Rastacouere (6144) - Montreal, Quebec, - JUN 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 Beautiful white tower above the just as beautiful cloudy blonde pour. Fragrant, almost perfumey nose where cracker-like malts are quickly taken over by the intensely yeasty aromas that bring a broad fruit array, white dough and an intricate spicy complexity that bears more than a little of the Charlevoix house character (kinda lemony coriander-cinnamon notes surrounded by sweetish pie dough). In mouth, the larger than average bubbles feel authentic, if perhaps not as agressive than in many Belgian examples. The malt character is full, procuring a very forward breadiness that feels pastry-like and makes this Saison thicker than average, but agreeably so and still drinkable a plenty. It is accompanied by a serious hoppiness at the same time, adding citrusy notes and a limited, balanced bitterness that adds to the dryness perception when paired with the carbonation. Curious how one sip calls for another. They must have nailed this one pretty well, it has kept the distinctive Charlevoix character while highlighting nicely the contributions of each ingredients and remaining very drinkable. And the price tag feels easy enough at comfortably less than 10$ per 750 ml. That’s actually something I’ll buy regularly this Summer. A welcome addition to the already neat DV line.
Stoned99 (275) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Guyon farm. Aroma: banana, citrus, spices, cereals. App: clear pale with medium frothy white head. Taste and palate: creamy medium body, average carbonation, light sweetness with light bitter finish. Overall: a really good Saison.
deanso (5957) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent creamy white head. Hazy golden. Very smooth. A very nice saison
kermis (5957) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma of peppery saison yeast, malt, wort, toffee, bread and cereals. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
UXO (518) - 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)
omhper (20325) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at SBWF. Hazy golden, mid sized head. Juicy aroma of coriander, marzipan and citrus. Mid dry with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Grain and dough joins the juicyness. Mild and harmonius.
Imblind (1) - - SEP 30, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impressionnante, ça fait presque du bien de boire une bière aussi bonne fait au Québec, Bravo!
ansjelaah (1564) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ZZT9 shared by joes. Clear yellow orange color with a big white head. Smells and tastes fruity, yeast, sweet and some herbs.
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Tide & Boar. Clear golden color, medium white head. Nice farmhouse aroma of dusty apricots and peaches. Taste is fruity fresh hay, light peppery funk. Very tasty.
Bretteux (177) - Ste-Julie, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cette saison à des levures belges qui rappel d’autre bières de la même série.Ceci dit elle est franche et sec mais des plus agréable à boire et à un pourcentage à 6% qui passe bien.Son prix est aussi abordable à 7.99 au Iga près de chez moi.Je vais la reboire avec assurance dans un court délais.
HippyHop (336) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Man I’m really digging the DV series from Charlevoix.
Pours a just-cloudy golden with a huge pillowy white head with great retention and lacing. Nose is lots of hay, earth and spice, banana and ethanol - that’s all I can pick up, though I know there’s other stuff floating around in there. Taste follows the nose perfectly, with a nice equal mix of lip-smacking dryness and alcohol warmth on the finish. mouthfeel is moderate with medium carbonation. These guys seem to make the best Euro beers in North America.