Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big 1cm lasting off-white head covers the cloudy deep burgundy pour. Immediately striking brett hits the nose, but as we reach saturation level, it appears very well integrated. Strangely woody in pointy manners, tartish cocoa blends into earthy minerals and various berries (raspberry, blueberry) amongst herbal and spicy tertiary flavours. Quite fruity in mouth, the barrel seems to impart growing amounts of alcohol which sucks the juiciness out of the berries. Light-medium bodied, rather attenuated, bretty and dark flavour profile, earthy. Lasting woody post taste gets a bit dominant. Gentle tight carbonation. Unique and intricating.
shadey (1815) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark opaque brown with only a ring of head. Only shows some orange and chunks. Only a ring of white soapy bubbles. Aroma is a mild flemish sour. Smooth well blended flavor of oak. Funky sour cherry. Can’t taste the bourbon. Nice. Very different from the original.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
decants a fairly hazy orange-red, with an off-white head that collapses fairly quickly but holds as a nice collar that leaves good lace. both oak and acid tang in the nose, with a definate sour fruitiness being the dominant impression. oak pops out in the flavor right away, which is backed up by some actual malt - suprising, as I half expected the funk to have chewed it to extreme dryness. some actual hop flavor in the finish, to. interesting beer - not as sour as some JPs have gotten. oak is quite domineering, and leaves a bit of astringency. still, very interesting beer keeps you coming in for more.
TaktikMTL (5377) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 12 oz, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2006 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de petits fruits foncés. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pruneau et de caramel. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de petits fruits foncés en arrière goût. (Rating #503)
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from the bottle at the Mondial de la Bière, 2006. A dark hazy caramel body with a smallish lasting white head provides....a nose that is all whisky smokiness and caramel at the front, gradually receding a bit to allow sour cherries and muted grapes an entrance.....on the tongue, it’s all Scotch whisky meets Flemish sour ale, sour/tart and smoky/woody at the same time, very edgy and powerful, lactic and musty, loads of cherries and grapes, but not really enough malt or the lovely vanilla-bourbon that for some reason I was expecting (duh, aged in bourbon...)....it’s a fascinating beer to be sure but the tastes and aromas seem more contrasting and at war than complimentary and friendly, to me....so, a near-miss.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Insightful caramel shares its sagacity with the bulky, noble wooden barrel...The frothy yet nimble effervescence enlivens the near-glowing blood orange...Tart fruitiness and controlled wilderness coalesce beautifully; this is perhaps my favorite Jolly Pumpkin Reserve...
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle: Red/brown pour with a medium sized white head. Tangy and sour up front, there is some fruit and yeast in there as well. Flavor is sweet at first, some caramel, and fruits, the sour kicks in quickly and that nice bret character is evident. Very tasty.
GonZoBeeR (2752) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:LIght floral nose....
Appearance:Hazy brown,light head....
Flavor:Light sour,caramel flavor,flower....
Quevillon (2341) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu au Mondial de la Bière 06. Couleur ambrée, beau petit collet. Arome légèrement caramelisé Goût sûre/amère et caramelisé.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Thanks, Kevin. As one who wasn’t blown away by the non-reserve Biere de Mars, I was amazed at the reserve. This is impressive stuff. There’s so much going on on both the nose and the palate, that its frankly hard to describe. There’s the characteristic Montmorency cherry notes, and the raisan and wine, but there’s also a great presence of spice. Finish is long-lasting and impressive.