ClarkVV (3761) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at Mondial, 6/5/05. Deep shimmering, goldenrod colored beer, head quickly recedes to nothing and the body is fairly still. Aroma is lightly peachy and has some pear skins, apple pulp, white grapes and a bit of sweet malt. Flavor is lightly acidic up front, with a drying, earthy grapes and golden apples flavor that is rather dry and acidic. Light malt sugars give some sweetness, while the body is very thick, syrupy-like and viscous. Lightens up a bit on the finish, with some floral notes, more peachy-chardonnay flavors and a bit of sourish yeast. Odd beer, but for as much as I dislike chardonnay, I actually sort of enjoyed this one. Medium body, very low carbonation, as mentioned, but the flavor sticks to the palate fairly well, wine is not overdone.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dry, wine-like, fruity aroma. Clear, golden-tan with low, white, fully-diminishing head. Very dry, wine-like flavour with sweet underlying grainy malt notes and light grassy hop flavour. Almost no bitterness allows both wine and malt characters to show through. Medium body is very dry with low carbonation. An interesting and well-received experiment, though I’m not so sure I’d want to drink a whole lot of this one. Sampled at Mondial de la Bière 2005.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Cloudy golden pour with a thin white head. Aroma of grapes with some sourness. Flavor of grapes, yeast with some acidity. The body is light with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. I never expect much from this brewery, but this one is good. Previous rating : 6/3/6/3/13 3.1.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
White grapes and floating yeast conjure up some tart predictions. Banana sweetness lies within, but that yeast is still bugging me.
A sticky yeast and placid white wine fruitiness dissolve into an easy-going finish. A light acidity lashes the tongue, but all in all this tastes unpolished and perhaps too young.
Apparently the neighbor’s started brewing beer.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Mondial 2005.
Like apricot juice, with a thin, whipped cream head (the color, not the consistency). Not much of a fruit smell, the yeast came out big time though, like sourdough bread. Some freshly cut green apple flavor, yeasty, mouthfeel is a little vinous and finishes off crisp like Bacchus’s nectar, but after a while it kinda tasted more like Welsh’s white concord grape juice. Not bad, not great.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy deep yellow, no head. Vinous and grapey tart nose. Sweet honeyed grass and a generous chardonnay profile combine in a juicy way. Highly astringent nature, seemingly growing with every sip. Drysih grain residuals make up for most of the malt flavours and somehow don’t match the alcoholic feel and big tartness level. Medium bodied, perhaps a bit too full in fact for what it tries to be. Not my style I fear.