Benelux Ergot (Triple Saison au Seigle)
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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2007
On tap shared with Glouglouburp Pours amber orange with a tan half finger head. Nose is killer beglian with coriander, orange peel, yeast, it rockets into your nose, also a bit of nutmeg. Taste is spicy sweet, yeasty, full of spice. Nice extra kick as well overall good. Didn’t really notice the rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (724) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
On tap at Benelux. The color is dark honey with a light beige head. The taste is a mixture of hops and malt, with just a small amount of bitterness. The aroma is of citrus fruits and also of herbes.This one is a good beer to warm you up on a cold evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Draught tulip at the brewery on 9/28/07
One-finger off-white head slowly fades to cover, leaving sloppy lacing. Brilliant orange-golden body has a slight chill haze.
Sweet doughy malts show traces of light caramel and sugary cookie dough, but are dried up by a moderate amount of citrus acidity, peppery phenols and light alcohol warmth. Grassy/leafy hops exude a fair amount of bitterness and plentiful aromatics, very much on par with Moinette Blonde. The yeast is Dupont, of course, and it’s clean and articulately represented. Some dry doughiness, acidity and light alcohol dull the aroma, over time, but it’s still very well-done.
Sweet and yet very dry on the end, though more on account of the malt breadiness and alcohol warmth than the actual attenuation. Not that it’s syrupy or overly-sweet, but it just seems a bit too much after having the elegant, mid-gravity saison clone before it. I honestly don’t notice the rye, though perhaps it accounts for some of the malt dryness/breadiness. Caramel, oranges and moderate hop bitterness collect on the finish, with spicy hop notes (or is that the rye?) and a supple body, thanks to the malting. Low carbonation and its draught nature is really the heart of the problem here, not any actual problems with brewing. With a beer of such strength, it’s almost mandatory that it has tight, natural carbonation to help smooth out the rough edges and control the sweetness. Very good, nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
En fût. Verre de 10 oz. à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices avec une pointe de citrouille. Apparence: La couleur est orangée voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices, d’agrumes et de seigle. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de seigle en arrière goût. (Rating #1271)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
Dark veiled orange pour displaying a small, yet lasting white cover. Again, an enormously citrusy Benelux Saison, bursting with grapefruit notions. Zesty, lively palate with the lowest alcohol warmth. Still highly drinkable due to its relative dryness, acidity and bitterness. Freshly crushed grains quickly gets eaten by the floral, citrusy and spicy finish. Surprisingly similar to their other Saisons.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 18, 2007
On tap at Benelux
Appearance : Hazed red copper gold with traditional average white crown. Good contrast. 3+
Nose :Light, fruity aroma, with sweet grainy backing. Low amount of alcohol found for its listed strength.
Flavour/Palate : Acidic, fruity character, sweeten tea like. Grainy with well accented rye touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
probstblueribbon (3275) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
Rated from memory after a night at Bieres et Compagnie. The resto was a disappointment but this beer certainly lifted my spirits! Gorgeous, thick and heavy. Sweetness and bitterness were well balanced. The big fruits and spiciness were delicious. Alcohol was nicely encorporated. I even liked the heavy goblet (it was a bit small though). It’s a wonderful beer with a disturbing name.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 Enjoyed at the brewpub, where the right slightly cold temperature and perfect carbonation are always in order. Funky smell. White head on yellow-grapefruit. Sour, citrus orange and cloves and corriander, which makes it sweetish.Medium mouthfeel.Not a bad one. This batch was 8.8% Ergot 2010 at Mondiale 2010. Average mouthfeel, a little sour, yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2007
[530-20070811] Tap @ Benelux (Montréal, QC). Light pineapple and floral yeast aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Spicy pineapple mango fruit flavour holds wheat characteristics. Medium-full body is complex. Interesting to try but is a little too spicy-fruity to take it that notch higher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 The style: Rye Saison-ish Belgian Ale
The conclusion: Very interesting twist on the genre.
The how: On tap at brewpub. Many times. From fresh to a month old.
The look: Cloudy dark golden body with a small white ring of foam.
The stuff: Kind of hard to describe since the beer changes a lot from a fresh batch and one month old. Very fresh it is rather sweet and very hoppy with barely any rye character. A month later the rye character is very much present, the sugary sweetness has been eaten up and the hops are a lot more tame. The important thing is that is remains equally good. Anyway here are my notes for a fresh batch: Pleasant yeast character with some light fruity notes (apples, citrus) that play second violin to the high sweetness level with brown sugar and crunchy caramel taste. Very generously hopped which nicely balance a beer that may have otherwise been overly sweet. Medium bitterness. Alcohol remains mostly well hidden. Finish is warm, a little sugary and a tad bitter. Saison with a little Barley-Wine twist. A nice departure from Benelux usually “cleaner” beers. Great beer that I’d like to have on a regular basis. Unfortunately not sold in pints, small glass only. When it’s on tap at Benelux I’ll be known as the man with a small ergot, when it’s not on tap I’ll be know as the dude with an ergot problem.

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