Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark golden pour covered by a smallish white head that I’d have prefered taller though it sticks to the glass. Strawy, almost grainy malts hold a certain husky twist and a certain... is that terroir? tang. Herbal, spicy (savory, pepper, SAGE!), wild flowers aroma grow into tea-like territory, developping a certain astringence that I could imagine one would call chalky, but just seems to fit and dry everything out to me. We’re left with a bready, gently toasty malt base that is really just a medium for the other UFO elements to communicate through. Long leafy (borderline vegetal), slightly lemony finish with sharp mineral leanings. Unique recipe that grew on me with every sip. Rediscovering beer, ain’t that what craft beer is all about? And they did push boundaries sideways rather than upwards which makes it hugely drinkable to boot. Two thumbs up. The conservative bastard that I am would be curious to try a version with a wheaty twist. What a fitting name too!
minch25 (578) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber orange; medium head. Orangey floral aroma. Some kind of ginger flavor. Agree with iodine / peat / sea salt air. Very tasty and unique.
punkska101 (728) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 brown bottle shared with my dad on 09.08.30 : Sparing head with good lacing, this one is amber in color but flat. I can detect spruce/pine in the nose but it’s really gentle. This beer as a medium body the finish is average but bitter.
probstblueribbon (2622) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
341 ml bottle from Marche Jovi, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep orange-golden, clear, small white head.
Aroma: Very intense and spicy ginger, light iodine/peat smoke (??), lighter amounts of other warm spice, some biscuit malt and cookie, strange.
Palate: Medium body, relaxed carbonation.
Flav.: Lots of almost medicinal ginger, biscuit/cookie, other light spices; dry with an intense and unpleasant bitterness and a fairly clean finish.
What is this?? Not a fan.
bedainedebiere (499) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 Very good and, although expensive at 3,69$ for 341ml bottle at Peluso, it seemed to me to be this brewer’s best value beer. It costs a lot for the transportation so it might have a gaz polluted aftertaste to some. Very, even too easy to drink, the maltiness brings forth a discreet and fruity sweetness but I think it is the leafy hopping that stands as the most interesting characteristic of this very good brew. Notes of spices such as cinnamon were persistent in the dry leafy aftertaste. This brewer would make so much more money if they were on "la terre ferme", on the continent, not on the distant seagull faeces they call these islands...
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. At Mondial 2009 - day 1. Clear bright gold pour with an average frothy white head. Sweet and spicy aroma, quite clean and simple. Tastes of grass and mildly of raw cinnamon - again light, sweet and clean, somewhat peppery too. Dry, sticky mouthfeel, a tad light-bodied, with a surprisingly long grassy-bitter linger - an interesting brew, quite earthy and bitter, moreso than I was expecting from the light, sweet aroma.
GRM (2692) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 341 ml, purchased at Dépanneur de la rive on August 13 2009, savoured on August 20 2009; eye: polished copper, clear, slight effervescence, creamy white head that falls and turns into a tiny ring, good lacing; nose: floral, perfumy, candy cane, spices, grain; mouth: floral, perfumy, surprising arrival of hops, candy cane, spices, grain, spicy finale with presence of hops, medium body, good carbonation, mildly bitter and sweet, slight astringency, slick; overall: quite likable
Bouteille brune, 341 ml, achetée au Dépanneur de la rive le 13 août 2009, savourée le 20 août 2009; œil : cuivre poli, claire, très légère effervescence, mousse blanche crémeuse qui tombe et se transforme en un petit anneau, bonne dentelle; nez : florale, parfumé, canne de Noël, épices, grain; bouche : florale, parfumée, apparition surprise de houblon, canne de Noël, épices, grain, finale épicée avec présence de houblon, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère et sucrée, très légère astringence, coulante; en résumé : bien aimé
MJGG (894) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 341 ml. Arômes discrets de houblon floral. En réchauffant, on note une touche épicée (muscade ?). Robe dorée, peu de mousse et effervescence assez faible. En bouche, un beau malt caramel soyeux soutient une touche de houblon citronné et floral. En réchauffant, une note épicée surprenante se manifeste également (y a-t-il vraiment des épices dans cette bière ?). Amertume moyenne et bien intégrée.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This quenching and cohesive Pale Ale blends citrusy, spicy hops and herbs into biscuity cereals, before a persisting leafy bitterness increases the level of complexity.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam lingers atop the golden-tinged amber.
-The malts also offer a refined dose of caramel.
-The mouthfeel is crisp and the effervescence soft; this beer’s age is not really obvious, save for the subdued hop nose, perhaps.
-There are obviously herbs and/or flowers used in this. I can’t tell which ones though.
-This is another very professional brew from À l’Abri de la Tempête; a fresher bottle must be great.
Bottled in Feb. ’09.
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops with light caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some floral hops with light caramel malt notes and a light bitter finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but probably not hoppy enough for the style.