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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
Drank on tap (10 oz) at the brewpub on April 28, 2012. Blonde straw, small head. Citrus aroma and Motuake sweeter than dry. Taste of dried hops but a touch of citrus and herbs, a good dry bitterness. For me a sweet tasting pilsner would not be good, but this one is!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2012
In short: A sweet blonde lager with tropical fruits hopping. Decent
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Almost clear blonde body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Nose of pineapples, some other tropical fruits, nice girly flowers and pastry. Taste has a rather sweet malt backbone that tastes like a crunchy pastry. There is fruity flavors of pineapples and some other tropical fruits. Hops add a floral bitterness level of low-medium intensity with light resinous notes. Warming alcohol sensation at only 7.4%, but nothing bothersome. A bit too much residual sugars for me (refined white sugar flavor). This is certainly a superior example of the style, but I rarely enjoy high abv pale lagers, so to me it was just moderately enjoyable. Enjoyed quietly early in the after-noon, I like to go to the pub early when there is no music and I can sit quietly and listen to a couple at the table behind me say things like "Hey, I think that weirdo behind us is listening to us.”

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2012
An amber imperial pils with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, a smooth biscuitty malt with light chalkyness, light butterscotch, and fresh hops. In mouth, a sweet buttery biscuit malt with chalky notes, grassy lingering hops, metallic notes, decent. On tap at brewpub, Feb. 10 2012.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
A good bitterness to this one, with Saaz in it. Medium mouthful, good drinkability, lacey with cloudy light yellow body. Best thing on tap today.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
Clear straw golden hue with a slice of white. Unmistakable, well-extracted pils malt aroma. Albeit dense, the malts maintain a fresh nature that is extremely pleasant. Gently grainy and nicely cerealic, they are lean enough for the alcohol they carry. It does not take very long before the very hoppy nature shines through though. Floral and resinous hops are not subtle, yet original, without the citrusy hints that usually accompany hop-dominated brews. Striking balance between malts and hops. The soft honeyed hints are more related to the gentle oily texture than sweetness per se. Very solid offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3013) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
Une mousse blanche qui colle à la paroi du verre. Un liquide à la robe dorée et finement embrouillée. Un nez qui offre des parfums d’ananas, de pêche et de fruit de la passion. Sans doute, un côté épicé qui provient des houblons. Une sensation confortable laissée par la base maltée légèrement mielleuse. Des saveurs qui vont dans le même sens : la douceur des malts et la force tranquille des fruits et des épices. Un corps passablement lourd avec un pétillement modéré. Une texture largement huileuse. Une finale pleine de fleurs fruitées dans lesquelles s’immiscent de légères notes chaudes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Predominantly citrusy and spicy, this brew’s exciting hop signature leads to a leveled resinous bitterness, always softened up by doughy yeast and whispering honeyed cereals.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy sheet of foam tops the hazy hay blond.
-The mouthfeel doesn’t really recall strong lager; big bubbles and yeast profile are closer to a Houblon Chouffe cousin than any Imperial Pils I’ve had. Bot’Aouelle would be what I expect of a brew with that style designation.
-The exuberant tropical fruit character is redolent of passionfruit, guava, pineapple, etc.
-This really is another compelling New Zealand hop cultivar. I want to try more!

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