Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clearish copper coloured lager with intense carbonation feeding a mostly lasting off-white head. Earthy, woody, shyless aroma where smoke is the dominating turn point, but does not hinder the approaching berries and soft esters. Soft flowery, leafy hops do not bother with procuring much bitterness as the beer was never too sweet to begin with. Placid smoke never bends and the only hindrance might be the metallic element initially perceived from the nose and confirmed in the finish. The malts/yeast had a little acidity to them, though I would still call it fresh and presume this is related to the fact that this came from the bottom of the keg.
TaktikMTL (6352) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût. Verre de dégustation à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de viande fumée avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un très mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de malt fumé avec une pointe d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fuméee en arrière goût. (Rating #1296)
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-amber body with a creamy white head. Nice hammy malt aroma with some light berry fruits. Light body with mild flavourful bitterness and calming smokiness. Pretty solid.
Vices & Versa, Montreal.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The look: clear amber body topped by a large off-white head
The style: Classic german-style Smoked
The stuff: First thing first I should specify that I got the end of a keg. The pint I requested turned-out to be 2/3 pint despite all the efforts of the waiter. Nose has medium intensity smoke with a definite meaty element to it (pork?). The beer had a full thick body but it might be because it was the end of the keg and I got all the meat. I got a doughy cheesy yeast sensation and the malt profile had a slight bagels feel to it. The whole think ended-up feeling like a meaty smoked cheese-cake! Not much fruitiness, spices or whatever else and it was just fine like that. Whether it’s a relationship or a Trou Du Diable beer I’m always looking forward for the consummation.
The how: On tap at Vices & Versa
The conclusion: Fulfilling meaty Smoked, I Really liked it. Need to have it again to make sure my end-of-keg glass was or wasn’t what it’s supposed to be.
Quevillon (2609) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu sur place en fut, en échantillon. Rousse jaunie, petit collet. Arome fumé intence de malte épicé, bois mou et de viandes. Goût de malte fumé avec des notes boisées, un epu sucré à la touche avec une sensation de smoked meat. Spéciale en cr***!
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 My Bottom Line:
A compelling smoked meat personality flows through the quenching, lean body finishing into a gripping finale where this lengthy earthy smoke evolves into a supporting leafy hop bitterness. A simple and effective Rauchbier from Trou du Diable which has to seduce with its thorough fumes and captivating finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A clinging sheet of foam decorates the clear bronze.
-Carbonation is calm and the body quite snappy.
-A light underlying fruitiness adds some complexity.
-The malty body could be fuller and more expressive to really take this one into the realm of greatness, but as is, it remains a smashing quencher.
On tap at Vices et Versa and at the brewpub.
Radek Kliber (6594) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vices & Versa
Appearance : Carbonated amber lager with above average creamy top 3+
Nose :Neat well accented smoky character with contrasting plain malty bottom. 7-
Very meaty , organic . Richly smoked character (ie.ham). Old Europe . True full – freely spirited Smoked lager . No compromise here .
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed in collaboration with Loup Rouge, a soon to open brewpub in nearby Sorel. The brewer told me they will make collaborate brews every once in a while. Interesting!
Good looking amber, somewhere in between copper and bronze, with a thin and steardy white head.
Obviously the smoke is dominant, more of a firewood aroma rather than hickory or bacon. Some residual fruityness towards the end.
The peated malt really shines (98% smoked Bamberg malt the brewer told me) without going overboard, it stays crisp and remarkably refreshing. Smokey finale with just a faint bitter hoppyness at the very tail end. A fantastic and quaffable brew, not as rich as Schlenkerla (spelling?) but that’s not a bad thing. Paired up perfectly with the salted stringy cheese and homemade beef jerky.