MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2011 The Lure:
Apple brandy sharing its wisdom through a prevalent oaken character. Apricot jam eavesdrops on the conversation, as alcohol fumes pass by nearly unnoticed. The slice of foam disappears rather quickly...
Green wood evolves into herbal hops for a dignified bitter ending. Alcohol flames scare at first, but then hypnotize. Dry bark roasting on an open fire, crackling with life. Caramelized fruit assures everything is balanced in a relatively dry, highly effervescent mouthfeel.
Freshly-cut logs to warm your senses.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy orange color with yeast in suspension and a thin white head. Excellent aroma of wood, fruits, alcohol and wax (?). Excellent complex flavor of fruits, candy, caramel, alcohol and wood. Light body, creamy and liquorous texture, lively carbonation. Excellent !
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfumey, lavender, apple-blossom, raw wood, waxy aroma with plenty of sugary sweetness. Hazy orange-amber with fine-bubbled cover of off-white head. Toasty, wood character to the very sweet flavour with a prominent waxy note. Odd herbal hop flavour is notable particularly in the after-taste. Somewhat cloying medium body with zippy carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-golden coloured. Cloudy looks, great white head mocks the 13% ABV though eventually settling down to a film and then a lasting white ring, still some finely shaped bubbles. Strong and rich aroma full on apples and mint and not far in leather and floral aspects. Complex flavour profile, very woody, in a dry, straight sawdust fashion. Huge perfumey character enhanced the weirdness of the dry nature. Cologne, toasted malt, bread…. Develops an astringence from the barrel that almost defines it.. I find most wines to be astringent, this one has it also, but in its own way. Very unique beer, extremely dry toward the end yet massively sweet earlier. Pleasant greenish hops seem to emanate in the later sips, how can they get through that strong brandyish character? It almost starts to burn when you keep it long. Still, they come out those hops, leafy, minty accompanying the apricot and marmalade fruitiness toward light vegetal notes. Palate is soft, smooth. Creamy texture after a few seconds, then it becomes dry as sand. Just a comfortable thing to have in your mouth, this was quite an adventure and I’d still call the alcohol very well contained. Pretty good Ernest, once a year or so this would be most pleasant. Thanks!
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark golden with lasting creamy head. Good plesant aroma with hints of yeast, fruit and alcohol in the good way. Big explosion of complex taste with long lasting aftertaste.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Warm amber colored beer with specs floating in it. Quick disappearing beige foam. Very complex nose, cognac and spices in the aroma also touch wood and and some fruits. taste is very complex and and warm. Taste of freshly roasted nuts, caramel, orange liquor, cinnamon and sirage bee-wax. Afthertaste is long, complex, cognac like heavy. Expencive bottle but woth it.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very big thank you to sickboy for going to belgium for this one. Thanx dude. The aroma had soury fermented fruit, grapes, coriander, and a caramel sweetness. The flavor had alcohol textures, vinous notes, soury fermented fruit, brandy notes, a slight oakiness, and a caramel sweetness. The beer poured an orange color w/ golden brown highlights; slight lasting head and lacing. THe mouthfeel was light and carbonated w/ a tart, dry finish.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2005 2004 bottle from Ernest via Rastacouere at the Montreal tasting 4/17/05. An unfiltered, orange and gold colored beer, lightly brassy and coppery with a large white head that dissipates very quickly for a of its age. Aroma of apple blossoms, dry maple wood, toasted oak vanilla, cask wood, bits of oranges and a smattering of candyish sweetness, but for its youth it seems way too dry in the nose, to me. A touch of alcohol, but nowhere near what one would expect from a 13% abv monster. Flavor begins quite malty, chewy and sweet, but the alcohol notes, pommeau-like flavors and dry yeast notes, with tons of woodiness quickly come to balance. Hard candy, some caramel, lots of cask wood and orange marmalade. Vanilla and yeast on the end, growing stronger and warming as it goes down. I found, on the end, flavors of what pungent perfume smells like. Sharp, bordering on harsh and just too much force without gracefulness. It’s funny how this starts out so thick and syrupy-sweet and then finishes with drying perfume and alcohol. But chalk that up to youth. I’m sure the lopsided palate will meld nicely together with a number of years under its belt. Medium-full body, peppery carbonation. Reminded me of a bigger, more elegant and well-made scaldis (not surprisingly).
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle imbibed immoderately with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, tiggmtl, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon at the Farmhouse Ales and More! tasting in Montreal. Clear light copper body, thick off-white head that fails somewhat rapidly...floral-fruity nose of sweet apples, cherry, wood and rich French vanilla...whereas the previous beer (Stille Nacht Reserva) in the tasting reminds you of a warm, inviting study full of wondrous liquourous treats, this is more like being in a bakery full of fruit pies and sweet tarts...peppery, rich flavor, alcohol warming, thick woody backbone on which baked fruits glisten...the body is very full and creamy at first but dries out a fair amount eventually while remaining firm. Absolutely gorgeous, and would be the highlight of nearly any tasting, though it suffers a bit in comparison with its immediate predecessor...
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big froth head, cloudy bright amber. Hops, alcohol, orange peel and malt. Despite is greatness and obvious complexity alcohol prevails. Sweet at the end. Would be much better at let say 9 %. Those numbers …....