thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Winking Judge. Considering my previous experiences with Lake of Bays’ beers, I was not expecting all that much from this. I was proved wrong. This is only my second maple beer (the first of which I can’t remember, other than it was awful swill with the sort of fake sweetness you get from a poor blended scotch) and all of my pre-conceptions were laid to waste. Well a wonderfully balanced and flavourful Belgian blond ale. The Maple is not just a minor addition to the typical Belgian blond flavours, it is very much mixed in there with them, giving it a unique and wonderful complexity that I wasn’t expecting. The aroma was also quite pleasant, with the mixing of yeast, citrus hops, and, of course, maple. Palate was somewhat thinner than the hazy golden orange appearance suggested. Overall a very nice beer worth looking for again.
ChadPoole (100) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours light gold with a white head that laces the glass. Sweet malt and maple aroma. Sweet and grainy with a bit of bitter and smoked maple. The maple doesn’t taste like fresh maple.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, dégustée le 7/3/2013.
Couleur : dorée.
Apparence : claire.
Grains de malt sucrés, léger de sirop d’érable, notes boisées et de caramel.
Entrée de bouche : Léger goût de sirop d’érable aux notes boisées.
Une dominante de malt sucré est également présente avec un léger goût de caramel, de pain grillé ainsi que des notes herbeuses.
En bouche :
Corps : moyenne-mince.
Effervescence : moyenne.
Texture : très légèrement huileuse.
Finale : moyenne, composée d’un léger goût résiduel sucré avec des notes herbeuses et très faiblement fruitées.
lesifflebiere (1550) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Une belle robe dorée et un peu nuageuse dans cette bière fortement carbonatée ; nez de fruits et de sucre d’orge. En bouche la signature de levure belge est discrète mais présente, complétée par des malts riches et un côté un peu boisé, et des arômes rappelant vaguement l’érable en arrière-plan. Pas vraiment une incontournable, l’érable annoncé étant un filigrane et rien de plus, tandis que son côté belge est fort limité également. Agréable mais pas un grand cru.
dfinney23 (2574) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lacks the complexity of a great Belgian ale but the maple syrup adds a unique but not overpowering twist.
northropfrye (3086) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light golden yellow body, white head, not much retention, some lacing. Startling sweet corn syrup aroma, intense aroma of sweet breakfast cereal milk, vanilla. I wasn’t sure at first, but I think I like it. Taste is also sweet, thought not as alarming as the aroma, has a touch of citrus. I don’t really get much maple from this, though lots of sweet candy and malts. Unusual, not 100% successful, but works on some level. I’d rather have this (which may be unbalanced and over the top) than some beer that wasn’t even trying to have flavour.
cards04 (2564) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at flatlanders beer festival. Sweet corn corn syrup and maple aromas. The maple is almost totally lost in the flavours though. Bitter and hoppy. Almost like they used maple extract in this for the aroma..meh.
bunget (765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. Clear golden body, small white head with poor retention. Aroma of grains, hay, herbs, honey, traces of maple syrup. Taste is on the sweet side: honey, malt, caramel, some medicinal notes. Meh.
DuffMan (8794) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle to 4oz sample at Calgary Beerfest 2015. Medium gold, low white head. Sweet and grainy with sublte maple, more like a honey lager in character even though this is technically an ale (where are the esters?).
reebtogi (5347) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a light golden orange color with a big white fizzy head that settles almost immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is maple syrup with some hints of caramel and yeast. Taste is a maple syrup sweetness with a dry yeasty quality and not much else going on. A disappointing brew overall. Not getting anything from the deScription.
BigBeer45 (1389) - Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sampled from a 750ml bottle,
this beer had a light yellow gold pour and gave a very small hardly a cover of white bubbles, it receded quickly to a very thin ring with a few bubbles floating on top, this beer had a poor presentation for a belgian beer or any beer,
the nose was maple syrup with light malt notes, some fruit in the background, syrup and brown sugar like sweetness,
the maple syrup over shadowed the rest of the aromas in this beer and was too much for the nose,
the flavors were maple syrup with light malt that was hardly noticeable,
the mouth feel was light to medium, it had soft to average carbonation,
I thought the maple syrup did not sit right on the nose or the palate and the maple syrup did not mix well in the flavor, I did not enjoy this drink.