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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Pilsener
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
On tap at the brewpub, clean, yellow gold color, with a thick white head, nice spicy herbal, peppery hop nose, with some leafy, grassy accents, with a hint of spearmint and a light grainy pale, pilsener malt aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good crisp, yeasty grape bubblegum, flowery hop leafy character of sterling, saaz hops, with some grassy, cloverleaf bitter accents in up front, with a hint of honeyed pale, pilsener malt, leading towards a nice leafy, grassy, hoppy, bitterness finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2009
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales et d’houblons avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde avec une faible densitée de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales avec une pointe d’houblons. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de céréales en arrière goût. (Rating #2723)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This Pilsener’s balanced nose of pils malt and spicy noble hops leads to a gripping spicy hop flavor and bitterness that might overshadow the otherwise crunchy cereals towards the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the clear golden.
-The lean, healthy body makes for a quenching lager.
-Sterling’s Saaz heritage is obvious, but I find its flavor a tad sharper than its Czech parent.
-Carbonation is smooth.
-This Americanized version of the Czech stalwarts would make some Czech mirobreweries proud.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
A golden pils with a htin white head. A lightluy fragrant hops aroma, fruity notes, light and pleasing. In mouth, a pils with a mix of american adn british hops, light biscuitty malt, a bit thin, but a good summer quaffer. On tap at brewpub, June 21 2009.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Tap at the Brewpub. Very pale golden beer with a creamy white head. The aroma is quite lovely. Lots of bright zesty noble hop character over a nice bready malt base. A bit of straw/grassy character. Flavour is quite nice. Soft palate, fresh and grassy with a nice floral/spicy nose. A little bit of lemon/citrus. It’s a really nice pils... lingering bitter finish. Soft bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
In short: Lots of cereals and a good amount of not-so-tasty hops. A satisfactory pilsner.
How: Tap at brewpub. First batch of this new beer (summer 2009)
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a white ring of foam
In long: Nose has light dry leaves/grass. Taste is very basic straightforward. A lot of cereals with a little honey. The texture is a bit oily. Enough hops to balance it off but I guess those sterling hops are not tasty enough for me. A medium dryness with a light bitterness and a light citric tartness. A little sandy/sand-paper in the finish. This is a good thirst quencher but not as interesting as the Magnum (same base beer with magnum hops) that was served just a few weeks before. Still, if you want an easy to drink thirst quencher this beer is sterling.


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