punkska101 (789) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.02.19 5 onz taster brown clear. A: intense... dark caramel, licorice, dates. F: Body is full finish is sweet and very very long. It’s stick to the mouth chewy. O: Intense the freezing really hypes the beer.
JulienHuxley (2418) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 5 oz tasters on tap. Very dark brown pour with some off white foam. I found the aroma on this one particularly attenuated - I was expecting a bomb but instead found myself trying very hard to get only the basic scotch ale aromas. The taste however - wow. A super sweet, rich malty flavor coats the entire mouth with toffee, cherries, light smoke and vanilla before leaving slowly in a nice alcohol warmth. Palate is rich and almost flat, with lots of alcohol warmth - A very nice sipper.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: One of the best decadent big American Strong Ale out there, period.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear ruby-amber body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Sumptuous nose with logs of toffee, fat rich fruit cake and such. Body is big, thick and velvety with a smooth carbonation. Taste rich and complex yet the beer didn’t feel particularly heavy. Very nourishing opulent fruit cake covered with rich caramel and toffee. No alcohol presence whatsoever. At first I was very impressed but probably too surprised to appreciate it properly. Then we had three vintages of the regular Reyne Descosse and they tasted like thin bland session beers. Oups, ok then, the Reyne Descosse Gelée really was a masterpiece. Might just be one of the best “decadent big beer” I have ever had along with Angel’s Share Grand Cru and a few others. I’m giving it an approximate 4.5 masterpiece rating but I have to re-evaluate how it stands among the best “decadent big beer” out there, assuming I can have it again someday. The exact alcohol percentage of this monster remains a mystery. Around the table we theorized a ballpark 12% to 14%. The brewer said he might be as high as 18%. But nobody really knows the exact number. Like nobody really knows the exact number of ankles we have, 2 or 4?
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
En fût. Verre de 5 oz dégusté diretement à la brasserie dans le cadre de la journée des grands crus. Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruitée avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de pruneau avec une pointe d’alcool. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #2953)
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Freshly unearthed truffles, luxuriously maderized caramel, wise alcohol warmth and a plethora of dried fruits conjure up one of the wealthiest flavor kingdoms I’ve set my lips on in a while. Their regular Scotch Ale is often brilliant (depending on the vintages); this, as an iced version, can be mindblowing.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the hazy mahogany.
-The body is not too portly, but it is obviously endowed with beautiful love handles.
-This is not a completely decadent brew; it is a classy, complex, rich and beautifully executed sipper.
-The fruit character is present throughout, yet it never recalls any specific fruit prominently (unlike their 2007 regular Reyne, which by now is full on raisins, for example).
-The version released in February 2011 was not as complex as the previous year’s. Still excellent, just not as satisfying. And not better than the 2-year-old "regular" Scotch Ale served that day.
-Alcohol presence politely approaches all flavors before retreating until the very finish. I’d estimate the abv to be around 11%-12% (it hasn’t been tested so...). If it’s anything more, the alcohol is extremely well hidden.
On tap at the brewpub a few times.