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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Montreal, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Dégustée en fût sur place. De couleur ambrée et claire. Nez de grains de malt, léger de houblon floral aux faibles notes citriques, avec quelques notes de pain, de caramel toffee et de fruits (agrumes). Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-fort ainsi qu’une texture très légèrement huileuse. Goût léger-moyen amer de houblon floral avec des notes citriques (une amertume discrète présente toute la gorgée en arrière-goût) et très légèrement fruité (agrumes) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de malt, léger de pain et de caramel aux faibles traces terreuses puis en finale l’on retrouve un houblon plus herbeux ainsi que de faibles traces de butterscotch. Post-goût moyen aux notes sèches, moyen-léger amer de houblon floral aux notes citriques et herbeuses avec des traces fruitées (zeste d’agrumes). (été 2006)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
The pour reveals a clear reddish amber color with a thin offwhite head. Good aroma of toffee, earthy malt and hops. The flavor has the same balanced, brittsh feel to it, the earthy malt and toffee are well enjoyable and provide a good counterpart to the floral hops, the finish is dry and bitter. The body is light with an oily texture and lively carbonation. Nicely done.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2006
Draught. Copper-orange body with a small white head. The aroma is faintly fruity and hoppy. Flavour has similar characteristics - sour fruit and abrasive vague bitterness. Not quenching or session-like but reasonably drinkable.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2006
Plenty of caramel malt in the aroma with notes of light floral hops. Deep, orange-copper coloured body is topped by a low white head that recedes fairly rapidly to ring. Caramel malts are a bit over the top in the flavour leaving it overly sweet with some floral, earthy hops and medium bitterness that can’t quite take the edge off the sweetness. Mild buttery diacetyl is notable as it warms. Strong carbonation is out of place and detracts from enjoyment of this medium-light bodied beer. Fairly typical for the style if perhaps overly sweet. Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
Caramel and malt aroma, deep amber, small white head. Malt taste is prominent, some caramel too. Light bodied, smooth, buttery and pleasantly bitter. Fair.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 18, 2006
Pours dark amber with neat fine thick top. Aromatic , clean refreshing hop charcter , citric -grapefruit. Soft body , chewy malts but not as full bodied as it should be. Hop charcter sadly subdued by noticeable creamy charcter of this ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2006
Verre de 12 oz, provenant d’un fût, dégusté à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur ets ambrée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux pétillant et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel, d’houblons avec une légère pointe d’épices. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps et la texture sont mince. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #614)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
A noce coopper color.The bitterness is light. The aroma and taste is of caramel malt with some spiceness. It is your typical English bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam circles the deep orange gown.
-In the nose, wooden hops slowly bloom through the fruity, nutty caramel.
-Once tasted, this fruity caramel gently coats the orangey, herbal hoppiness.
-The fizzy carbonation could be alleviated to increase the mouthfeel’s softness, and thus provide more palate comfort.

What if you dig deeper?
-A kind herbal, wooden hop bitterness rises after the swallow.
-Balance is aptly reached.
-A very drinkable keg version of an ESB, but that mouthfeel would definitely be improved by a softer carbonation.

On tap at the brewpub.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
Red copper ale with a thin off white head. A sweet malt caramel aroma, with very faint hops. In mouth, a good caramel malt, biscuitty but with too little hops to my taste. Oily mouthfeel. Still a nice and light ESB. On tap at BP Aug. 12, 2006.


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