MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line :
Earthy, smoky undertones are awash in coniferous flavors, as a resinous hop and balsam fir combo conjure up a lengthy bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-Foam diminishes into the opaque darkest brown.
-This is very drinkable despite its intensity.
-Mouthfeel is rather dry, which increases the perception of intensity.
-All ingredients are harmonious.
-Citrusy cologne angles create complexity.
-This tastes like a moderate Black IPA with balsam fir. .
-Comfy big bubbles and lenient sugars help drinkability. .
-Malt flavors could be better defined. .
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lovely, sticky and dense light beige head covers the dark brown pour. The aroma is both intense and inviting, like walking in a room with a resinous Chrismas tree, coniferous and perfumey. In mouth, the relative thinness and timid malt structure showcases the aromas even more. Spicy, herbal dryness has few comparables in the world of beer and all this in a remarkable harmony. I can see many people not enjoying this, but as a man who digs a straightforward spruce beer, I’m stunned by the simple pleasure this beer brings about, especially the treat of such a combination of drinkability and flavour intensity. A moderate bitterness closes the adventure, but again, leveled up by the coniferous spiciness. Lovely interpretation and I can certainly see myself dinking more than one pint in a streak if I ever find this on tap.
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A dark ale with just the right amount of spruce and sap. Surprisingly nice beer
How: Bottle 341ml, consumed approximately 3 months after the beer release
The look: Mahogany body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Pleasant nose of spruce and spruce sap with light soapy/perfumy notes, this aroma is actually somewhat reminiscent to highly resinous wooden and piney hops. Taste has a nice crunchy malts covered in tree sap, some toffee. Less sweet than expected. The strong spruce presence is not overwhelming and provides a very adequate resinous pine-needle hops substitute. Very active carbonation that seems rather fitting here and makes for a beer that you swallow very quickly. Many spruce beers were created by Quebec brewers this past year (a new Quebec style?) but this one stood out from the crowd with a different approach. An surprisingly highly drinkable beer. And the ugly stupid clerk at my local beer store thinks I only bring back my empties when I over 50 bottles just so that people think there was a party at my place and I have friends. He is correct (but he’s still ugly).
TaktikMTL (5706) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Odeur de conifère avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune-noirâtre. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de sapin avec une pointe d’épices et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de sapin en arrière goût. (Rating #4259)
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark copper color with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of fir and deep caramel malt with some dry undertones. Taste is also dominated by fir notes with a solid dry caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. This is a strange one with fir notes really evolving as the temperature of the beer increase. I kind of liked the experience thought not sure this is something I would drink in large quantities.
czar (4292) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
from a bottle at quebec city beerfest. pours dark copper, orange tint, big light beige head, excellent retention, good lacing. fresh pine, spruce tree, not gum, dark toasted malts. taste is dark malts, light smoke, medicine, pine tree, fresh orchard fruit, hint of sweetness, dry palate, medium to long citrusy finish. average carbonation, medium body. best annedd’ale i’ve tried so far. highlight of quebec city beerfest 2011.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. Very interesting aroma of fir trees with some sweetish malt. Very good flavor of fir tree with a solid malt , coacoa mild bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a creamy, slightly oily texture and medium to lively carbonation. This is .... quite a surprise, I never expected this beer to be so good, I also didn’t expect to like the fir tree in there as much as I do, solid stuff!
rodenbach99 (3139) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 Bouteille de 341ml. Cette bière est ambrée foncée presque brune avec une mousse beige-brune. Les effluves sont très intéressantes au nez. Un heureux mélange de sapinage et de savon. Il y a une touche sucrée. La bière aune belle tenue en bouche, c’est bien charpenté. La gomme de sapin domine mais nous ne sommes pas dans la caricature de bière d’épinette. Une sacrée bonne bière. Brassin Octobre 2011.
SlovakSniper (3118) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle from Le Monde des Bières, Québec) The look : Brown in color with a nice beige head. Lacing all around the glass. The nose : Sweet brown malts, abies balsanea aromas, fresh cut cedar and peppermint. The taste : green freshness, coniferous flavours, peppery notes and cereals. The mouthfeel : Medium body. Lively carbonation. Slightly oily texture. The finale : Moderate spruce aftertaste.
JulienHuxley (3017) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown-amber pour with white head - this beer already surprises me by its appearance. The aroma is quite spicy, the fir really comes out kind of intensely but is accompanied by roast malt, chocolate, nutmeg and coriander from what I can tell. Taste is light, quite roasty, you can really taste the fir (sprucy, piney taste), it’s like tasting coniferous forest air, in a pleasant beverage. Palate is light-medium bodied, not very sweet, but not astringent either. Delightful.