Le Cheval Blanc Sainte Paix
“Pamplemousse” is the French word for grapefruit, and along with orange peel, it’s one of the citrus flavors in this latest iteration of fruity Sainte Paix series. In this easy-sipping summer quaffer—aged on the lees—the head dissipates quickly, leaving a slightly cloudy, copper-colored ale of yeasty and tropical flavors laced with nutmeg. Featherlight and 5% ABV, it’s ideal for waiting on yet another line at the hot, crowded festival.
Brasseurs du Monde “Le Trinquer” Scotch Ale
Dominic Charbonneau is the wunderkind brewer of this Saint-Hyacinthe microbrewery, and he makes beers that maintain their poise even when their strength rises. This rich, spicy Scotch ale debuted at Chambly, and the bracing 9% ABV is disguised by layers of almost chewy caramel and toffee alongside wisps of mint and coriander.
Microbrasserie du Lac Sainte Jean La Tournée
In the midst of so much “clobbering” flavor, a whiff of piney hops can refresh the palate. So it is with this ale, a collaboration “Double Belge” between this microbrewery and Carleton’s Microbrasserie Le Naufrageur. With a pearly head and floral aromas, the citrusy, resinous hops are elegantly balanced by toasty notes and hints of stone fruit and dried leaves.
Les Trois Mousquetaires Hopfenweisse
This Brossard microbrasserie brews its share of German styles, and several were on tap (or decanted from the bottle) at Chambly. The malty aromas of this wheat beer are slightly deceptive: This 6% ABV blonde ale was brewed with Summit hops, and they punch up this zesty, grassy beer with notes of citrus, banana, Indian spices, and a bizarre undercarriage of basil.
Hopfenstark Captain Swing Barley Wine
Charismatic Hopfenstark brewer Fred Cormier has been making this bracing barley wine for a few years now, and it’s still in heavy demand. (It probably doesn’t hurt that it’s 10% alcohol). With a creamy head and a deep amber hue, aging in bourbon barrels lends the brew toffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted nut flavors—almost like sipping cognac in brewed form.
La Unibroue 17 Meilleure Biere du Monde
This reserve dark ale from Chambly's own Unibroue scored some prestigious awards —as well as a cult following—when it debuted three years ago. Think figs, cocoa and cola, think bracing alcohol, think the autumn leaves that were already starting to litter the ground at Chambly.