bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of red apple skins, caramel, vinous, leather, and florals. Flavor of plum, red apple, caramel, vinous, wood, stone fruit, and light earthiness.
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A murky reddish brown ale with a thin moka head. In aroma, a superb balanced ground cherry with light epsom salts, horseblanket, classic, à la Rodenbach. In mouth, lighter than expected with sour cherries acidity, a bit dry and light, but overall, a nice Quebec sour. Bottle at Bieres et Saveurs, Sept. 2 2011.
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@Mondial de la Bière 2012, Montreal - cloudy copper beer; vinegar and sourish cherries in the nose; clean and quite full-bodied; fairly sourish with long aftertaste of cherries and vinegar - very nice stuff !
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle enjoyed at Mondiale 2011. Flanders Red style, amber clour and lacey. Well malted. Winey aromas. Sour, mildly acidic, and a great drinker and so tasty, a complex reminder of great flanders/wild/funky beers of the past.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via a trade with tom10101. Epic gusher! Pours with a hazed amber-brown hued body (slightly muddy clarity) with a small (when it settles) tan head. Aromas are of huge malt, floral, red wine. Nice esters, oak and vanillin. Tart, nice brett complexity, leathery and fruity. Flavors are tart, fruity, clay/earthy, plum, red apple, medium wood, floral, acidic with light tangerine qualities. Lots of vinous red wine notes. Lively bubbles, medium dry with a medium body. Good!
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-05-04. Hazy red brown body small beige head. 3+ aroma is muddled, lightly lactic, earthy woody touches, sort of fruity, dark cherries. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest sourness, dark cherry, earthy green touches. Very lightly lactic quality to it. Average bodied palate. Pretty decent Flanders red, bit mild overall, simple but quite nice. Bottle via trade with Slovak Sniper
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Brettanomyces galore brands this Flanders-style Red Ale, while red wine fruitiness and pleasant dryness add further enjoyment.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A crown of foam garnishes the cloudy dull red.
-The aroma is evocative, while the flavor profile tends to be more linear (lots of brettanomyces).
-The finish is dry with a few green angles (Frontenac malt?).
-This is surely one of the best integrations of Québécois malt I’ve ever tasted.
-The wild yeast character is dusty at times.
-This is expensive, but it is very well done and showcases a style that is rarely seen in these parts. Can’t wait to drink the next batches!
-Tartness is present, but the wild yeast character is more important. This is not sour or acidic. Therefore, I would say this is very drinkable for the style.
-If yeast wasn’t as present in the bottle, the flavor profile would be more elegant and the color more appealing. A little filtration or fining might push this to world-class level...
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle greeted me with a gusher, but I opened it right when I was back from the store, so that may be my fault and if you read this, watch out. A considerable and rather dense off-white foam covers the actively carbonated opaque, kinda muddy orangey amber. Appealingly fruity nose with the characteristic wild dusty cobweb notes. The lactic undertones are accompanied by a complementary citric acidity that I enjoy, akin to blood oranges, a fruit I adore. Its fruit profil is not limited to this either, venturing into berries territory. Its acidity remains diplomatic, never agressive and with its malt base, I can see it supporting a bit of extra age. The red wine did tranfer some of its character, but it seems to be a fruit-forward, simplistic one that unfortunately brought few tannins over. At 7%, it is sweeter, juicier than your average Flanders red, but I assume time will take care of some of that although carbonation may grow excessive on parallel. As it is, its bubbliness dries out the palate without feeling excessive nor cutting the red wine character and therefore remains balanced. Not terribly complex, but still young and quite drinkable. I had already enjoyed the Sauvage a lot from Boquebiere and I like the evolution to the Hildegard, a less earthy and more vinous interpretation that is rather unique in Quebec. If the price tag were not 14.49 a bottle, I’d buy it frequently and certainly use it all the time to convert wine lovers on the beer bandwagon.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
May 3, 2012 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel. 750ml green bottle c/o J&M?? Murky deep red with a smallish but lasting frothy beige rocky head. Aroma of cherry, alcohol, floral bitterness. Taste is odd - sweet cherry, almost medicinal, yet sour too - light, not much alcohol presence - wine? where???? Fairly thick body, lightly acidic, mild carbonation with a slightly harsh dry sour finish. Ehh.
blankboy (6046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a deep orange-copper with an average size frothy white head. Aroma of cherries, wood, yeast, sweet malt, some light sourness and lactic notes. Flavour is sour and malty along with cherries and wood. Average bodied. Pretty good.