerals, and grainy-crackery malt. Exceptional.
Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy yet crisp with restrained alcohol warming and an off-dry finish. Very mild hop-derived astringency with no actual harshness on the palate. Excellent.
5e Baron and Du Bas Canada's collaboration Quelque Chose Dans L’eau? is a world-class NEIPA.
The appearance really stands out with substantial haze through which light can pass creating a beautiful shine. The aroma is nuanced and intriguing and the palate follows exceptionally well. The mouthfeel is creamy and full yet maintaining high drinkability.
This goes down way easier than any 8% ABV beer should - danger zone (I'm lucky I only have one can). This one surpasses my expectations by being a must-try if you're a beer geek. Highly recommended.
My compliments to both 5e Baron and Bas-Canada; here the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.