bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bière de pin had a hazy pale straw color and modest head. It gave off an enchantingly beautiful forest-like pine aroma -- NOT Pinesol, but rather the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree, or sappy two-by-fours. It had a woody, earthy flavor, with pine filling the nose as you sipped. With a fairly light body and very little perceivable hop character -- you’d expect the pine character to take care of that -- it’s an easy drink with a moderate malty graininess and a slight sweetness. Though low in ABV (4%), this is definitely a beer to be enjoyed by the glass, and not by the PITCHer!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A unique aromatic blonde beer bursting with evergreen conifers. Very well made
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is highly aromatic, the beer is said to be aromatised with balsam fir needles and to me the resulting aroma was a cross between rosemary herbs, evergreen conifers and pine needles. A powerful aroma that is more intriguing than enticing at first. Taste is similar to the nose adds stuff such as honeyed straws, bananas. This removes the focus from the strong balsam fir character of the beer. The flavors and mouthfeel has a wheat-beer like sensation, and it is the selected malt bill that makes this beer works. That unique balsam fir aromatic character would probably not work with different malt bills. This first half of my pint was “fun because it is different” but the more I drank it the more the beer grew on me and with each sip I raised my score by 0.1. By then end we had to order an another one. Truly unique and very sessionnable once you get passed the initial surprise. Certainly not for everyone but those Annedd’Ale are gaining momentum in Quebec. Are balsam fir beers the first Quebec-style beer? I can’t believe the bad ratings on this beer, currently averaging below 3.0!?!?! The next person who gives this beer a below 3.0 rating I create a Wikipedia page about you and tell the world how you love you put vegetables in your butt and you were born in New-Jersey.
rederic (2890) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight hazy pale-blonde hue, with a white head, mild soapy, pine niddle, coniferous, balsam tree bark, yeasty, fruity nose of faint pineapples and pears, with some spuce, citrusy notes, faint honeyed toasted malt in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet, mild fruity, pear, pineapple yeastiness, pine niddle, balsam tree bark character with some soft honeyed pale, toasty malt, medicinal herbal, coniferous flavours, leading towards a yeasty, pear, pineapple, piney, coniferous, lingering zesty hop bitterness finish.
LadySusan (716) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dieu du ciel. The color is a hazy blond with a thick off white head. The aroma is of spruce citrus fruits mostly lemon. The taste also spruce lemons wheat a bit of malt.The taste is long lasting in the mouth. This is a good summer beer.
GRM (2835) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass, 5 ounces, during the 2011 Festibière de Québec, savoured on August 20 2011; eye: yellowish, hazy, no effervescence, tiny sheet of white head; nose: balsam fir, citrus, soap gum; mouth: balsam fir, citrus, soap gum, light hops, finale in balsam fir with presence of citrus, medium body, good carbonation, lightly bitter, slick texture; overall: fine
Verre, 5 onces, durant le Festibière de Québec 2011, savourée le 20 août 2011; œil : jaunâtre, voilée, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse blanche; nez : sapin baumier, citron, gomme savon; bouche : sapin baumier, citron, gomme savon, léger houblon, finale en sapin baumier avec présence de citron, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, légèrement amère, texture coulante; en résumé : bien
czar (3807) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap at brewpub. very pale yellow, slight haze, decent white head, retention and lacing. aromas of soft wheat, light but present grassy hops. syrupy pine, cloying spruce gum. average to soft carbonation, medium body. i mean nice try, but no. unless you’re the kind to eat spruce gum.
robinvboyer (2881) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ontap at the brewpub.
Well this was interesting to say the least. A strong aroma of pine, and spruce with a heavy dose of earth. You just cant shake the heavy mix of dirt and spruce. A very dry bitter finish. I couldnt finish my glass, but big ups for the creativity.
Quevillon (2411) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank on tap (12 oz) at the Montreal brewpub, on June 11, 2011. Yellow white, small head. Aroma of wheat and barley malt, hint of spruce. Wheat slightly malty flavor, with notes of dry spruce and lemon, slightly bitter spruce. An original beer thirst, but you must like it!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spruce pine is prominent in the nose with some underlying wheat character. Opaque yellow straw-coloured body is topped by a generous and long lasting, fine bubbled white head that laces well. Lemony citrus flavour with plenty of wheat, moderate bitterness and of course the taste of evergreen. Smooth creamy texture with very gentle soft bubbled effervescence. Wheat flavour lingers in the aftertaste. Perfectly quaffable and thirst quenching on a hot sunny afternoon. For me it evokes a winter afternoon in an evergreen forest in the Eastern Townships. Sampled on tap at the brewpub.
Drewcifer81 (4) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this one tap at the Dieu du Ciel brewpub in Montreal on June 9th. We were told that it is a pine needle-based ale brewed using yeast native to Quebec and originally put into use by Jean Talon over 350 years ago. It tastes much like what I would expect out of the "spruce beer" that was made early in the settling of New France. Very piney, cloudy with a spicy, piney nose and a dry pine taste that hits in the front of the palate. The aroma is great, the taste... not so much. However, my overall score reflects my opinion that, should you get a chance, you should try this - as a piece of beer history moreso than actually being a great-drinking beer.