LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Benelux. The color is golden with a thick beige head. The aroma is spicy like coriander and others and also herbs. The taste is of spicies, malt, caramel with a nice sweet bitter taste at the end.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clearish light orange coloured ale covered by a mostly lasting off-white head. Yeasty and spicy nose with cloves, pepper and coriander hintings over the wheaty cerealic foundation. Initially sweet and almost biscuity, doughy perhaps, but quickly, its hard water make it feel drier while the spices more than the hops procure a balancing bitterness. An interesting offering, but I’m more into their unspiced saisons I must confess.
Quevillon (2553) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu sur place en fut (20 oz). Blonde dorée mi-brumeuse, moyen collet. Arome de malte caramelisé, explosion d’épice sucré, un peu amère. Goût malte épicé, petite sensation de fruits, finission amère plaisant.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The style: Spicy Saison-ish Belgian Ale
The conclusion: Tasty beer. Good but a bit too spicy for its own good.
The how: Tap-pint at brewpub. Fresh batch (about a week old).
The look: Clear golden body with a small white head.
The stuff: Nose is very spicy with the usual assortment of coriander, herbs and friends. Malts feel rather biscuits. Spicy taste has a lot of a this cooking-spices character that I don’t really care for. Somewhat sweet beer where the sweetness is more evocative of a pie crust rather than the usual caramelised malts. I thought the 6.2% was apparent! Distant fruitiness à-la fruit cake. Hops were hard to pick-up. Finish is a bit sandy/salty at first and leaves a very long herbal and mineral spices taste that stick to the tongue. I had this one a few weeks ago when it was very fresh and I’ve seen other Benelux beers morph a lot in a matter of weeks. Maybe it mellows-out a bit after a few weeks. Not up to par with Benelux previous offerings of the style. When lining-up all their Saisons this is Benelux La Dernière.