czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap on the premises @ VM quebec city. 4.8%. clear medium dark golden amber with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. caramel malts, some caramelized nuts, maple syrup - delicate flavors - gently simmering maple water with its sweetness, never cloying though, grass, chalk, bit of metal. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, semi-sweet herbal-grassy finish. linear amber malt bill that luckily leaves place to maple syrup subtleties. interesting maple offering - as it is clearly not fermented, which is all to its advantage.
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 2/20
On tap at brewpub. Copperish amber with a fine veil and a nice white head. Flavor is caramel malt ; basically, what I would be expecting from any other generic amber. Nothing extraordinary in the hops department. Where is the maple syrup supposed to be? Medium body, unctuous mouthfeel. Average carbonation. A big disappointment.