MiP (12989) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, 5.5% at the brewpub. Cloudy dark amber colour. Roasted and nutty flavour. Hint of cream and aroma hop. Rough bitterness.
neuromatt (999) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Dieu du Ciel, served in an English pint glass. Pours hazy mahogany with a tall, frothy off-white head. The head remains until the end and leaves a good amount of lace. On the nose, there are aromas of flowers, pine, citrus, caramel, toasted malt and fruit with a hint of licorice. The flavour starts out slightly sweet and light-moderately bitter. The sweetness fades and it becomes moderately bitter towards the finish. The finish is medium in length and hoppy. On the palate, it is medium in body, with an ultra-smooth milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome ESB. It is darker and maltier than is typical, but much more complex. The hops are very English. Another triumph from Dieu du Ciel, great on cask. 2010-09-04
DerWeg (1426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great dark brown look with hints of red and an off white very fine cap. aroma fine and sweet, taste beautifully sculpted malts with some toffee and vanilla, really really nice.
godofsky (264) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Dieu du Ciel. cask conditioned. pours a mahogany colour with a nice frothy white head. aroma is very malty, lots of caramel. i expected more hops in the nose. taste is a bit grassy, with caramel and a bitterness at the end. definately some bread notes in there too. not a bad ESB, but not great either.
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at DDC
Appearance : Deep amber wth a big dense creamy and fluffy brown head. Awesome lacing.
Aroma : Red fruits, earthy and mineral hops. Lots of caramel and toffee.
Taste : Bitter with some fruits. Toffee with earthy and mineral hops. Finish sweet and bitter.
Overall : Really nice and fresh. Fruity and bitter. Possibly the best bitter I’ve had (not many).
lefossoyeur (417) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the pub. Amber with a thick frothy head. Toasted notes combined with nutty, aromatic malts. Medium body, mildly bitter, the palate is dominated by aromatic malts and again a nutty aftertaste. I could drink this ESB all night long...well done, classic ESB.
GRM (2794) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glass, 12 ounces, on site, savoured on July 14 2009; eye: caramel with an orange hue, clear, no effervescence, tiny creamy tan head, good lacing; nose: hops, spices, plant, unknown but pleasant odour, refreshing, fragrant; mouth: hops, unknown taste, coriander, pepper, fragrant, light orange, finale in that unknown taste with presence of pepper, full body, mild astringency, foamy texture; overall: special
Verre, 12 onces, bue sur place, savourée le 14 juillet 2009; oeil : caramel avec une teinte orange, claire, pas d’effervescence, petite mousse fauve crémeuse, bonne dentelle; nez : houblon, épices, végétal, odeur inconnue agréable, rafraîchissant, parfumé; bouche : houblon, saveur inconnue, coriandre, poivre, parfumée, léger orange, finale en cette saveur inconnue avec présence de poivre, corsée, astringence moyenne, texture mousseuse; en résumé : spécial
JulienHuxley (2418) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ DDC. Cask version. Beautiful mahogany color, with a very frothy white head sitting atop. Grassy hops and fresh root vegetables fill this nose. Bitterness is present but not arrogant, taste is mainly grassy with a hint of caramel malt. Mouthfeel is the only letdown here, a bit too watery, lacks substance and length of finish.
bedainedebiere (500) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at brewpub, a rather average ESB, with notes of cookies and other sweetness, but with a somewhat restrained hop presence. A little bland. A deception since I love both this style and this brewer...
garthicus (2569) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark orange/ruby with a small white head. Aroma: Nutty, malty, grass and toast. Flavour: Malt, hops, toasty and somewhat soapy. Not for me, not bad but not for me.