rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Verre de dégustation partagé au DDC le jour du 13ème anniversaire. Bière noire avec des reflets rouges, une mince filet de mousse forme un rond autour du verre. Le nez est très marqué par le fût, le bois est dominant. Il y aussi une odeur caractéristique de saké. La bouche goûte le vieux fût. Il y a du rôtie et encore une fois le saké, mais malheureusement le goût du bois domine camoufle le tout. Moins bonne que la version ordinaire.
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at DDC 13th aniv party.
Aroma sweet brown sugars, cola with noticeable alcohol elements. Quiet dry.
Appearance amber brown , clean. Creamy beige off white top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied. Frontal was rather sweet with hint of brown sugar balanced by dryness of alcohol. Cask treatment is noticeable. All nicely wrapped as balanced whole package. Good.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Yes, I had this, that’s all I’m gonna say. Was told this involves brett, but details were not forthcoming beyond that. Hazy orange, fairly bright, with a decent-sized lasting creamy off-white head. Lovely funky aroma, smells like aromatherapy orange oil, citrus zest and 2-yr-old Orval with a hint of oak, plus some sweet nutty malt character. The taste is more dominated by the oak, some vanilla along with the resin, but it’s a lot like a wine-barrel aged citrus cantillon - not boozy, but definitely strong - fantastic, really, what more to say? Average body, slick, slightly astringent mouthfeel, mild carbonation, with a bit of an acidic linger - smooth and balanced, takes its time, leaves a dry aftertaste - lovely, loved it, well done DdC, let’s see more experiments like this one!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A fruity/vinous juicy big dark ale that is surprisingly easy to drink
How: Cask at brewpub
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head with good retention
In long: Nose is very fruity (grapes and more) but without feeling too vinous. Taste is more vinous than the nose, the wine grapes are really showing. The roastiness of the base beer is almost nowhere to be found, this is a fruity juicy beer with plenty of vinous dark fruits wrapped in caramel with resinous hops to conclude. The typical cask smooth carbonation gave the beer a very juicy mouthfeel. Quite easy to drink for such a big BA beer. I liked it. My last rate of the night. Many more beers followed. Some other stuff happened. Probably a few more beers after that. Then some hours later I was handed a piece of paper that said Public Intoxication Fine. Wow, first time I am officially complimented on my drunkenness.
Lubiere (9440) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark borwn ale with an inexistent head. In aroma, a muskey and woody aroma, soy sauce, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth and woody chocolate malt with woody oaken barrel, quite good and enticing. On tap at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at DDC anniversary.
Appearance : Deep black with no head. No lacing.
Aroma : Some oak and roasted malt. Some hops. Oily and a bit resinous. A bit herbal. Woody.
Taste : Hops with roasted malt and some yeast. Light citrusy. Warm finish. Very light carbonation (almost flat). Light fruits. Some oak and alcohol on the finish.
Overall : Interesting but I don’t I’ve ever been a big fan of this beer. Interesting oak profile. Nice fruits. Too soft carbonation.
JulienHuxley (2552) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at 12th anniversary party of DDC. Dark pour. Aroma of roasted malts, saison-ish and a lot of grapes combine very well together into a complex well woven fresh winey strong beer aroma. Taste is quite enjoyable, I like the saison caracter and the pinot really comes out more than the oak/wood flavors which is nice. Palate was very good for a cask conditioned ale, lightly carbonated and creamy. A real win.
Quevillon (2411) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank on cask (12 oz) at there 12th anniversary party, September 11, 2010. Color black, no head. Aroma of licor berries, well malted. Smoked liquorice taste, sweet barley, aftertaste a bit bitter and dry. Not as fun to drink as the original, still a very good Pinot Noir version!
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Pinot Noir fruitiness, molasses-like dextrins, resinous hop bitterness and alcohol heat converge in this Barrel-Aged Strong Ale cask experiment.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the dark brown.
-The very low carbonation of the gravity cask may not have served this beer perfectly, but it sure gave us wonderful insights on its ingredients.
-The resinous hop bitterness was very long, but always accompanied by caramel-like residual sugars.
-Looking forward to trying this in its regularly carbonated keg format.
-I liked that the Pinot Noir personality was stronger than that of the actual wooden barrel.
On gravity cask at the brewpub.