Benelux Cigogne
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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Pilsener
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (14659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
On tap at Benelux, pours a clear dull golden with a small white head. Aroma is very subtle, with only some mild grassy hops coming through. Flavour is clean and crisp, with a grassy hop bite and some biscuity malt to balance. I prefer more bite in my pils, but this does the job nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12940) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
A blonde pils with a thin white head. A nice grassy malt aroma, with faint herbal hops, classic. In mouth, a crisp malt with light grainy character, light German hops, smooth and light verring on a lager. Medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, April 21, 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
2013-06-02. Crisp yellow body with a large white head. 3+ Aroma of floral grassy hops, light pale malt. Flavour is modestly bitter, pale malt, floral buttercup like hops. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Decent Pilsener but not to my own tastes. On tap at Mondial de la Biere 2013, Montreal

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
My Bottom Line:
This perfectly balanced Pilsener is the setting for cuddly pils malts and spicy, herbal Saaz in an ever-so-soft, slender body.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sliver of foam tops the clear golden.
-This is finesse personified. All ingredients have room to express themselves, and do so at delicate levels.
-The spicy hop bitterness is well levelled to the rest of the brew’s polite flavor profile.
-The mouthfeel is halfway between Czech Světlý Ležák chewiness and German Pils dryness. A very pleasant world in between.
-The only thing I would have preferred which wasn’t there was natural carbonation. As is, the prickly bubbling took a little too much room for my tastes.
-The aroma really opened up 20 minutes or so after getting the pint as the beer got closer to 10 degrees or so.
-If every quality brewpub had a brew of the sort always on the menu, I’d always begin the evening with at least a pint of it. Alas, only 3-4 pubs in Montreal can say they’ve got a blond lager of this caliber.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
[5468-20130602] Sample. Toasted grains aroma. Clear, golden orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Bitter grainy straw malt flavour. Medium body. Bitter and grainy balance. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3
(Mondial 2013, Montreal, QC)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2015
Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie au coût de 4,75$. Arôme: Légère odeur de citron. Apparence: La couleur est blonde avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréales et de citron. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréales en arrière goût. (Rating #6238)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
In short: A way-above-average classic pilsner. That simple, that good.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose of freshly cut hay, straw and a good amount of dry grassy hops. I really like the malt bill on this one, gull yet light body mixing freshly cut hay, dry hay and straw. Hopping aims for balance and not in-your-face bitterness like many new generation American pilsner. Lemongrass and dry grass with a tiny bit of spiciness. I also got some boiled eggs but that’s not unusual for me when I drink a real lager. Finish is moderately bitter, moderately dry and moderately tart. This beer is as nourishing as it is refreshing. A very nice session beer that I’ll be drinking over and over again this summer. Ah, going out to my local brewpub to drink a nice beer, one of the rare (if not the only) truly pleasurable thing in life that requires me to have my pants on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5130) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
(Un bon verre sur place) Un liquide jaune pas tout à fait translucide. Une tête mousseuse blanche qui résiste. Une présentation soignée. Un nez qui me plait beaucoup avec des herbes parfumées et des fleurs citronnées. Des malts pils qui développent un fin profil granuleux. Dans la deuxième moitié du verre, un aspect malté beaucoup plus arrondi. Des saveurs emballantes. Une indéniable fraîcheur dans cette froide journée d’hiver. Un aspect craquant des céréales. Une présence notable des houblons : des fleurs et des herbes qui secouent les papilles. Une bouche de moyenne densité avec l’agréable sensation des bulles qui chatouillent la langue. Une texture qui me semble crémeuse. Une finale amère et longuement parfumée. Une superbe proposition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4251) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 Un verre sur place. Bière dorée avec une superbe couche de mousse blanche et crémeuse. Cette mousse est durable. Le nez est frais avec des notes de grains marqués. La bouche est aussi marquée par le grain, le maïs. Cette bière est facile et rafraichissante, agréable. Une amertume houblonnée en fin de bouche rend cette bière bien digeste. Malheureusement le grain est trop présent et il semble que c’est seulement mon échantillon qui présentait cette caractéristique. (bue aussi en mars 2015)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4170) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Clean, crisp, solid cereals, floral grassy hops. Medium bitterness, dry finish. Solid.

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