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 16/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
Aroma:Good floral aroma,spicy and yeastly... Apperance:Clear amber,good head... Flavor:Citrus and floral,spicy....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12878) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3739) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle, Mondial 2009. Amber with a nice fizzy and creamy head. Aroma is yeast and some hops. Taste is quite sweet (brown sugar). Bitterness is faint but present all along and on the finish. Quite sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle, Mondiale 09. Dark orange/brown, small white head. Nice orange peel aroma, spicy. Taste is more strong orange peel, lots of malt, quite spicy and refreshing. A very nice saison/belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9840) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
Verre de 12 oz, d’un fût au 1er anniversaire du Pub Brouhaha. Arômes de levure belge épicée et de malt sucré. Robe cuivrée et claire, belle mousse, effervescence moyenne. Bien ronde et maltée en bouche, le malt caramel et le sucre d’orge sont à l’avant-plan et accompagnés d’une touche de levure fruitée et épicée. Finale douce et légèrement sucrée. Gagnerait à être légèrement plus sèche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9369) - 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.

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