Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Pilsener
Shawinigan, Canada


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Keller Pils

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 17, 2013
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
Rather weak beer, a little drinkable. Some spice, a little hops though muted. Freshly brought back by Josh from Montreal, but not very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6156) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
Bouteille de 600 ml achetée chez Veux-tu une Bière? (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de céréale avec une pointe d’houblon. Apparence: La couleur est blonde pâle avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col crémeux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales avec une pointe d’agrumes. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de céréale en arrière goût. (Rating #5234)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Weird that they have 3 beers called Pitoune. Highly carbonated yellow beer that remains tame but with a lasting thick white cream head. Light aroma but bold flavour. Strong spice you can feel throughout your body but does not beat up the palate. Soft almost Saison spiciness on a clean body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of lightly sweet malt backbones is refreshing. Taste is mostly dominated by lightly sweet cereal notes with some light herbal notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable and refreshing but I would have liked this better with a more crispy dry hops finish.

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