Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark reddish brown ale with a thick moka head. Pleasant aroma of licorice, ginger, dark fruits, and brown sugar. In mouth, sweet burned caramel with light cloves and licorice, toasted notes, light coffee, and raisins. Medium bodied. One of Boreal’s best. Bought at Jovi, Gatineau, Dec. 2007.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008-02-01. Bottle. Very dark brown body with a modest tan head. (3+) Muted flavour, sweet malt with some toasty roasty accent hints. Light sugary notes in the finish linger. Similar aroma of sweet malt, dry toasty notes. Average palate. Not a show stopper but quite drinkable.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread dips into salted cracker territory as licorice and candied dark fruit draw a deeper picture. This is as good as most Boréale offerings, which to me means it’s solid, quenching, and humble.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy head of foam protects the clear garnet.
-The quiet finale continues the toasted malt theme, adding but a few supporting hops.
-The overall flavor profile is well structured and balanced.
-This does not feel stronger than most Boréale beers; it’s as drinkable and svelte.
-The toasted bread builds biscuits too.
-Carbonation is appropriate.
Bottle; best before March ’08.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (341ml). Via trade with Viper666. Clear ruby pour, smallish creamy tan head. Mild aroma - peat, cocoa, tea and caramel malt. Taste follows, with dry leafy hop bitterness in the finish, not much alcohol at all - like a low ABV Old Ale. Sugary, slick mouthfeel, not much carbonation, very mild astringency, and a nice carbonized fruitiness in the linger. This is really easy to drink - I’d gladly have this again, a nice malty winter treat.
blankboy (6046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep bubbly ruby with an average size creamy tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, fruit, light spices and nuts. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, light hops, a hint of nuts and a bit of sugar. Average bitter finish. Medium bodied. A decent Winter Ale and a good effort from the often mediocre Boréale.
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A pleasant but generic well malted English Strong Ale.
How: Bottle 341ml, barely 1 month old.
The look: Clear ruby body with a small beige head.
In long: Grainy toasted malts, caramel, cookies, barley candy and tire ste-catherine (if you know the English word for that please write me). Fruity notes kept to a minimum with only a light prune touch. Moderately sweet. A little spicy twist. Pleasant session beer but rather forgettable for 20th anniversary special batch. Nothing really special there. The day after I had already forgotten about it. Same with my own 20th anniversary, the day after I had already forgotten about it, although my drunkenness may have had something to do with it.
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[1077-20080201] 341mL (c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, jerc, mds). Aroma of toasted malt and wafts of alcoholic chocolate. Clear, dark wine red body with a quick creamy off-white head. Generic toasted malt grains flavour also hints at butter. Medium body. Average.
TaktikMTL (5751) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée chez Métro Joanette (Verdun, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est bourgogne avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de petits fruits et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de raisins en arrière goût. (Rating #1443)
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with some notes of sweet toffee/caramel malt is very enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some dry fruits with note of toffee and caramel. Medium full body with a somewhat creamy texture and some average carbonation. Well done and something I am likely to buy again.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice light fruitiness conjures raisins and plums along with a healthy dose of brown sugar and caramel in the aroma. Clear, deep copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled tan head that recedes to a lasting cover with some patchy lace. Flavour has plenty of the same fruitiness and sweetness as the nose suggests and is balanced by a light whiff of alcohol and some decent offsetting bitterness. Dry medium body with lightly pointy and long lasting carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Le Gobelet, Jan-08).