GregClow (2735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery, courtesy of my brother-in-law in Halifax. Hazy amber with a large just-off-white head. Aroma is quite fruity to start - tropical notes of pineapple and papaya - with some spicy/herbal tones, and nice citrus hop character. Medium bodied with a perfect level of carbonation. Flavour has a great balance of the Belgian and IPA elements - lots of fruity and spicy notes up front, some dry and peppery yeast in the middle, and big grapefruit and orange zest hops in the finish. Both of these breweries produce some of my favourite hoppy beers in the country, so I was expecting a lot from this beer, and it came through with flying colours.
rejtable (810) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was expecting more from this one. Or really wanted more from this one. I got almost nothing from the beligian side of this combo. Tasted like a bit more carbonated version of their IIPA to me.
Spab (1639) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits (Halifax). Pours a cloudy dark golden orange with moderate-sized slightly off-white head and good lacing. Aroma leans more to the Belgian side to my nose with fruity esters, a touch of coriander but also some citric hops. Taste is nicely balanced between fruity yeastiness and mostly citric hoppiness with a little pine in there too. Moderate bitterness in finish. I found this one both interesting and quite enjoyable.
Frothmeister (383) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from brewery. Pours a slightly cloudy amber, with light brown head. Aroma is heavy on dried fruit, paraffin, yeast, tropical fruits, floral notes, golden syrup and resinous hops. A soapy hoppiness overpowers any of the Belgian characteristics. They are present, but they’re definitely in the background. Some notes of green vegetables, floral notes, yeast and some sweetness, with some major citrus (orange pith, and freshly squeezed orange juice) in the very bitter finish. It’s a good effort, but I think taste wise, it would have been more effective with less hopping, as it comes across a little harsh.
Gethinbeer (1817) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Melon, grapefruit hop aroma. hazy orange colour wih a white lace hugging the glass. Low carbonation. Melon, banana and herb flavour with bitter grapefruit hop. Quite syrupy, oily plastic texture. Typical Garrison after taste, a little weird banana rubber. Oo I say.
Bendrixian (677) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brew with orange to amber colour. Belgian yeast esters mixed with citrus hops burst and fruity notes. palate is hoppy pine cones and somewhat metallic as well. medium to fuller bodied with a frothy texture as well. It is a highly carbonated style of beer that has a metallic or soapy feel to it.
Atheist_Peace (698) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Hazy orange/amber pour with a light tan head that leaves a nice lace. Coriander and pepper dominate the nose heavily with some piney hops buried underneath. Spicy on the palate and turns to a strong bitterness very quickly with flavours of citrus hops and pepper. There’s also this weird burnt rubbery vibe I get from almost all of Garrison’s attempts.