Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin off white head. A very pleasant vinous aroma with light cinnamon notes, very fragrant. In mouth, a nice treacle malt with nutty notes, veering into Belgian territory, with nice fruity esters, light alcohol warmth, medium bodied, but still rich and interesting. A plus for Beau’s on this one! On tap at Wellington Gastropub, 6.00$
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2010 2010-09-09. Lightly hazy dark amber body with a modest foamy beige head. 3+ Flavour has a malty core but is fairly hoppy with a good amount of bitterness throughout. Sweet caramel accents, dry mineral character, hints at wood but I am looking for it. Aroma is modest, dry malt with a caramel accents and very light vague hints of wood. Smooth average palate is just slightly over carbonated. Okay, decent but there is something about it that doesn’t make me want more, particularly the mineral touches. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4
2008-08-23. Labelled "Festivale Plus" but likely the regular Festivale. Dark copper-brown body with a smallish beige head. (3+) Aroma is quite sweet with lightly toasty caramel malt. Flavour has fairly bitter overtones that mute the sweet malty core, touches of dry caramel malt. (6+) Smooth average palate is very lightly carbonated. Quaffable, pleasant, average. 7/3/6/3/14 - 3.3 On Tap, Golden Tap Awards, Toronto
2008-08-26. Good dark copper body with a modest tan head. (3+) Aroma is lightly fruity with a surprising amount of hops in the nose, mild malt base (6+). Flavour is similar with dryish caramel malt that has toasty touches in the highlights, a modest alcohol presence and bitterness in the finish. (6+) Average plus palate. (3+) Quaffable but just okay. 6/3/6/3/14 - 3.2 On tap at Volo as Festivale Plus
DuffMan (9495) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, brought to Montreal from Kingston by Robbie-- thanks buddy! Dark brown pour leaning more toward orange highlights than amber. Sweet caramel aroma, some vanilla too. Rich caramel malt with fruity accents, ripe peach maybe, light vanilla, finishing with sharp hoppy bitterness that initially was a bit metallic for me but eventually smoothed out. Quite good, but not one I’d drink all night.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber pour with a tight white head. The aroma is really fresh and toasty with a bit of light fruit. There is a bit of fairly assertive bitterness and a little bit of light fruit. There is a touch of diacetyl as well that I could do without. A bit of light stone fruit character along with some toasted grain. That diacetyl is killing me though.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 [1622-20080823] Tap. Grainy aroma has a bit of brown apple notes. Clear, dark red body with a quick creamy almond head. Grainy bread flavour. Medium body. Really nice bread characteristics. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(Called plus, probably the regular @ 2008 GTA’s, beerbistro; Toronto, ON)
[1634-20080926] Tap. Bready grains aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Mild bready grains flavour, noticeable alcohol. Medium body is a little watery. Mild and drinkable. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(Called regular, probably the plus @ Volo; Toronto, ON)
Note: Both ratings are here for reference because there is a high chance beerbistro had the regular and Volo had the plus, despite being told the opposite from the brewery...
[3374B-20100909] Cask. Mild alcoholic grain malt aroma. Hazy, dark amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Grainy bread yeast flavour initially followed by mild sage dust. Medium body. Nice sweet grain balance. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(Called Sticke "Alt" @ Volo, Toronto, ON)
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark golden with a nice light beige head, good retention and lacing. caramel, spices, molasses, bit of wood, dark red fruitiness, grassy-peppery, hint of sweetness. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, short but sharp grassy-oaky and slightly earthy finish. oaked alt it is - enjoyed it!
blankboy (7172) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Bar Hop. Pours a deep orange-ruby with a small long-lasting frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of dark fruit, light spices and lightly toasted caramel malt. Flavour of dark fruit, a bit of grain, toasted caramel malt and a bitter, spicy finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good.
Radek Kliber (7113) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Volo , Toronto (2010 batch)
Aroma slightly fruity feel with hint of alcohol , gentle touch of prune, malts as base. 6+
Appearance hazed amber-red with creamy mid top. Good looking brew.
Flavor and Palate : Medium full bodied. Very good malt depth , leafy bitterness on edge. Initially missing some nutty al feel that developed to proper level as it warms up. Light oak feel followed. Finishing with friendly warmth. Very drinkable that is dangerous at this strength.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. At BeerBistro - 2008 Golden Tap Awards. * I suspect there is a mix-up ... I think this was FestivAle and Volo has the plus, but ... ehh. Slightly cloudy deep amber pour with a wee lil head. Sweet burnt malt extract aroma, not much alcohol, smelled like charred pudding (not even Christmas pudding). Taste - surprisingly floral and dry, a tad papery, not much of the carbonized character I got on the nose, and a perceptible, unbalanced alcohol burn in the tail. Thin bodied, which allows the booziness to dominate somewhat, a little squeaky-astringent in the finish - needs more malt body by a big margin.
Boutip (5833) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color alt with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of caramelized sugar and oak is stronger than I was expecting. Taste is also a mix of caramelized sugar with some oak notes which brings out a dry edge to this beer. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I am not sure the dry caramel malt notes, cereal notes and the oak notes were very well balanced together.