tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, fruity, earthy and herbal in the nose. Hazy brown body is topped by a decent, if large bubbled, off-white head that lasts fairly well. Flavour is sweet and fruity up front, almost a cross between a saison and a dubbel - very Belgian inspired to me. Moderate bitterness and herbal, earthy notes round out the flavour. Medium body is filled by a gentle, expansive effervescence. Really great texture on the tongue. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at the LCBO on Danforth Rd. in December 2013.
ScottPurchase (13) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My dog passed away on a quiet Sunday afternoon in the middle of December. I spent the next four hours digging a shallow grave through the cold frozen ground of my winter retreat in North Dakota. The rustic old cottage came to me through the good fortune of my late Uncle Giles’ will reading. I spent many winters away here, just me and my dog Jarred while I stoked the fire and he basked in the heat emanating from the late 18th century iron stove. By midnight, I had completed the grave, dumping the now cold and lifeless body of my best buddy and following were the many ungiven christmas presents I had bought at a nearby pet store. Enjoy those rawhides in heaven old pal.
Coming back in the cottage with a log in hand, I tended the fire but for whom I’m not sure as without my dog I was a cold hearted man and no one would enjoy the warmth I produced no more. I looked over at his vacant aluminum dish and in the shadows it appeared as if a large object was in the bowl.
Walking over, I grabbed a light dangling loosely from the ceiling and pointed it towards Jarred’s feeding corner. A bottle, upright in his dish. ’What kind of a sick joke is this?!" I yelled, letting the light swing from my hand as I lunged at the dish picking up the tall slender bottle for closer inspection. The label read ’ Bog Water’. I muttered the name aloud to myself with a frown, bringing it over to the light to look through the brown glass. I heard something shuffle in the house and I turned to face the sound. Nothing. I walked over to the closet, and without warning ripped the door of it’s hinges to see a cowering shell of a man with his hands covering his face as I raised the bottle, ready to strike his face. I did not. Instead I lowered the bottle back to my side, and softly asked, "Michael, what are you doing in my house." He lowered his trembling hands from his face and looked at me with tears in his eyes. "Well Mr.Purchase, I -- I saw you burying your dog and I thought you could use this" he could barely get the last few words out as he slumped to the floor. I let him weep, for he could weep for the both of us, and then I sat him down on my couch and looked at him curiously. I had placed the bottle beside michael by the window, and the snow coming down gave me an uncanny chill as the bottle was placed such that it aligned perfectly with the grave, slowly disappearing under the white fluffy snow.
I lost myself while I stared through the bottle, cloudy and enchanting. After some time, the bottle moved and I focused my welling eyes as I saw Michael crack the lid and begin to pour it into a glass. "No!" I bellowed out, simultaneously grabbing my knife from my belt, flicking my wrist to expose the sharp blade and sending it’s sharp tip through Michael’s bicep. I was aiming for his heart but in hindsight I’m glad I missed. As he screamed in pain, I simply took the bottle, walked back to Jarred’s empty dish, and began to tilt the bottle, canting the bowl to ensure a proper pour. The sweet smell tickled my nose as i whimpered, reminded of the loss of Jarred from this cruel world. Although the smell was sweet, it had a considerable complexity to it; one that I man such as myself cannot begin to describe. I screamed at Michael to bring me more, despite him bleeding profusely, he returned with his collection of 12 bottles, and proceeded to fill as I commenced my ingestion of this nectar. Nearly drowning in the mountain of tan tinted foam, I growled at Michael and drank alone for the next hour.
On my knees. crouched down, I thoughtfully lapped the cool brown liquid with my long, tongue, so frosted with advanced stage herpes that I could not help but wince with each time I connected with the bottom of the hard metallic bowl.
I tasted a fruitful bitterness with a earthy finish. It’s as if I were licking down the freshly dug grave and I were licking Jarred on the cheek, as the heavy alcoholic joy that followed made my head dance
Michael had stopped the bleeding on his own, and pulled a large hand knitted blanket from his pocket. It had pictures of avocados and nip slips woven into the thick grey wool, to my insolent delight. As I finished up the last licks of this wonderful beer, I faded off to sleep as Michael carefully covered my body with the blanket. And in my dream, I dreamt of my pal Jarred, running freely through warm golden plains, jumping over a fence as he lept onto the highway and was hit by a speeding truck. My name is Scott Purchase and I recommend this biere.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 600ml. De couleur ambrée-brune et voilée. Nez très herbeux aux notes florales (bouquet d’herbes aromatiques), léger d’épices, de malt sucré et aux notes rôties avec des notes fruitées (baies aux notes sûres) ainsi que quelques traces de conifères. Mince-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture légèrement minérale et aux petites notes huileuses. Léger goût fruité légèrement acides et aux notes sûres (baies très vertes) avec un moyen goût d’herbes (herbes fraîches) ainsi que des notes florale et épicées (ne semblant pas provenir du houblon) dès l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen-léger goût de céréales légèrement sucrées et aux petites traces rôties ainsi que des notes de pain puis en finale l’on semble retrouver des notes de houblon herbeux avec de faibles traces de conifères. Post-goût moyen, très légèrement acide et aux petites notes sûres de fruits avec un léger goût herbeux.
probstblueribbon (2629) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
600 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass. 06DE12.
App.: Deep reddish-brown, murky with a smallish yellow-tan head.
Aroma: Quite like a Belgian Dubbel, strong yeast, dark dried fruit, light esters, malty and playful, faint minty herbals.
Palate: Medium+ body, fine, creamy effervescence.
Flav.: More herbal, bread, toast, yeast, less fruity, a touch roasted, faint esters, malty with more plant character; basically dry with minimal bitterness and a full ,yeasty, bready, malty finish.
Finally rated after a few bottles over the years. Enjoyable.
RxForHealth (114) - - FEB 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whoa! Unique. Cloudy pour. No head at all. Aroma of fruit and yeast, that continues on the palate. Short finish. Not something I'd buy again, but worth trying.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rob6239 (550) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish-brown with very little head. Aroma is fruity and strong. Taste is very sweet perhaps fruit, raisins, plums.
andrewturba (742) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a muddy copper brownish colour with a decent soapy tan head leaving some sticky lace up the glass. Aromas of spice, lemon, yeast and some sweetness. Flavours of clove, yeast, light zesty lemon, overall spicy.
Reimer96 (855) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to cfrancis for this. Pours a murky brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet dried fruits, spicy herbs, pine. Taste is yeast and cloves, some sourness then has some sweetness and fruity notes. Interesting beer that is easy to sip on.
Unforseen (2) - - JAN 30, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge difference drinking this fresh. Overall taste sours after a month. Fresh this is a wonderfully warning winter beer.
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Bendrixian (867) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a murky brown like colour, Aromas of fresh pine and spruce, malted and caramel candy. Has a sour taste profile with a tangy zesty finish which is surprising given the aroma on the nose.