Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Saison
L’Assomption, Canada
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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It’s not a smoke beer. It’s not a tart Berliner Weisse. It’s maybe a weird saison. BerlinerRauchSaison. Yes! Low gravity beer with good presence of wheat. A small layer of smoke malt disappears after a few sips. And light tartness and spice from the Saison yeast. Refreshing and flavourful at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xav_lefridge (32) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2013
À l’oeil : Elle est jaune pâle, trouble et sans aucune mousse, même si elle est fraîche... Visuel pauvre. Au nez : On a la levure en pleine face ! Poivre citronné et blé en note de fond. C’est déjà plus invitant ! Au goût : Une note boucanée se pointe subtilement à la première gorgée, pour disparaître ensuite ! Les épices de levure reviennent à la charge, accompagnées d’une bonne dose de sucre. C’est du jus alcoolique ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (899) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
Blonde paille, voilée et peu mousseuse. Le nez est légèrement fumé; grillé. En bouche, le rappel du malt fumé est évident, alors que les esters de la levure saison se laissent savourer en finale. Plus la dégustation avance, plus les arômes fruités de la levure prennent le pas sur les flaveurs fumées du malt. Par ailleurs, la bière est plutôt aqueuse et peu pétillante, mais ça n’enlève rien à «l’ampleur» du produit. C’est la troisième fois que je goûte à cette bière (trois brassins distincts) et chaque fois l’expérience a été NETTEMENT différente... mais toujours agréable. +1 pour l’originalité d’un produit qui ne ressemble à rien d’autre. -1 pour la stabilité de la bière d’un brassin à l’autre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
simardsam (135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
En fut. Blonde limpide (bizarre, supposée d’être voilée selon le verre d’un autre...), avec mousse blanche. Nez de blé, agrumes légèrement fumé. Aqueuse en bouche, fin sèche, très peu gouteuse... Un peu de blé, un peu de fumé et le levure, très peu amer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. Wood smoke, lactic acid and malt aroma. Pale yellow with moderate head. Mildly sweet lactic lemon and smoked malt flavor. Nice body. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
750mL bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market in OB whenever the hell this came out, like six months ago, for $16.99. Cost to alcohol ratio is quite low with this baby, though Cantillons are much the same at this point. Whatevs. Clear yellow gold with a one finger white head, pretty decent retention. Wonderful aroma of moderate smoked Bamberg-esque malts, and nosing through to some fruity pear and spicy white pepper, biscuit malt backbone. Not finding any Berliner lacto tang in the nose. Lots going on for a sub-four percent beer. Flavor adds a slight tang, but still doesn’t seem lacto-related--more from the yeast? Also, less smoke in the flavor and stronger pear yeasty fruitiness. Bone dry, bitterness peaked at a 2ish, a touch earthy. Moderate to high carbonation with a light body. I’ll probably buy another bottle, but dunno what the shelf life of this is going to be. Probably not all too long. Hopfenstark wins again--this dude knows how to brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6752) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle, shared with Robbie and my wife. Murky umber hue with a medium white head. Aroma is lightly smoky with underlying spicy wheat. The smoke is subtle, with just enough presence to add a lovely rusticity to this beer’s light wheaty spicy profile. Finish is lightly tart, drawing you back for more-- so drinkable and satisfying! If I could buy this locally, I would have it in my fridge always.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station, pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of lightly tart wheat, some subtle smoked notes, and biscuit. Flavour brings out notes smoked malt and refreshingly dry wheat, with only a small hint of tartness. The smokiness wonderfully compliments the dry wheat, surprisingly. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob_w (313) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Whoa! It had a murky straw color, and an assertive smokey nose. But not Bamberg Rauchbier-smokey -- a bit more subtle. The smoke flavor was also subdued, but quite evident, accenting the tart yet not quite sour, slightly cereal flavor. At 3.8% it was one of the few beers under 5% at the Fest -- a nice change of pace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lesifflebiere (1271) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
Boisson très trouble, même laiteuse, qui présente de puissantes arômes fumées et fruitées ; faible effervescence, semble plutôt mince. Le fumé domine en bouche, le liquide est moins mince que prévu, les poires et les abricots ferment la marche. Originale, savoureuse, bien équilibrée, une très belle réussite, même si elle s’étend sur plusieurs styles à la fois.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6517) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours light golden with a decent off-white head and a funky fruit aroma. There is a fruity smoked malt flavor with a nice yeast presence and a slightly tart finish. Very refreshing.

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