shaynsawchuk (339) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
600 mL bottle. Pours a dark cola brown colour, with a fluffy beige head, minimal retention. The nose is full of yeast, dark bread, piquant herbs, a little banana and a sweet malty biscuit note. The taste is sweet and herbaceous with an earthy bitterness, but only slight. Finish turns a little sour as these Belgian strong inspired beers tend too. Medium to full bodied with medium to high carbonation. Tasty, a good dark beer for people who think they don’t like dark beer.
pushkinwow (1822) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
600ml bottle. Brown with a nice biege head that fades to a spotty covering. Somewhat roasted and sweet malt, some caramel, bit of belgian sugar, lightly spiced. Light carbonation, moderate body, sweet and a large malt presence, becomes a little weak on the finish.
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
660ml bottle from LCBO
Appearance: Dark copper to ruby in colour, thick creamy off white head, lingers but eventually fades. Some good lacing.
Aroma: Earthy hop aroma, some green apples, toffee notes in background
Flavour: Lovely malty profile, toffee and walnuts, nice earthy hop flavour comes through after couple seconds.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, chewy nutty texture, lovely smooth long finish, and a nice alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.
Overall: I was blown away by this beer from a solid brewer who rarely misses a beat.
Canmoore (192) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from LCBO. This beer pours a murky unfiltered deep maroon colour. With a 1/2 inch off white head, that dissipates to nothing, with minimal lacing. The aroma is herbal, almost reminds me of a forest or meadow, with a strong yeast presence. The taste is very interesting, with notes of coriander, orange peel, lots of yeast, and something that I just cant put a finger on..must be the myrtle. This beer is very refreshing and crisp, the lack of hops is quite distinct...yet it still works. This is an excellent beer that I must try again!
bunget (426) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
600ml bottle. Nice clear amber body, low head, not much of a retention.
Aroma is sweetish, hops, malt, caramel, quiet herbal and refreshing.
Taste is malty, sourly, medicinal, sweet, a little oily. OK beer.
WheatKing (1129) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 Gave my friend a blind tasting of this one, told him it was an IPA. Fantastic brew, and it’s just wonderful to see such experimentation from an Ontarian brewer. This is the type of beer our ancestors drank and it’s a real shame that it’s disappeared for so long. Thanks, guys, for bringing it back; I plan on sharing it with more friends in the future. The herbs are quite the shock at first, but after a few sips it just glides right down... lovely complex taste just mulling in your mouth. The head is just beautiful. I know it’s based on the local ales, but if I could compare this with one style it would be the strong Belgians.
thorongil2 (992) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) clear reddish brown colour with medium white head; aroma of toffee, floral, candy; balanced flavour, no finish
Metalchopz (2076) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper colour with a beige frothy head that last a while, but does not stick to the glass much. Mild beautiful aromas found in a Belgian ale with soft spices and yeast. Medium-bodied. Roasted malts that taste more sweet than burnt with notes of bananas in the finish. Pretty cool that they use wild harvested bog myrtle instead of hop. Nice and easy drinking spicy ale, but does not warm up much for those winter day (or nights). Still, a pleasant different brew that is mild overall (which it was stronger in all aspect).
HeistAlmighty (1032) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
600ml bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown, rather dark, moderate short-lived tan head. Looked kind of like a Belgian ale. Aroma was a little yeasty and dusty, but mostly dark fruity malt. Taste is tart and herbal with a mild sweetness, salt and yeast. Medium body, decent carbonation. Overall, very unique. Kind of an herbal Belgian ale.
ncube (57) - - MAR 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from brewery store. Drank 3.5 months after bottling time (stored in fridge). Seems to have lost some carbonation. Small amount of tan head. Found yeast at the bottom of my glass, and it clouded up the beer. Not a big deal, but a surprise. Murky red brown colour. Smells of vegetables, lemon/lime citrus. Malt and myrtle are balanced till about halfway through, before giving way to sour myrtle flavour quickly. Medium lemony finish. Tastes sort of like an unbalanced summer beer. Feels like an odd choice for winter. I usually love Beau’s, but this is the closest thing to a disappointment I’ve had with their beer. Still, I would enjoy it on a hot summer day, which is when this beer should be available.