blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, mabel, jerc & mds -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy yellow with a massive lasting foamy white head. Nice spicy wheat beer aroma: wheat, yeast, spices and a good amount of hops. Flavour’s spicy and yeasty along with some fruit and a hoppy finish. Average to medium bodied. Very good stuff.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to puzzl for sharing this gem. Huge thick pillowy white head that lasts and lasts over a luminescent golden brew. Bright citrusy hop aroma, herbal and grassy with a very bright spicy/lemony amarillo aroma. A bit of very herbal zestiness as well. Very bright fresh Belgian malt base. There is a bit of soft spicky muskiness in back of the brew as well. Spearmint aroma picks up as the beer warms a bit. Wow... an absolutely delicious brew.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Clean, rich, bready aroma with wonderful green hops. Dry yeast and molasses. Cinnamon, spices. Awesome complexity. Lots of belgian goodness in the flavor, yeast and spices, with a fantastic fresh hoppiness. Very tasty stuff here.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnifique bouteille verte de 750 ml, malheureusement un peu chère. Arômes de levure faisant penser à une bonne brioche fraîche. Légères effluves de houblon. Robe paille, très effervescente et couronnée d’une mousse très épaisse et tenant très bien. D’une grande finesse en bouche, où l’on retrouve une touche de caramel, la levure belge de MBC et une légère présence d’alcool. Le houblon se manifeste par la suite, avec un goût de résine et de pamplemousse, mais la bière ne devient jamais trop amère. Une bière d’une grande classe.
probstblueribbon (3326) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Jovi, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. $12.99
App.: Hazy golden with a substantial off-white foam.
Aroma: Big, strong, peppery hops, sweet, floral honey, light apple/white grape fruitiness, notes of citrus, gorgeous.
Palate: Medium-ish body, almost no carbonation, astringent.
Flav.: Plenty of pungent, peppery, resinous hops, sticky and sweet and fairly bitter, floral and piney as well; some warming, tingly alcohol to finish with lingering bitter citrus.
An interesting bottle, an interesting price, an interesting beer. Hat trick for Charlevoix.
jercraigs (8670) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008-02-26. Bottle. Hazy yellow body with a huge flufy white head (4+). Dry lightly spicy aroma. Light fruit - zippy lemon notes, light must notes in the back. (7+) Similar zippy lemon, and lemon seeds in the flavour. Light peppery spice. Very mild udnerlying pale malt. A spicy triple or a dry fruity saison? Smooth Average to medium palate. (3+) Very good, and oddly refreshing. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
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HogTownHarry (6303) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, mabel, mds and jerc - my bottle via trade with Viper666. Cloudy light gold, decent white head. Very pungent floral/herbal hops aroma, solid sweet fruit malt. Average sticky body, astringent and long-finishing - really good.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pale gold with a slight chill haze. A carefull pour released a torrent of spongy, white foam.
Half the glass was lively, airy head, before a quick retreat.
Within less than a minute there was only footprints of lace, and a coned center on the surface.
Aromatics are spicy and bristling with Belgian essense. Peppercorns, cloves, peaches, pears, melons, mint, coriander, pineapple, and wet grass leap forth. Phenolic, zesty, and earthy. Borderline medicinal.
Certainly not over-the-top hoppy, but a great balance of spice, hops, and yeasty funk.
The mouthfeel falls a bit short. The promise of a high level of carbonation doesn’t follow through after the beer settles down.
Light in body, but certainly could use some additional liveliness.
The Pallet is spicy and dry. The hops are more subdued than in the nose, leaving room for plenty of zesty, peppery crispness.
Bitterness is firm and lingering, and the beer is well-attenuated with a Brett strain, no-doubt.
The beer finishes with pepper-dusted orange oil, crushed mint, clove-studded pine boughs, and warming alcohol.
Wowza, this beer really opens up as it breaths and you get to know her. I had to kick up the numbers twice as I sipped, and I’m only finishing my first glass.
Boutip (5233) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Poured a deep lightly cloudy golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and some great lacing. Aroma of West Coast hops with some notes of citrus and grapefruit and some nice floral notes can also be detected. Taste is perfect balance between some light sweet Belgian malt with huge notes of floral hops with notes of grapefruit. Full body with a somewhat creamy texture with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed how the hops presence brought aromatic notes but left a light controlled bitterness. As much as I had enjoyed the Chouffe Houblon I believe this one is even more enjoyable.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chouffe Houblon inspired strong Belgian pale with aromatic American hop profile.
Wonderful head and pale golden looks. Flowery notes. Classy expanding carbonation. Limited bitterness. Aromatic concentration. Constant yeastiness. Growing dryness. Evolving taste. Alcohol under control. White grapefruit.
Not much not to like. If anything, the soapy hints and advanced sweetness level that do not meet their match in bitterness.