Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Moralité, a collaboration between Quebec's Dieu du Ciel! and Vermont's The Alchemist.
If you're a hop head (like me) you're probably very familiar with John Kimmich, The Alchemist and one of the top ranked Imperial IPAs in the world, Heady Topper. So, when a well respected Quebec brewery like Dieu du Ciel! announces their bottling a collaboration brew with The Alchemist, a powerful 6.9% ABV India Pale Ale, it's kind of a big deal.
With our cold Ottawa weather blowing in this week I feel it's appropriate to warn you not to leave your case of Moralité, or any beer, in the car for an extended period of time. Doing so will create beer slushies and make for a disappointing evening waiting for your beer to defrost.
Pouring a glimmering golden orange (once it thawed) with a thin white soapy head, this beer is all hops. There are wonderful juicy citrus aromas of orange peel and lime,mild resin, pine and a subtle malt base. This hop punch continues as you drink it, lots of upfront bitterness with juicy flavours of mandarin orange attempting to calm it, but it's the pine and orange rind that lets it linger around a little longer.
This is simply a beautiful beer. From the flavours to the lively carbonation that makes the liquid sparkle in your glass. If you're a fan of hops, hoard this beer. If you're not, try at least one bottle, it's a world class IPA from Quebec.
Pouring a hazy gold with just a hint of head, Moralité by Dieu du Ciel and Alchemist is everything you'd expect from an American IPA. Aromas of citrusy hops match the only slightly bitter hop flavours with a sweetness to finish. A crisp and refreshing choice and very well balanced.