beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - 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.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.10.05 Tap at brewpub, RBSG tour. Dark amber copper with tall white head, rocky, brainy; sheets of thick lace. Aroma is spicy ginger, corriander, mint, tobacco leaves (pouch). Fantastci, light fresh, tons of herbs. Some fruit, white grapse maybe. So soft, the body, and just maybe lacking in eff. Mint comes through more and more, building with temp. The cooling is a very unusual effect.
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG on draught at the brewpub
This produced a frothy head over an orage/gold body.
Floral spice and mint accompany fruit plate and melon in the aroma.
Fruity with a mint finish. Very interesting and different beer from a brewer’s perspective.
Goldorak (439) - 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.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Superbe couleur orangée, d’apparence semi opaque et parsemé d’une bonne quantité de mousse blanche concassée adhérant pleinement à la paroi du verre. Arômes de menthes fraîches ainsi que de quelques autres composantes herbals restant en arrière-plan. La menthe reste bien dosée et, confère quelques accents de gomme à la menthe. En bouche, le seigle ne goûte pas beaucoup mais contribue grandement au corps. Les flaveurs type menthol restent toujours présente et sont plutôt désaltérantes et sont construites sur une bonne base de malt à la qualité de doux caramel. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, fine carbonatation, alcool restant toujours bien dissimulé. Un bel équilibre! En fût, à la brasserie, le 25 Juin 2005.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewpub, RBSG 2005 cider tour aftermath. Hazy dark amber, thick lace and lasting creamy head...mint, juniper and a touch of caramel in the sweet enveloping aroma...beautiful milky-creamy body, soft vanilla, creme de menthe, caramel swirling through the lovely malt, little if any hops. Could be a bit too sweet and sticky..but I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt, and hope you will too.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful cloudy cookie amber. Generous off-white head leaves superb lacing traces with every sip. Diplomatic if light biscuity maltiness coats the nostrils with a blast of peppery, herbal mint leaves. Leaves a long minty and bready aftertaste with a touch of orangey hops. Well developped balance, totally masked alcohol. Dangerously drinkable. Firm, almost crisp belgian carbonation, medium bodied, smooth palate. Excellent.
punkska101 (983) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 onz at pub A: minty, spicy, candy. App: clear copper small white head. T/p: full body with moderate long sweet finish. O: good. Not a fan of herbal this one is not overdone which if found nice.
MartinT (8135) - 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
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.