Lubiere (12401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange amber with a thick collapsing white head, lacing. Actually, pleasantly surprising aroma of coriander and sweet candy sugar. In mouth, decent sweet malt with light coriander notes, a bit thin for the style, but a good alcohol comes out in finish. Jeez, if all is beers could be like this. Bottle from Joanette, bought in Nov. 2005, for 6.69$.
Sammy (10678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Suger, cloves, corriander, and pepper from the yeast. Cloudy orange colour. Not that drinkable, but not that bad.
blankboy (7076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Oh boy, a "Grand Cru" from Breughel. Sigh. Pours a hazy copper-orange with a large lasting off-white head. Mild aroma of yeast, spices, faint hops and some sugary sweetness. Can’t detect any alcohol. Flavour of malt, spices, yeast and fruit with a somewhat unpleasant boozy finish. Average bodied. This is much better then all of the other Breughel beers we had tonight but it’s still not very good.
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(my pleasure of sharing this one - better shared than drain poured? or maybe not) pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a small white cap, little retention. aroma is concentrated cereals, corn, light bland herbal notes, light and unpleasant fruity tartness, abv well hidden -probably not 11%, some yeast and hay. average carbonation, light body - oily texture, no finish. not horrible, but very bland and instantly forgettable, even for a grand cru.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy, my bottle. At least this one isn’t a gusher. Cloudy amber pour, large fizzy-foamy off-white head. Very faint aroma, maybe that’s hops (light, dry, spruce), weak apricot and generic malt, no alcohol at all to my nose. Taste - sort of stale, light orange and coriander, a bit tart, fairly malty,quite boozy in the finish. Watery, soft mouthfeel, light carbonation, medium alcohol, no really defined character at all, comes across mostly as weak with a sour aftertaste - ehhh, not ugly, but really, WTF is it trying to be?
Boutip (5693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with an off-white head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of nice peachy fruity ester with light alcoholic phenols. Taste is a mix between some quite enjoyable fruity ester and some medium sweet malt. Body is a bit thin with some average carbonation and light alcoholic notes thought I have a hard time believing this beer to be 11% ABV. By no mean is this a great beer or something that I will buy again but by far not the worst from this brewery.
ClarkVV (5238) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006 bottle consumed on 8/27/06.
Plenty of off-white head, with moderate lacing atop a hazy, but not too much so, canteloupe-colored body. Some moderate carbonation in the liquid, in the form of medium-small bubbles. Head recedes to cover.
Actual Belgian notes in the aroma. Holy shit. Some light dough, very dry, reserved yellow fruits and even some, gasp, dusty, but welcome hops all blend together to give a fair strength. Heavy mineral nature from the water, it seems, aims to dull things, and does partly so, but classy pils malt takes hold and sweetens things a touch. Still dry on the end, almost a slight astringency, though more like melon flesh and some unwanted yeast phenols (vanilla, white pepper). Alcohol provides light spiciness in the nose. In sum, it’s got some manageable parts, but the strength is rather weak, with a fair portion of water (and heavily mineral water at that).
Papery coriander, dusty, lightly crisp hops and plenty of Belgian yeast biproduct are situated right up front in the flavor. Vanilla and more pepper, with very minimal dry nectarine skin and some lemon. But what really helps is that it seems they’ve managed to extract some malt. Not a ridiculously underextracted, papery, astringent texture as is the norm here. While there is some soft, gently sweet pils malt, there’s a bit too brash a caramel malt as well. It wouldnt be brash if this beer actually tasted like an 11% Belgian Strong Golden, but it comes off more as a 6% Belgian ale. Sweet, white sugars, very candyish, on the end, cheapen things a bit, but are certainly better than bone dry nothingness. Carbonation and unfiltered chewiness, never a problem here (and the only thinig they dont have a problem with usually) are no different here. No way is this 11% abv. Regardless, it’s still actually drinkable. A pig just flew by my window.
tom10101 (4908) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (500 ml). Shared by czar, thanks (?). Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is of... nothing. There’s not much here, but at least there’s no infection sign, which is good for Breughel. Taste if of Halls cherry cough drops. Light body of an 11% abv beer. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. I’m glad it didn’t killed me... so far.
rodenbach99 (4019) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
500ml, l’étiquette mentionne bière blonde, la mienne tirait sur le orange, l’odeur et le goût de médicament (iode) ne m’attire pas du tout, on dirait une bière contaminée par des levures sauvages..après une nuit sur le comptoir la bière est la bière est meilleur, petit goût de caramel.. mais sans plus
robinvboyer (3964) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
we got a gusher!!!!! cloudy brown pour with a white head. aroma of sour fruit, and sour yeast. Flavor is more sour. Now the malt comes through, bready, and have i mentionned sour?! Sour bread, and fruit is a perfect description of this beer. Oh an the carbonation is so over the top that i can barely swallow the beer. Its like sticking a tab of alka seltzer in your mouth. awful.