neongolden (371) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught at Brydens, Sep 16 2013) Pours a hazy orangish gold with a dense white head and a carpet of lace. Aroma is very intense, tart citrus and pit-fruit/red fruit, quite wine-like. Some wood, slight peppery notes. No real rye, a little funky but at a yeasty rind level. Juicy character to the palate, sweet/tart, fruity, vinous - similar fruits to the aroma with a bit of berry character towards the finish. Particularly from mid-palate there is a slightly woody, peppery note, becomes more tart/astringent towards the finish. Slight funky character from the barrel in the later stages, light hop/grain bitterness, pepper on the finish as well. Body is medium but carb effervescent, slight cling on the palate, touch of booze. Barrel really owns the rye and the peppercorn here. Reminds me a little of low-sweetness sangria! It’s tasty though, much more tart than expected but I like cab franc and I like this.
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale golden pour with a thin white head. The aroma is lovely - bright zesty citrus spice and yeasty/earthy spiciness as well. There is a little bit of tartness and some light peppery aroma as well. There’s a touch of lemon peel and soft white pepper. Really expressive aroma. The flavour is lovely - bright yeast and grain-derived spiciness along with a touch of vanilla. A soft tartness with a bit of vineous flavour as well. Soft malic character with a bit of light astringency on the finish. The rye character is there but it’s light and plays a backing note to the barrel flavour. Creamy palate - solid brew.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-06-26. Lightly hazy golden orange body, modest creamy white head. Flavour is interesting. Dryish start with light alcohol character, oaky wood undertones, mild vinous fruit gathers itself and grows as you go, pleasantly so. Just a whisper of underlying funk in the aftertaste. Lightly sour, it has a very subtle sour berry undertone that comes out as it warms. 7++ Smooth average plus body suits it with pleasantly effervescent carbonation. aroma is a touch muted at first. Pleasant fruit character, oaky wood and light alcohol. A healthy swirl of the glass brings out some peach like fruit character. 7+ quite nice. Dangerously drinkable at 7%! Bottle at Amsterdam Brew House, Toronto
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at ’A Night with Amsterdam’, Volo, Feb. 2. Pours a murky deep gold with a small semi-lasting white head. Aroma has lots of wood, some sour fruit and pepper. Flavour is spicy and woody along with some fruit and sugary sweetness. A harsh finish to it. Average bodied. Just good, it’s been aged too long in my opinion, at least that’s how it tastes.
Sammy (8351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Day after Amsterdam Tap Takeover at Bar Volo. This one aged in Cab Franc barrel. Orange coloured body. A little head. A little astringent. Orange citrus taste but everything else was rather muddled. OK drinkability