Oakes (13303) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fruity nose and some unidentifiable notes. Soft, diacetyl body with mango, canteloupe and light pear juice. Strange beer, I’m not sure what to make of it.
Lubiere (10873) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazed reddish brown ale with a thin creamy mocha head. In aroma, smooth mix of candy sugar and floral hops, orange pulp, quite nice. In mouth, a nice treacle malt with nice herbal hops, menthol, nutty notes, very nice. On tap at Mondiale 2012 , June 9 2012.
Bov (10285) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Mondial de la Bière 2012, Montreal - cloudy dark amber beer; little foam left, earthy, caramel; lively and tasty palate; some late bitterness; aftertaste of nougat and honey, earthy and fairly hoppy; candi sugar and notes of alcohol - a different beer, hard to spot
DocLock (8421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at RR Street. Pours hazy brown with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is candi sugary malt, figgy and merloty fruit, dry florals. Tastes fruity, with notes of merlot, earthy funky yeasty esters, some florals and hops and heat in the finish. Solid complexity. A nice find.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit hoppiness and fruity esters become one before peppery hop resins seal this New World Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty amber.
-Alcohol is perceptible in the finish, yet the dryness and smoothness of the body make this treacherously easy to drink.
-This may not be super complex, but it is impeccably rendered and entirely harmonious.
-The soft carbonation doesn’t evoke Belgian character, but the yeast does.
-I would have liked a bit more malt character.
Bottle and on tap at the brewery taproom.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-06-08. Hazy dark amber-brown body with a small beige head. 3+ Flavour is nice, with a malty core and modest spice, sort of peppery, light alcohol notes, and light biscuity touches to the malt. 7+ Aroma of alcohol, mild spice character similar to that in the aroma. 7+ Medium body that suits it and has a perfect moderate carbonation level. 3+ Pretty solid, my description here doesn’t really do it justice. On tap at Mondial, Montreal
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hopfenstark during their anniversary party. Pours a clear amber with a medium sized white to beige head. Light musk, toast, warm malt and candy. Medium bodied, warm and toasty, slightly sweet. A touch of warm cereal, candy sugar, sweet and warming. Finishes with a good bit of toasty malt, a bit of warming alcohol, toast and sweetness. Nice.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4484-20120608] Cask. Mild fruity mango hops aroma. Slightly hazy, bee brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet fruity mango hops flavour has a nice bitter follow-through. Medium body. Interesting strong fruit characteristics. (7/4/7/3/15) 3.6
(@ Mondial, Montreal, QC)
swoopjones (6770) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Hopfenstark Station Ho:ST. tropical fruits, grape juice, fruity yeastiness, somewhat boozy. raisins. nice
slowrunner77 (6755) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unique in it’s fruitiness as far as belgian strongs are concerned. Don’t know that i would have been able to specify "grape" without it being in the description, but that’s it. Slight grape flavor on top of subtle hopping, and a sweet and spicy belgian yeast. not a standout, but a pretty nice brew."