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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Saison
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
2012-06-08. Lightly hazy bright orange body with a small off-white/beige head. 3+ Flavour is nice, zippy first sip gives way to peppery spice, light bitterness and whisps of citrusy hops, that grow pleasantly stronger as you go. More pale malt/biscuity character than I usually expect in a saison at first but that fades. 7+ Average plus palate. 3+ Pleasant aroma, bit of grassy floral hops, light ’saison funk’ character. 7+ Very nice stuff. On tap at Mondial, Montreal

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarnotingPete (771) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
Mondial de la bière 2012 - Bière couleur de miel, à peine voilée et coiffée d’un fin col laissant une légère dentelle au verre. Des arômes de céréales, d’esters fruités, de pomme rouge. Peu amère avec une pointe d’acidité. Plutôt légère, lisse, elle est intensément effervescente. Elle se termine sur une longue aromatique et une pointe d’acidité.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Draft at Mondial. Amber gold, stable head. Lemon rind, lemon ice aroma. Citrus pith and nuanced waves of citrus juice, grapefruit and dry. Soft palate. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4100) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
on tap at brewpub. clear bright golden with a decent white head, some retention/lacing. aroma is yeasty, tropical, light acidity, some citrus and grass. taste is honey, light dry caramel. medium body, nice acidic-grassy finish, fizzy. very nice offering again!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011
On tap at Benelux 5th anniversary.
Appearance : Light hazy yellow with a medium foamy head. Long head retention. Extensive lacing.
Aroma : Great yeasty phenols with floral and fruity hops. Notes of tropical fruits.
Taste : Yeasty phenols with floral hops. Yeasty finish.
Overall : Great beer. Intense yeast phenols with nice floral and fruity hops. Nice look. Quite dry. Great nose.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
Draft. Pours a golden body with a white head and good head retention. Nice dry hoppy grass tones. A bit like the smell of a shrub or bush, did i say hoppy. Prickly with pine and grapefruit notes. A lightly fruity yeast strain that gives off pears, vines, and earth y notes. Plant like nectar and a hint of honey. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2011
In short: A sharp, fruity, hoppy and bitter Saison. Very good tasty beer.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy dark yellow body topped by a large white head
In long: Nose is rustic yeast, floral and with some scented flowers notes. Taste is quite intense for the style. Big dense body loaded with crisp malts. Lots of dried fruits, candied fruits, fresh fruits (apricots, grapefruits and more). Orange peels. The rustic Saison yeast brings a moderate countryside character. A sharp astringent bitter finish with the orange peels and grapefruits coming out strong. A light acidity. Very nice beer. This is the most recent creation from Benelux. So if someone says he likes the new Zeeland don’t assume he’s one of those sheep lover pervert.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9728) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2010
A golden amber saison with a thin white head. In aroma, superb spiced of smooth coriander, orange peels, lactic notes, all very smooth. In mouth, another classic saoson from Benelux, with nice Belgian hops, coriander, quite beautiful. On tap at Mondiale 2010.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Tap at Mondial. Pours a nice clear medium golden and a big fluffy sticky white head- good lace. Aroma is spicy fruity hops, amarillo tropical character along with some Nelson or other white grape, grapefruit and slight dank notes- mostly new zealand like along with some phenolic and fruity yeast character to mix well- gets some tangerine light earthy french character and low malt profile- just doughy and light pils. Flavor is earthy, doughy pils but tons of fruity hops, sauv blanc, tons of grapefruit and pineapple and mango- get some pine and resin towards the end where the medium bitterness hits- 3711 works well to dry this out very nicely even though it ended at around 2 plato- still very dry and refreshing. This was almost a cross between a hopped up saison and a belgian DIPA! Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Pineapple and white grape fruitiness leaps from this New World Saison until coniferous resins and earthy bitterness gain ground on the crunchy cereals.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the hazy golden.
-The mouthfeel is extremely refined, slick and prickly. If you’re looking for a Dupont-like rustic Saison, this is not it, but it is still smashing as a hybrid model
-The Nelson Sauvin character is obvious throughout, lending even some farmy personality through its quirky resins.
-The pils malts offer subtle flavors compared to the hops’ personality.
-This is very drinkable (for hopheads).

On tap at the Mondial and at the brewpub.


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