Le Quench du Soif
Brasserie Dunham / Twin Sails
Le Quench du Soif is a collaboration between Québecois brewery Brasserie Dunham and BCs own Twin Sails Brewing. The beer is a wild IPA brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops for a funky yet fruity flavour. Wild ales are generally brewed with "wild" yeast or bacteria, such as Brettanomyces, Pediococcus or Lactobacillus. The addition of the yeast lends these beers a slight tartness and funky aroma. Or as described by Don Russell of Beer Advocate, the wild ale is “the stinky cheese of the beer world”.
The name “Le Quench du Soif” means “The Thirst Quencher” in French and is a nod to the American breweries that use French in the name of their beers, often without much control. A beer with a name like this certainly has a lot to live up to but thankfully it doesn’t disappoint. Le Quench du Soif is surprisingly light and refreshing for a 7% ABV beer, but also strangely complex. There is a lot going on here but somehow it works really well.
I want to give a shout out to Guillaume Perreault who created the illustration that is used on the label for Le Quench du Soif. Rarely does a label capture the personality of the beer as well a this one. You can view the original artwork plus more of Guillaume’s illustrations on his website.
Pours a light off-peach with a big pillowy head. Nose is lacto, peach, pineapple, yuzu. Taste is guava, passionfruit, a little zesty, slightly floral. Wild, tangy, effervescent. Great mouthfeel. Slightly biscuity finish with a herbaceous bitterness. Ridiculously drinkable. Does not taste like a 7% beer at all.