Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A crisp and very lively champagne beer. Excellent.
How: Generous double-size sample at Montreal Mondial de la Bière 2010
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Nice scented nose with champagne on a bed of grass and dead flowers. Taste is very crisp and bright. Bready malts. Rather fruity with light color fruits (pineapples, pears, apples, etc.) that at times feel like fresh fruits and at times dried fruits. Spicy notes here and there. Nice hopping with a wet grass character. I personally could have used more hops in this one. Superb mouthfeel with an super-lively carbonation. This is no Malheur Brut but it is certainly the second best example of this all-too-rare style of champagne beer. I’d like to buy many bottles of this but they did not produce enough of it. To let us taste this excellent beer at local beer festival and then tell us that we can’t buy bottles is evil. This is more evil than the dude at Barnes & Noble who puts the books on back pain on the bottom shelf.
drougkolya (276) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Dégusté lors du mondial de la bière 2010 de Montréal. Fait pensé à du champagne.
TimE (4067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color. Very carbonated, rocky head. Heavily spiced with orange peel, ginger and cardamon. Somewhat minerally. Highly carbonated mouth, full bodied with ginger and oranges standing out. Not as well balanced or as dry, as I hoped. Moderately bitter finish. Decent, but not outstanding.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Half a bottle for me! Cork popped right into my hand when I touched it! Golden amber with a very thick white head. First partial glass had big bubbles while second pour had a thick creamy head. A constant of rush of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Moderate spice scent; hops, grass and pepper. Flavour has a surprising sweetness, a bit more earthiness than Deus or Malheur, notes of alcohol, a bit of pepper and hops and a hint of anise seed.Body is a little fuller and creamier than expected. ABV is impossible to guess at from the taste as it is hidden so well.
Quevillon (2648) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank on day 3 of the 2010 Mondial de la Bière. Blonde light, medium small head. Aroma of slightly sweet alcohol Champagne malt. Taste of dry barley malt, little grass, aftertaste dry and slightly bitter. It’s better than champagne!
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2010 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de céréales et d’agrumes avec une pointe de clou de Girofles. Apparence: La couleur est blonde. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût fruité avec une pointe d’épices et de céréales. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #3070)
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mondial 2010 bottle. Pours a nice sparkling light golden, clear with a fading big white head. Aroma is spicy phenolic Belgian yeasty champagne like with big doughy malty and yeasty character with fruity pineapple hints and big on the tannic grapeskin. Flavor is more fruity tannic skins, grape, and pineapple pulp with a dry doughy bready hint, fragrant and floral hops, lilac and slight lavender herbal kick with light grass and vege DMS in the end. Mostly smooth and mostly dry finish- seemed a bit unrefined though compared to some other champenoise style beers.
Diogène (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Mondial de la bière 2010. Clear golden with a huge frothy white head with great retention. Aroma is banana, yeast, malt, cloves, spices, sugar, spices yeast and white fruits. Flavor is Very fruity with apples, watermelon, banana and pears with belgian malt and spices. Sweet. Much better thant the Deus. Another nice beer from Charlevoix.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4oz from bottle at Mondial 2010
Appearance : Clear yellow with a huge foamy head.
Aroma : Nice yeasty esters with crisp hops. Gets even fruitier as it heats up.
Taste : Wow this is good, very fruity with crisp hops and yeasty esters. A bit of alcohol and spices. A bit floral. Finish very fruity, rather dry and refreshing.
Overall : Wow this is so good. Very very fruity. nice esters. Highly drinkable. Can’t wait to re-rate with a full bottle.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Coriander, star anise, grains of paradise and orange peel perfumes suffuse this Champenoise Beer’s fresh cereals, an intricate web of a profile which is made more salient by the prickly but peaceful effervescence.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the clear blond.
-There are few examples of this style, but for reference’s sake I’d say this one is closer to Malheur Brut than Deus. But it has enough personality to stand on its own!
-A farmhouse touch seeps from the mildly bitter finish, tamed by alcohol heat.
-This is as elegant and polished as their Lupulus and Hibernus.
-The spiciness might become too much if you drink a whole bottle.