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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Saison
L’Assomption, Canada
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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 au fût au vices et versa, belle bière ambrée, nez de seigle, d’épices très raffinée, en bouche les épices dominent, très agréable, finale longue et épicée. Version bouteille: le même agrément, belle mousse blanche, une pointe mordante, très agréable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au Festival Bières et Saveurs 2007 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur fruité et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est orangée complètement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’orange légèrement amer et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #1211)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Sampled draught at the Mondial, Montreal (May 2007). Opaque apricot in color, little head, no real lacing....apricots in the nose as well, at first the fruitiness dominates but a bit of earthy funk works its way in eventually....body starts out rather too sweet, dries out a bit midpalate, gets a bit mineralic and salty to finish....somewhat "dirty" or rough on the palate and too sweet and syrupy overall, too much fruit-sugar....drinkable, but a disappointment.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 8, 2007
On Tap at Mondial.
Bright orange, copper with creamy ring on top. Neat hue.3+
Good rich, ripe fruity nose, Soft rye character blended with other notes, Fruity, rich grainy nose.
Wheat and rye in blend, strong fruity notes, soft, sweet finish. Pleasant ale to have.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2011 Modiale 2007. A little white head on cloudy orange. Appealing aroma of spice and yeast. Taste is great, fortified with rye, a good saison in a great style. Sourness in the finish. Good medium plus mouthfee. Lace in the glass. Refreshing. Had it again in 2008 and was not as enticing. Had it by bottle in 2011 and very ordinary farmhouse.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 4     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3     Lasting: 2     Lacing : 2
Aroma:
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : 3   Bread : 2   Dough : 4   Esters : 2   Phenols : XX   Dusty : XX   Spicy : 2   Apple : XX   Banana : 2   Tropical Fruits : XX   Brett : XX   Barnyard : XX   Leather : XX   Wood : XX   Vinous : XX   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 3   Pilsner : XX   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : 3   Toasty : 2   Hay : XX   Caramel : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : 3   Grainy : 3   Wheat : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : 2   Perfume : 2   Orange : 2   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : 2   Cloves : XX   Coriander : 3   Ginger : XX   Orange : 4   Earth : XX   Vanilla : XX   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : 1   Acetic : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 2   Farmy : XX   Complex : 1   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 5   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : 1   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 4   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX

Comments: A rather chewy example with the rye’s uniform mouthfeel. Interesting beer per se, but it lacks a bit the freshness I appreciate in the style which sounds rather ironic as Hopfenstark’s beers always feel hugely fresh. How I mean it, possibly a paler grain profile, more pointy, sharp hops and less overall thickness would ease the drinkability. To their defense, their blonde already does awesome in that department.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Cloudy glowing orange body topped by a short-lived medium white head. Leafy coriander, herbal spices and lots of freshly squeezed citrus fruits in a yeast dough. Very yeasty beer with a doughy mouthfeel, maybe even a little floury. Feeling of drinking an orange muffin. Finish is orange flavour with some leafy hops. Another good offering from Hopfenstark. I can drink that stuff until the taxi suddenly takes on colorful aspect, makes loud noise and has a spinning light on top of it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2007
On tap at the brewery, during their grand opening, Hazy amber-orange hue, with a very small beige head, yeasty dough, fruity nose of ripe apples, hint of nutmeg spiciness, a bit wheaty, with a subtle rye cereal note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity character of sultana, ripe apples, with a flowery hop accent, a nutmeg spiciness, an orangeish rye mouthfeel, leading towards a fruity, malty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Doughy yeast, orangey fruitiness, bready cereals and a tender spicy, herbal hop personality thrive within the cushy rye-infused mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick layer of foam laces generously atop the cloudy orange.
-The body’s creaminess is a bit overdone to achieve authenticity within its broad style, but it gives this brew a remarkable signature.
-From the nose to the aftertaste, everything exudes freshness.
-The hoppy finish sometimes personifies wet leaves.
-This is getting better and better; the bottle conditioning does wonders for the mouthfeel too.

Bottle, on tap at Vices et Versa and at Loup Rouge.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
Robe orange voilée sans mousse. Arômes de blé et de fruits. Saveurs de blé, de levures et de pêches.


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