czar (5258) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(7,5% - 40% bourbon barrel-aged) on tap at le cactus, qc. clear medium dark brown pour with a creamy light beige cap, some retention and lacing. caramelized brown maltiness, lots of red fruitiness - red grapes and their astringency/light tartric acid; bourbon, spices, hint of acidity, resin, soil. light carbonation, medium body - oily, harsh boozy and earthy-piney finish. overdone.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A dry-hop orgy over a creamy toasted nutty malt backbone. Fun tasty beer
How: Cask at Cheval Blanc, special cask for their 25th anniversary cask event. This version was described as 7% dry hop Amarillo
The look: Dark brown body topped by a very small beige heard
In long: Nose is dominated by hops essential oils, this is a dry-hop bomb, a bouquet of flowery juice with a citrus twist. In mouth the regular Armada shows up a bit (creamy nutty maltiness and all..) but mostly it is the dry hop that overwhelms the beer. Description at Cheval Blanc said it is a blend of Armada and Grande Armada Réserve but I suspect regular Armada makes most of the blend. Carbonation was exactly what I expect from a cask. Anyway I liked this special version of this beer, not as much as the regular Armada, but this over-the-top dry hopping over a creamy nuttiness made for a unique experience. And after years of going to my local pubs I’ve finally realized that discussing politics with a beer in my hand is not as satisfying as discussing politics with other people.