crazy_cat_lady (363) - - MAY 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
May 19, 2014. 750mL bottle from LCBO. Very pale golden yellow. BIg fluffy white head. Straw and lemon nose and flavours. Very refreshing.
PtiBisc (29) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This bear is great for a hot day. With it blond color and its sweet refreshing taste, its great for any occasions. A light taste of sugar with a small punch of bitterness, its well balanced. Cheers!
czar (7534) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours hazy bright golden with a towering foamy white head, excellent retention and lacing. breadied malts, citrus, yet very herbal, spicy, floral, yeasty, light pepper, oranges, light vanilla. hint of sweetness - tad too malty. lively, medium body - oily, very nice short but fairly present citrusy finish - the kind that makes want another sip right away! charlevoix’s lupulus feeling here, hop-wise. just WOW.
grflegg (3) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Firstly, I’d like to note I bought this bottle in QC. Is drastically fresher than if I’d waited for it to come to Alberta (and a third of the price). It pours a shade of gold with a tight, billowing head that gradually comes down to a nice cap. The nose shows banana and hay, both of which come through in the taste backed up by a spiced characteristic, transitioning well into a moderately low bitterness English hop. Despite a sweet honeyed flavor in the finish, it comes out off-dry by the end. The body is very crisp, and surprisingly clean for a saison. A high carbonation profile might be helping in that, but is no less pleasant for it.
MartinT (9292) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2012 My Bottom Line :
This intricate Saison’s display of flavors wows at every sip, showing off spicy hops, doughy yeast, orangey fruitiness and bready malts coalescing into a herbal hop finish awash in fluffy natural effervescence.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A fluffy head of foam settles atop the cloudy golden.
-This is intelligently spiced.
-Drinkability is sky high, as is authenticity.
-Citrusy angles appear here and there, and herbal hop bitterness develops with every sip. Perfect dosage, imho.
-This is not the kind of Saison that will explode onto your palate with tons of spices or hops; it is a nicely balanced one with an authentic flavor profile and mouthfeel which is meant to be quenching. Great job, Charlevoix!
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly hazy light gold, attractive white head, really just about the perfect looking beer. Aroma is pale malts with a delicate balance of yeast driven spice and some subtle grassy hopping on the finish. Flavor here is a match. I can’t adequately describe how perfectly balanced everything is in this beer - it all just hangs together perfectly, and hits a great mix of being complex yet "drinkable." A truly superb saison.
UXO (1461) - CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear deep gold with two fat fingers of pillowy white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate to heavy lacing (4/5). Nose is hay, banana, cloves, slight barnyard, grassy hops (9/10). Taste is moderate sweet, moderate to strong bitter (9/10). Light to medium body, prickly sustained carbonation, lingering bitter finish (4/5).
Excellent. Very much a farmhouse style saison, yet I find it reminds me of a Belgian Tripel like Duvel. Some might dislike the somewhat aggressive carbonation, but I enjoy the additional crispness and sharpness it provides - no tongue coating here. The slight barnyard funk on the nose also turns into a decently sharp brett-like edge on the tongue, making this feel more bitter than its 35 IBU. Not sure I’d want to cellar this one much longer if that really is brettanomyces, though - it might get a little unbalanced. Best to drink this one on the fresh side, I think, and this one was just over six months old. Really very enjoyable and another example of a world-class Belgian style being brewed in Canada. (18/20)
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. slightly hazed golden with a big lasting white head. pils malt and yeasty esters in the nose. simple and elegant. very pure, true to style, old world saison. delightful
lesifflebiere (1670) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
D’un blond éclatant, formant une copieuse mousse blanche, elle libère des notes de céréales fraîches et de houblons. Mince et effervescente, elle est sèche en bouche, délivrant en toute finale ses touches poivrées caractéristiques des saisons belges. Savoureuse, relativement complexe, elle est fidèle au style tout en étant à part sur le marché québécois. Une merveilleuse addition à la série des Sainte-Réserve, désaltérante mais excessivement délicieuse à la fois. Un pur bonheur.
Yeyeboy (8) - - JUN 10, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellente saison! Très goûteuse et rafraîchissante! Un bon goût d'agrumes et une amertume franche!
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