argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Medium off-white head atop crystal clear pale straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfume, some grape, straw, light biscuit, honeysuckle. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some grape, light spice, biscuit, faint alcohol. Medium body, some stickiness, light acidity.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at Churcjkey. Yellow color, small white head, delicate lacing. Aroma of cardboard and summer fruits. Taste is slightly sour, light body, lots of off flavors. Not pleasant.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden ale with a thick creamy white head. Pleasant aroma of perfumey malt, with light orange and fruity esters, and some light fragrant hopsé In mouth, a crisp sweetish malt, crisp german hops, some caramel notes. Reminiscent of fresh De Koninck. On tap, June 17, 2006.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Benelux. Pale straw colour. Aroma shows a light apricot nose, along with clove and banana. The flavour is pretty nice. Although this yeast has been done to death, the brewer here has managed to restrain its inherent sweetness. A light spicy hoppiness on the back. Nice clovey finish on the back of the palate. A very respectful Belgian Ale. Warming bring up some more berryish fruit. It’s nice.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Firm cereals develop a silky mouthfeel before cracking herbal, wooden hops soar, concluding another balanced, clean, and very enjoyable Benelux Belgian-style Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the hazy blonde.
-The cereals become biscuity at times.
-The wooden hop bitterness grows on you.
-The small, prickly bubbles and rather round mouthfeel show the beer’s North American heritage.
-Spicy yeastiness expresses itself mostly in the nose.
On tap at the brewpub.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
Aroma: pleasant rounded aromas of Belgian yeast. Hints of wheat , plenty of phenols, slight spice around. 7+
Appearance: hazed gold. Plus sized white head. Sparse lace.3+
Palate / Taste: Medium bodied. Clean, straightforward feel. True , proper and balanced. Approach much to my liking.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
15oz. Pale hazy gold, generously topped by a large white head. Cilantro and curacao both bring a spicy tang that works nicely with the spicy yeastiness. Zesty nature, gently tart and moderately sweet. Faint bananas get dominated by the parallel spiciness that eventually hints at oregano and white pepper. A fun yeast though it could bring more sid fruitiness. Underlying malt is solid, well constructed biscuity pils and possibly carapils for roundness. Adequate noble hops bring a floral and perfumey finish. Softest alcohol tones. Somehow, the water felt harder in this one than most of his beers I felt. It’s a pleasant and really drinkable ale in which the phenolic nature (at small levels) boosts up the spiciness. Light bodied and highly carbonated, necessarily, some adjunct sugars were used in there and it certainly works in lightening the palate/enhancing drinkability, but somehow, I felt like beefier malts or more pronounced esters would have multiplied the concerned dimensions of this beverage.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Clear blonde body with a short lived white head. Nose is honey and citrusy. There is some citrus in the taste too but it is in the background. Upfront flavours are a lots of cereals, crisp honey, salt and white sugar. I don’t think the beer is salted but it sure felt like it. By combining these flavours the overall impression I get is that of salted Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Very little hops flavour. Drinkable but atypical for a beer bearing the Abbaye name. Far from Benelux best recipe, this new batch wasn’t much different from the first one. Felt so salty that it saved me $1 as I didn’t need to buy my usual bag of chips.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a hazy golden nectar with a white head and decent retention. Citrus and wheat tones, and dry herbal body. Fruity yeast toned esters citrus and apple notes. Soft with a light drying finish. Hit the spot while sitting outside.
TaktikMTL (5377) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
En fût. Verre de 10 oz dégusté à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une explosion d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de malt, d’houblons et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #835)