MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line :
Doughy yeast, wooden tannins and bubblegum-like phenolics lead to acidic edges, earthy hops and apricot (and grape) fruitiness for a relatively dry, bitter Barrel-Aged Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam skirts the amber.
-There is a lot going on in this brew, but it’s not necessarily compelling throughout the glass.
-Hops are herbal and earthy and feel quite aggressive in the finish due to important tannins from the barrel.
-The soft, expansive carbonation and dryness create a very pleasant mouthfeel.
-The aroma is rather rough; lots of straight yeast and wood.
Theydon_Bois (6490) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Patrick in Montreal for an IP trade on this one.
Bottle No.609/1500 drank in Mar ’12.
Pours a hazy golden/amber colour with a small white head.
A lambic/sour aroma on the nose with some hops, earthy notes and wood.
You can pick out the wheat in the taste along with some dried fruit sweetness, a little bitterness and hops, a blade of grass and a little wood. In respect to the barrel aging on this saison, when compared to other saisons, I think this could be what has given this beer the dried fruit/sweet aspect that it contains.
Medium bodied and well balanced, medium to low level of carbonation, just right for this stlye and gives for a slightly bitter-citrus finish.
Overall a decent saison with a little more body and fruitiness than most!
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A veil of white maintains supervision above the minimally hazy golden. Fruity, surprisingly citric, grapey, almost bright nose comprises an unexpected dose of hops and a lot of straight wood flavours. Perhaps a bit rough on the tannins in mouth, but there is plenty of fruity acidity to refresh at the rear. Despite the barrel-aging, the malts are more than noticeable, providing a strong cerealic kick that is fortunately dried out by the tannins. The wine does not feel to be of the highest quality, feeling a bit simple and rough around the edges and this hurts the beer somewhat, making it not too polished. No transcendant elegance, but plenty of fun spots, the citric bite, wood presence, refreshing acidity all having good moment. Expensive at 7$ per small bottle, but unique enough in the Quebec landscape that I would consider buying it again.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A sharp oaky/tannic and slightly acidic fruity Belgian amber ale of some kind. Good
How: Bottle 341ml, #374/1500. Consumed 3 months after the beer release
The look: Almost clear amber body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose is tannic, moderately acidic, slightly woody, notes of teashop, some citrusy hops. Taste of acidic oranges, oak tannins, lemon zest, apple skin, some of the can’t-pronounce exotic teas I buy at work, lollipops, more… This is a beer that is a bit here and there but doesn’t feel too chaotic, it certainly isn’t boring. Classified as a Saison… why not? No style is perfectly right for a beer like this. An original and pretty decent beer even if overpriced, which gives me a great business idea: 1) Buy a local beer store. 2) Move said beer store to available location in front of my house. 3) Sell beer to myself. 4) Watch money pour in.
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de céréales avec une pointe de fruits tropicaux. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût d’épices et d’oranges avec une pointe sûrette. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #4109)
czar (3683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours hazy dark golden, disappearing white head. wheat, woodiness, a lot of dry caramel fruitiness, acidity. lively, medium body, medium long finish - nice herbal and grapefruity finish. decent aged saison.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium white head. Aroma of wood, wheat with fruity esters and mild honeyish sweetness. Interesting flavor of wheat, fruity esters, wine, wood and mild sweetness, it finishes with moderate bitterness. The body is medium with an oily texture and medium to lively carbonation. Not bad, but not worth the high price.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle... a sweet wheat saison that is really boring, can’t tell it was oak aged, a light but of funk in the nose, none on the taste, off finish that is a touch wet dog, not for me
rodenbach99 (2943) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bouteille de 341ml. Fin de dégustation. Bouteille de 407/1500. La bière est dorée-cuivrée avec une mousse blanche. Le nez a des arômes de blé, du bois et bien sur une levure saison. La bière est âcre, astringente, boisé, les saveurs sont difficiles à percevoir. Le palais étant trop attaqué.
Eructoblaster (2830) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - 341ml. Beautiful cloudy amber body with low carbonation and an average, lasting white foamy head. Robust hoppy aroma with flowery and citrusy hints. Its well balanced malty/hoppy taste carries citrusy and some subtle grainy notes. It seems to be slightly misbalanced. However, it is not bad. Ends with a sharp sour finish. Good effort.