Charlevoix Saison Champenoise (Festive)
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Brewed by Microbrasserie Charlevoix / Le Saint Pub
Style: Belgian Ale
Baie-St-Paul, Canada


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Belgian-style Ale brewed with American hops and fermented with champagne yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12964) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
A golden amber ale with a thick off white head. A pleasnt sweet banana puree, with cinnamon, maple and ginger. In mouth, a nice sweet malt with maple notes, coriander, woody notes and warming alcohol. Impressing. On tap at Mondiale 2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
2010-03-08. Dark amber body with a large foamy beige head. Floral lightly spicy aroma, mild malty base. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest spice throughout, touch of lemon in the finish grows in the aftertaste and then dissipates. Moderate bitterness. 7+ Average palate is smooth and pleasantly carbonated. Pretty interesting, enjoyable. On tap at Brasseurs du Temps, Gatineau

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This eclectic Belgian-style Ale’s spicy perfume works wonders with the lean toasted caramel malts and the piney allusions brought forth by the cohesion of hop resins and champagne yeast.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear copper.
-The word "Saison" here does not allude to the known style, but rather to the fact that this is their seasonal brew.
-The body is velvety smooth and the flavor profile is super clean (as in all Charlevoix beers).
-This might be quirky because there is nothing like it, but it very drinkable and complex. Hard not to like it, actually.

On tap at the Mondial de la Bière and from the lagering tank at the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Tap at Vices et Versa. Pale amber beer. Thick sticky white head. The aroma is lovely. A very bright spiciness and a touch of herbal notes. There is a light fruitiness. Very lean, dry body with a dry spicy finish. A kiss of apricot and peach, but it is on the light side. Soft hoppiness on the back. Pretty solid really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté au Brouhaha (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de céréales avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée-dorée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût d’épices avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #2459)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
Draught. Mondiale 2009 - day 3. Clear amber with a creamy off-white diminishing head. Aroma of sweet caramel, mild cool-weather spices, heather and that lushly sweet Belgian-style yeast. The taste was quite sharp, slightly funky-sourish, pungently yeasty, with the sweet caramel malt pushed back a bit - it almost hinted at a mild flemish sour, with added grassy spiciness. Decent body, slightly astringent from the spiciness, pretty sharp carbonation, and a nice long yeasty-spicy finish, I put that down to the champagne yeast, it sure kept the mouthfeel rolling around nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2009
In short: A clean, slightly spicy and moderately toasted Belgian ale with a little je-ne-sais-quoi. Good
How: Tap at Brouhaha, Montreal
The look: Clear copper body topped by a long-lasting small off-white head
In long: A yeasty nose is citrus undertones. A little spicy. Some burnt grass. Some crisp caramel, fresh grass, citrus juice. Clean and refreshing. Fizzy carbonation I’m not sure what role the champagne yeast plays here but there a little “something” about this beer that cannot put into words. Good but not very good. Not an original brew but certainly doesn’t feel common either. One of the too-many pints I had at Brouhaha first anniversary party. But the way I see it, if God is truly watching us, the least I can do is be entertaining.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Tap at Brouhaha 1st anniversary party. Pours a deep copper amber with a frothy moslty white head. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic slight wine like, tannic, grapey, ligth dark caramel notes, and fruity esters- some apple. Flavor is slight malts, slight hops- phenolic yeast, wine-like, grape skin, and fruity esters gets slight solvent and fusel. Dry finish though, but a bit slick and astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3888) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2010
On tap at Les Brasseurs du Temps (Gatineau, QC). Hazy amber body topped with a decent off-white creamy head. Nice, fresh malty/hoppy aroma with floral and herbal hints. Its sharp hoppy taste carries floral and grapefruit notes. Ends with a good bitter finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3763) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
Glass, 16 ounces, draught, at Les brasseurs du temps, savoured on March 6 2010; eye: amber, clear, minimal effervescence, nice beige head, nice lacing; nose: malt, yeast, tropical fruits, caramel, spices; mouth: malt, yeast, tropical fruits, caramel, spices, “champagne”, finale in malt with presence of caramel and spices, medium body, good carbonation, lightly bitter and sweet, slick; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Verre, 16 onces, en fût, chez Les brasseurs du temps, savourée le 6 mars 2010; œil : ambrée, claire, effervescence minime, belle mousse beige, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, levure, fruits tropicaux, caramel, épices; bouche : malt, levure, fruits tropicaux, caramel, épices, « champagne », finale en malt avec présence de caramel et épices, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, légèrement amère et sucrée, coulante; en résumé : bien aimé

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