Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddish amber beer with a thick moka head. A pleasant grassy malt aroma with chalky notes. In mouth, a smooth crisp biscuitty malt with classic German hops, grassy and fragrant, freshly made, classy. On tap at Octoberfest des Quebecois, Sept. 12 2010
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very decent drinking beer, sent to me from all places Alberta and Presario. Pours a good sized head, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation right there,a good lager. No smoke detected.Neutral aroma, and a little complexity between some bitterness and malts.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hazy amber-red pour with a thick sticky white head. The nose is a little bit nutty with a bit of light yeastiness. Sort of an herbal hoppy aroma. Flavour is softly sweet with a kiss of herbal hoppiness. As it warms it opens up a really lovely crackery malt sweetness. Chewy and fairly sweet with more herbal hoppiness than would be considered typical. Despite these oddities, it’s a really impressive beer.
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2009-02-19. Hazy reddish brown body with a modest tan head. (3+) Odd aroma is herbal/vegetal and doesn’t really warrant further investigation, mild note of cigarette butt. Flavour has similar earthy herbal notes to the hops, sweet malt base is tough to pull out. Average plus palate is lightly carbonated. I’m done here. Odd. Disappointing offering from a brewery that has done much better in the past. Bottle shared by Garthc*nticus
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Minutious earthy hop waves brush a fruity toasted malt cove, as their spicy spindrift relentlessly poeticizes this distinguished unfiltered Märzen.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy inch of foam stays atop the cloudy cherry red.
-The fruitiness is redolent of dried berries and raisins, as it delves into near-caramel sweetness.
-The malt character has a lot of personality, and as such may not emulate the usual Märzen, but who cares? This is beautifully drinkable and expertly crafted.
-The malts could be a tad crisper for my tastes.
-The peaceful big bubbles complement the comfortable body, increasing drinkability.
-A slight mineral character is perceived early on, but it is harder to perceive after a few gulps.
-That finish is really compelling!
DuffMan (6669) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Rockley. Hazy orange amber, generous golden bubbly head with impressive staying power and lacing. Sweet toffee and green hop aroma, reminds me of alfalfa for some weird reason. Nice toffee malt flavour with solid grassy hop finish. Really tasty.
mcberko (6306) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750mL bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours hazy bright orangey amber with a beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, spices, nuts and sort of a vegetable quality. Flavour is quite mild, with toasted malt, nuts and that same mild vegetable quality. Pretty dull / weak.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 Clear russet. Lasting off-white foam. As is often the case with Trois Mousquetaires, we’re dealing with a perfectly clean offering and one that is tasty also. Its maltiness immediately takes a toasty orientation, nuanced by almond, bread crust and sesame seeds nuances while soft leafy hops procure minute bitterness. Very clean and agile malt profile, but somehow not as full-flavoured as previous vintages. The carbonation is a bit less vivacious, making the ensemble a bit less lively, apparently less dry. Still, amongst Quebec lagers, this is a sure value, just not quite the paramount refreshment/taste compromise it might have been in the last 2 years.
In 2010, this dropped down to an all-time low 4.1%. The slightly hazy amber pour wears a fine white head. Despite its lightness, its toasty aromas are not subtle at all, complementing the leafiness from the hops nicely and feeling a tad more mineral than your average lager. Earthy notions render the ensemble more complex, nuancing the breadiness with rooty, flowery touches. Easy to drink and light-bodied, it nevertheless proposes a rather crisp texture that makes it engaging. Previous score was 3.4, bumping up to 3.5.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared by garthicus with me, bllankboy, gregclow, jerc and mabel. Hazy coppery-amber, average creamy tan lasting head. Very pungent aroma - I can’t decide - I get beets, peat, canola, alcohol ... Taste - grainy, a little sweeter, still funky and earthy. Average body, solid carbonation, long pungent finish - odd, a little non-smooth.
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o garthicus. Pours a hazy orange-amber with an average size creamy off-white head. Odd aroma is vegetal, like squash or mashed green peas, along with caramel malt. Flavour of caramel malt, slightly toasty, along with some fruit and light herbal hops. Average to medium bodied. A pretty odd beer -- not bad, not great -- just odd.