Oakes (12561) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught, National on 17th, Calgary. Very cloudy yellow, smells yeasty, tastes it, too. Soft body, mostly sweet, and overall malty but a bit bland. I won’t call it bad but I’m disappointed.
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from Mondial de la Bière 2013, Mulhouse - clear golden-bronze beer with a moderate foam left; a fair grassy hoppiness; medium-bodied, lively and fairly bitter; dry and long herbal hoppy finish - clean and accurate
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rather weak beer, a little drinkable. Some spice, a little hops though muted. Freshly brought back by Josh from Montreal, but not very good.
GT2 (8435) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Vices et Versa Montreal. 20oz Nonic Pint, $7. Pours cloudy, chill haze yellow gold. Minimal foam. Nose is sweet apple, yellow apple, lemon, pineapple. Taste is mildly soapy, medium sugar, yellow apple. Clean, semi soapy finish. No malt character, not too grassy hoppy either. That sort of kills the whole purpose of pils in my opinion. Still, it is drinkable just not a Top 50 pilsner like it currently stands.
jtclockwork (8432) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours cloudy yellow gold white head. Nose/taste of lemon, peppercorn, toasty bread and grass. Light sweet grain. Medium body. Crisp.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Wvrst. Pale straw colour - light haze and a thick white head. Just a beautiful spicy aroma. Fresh Saaz and a touch of herbal/lemony spiciness on the finish. Very clean pale malt with a touch of breadiness. Clean soft
bitterness. The description doesn’t really convey just how balanced and
quaffable this beer is. Just a lovely, lovely brew. Excellent balance.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014-08-30. Crisp dark yellow body with a small foamy white head. 3+ Aroma of mild hops, lightly floral and fruity, mild pale malt below. 6++ Flavour is mild, sweet pale malt, light floral hops and mild bitterness. Average bodied palate, nice carbonation. Decet for what it is but it is not particularly to my own tastes. On tap as Pitoune (Hoppy Pilsener) at Volo, Toronto
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Pure, cushy cereals join herbal hops in this most generous of unfiltered Pilseners.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam settles atop the misty straw blond, lacing beautifully.
-The hops also contribute citrusy tips.
-The flavor profile could use a little more zip.
-This brew has the potential of becoming something marvelous. If the flavor profile can follow the nose, that is...
-The aroma is more evocative at a warmer temperature, which is not often the case with this style.
-This doesn’t taste like an emulation of German Pilseners, nor does it taste like a Svetly Lezak.
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Smitty. Medium yellow gold, slightly hazy, foamy white head that laces nicely. Aroma is sweet grains, lightly bready, with some low-key hop character. Clean grainy palate, slightly bready, with a nice fresh grassy hop note in the finish. We drank this on the deck in 32 degree heat, and it was perfect.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pale golden pils, bright white lasting head and unfiltered to the point where it may very well contain more than a few grains of wheat. Bright floral, spicy, lemony hops share the stage with fresh bready malts. The adequately balanced sulphury egg-white component adds a touch of complexity to that aroma. In mouth, we’re facing a rather full body for the genre, the carbonation being perhaps just a notch below the average bottled pils and then again perhaps a few notches above keller lagers - still the end result is that it’s fairly malty in its mouth presence and does not showcase a crispiness or dryness. The hop flavour also heads more toward the backseat in mouth - letting more room to malts, whereas it was possibly the dominating ingredient in terms of aroma. As it closes though, a fair dose of bitterness chimes in and readjusts the balance. Honestly, this is a beer I frequently visit and was immensely looking forward to as a strong advocate of pale lagers, but as of this rating, I’ve had varied experiences. All were good to excellent and knowing the head brewer’s partiality toward blondies, I expect this can only improve as they grow more comfortable around their new brewing equipment so that we end up with more excellence than goodness. The score is an average of the couple of samples I’ve had since a first visit at La Cuvée in February 2013.