Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherrywood colored and opaque, it had a silken, sticky head. Very intersting aroma. Minty, as the name suggests, but also a very herbal rosemary, some pine needles, and also that slimey gum pine trees develop, it’s the stuff they use to make spruce Beer. The board said that this Beer was also made with juniper berries and rye, which came out in the body with a creamy, refreshing feel. Here again, strange, the carbonation feels light, but the spices still give it a tangyness, probably from the mint. The aftertaste is bitter, but not in a hoppy kind of way, it almost feels like the taste you get grom a breath mint. Not everyone might enjoy this, but I did. Kudos to the brewer for trying something a little off the wall.
GonZoBeeR (3025) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:mint,herbs and spices....
Appearance:Orange with a good head......
Flavor:Herbs and spices,light caramel....
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe orangée, mousse fugace. Menthe poivrée, baie de genièvre, mielleuse. Malt caramel... Bel équilibre.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy golden pour with a thin white head. Appealing, intriguing and interesting aroma of peppermint, juniper and rye. Very good flavor of peppermint, rye, juniper and buttery caramel, the finish is bitter. Light body, moderate carbonation. This beer is very interesting, it has some complexity and is very well balanced, no element dominates the others. I also like the fact that with every sip I could find new elements, this beer is very well made.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 (Initial rating from a couple batches when the brewer used to work at Le Bilboquet in Ste-Hyacinthe):
After having stepped in rich caramel, a caterpillar, still digesting a celeri stick, retreats into its mint leaf and green salad cocoon...It later flies away, graceful, to a fruity, peachy and creamy afterlife...An original, smooth evangel of passion very much in the Fantôme lineage...4/5
(New rating, from the first batch brewed at Bedondaine):
Pillowy soft mouthfeel and flavor equilibrium engage the tongue and mind...Mint leaves float gently on the suave malt and yeasty ground...Alcohol is so well-hidden, this one feels like its half its size; a feeling helped by the 10% rye malt used, which encourages the next gulp...Overall, maybe better balanced than the one’s I had had at the Bilboquet, but less perfumy, less sweet, and sooo easy to drink...Another unique creation from Nicolas "Bedondaine" Bourgault, without any gambrinal lineage other than his imaginative self...3.7/5