Lubiere (10560) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A ckear brown porter with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sour cherries over chocolate, wood extract, Brett, acids, intriguing. In mouth, a nice smooth sour cherry with coffee, chocolate, cork, Brett, complex and challenging. On tap at Hivernale, Feb. 23 2013.
mathieuc (1571) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle graciously shared by Minderbinder, thank you good sir! Pours black, at least it looked pretty "porter-like" in that low light, brewpub condition. Nose contains quite a punch, with roasted notes buried under some red wine phenolics. Taste is semi-sour with medium sweetness. Flavor is over the top vinous, with a good syrah feel. It might be a bit unbalanced though but I’d have to go back and get a second taste since that day we had pretty much been brutalizing our tastebuds for 8 hours nonstop. Overall a nice and original creation by two of the foremost Quebec breweries!
czar (4769) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at tdd’s brewpub. hazy, almost murky brown with a small light beige head, ok-retention. red apples, cherries, berries, red grapes, roasted notes, few burnt caramels, maple, vinous characteristics - minerals too, chocolate, pepper, hint of acidity - some lactic notes. soft carbonation, light to medium body - slightly lacking. vinous porter - maybe too much of syrah expresses itself in this brew. nice offering though, even if style seems somewhat misunderstood.
tom10101 (3162) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared with friends at the brewpub. Thanks to minderminder for this one! Dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of red wine, red apples, cherries, raisins, brettanomyces and slight roasted and chocolate notes. Some oxidation notes(?). Taste is moderately sweet with decent sourness, red wine, slight roasted notes, brettanomyces, cherries, raisins and chocolate. Medium body. Vinous mouthfeel. Really strange beast here, it’s not your typical Porter! I’m impressed that they were able to do something that good for that kind of beer. But even with DDC’s and TDD’s magic, it’s impossible to make a great beer out of such a mix. Interesting, but not one that I’ll seek if it’s become available on shelves.
Quevillon (2569) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer #10 at the 2013 Winter Warmer Montreal, on February 23, 2013. Very dark brown with a little red, no head. Barley aroma with lots of fruit, slightly sour. Barley taste the sour berries, hints of pepper, bitter sour fruit. A porter for adventurers, not for purist!
lesifflebiere (1371) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Les levures brett se décèlent dès le début. Un peu basse en effervescence, mais la saveur est exceptionnelle. Acidulée, notes vinées, pommes et raisins verts. Une liqueur rouge tirant sur le noir. Collaboration réussie entre le ciel et l’enfer.
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Cherries and raisins dwell within roastiness and dark chocolate before moving into a salient combination of tartness and yeasty wilderness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam surrounds the darkness.
-Peppery alcohol adds even more complexity to the finish.
-I would have accepted more effervescence. Will see when I get my own bottle if the carbonation levels I got were a result of the bottle having been opened for a while at the festival...
-Mouthfeel was dry and filled with tiny bubbles, never anemic.
-Can’t wait to get a bottle of this for myself. The mouthfeel will undoubtedly be better when poured carefully into a better glass than the one we were using at the festival.
Sample from bottle at Hivernale des Brasseurs.
BiereLuc (999) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bière sombre des pronfondeurs. Nez hâtif et persistant de levures sauvages avec un peu de vin rouge et de balsamique. Ça promet! Sur la langue, la bière est assez mince, mais inconditionnellement goûteuse. L’acidité apportée par les Bret se mélangent parfaitement à un café doux avec une pointe fruitée... Un caprice rare pour les palais réservés.
Marheb (2528) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Winter warmer mtl 2013): Petits fruits, café, une touche de verdure, le brett typique TDD au nez comme en bouche, belle balance. Rencontre trop brève.