beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gorgeous amber color with a thick, frothy, diminishing head. Good aroma and flavor of chocolate, field berries and rich malt. The body is light to medium with a smooth, comfy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Good stuff.
Lubiere (10766) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark clear brown bock with a thick moka head. Aroma of brown sugar, treacle candy, herbal qualities. In mouth, sweet peaty molasse (like the caña juice bought in latino stores), very nice, with light hops, but a bit thin thin. Sweet treacle lingers on. A nice bock. On tap at BP Aug. 12, 2006.
GonZoBeeR (2984) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma:rostedmalt,nutty and caramel...
Appearance:dark redish,good lacing beige head...
Flavor:Sweet nutty,rosted caramel....
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-Thick foam covers the obscure reddish-brown.
-Blackberry sweetness and tartness agree with the ground coffee beans.
-Fascinating blackberry, plum and blueberry fruitiness coalesces with the dark chocolate and coffee for a quite unique flavor profile.
-Lean-bodied for its style, perhaps too much so for my tastes, but thus very drinkable and approachable.
What if you dig deeper?
-Meek roastiness brushes the back of the palate, a mere xylophone rattle to the evocative desserty fruit concerto.
-It kind of gets overly sweet and sticky after a while, especially since the body cannot transport the beer any further.
-An unusual bock for sure, but an enjoyable lager nonetheless.
On tap at the brewpub.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown body with a generous light-brown head. Tobacco and smoke aroma. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Very malty, toffee, peppery and a bit nutty. Slightly vinous finish. Very good. The description said it was brewed by Mélanie, one of the pub’s waitress. Mélanie, if you’re anywhere as charming as your beer, write me and I’m taking you out any day.
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, with a frothy tan-colored head, leaving nice laces, the nose is one of sweet caramelized malt, toasted malt, with a nuttiness accent, and a sweet-bitter chocolate and toffee notes, with a subtle winey fruitiness, brown sugar, and a hint of nutmeg spiciness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with nice caramelized character,with a minimal touch of smokiness, toffeeish note, hint of chocolate, fruity accent, sweet nuttiness, with a cacao spiral, leading towards a malty chocolatey finish.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque dark brown pour, murky. The off-white head is vast, lacing perfectly à la Bedondaine and leaving a nice moving fat collar. A very bold nose taunts the nostrils with concentrated molasses, plums, dates... The fruity aspects are obvious, but almost remain tamed by the buttered rich and sweet dark toasty malts. Light dried leaves make for the whole hop aromas range, overwhelmed by cakey, buckwheat like grains. Certainly an unexpected aroma that feels stronger than 5%. On the other hand, when sipping fearfully, the body remains highly flexible, light-medium and rather loose in texture, feeling enhanced by the very low carbonation (yet the head is as large as most). If I’d change anything, that would probably be it, adding a heavier lifting attenuation. The brewer was telling us the yeast didn’t attenuate as much as anticipated initially, yet the body is not so thick, the sweetness not overwhelimng, so it works out well, but the interesting aromas don’t all translate into flavors. You keep the pleasant fruitiness and toasted malt character, but the boldness is lost in the process.