JulienHuxley (2142) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of fresh cereal, honeyed malt. Feels like a good summer brew. Taste: Packed with very fresh cereal, hop presence brings a sharp and refreshing bitterness. No evident flaw here. Palate: Medium body and med-low carbonation. Could be more lively. Overall: Pretty much as good as it can be for a bottle version of the style. Awesome surprise, my expectation were quite low since it was La Chouape. I’d buy this more often if it wasn’t only made in the overprice format.
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy color ale with a large slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of clean crisp cereal with lightly dry hoppy notes. Taste is very refreshing with a very nice malt profile with clean cereal notes with a dry hoppy finish that is quite enjoyable. Body is quite full with good bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Very well brewed with great drinkability factor.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearish dark golden ale wearing a gentle white film. Highly cerealic, grainy and kinda rustic and charming since it brings original vanilla and hay-like notes and limited sugars, translating in mouth in a gentle toasty dryness. The hops, albeit light, provide a fun lemon zest and spicy side, never bold, but always well executed. The carbonation is prickly, a bit biting, perhaps it could be a little more refined, either playing the very active crispiness role or feeling a bit less invasive. Not a revolution like some other Quebec golden ales have been, but a pleasant straightforward ale that while remaining simple, has a certain terroir to it. In other words, most people around here will hate it.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
This unpretentious Blond Ale serves a straightforward flavor profile of pale malts and herbal, leafy hops for a drinkable but perhaps unrefined pint.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy hay blond.
-The cereal flavors are dominant until the finish, where leafy hop bitterness achieves balance.
-These cereal flavors are rustic; not your typically super clean profile you can get from tried-and-tested malteries.
-Mouthfeel is comfortable, made of ample effervescence and lean residual sugars.
-This isn’t very memorable for the style, but I get the impression this wasn’t the point either. This is an easy quaffer which will not fuel discussions.
sseb69 (1360) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 500 ml. 3.2%. Couleur jaune foncé, mousse blanche crémeuse. Arôme de levure et un peu d’agrumes. Goût de malt de houblon et de levure. Douce amertume en finale, un peu d’alcool. Bonne.
rodenbach99 (2805) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bouteille de 500ml achetée chez Peluso. Bière dorée trouble avec une mousse blanche mince et durable. Nez prononcé de céréale, de mais (?) les autres odeurs sont masqués par les céréales. La bouche reflète bien le nez avec des goûts de céréale fraiche, de mais même s’il n’en a pas. L’arrière goût est sucrée.