Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, - FEB 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sticky white foam atop a golden cloud. Resinous, coniferous complementary brett/hop combo, appealing in its flowery, lilac perfumey notes and exotic in its fruit salad, honeyed tropical tendrils. It makes for a very complex beer and one in which the old age has allowed the brett to take plenty of room and the hops to keep the oxidation at bay, still providing a fair bitterness, but also, when paired with the wood, casting a tannic, tea reminiscent texture of great refinement. That feeling is amped up by the smooth palate of medium build and intense, yet unagressive carbonation. All in all, it’s really dry, almost Orvalesque in that regard and deeply phenolic, venturing into clove, pepper and eucalyptus territories. As it warms up, phenols take a large portion of the room, adding a medicinal kick to it that feels wild a plenty, but perhaps less elegant than when at cellar temp. A fine local treasure that I see is gathering some homey hype that is well deserved. Very accomplished. Those barrels are a marvel.
solidfunk (2584) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dry crackery bretta feel. Orange pour with nice lacing and head. Finishes with bitterness and sourness. Some malt here but hops are rather overtaken by bretta. Some sour apricot. Bottle at Volo for Zwanze Day.
czar (3235) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours hazy golden orange with a frothy and creamy off-white head, excellent retention and lacing. leathery bretts, strong fruity esters - peaches, apricots, red wine barrel along with their acidity, good funk dose. bone-dry finish. moderate to low carbonation - constant and small bubbles, light body and acidity - bit of acetic, über-dry grassy-spicy-grapefruity finish. awesome!
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, huge thanks to Jeff at Farmhouse!! Cloudy peach pour with a solid frothy white head. Nose and flavor bring big vinous tartness with some lactic yogurt tang, unripe peach, tannic grape and plum, some grapefruit hops, along with some vanilla, bready yeast, and tangerine. Crisp, bone dry, and quenching. Another badass, limited bottle release from Trou du Diable. Not quite as incredible as the Brassin Special Buteuse, but this stuff is seriously legit.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In short: An eccentric, wild, hoppy, woody amber ale that defies classification. For those who like to take a walk on the wild side.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed soon after the beer release, first and only batch so far.
The look: Cloudy amber-orange body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: Nose is very wild, brett signature is very bright, orange blossoms, discreet wood barrels, countryside field. dried wild flowers. Not a the most intense aroma, but just wow, I can’t wait to pour it down my throat. Taste is a perfect mix between bright clean brett, fresh fruits (apricots, peaches, passion fruits), dried wood, piney hops, orange peels. A finish that skilfully blends bitterness and wild tartness. Big full body with a very lively carbonation, exemplary Belgian style mouthfeel. It is wild, it is nourishing, it is refreshing, it is fruity, it is floral, it is hoppy, it is complex, it is a masterpiece. Certainly one of the best creation in the history of Quebec beers. I’d drink this on a regular basis if it wasn’t so limited and if the price tag wasn’t so prohibitive. It was a very small release and I’ve been trying to find a few more bottles but the police says I need to stop knocking on random doors in town asking if they have a bottle of Bretteuse Fût de Syrah.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle. Misty golden brown with a spongy white head. Nose is honeysuckle, clover, toffee, bubblegum and cream sherry. Crisp and sparkly then soft and juicy. Taste is kiwi, lemon basil, juicy strawberries, pear, peach pit and leather. A beautiful sophisticated brew that bests most champagnes i’ve tried.
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a cloudy vibrant orange wit a huge white foamy head that lasts. Nose is full of brett funk, followed by wine barrels, some light fruitiness, more brett, and oak. Flavour is a brett bomb, with loads of funk, followed by more subdued red wine notes, some fuzzy citrus fruits, and some light hops. Very funky, lightly vinous and somewhat hoppy. Extremely well-constructed, with a suitable carbonation that brings out the complexities really well. Amazingly drinkable. Wonderful, elegant beer.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this one. Cloudy orangish yellow pour with a white head. Brett aromas. Tangy orange, robust hops, brett and yeast notes. Good body and very good mouthfeel. Unique and interesting with a sour finish.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013-05-25. Lightly hazy bright orange body modest foamy off white head. 3+ Aroma is lightly musty, almost a tart apple juice like quality. Whispers of hay and barnyard. 7+ Flavour is pleasantly funky up front, dryish, pale malt and a woody character? Sort of sour fruity character, almost apple like but not really. Muted barnyard undertones. Average plus bodied palate, relatively effervescent carbonation. 3++ Enjoyable, I like the interplay between the fruity undertones and the funkier aspects. Bottle at Volo, Toronto
GRM (2687) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample, draught, tasted during the Hivernale des brasseurs, savoured on February 22 2013; eye: straw, semi-opaque, no effervescence, white head, no lacing; nose: wine, wild yeasts, wine, rose water, sourness; mouth: wine, wild yeasts, wine, rose water, sourness, acidity, sour and dry finale in wild yeasts with presence of wine, average carbonation, medium-full body, slick texture; overall: quite fine
Échantillon, en fût, bue lors de l’Hivernale des brasseurs, savourée le 22 février 2013; œil : paille, semi-opaque, pas d’effervescence, mousse blanche, pas de dentelle; nez : vin, levures sauvages, vin, eau de rose, aigreur; bouche : vin, levures sauvages, vin, eau de rose, aigreur, acide, finale aigre et sèche en levures sauvages avec présence de vin, carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-corsé, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon
TaktikMTL (5376) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Odeur de citron avec une pointe de fruits tropicaux. Apparence: La couleur est orange opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de fruits tropicaux avec une pointe de brett. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement astringent. (Rating #4773)