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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Draft. Crystal clear amber body topped by large off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, peach/perfume, some straw. Taste is sweet, perfume, some peach, alcohol, straw, light berry. Medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
An amber ale with a lacing thick white head. Sweet wheat and a light bubble gum in aroma, with spices and alcohol. In mouth, a ricjh spiced rye beer with lingering grains and light alcohol. Rye bread and pepper notes, with warming alcohol in final. Riche bodied. On tap at the brewery, Nov. 3 2007.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8725) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Beautifully floral and spicy hoppiness suffuse the honeyed cereals of this delightful, perfumy Belgian-style Strong Ale. One of Quebecís treasures.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick layer of foam covers the misty gold.
-A little alcohol heat is felt in the back.
-The crystallised flower petal notes are mesmerizing.
-Carbonation is prickly, perhaps not cozy enough to properly emulate authentic examples of the style.
-Coriander seeds are well integrated.
-The finish is full of herbal, floral hop bitterness.
-Bubblegum and banana notes are whipped up by the yeast.

On tap at the brewpub many times now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Orangey dark amber body with a tiny beige ring of head. (3+) Interesting fruit aroma, sweet citrus and fruit that I want to call lychee but I donít think thatís quite right, mild hops. (7+) Flavour has a similar fruit character over top a slightly sweet malt base finishing lightly tart and bitter. smooth average to medium palate. (3+) Pretty nice actually, different. On tap, Mondial, Montreal, 4T

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
Draught at Benelux, Montrťal, QC. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with an average size diminishing creamy white head. Aroma is yeasty, slightly sugary sweet, along with banana, some spices and caramel malt. Flavour of yeast and wheat along with spices and herbs and some hops and alcohol in the finish. A little more alcohol then Iíd like but I still enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6134) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
Draught. Mondiale 2009 - day 2 - at Benelux brewpub. Hazy light gold-amber with an average creamy off-white head. Big coriander/pepper aroma, with sweet yeast and a fair bit of alcohol - unusual, as itís also a bit grassy and dry, but very appealing. The taste followed, with the spice, pepper and yeast all vying a little too much for attention, my palate didnít know what had hit it - very OTT. Sticky, lively pungent mouthfeel, quite boozy by the end of the pint. Amazing, but somewhat rough around the edges, and a little too strong to session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - 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 ďcleanerĒ beers. Great beer that Iíd like to have on a regular basis. Unfortunately not sold in pints, small glass only. When itís on tap at Benelux Iíll be known as the man with a small ergot, when itís not on tap Iíll be know as the dude with an ergot problem.

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