Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright sunny golden hue shows just a light haze. The head is white, pretty regular, fully lasting and with a clinging aspect. Fine tuned cereals come heavy in the nose of gracious extraction. Surprisingly low carbonation works pretty well here, probably thanks to the brightness and freshness of the hops. The dry-out effect comes gradually, smoothly and leading you by the hand towards the effective floral, herbal, eventually slightly rocky and minimally mineral bitterness. Firm medium body, showcasing its malty roots and low (if any) filtration. Highly drinkable, perfect after a good bike ride. Superb Kolsch!
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 Any first impressions?
-A creamy head settles atop the veiled golden, lacing generously.
-Prominent pils maltiness and delicate spicy hoppiness proffer a most rich, noble aroma.
-Luscious cereals and fine citrusy hoppiness meld into a wealthy Czech-pils like body, without the Czech yeast of course.
-The crunchy maltiness is so healthy and inviting; I would never have imagined that fulfilling of a body in a Kölsch.
What if you dig deeper?
-The peppery, citrusy gentle hop wave which closes every sip is prolonged by a dry wooden undertow.
-The complex maltiness even evolves into biscuit and toast characters.
-The superb balance and drinkability of it all grew on me as I downed my glass.
-This (apparently) unfiltered Kölsch is an evident testament to this brewer’s prowess.
On tap at the brewpub.
Quevillon (2798) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bu sur place en fut (5 oz). Blonde claire, bon collet avec beaucoup de dentel. Arome de malte d’herbe un peu sucré. Goût de malte et d’herbe bien mélangé.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Clear golden-straw body with a small white covering. The aroma is great - doughy malt along with floral citrus hops. Lots of toasted bread flavour and caramel malts, grass, hay, minerals and nice sweet attributes. I could drink a few of these in a session.
ClarkVV (5129) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught pint at the brewpub on 1/28/07
A fluffy, large, white head tops a well-conditioned, unfiltered, light goldenrod colored body with light carbonation and a high clarity. Head is well-retained and laces moderately.
Authentic Kolsch yeast is immediately recognizable in the nose, with flowery, soft hops sitting behind it. Pale malts further soften things and add mounds of honey. It still manages enough crispness on the end, however, due to a bite from the yeast and moderate hop bitterness. Definitely fresh-smelling, unpasteurized and all, and importantly, very clean. No flaws of any type, not a touch of diacetyl. Warming produces light doughiness and some sweeter, and perhaps slightly more soggy pale malt apparency. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, with no alcohol noted.
Upon first sip, the texture is immediatley perceived as very generous. Low carbonation, but very engaging/tight, provides a near creamy mouthfeel. Plentiful maltiness; white bread, honey, light dough, all set in on the palate, giving way, somewhat to a fantastic kolsch yeastiness on the finish, dotted with peppery/herbal hop bitterness and light mineral-like sourness. After a few sips, it’s definitely apparent that while the beer is highly flavorful and carefully brewed/lagered, the attenuation level is noticeably too low. It gets a little too chewy-sweet, especially towards the finish, where you would expect more crispness to emerge. Warming just exacerbates the problem.
In my mind, though it certainly goes against the goal of a kolsch (drinkability), it’s not a mortal flaw and one that is easily correctable in subsequent batches. What is impressive is the quality of hop, yeast and malt flavor alongside a flawless presentation. Not a hint of corn/vanilla/apple/butter.
Fred82 (2130) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on tap at brewpub.
Appearance : Clear yellow with white creamy and fluffy head. Nice lacing.
Aroma : Hay and malt. Nice herbal hops. A bit citrusy.
Taste : Great malt with hay and hops. Bitter and herbal hops on finish. Some more hay too.
Overall : Soft carbonation, really quaffable. Light skunk on nose and taste. Nice stuff, really drinkable with really nice malt and hops. Great Kolsch.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden in colour, long lasting thin white coloured head, great lacing. The aroma is floral, very herbal, fruity, lots of pale malts, soft and slightly sweet. The flavour is quite floral, herbal, perfumy, light caramel, bready, some soft caramel. Creamy mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes with a fairly good length, some leftover floral hops co-mingle with some herbs. Still new to the Kölsch, but I am really liking the softness of this.
Draught at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds in Chambly, Quebec on December 28, 2006.
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wheaty nose, whitish colour with foamy head. Perfect carbonation, as they get spot on throughout the lineup. Medium and soft mouthfeel. Some sweet fruit in there. Drying. Listed as 6% on the menu. Not what I expected for a kolsch, but a very good summer beer.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale, clear gold color, perhaps not as effervescent as its Köln brethren. Crunchy euro hops aroma, fresh lettuce, light honey. Goes down easy, smooth, with warm malts. Very well crafted. This is going to end up as one of my highest kolsches, which is fine, but truth to be told I’d take one of those over this any day.
Whatup14 (1378) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
En fût à la brasserie. Couleur jaune clair, peu de mousse blanche. Arôme de citron, d’herbes, de houblon léger. Goût de citron, amertume légère. Carbonation faible, corps moyen.