UXO (697) - CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very slightly hazy pale amber with two fingers of rocky light tan head, excellent retention and lacing. (4/5) Nose is caramel malt, bready yeast, mild floral. (7/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly quick bitter finish. (4/5)
Charlevoix are a solid brewery who produce consistently excellent beers. And as the style goes, this is a pretty good ESB. The problem is, even a pretty good ESB is fairly pedestrian fare. A little variation on the theme would have been welcome - maybe a little dry hopping to produce a more floral nose, for example? Don’t get me wrong, I could easily session this, and I’d like to try it on tap - but it’s not as much fun as the rest of their brews are. (15/20)
mathieuc (1951) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a medium-high white head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of cereals, caramel and floral, earthy hops. Slight nuts also. Taste is pretty dry, I at least cannot feel any sweetness. Light to medium bitterness (I remember it being unbareably bitter when I first started drinking craft beer, lol). Flavors are of cereals again and a little husky. Body is light and carbonation somewhat high. Overall a nice ESB, a style I don’t drink/brew often enough (that or maybe the simple bitter, too).
matbigrey (88) - Mascouche, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500Ml Bottle. poors a clear amber orange color, very thick sustained head . smell is quite floral with some kind of spices. also have that iron smell to it. quite shy to tell you the truth a bit bitter in the after taste and a bit of floral sweetness to it. to tell you the truth I expected more comming from this brewery.... still not bad and achieves to make me want to drink it all, but it’s most likely that I’m not going to buy it again
HippyHop (393) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is light caramel with a finger of foamy cap and great lacing. Nose is bread/yeast, caramel and floral hops. Taste is a nice sweet, bready malt with a lingering bitter finish. Despite the typo this stuff is exactly as advertised.
maximet (121) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with tan head. Nice aroma of grilled bread, caramel, honey, malt sweetness. Nice floral hops in the mix. Taste is mostly on the sweet side with a nice bitterness in the finish. Light body with a nice carbonation.
bytemesis (4245) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours crystal clear orange with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly with some lacing. Aroma is corny(!), caramel, grass. Flavor is medium sweet, corny, caramel, malty, grass and a floral hint. Minimal bitterness. Medium light body, light bitter finish.
HopsandBolts (165) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a light copper colour with a thin white head (about one finger) that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Yeast, dough, malt
Taste: Malt, yeast, hint of citrus and caramel on the finish
Overall: This beer had all of the bread/yeast characteristics and lots of malt that I expect from an ESB. It also had an interesting finish with a bit of citrus and caramel that lasted only a few seconds. Overall, a very good ESB.
andrewturba (1163) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very hazy copper with an average sized white head that leaves massive lace. Aroma is floral, toast, mild citrus and caramel maltiness. Flavour is floral, fruity, mild bitterness, mild citrus, caramel and toast. Tasty and session-able beer.
AleRider78 (148) - - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Blonde yellowish appearance with a thick, creamy head, maybe a bit much. Has some floral and citrus aromes. Hops are nice and strong. Lacing appears thick, and lots. Mouthfeel is milky, a bit of bitterness and some malts. Smooth going down. Pretty refreshing."
dandeman (619) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Olfactif: Des accents floraux ainsi que des notes de petits bonbons et de caramel. Un nez pas très puissant, mais doux et raffiné.
Visuel: Ambrée, claire, avec une belle mousse rocailleuse, de bonne persistance, mais qui présente des difficultés à s’accrocher aux parois du verre.
Gustatif: L’attaque présente des notes de poivre, enrobé de caramel doux, avec une finale en douce amertume florale et terreuse, qui persiste en longue trainée sèche sur l’arrière de la langue. De petites fleurs aux accents de rose et de petites notes de jujube et de toffee constituent la palette des flaveurs avec des accents de terre en finale. D’un équilibre parfait et d’une texture bien soyeuse, cette ESB tire son charme de la douceur de ses accents et de son équilibre des saveurs.