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Le Cheval Blanc Bauweraerts Gouden Ale
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Brewed by Le Cheval Blanc
Style: Belgian Ale
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A special offering and a big cheers to our dear friend and Brasserie d’Achouffe co-founder, Christian Bauweraerts. It’s a golden pale ale, belgian style, hopped with Sterling and Ahtanum hops, dry hopped with czech Premiant hop leaves, unfiltered and refermented in kegs.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
A hazed blonde ale with a thin white head. In aroma, herbaceous catnip hops with light citrus notes. In mouth, a belgian hops whopper with light candy sugar, belgian hops, corky notes, puckering Brett notes. A challenging ale. On tap at brewpub, April 23, 2010.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011
In short: A highly refreshing original Belgian blonde ale. A lemony bouquet of grass
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy dark yellow body topped by a persistent small white head
In long: The highly aromatic nose is a bouquet of flowers and dry grass over a lemon pie. Taste has a lot of dry hay/straw, a touch of honey, lots of flower petals, lemon. Pillowy full body. Finish has a mild-medium citric tartness, mild dry grassy bitterness. To call this beer sessionnable is an understatement. This beer is a refreshing new take on the session blonde ale. I would drink pints and pints of this beer. It’s because of beers like this that I don’t have abs of steel. I can’t operate a welding torch when I’m drunk.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2010
On tap at Cheval Blanc
Appearance : Hazy pale yellow with small head.
Aroma : Yeasty esters with fruity hops. Notes of passion fruits and mango. Feels a bit humid and rustic.
Taste : Yeasty and fruity. Also notes of mangos. Finish is bitter and rather dry. A bit dusty and rustic.
Overall : Something felt a bit odd with this beer. Great nose, nice esters and crispiness but there was something a bit "humid" about it that felt a bit off. Bitterness is pleasant but maybe a bit too much to make it really drinkable. Still a good beer. I’d have to try it another time to see if there was something wrong with my glass...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2010
En fût. Verre de 10 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’houblons et de céréales avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons avec une pointe d’épices et de céréales. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #3007)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
Drank on tap (20 oz) at the brewpub, April 18, 2010. Hazy blonde, small head. Aroma of spicy wheat, fruity and well hopped, Taste of dry and spicy hops, notes of fine herbes, bitter sweet good. It’s rare that I write this for Cheval Blanc, but it’s a success!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Banana esters, spicy hops and plump straw coalesce in this characterful New World Golden Ale, a refreshing hybridization of Belgian, American and Czech heritage.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-The spicy hops add a wonderful touch to the otherwise estery aroma, and lots of flavor and bitterness. Everything is levelled though, so all ingredients can be enjoyed equally.
-The many tiny bubbles make for a bubbly mouthfeel.
-Timid honeyed cereal sweetness add to the complexity. This is, as you can imagine, a tad sweeter than the typical Belgian-style Ale.
-This is hard to categorize, and that is perhaps one of the reasons I find it so successful.

On tap at the brewpub.


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