Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at fête Bière et Saveurs. Pours light amber. Nose is yeast. Quite discrete. Taste is yeasty esters with some hops. Hints of mango. Very good overall.
Quevillon (2339) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bu à la Fête Bière et Saveur 2009, le 5 septembre. Miel cuivrée brumeuse, petit collet. Arome de malte doux et épicé, des notes de fruits crèmeux. Goût de petits fruits et d’agrume légèrment malté, une bonne touche d’épice, arrière-goût sucré sec, peu amère. Une saison agréable!
smashed420 (32) - CANADA - SEP 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great tasting saison, well done and refreshing. Peppery aroma, thin crisp body. Cloudy pale straw appearance. Nice.
Diogène (1056) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the pub. Muddy orange\brown with a thin head. Quite a lot of yeast sitting in this one. Aroma is a little tart and acid with malt, citrus, herbs and a touch of spices. Flavor is earth, dough, fruits, bitterness (from hops and grains). Medium to full body.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy and translucent golden ale with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, a nice yeasty and spiced aroma, with herns and orange peels, very fresh. In mouth, a crisp start followed by nice herbs coriander, and orange pulp. Light hopping. Another nice summer pleaser. On tap at brewpub, May 9 2009.
Glouglouburp (5864) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A light abv Saison with a big body and a whole lot of dry grassy hops. Kick-ass.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Very cloudy dark blonde body topped by small off-white head with good retention
In long: A nice barnyard nose. Body is surprisingly big, almost heavy, for a 4.5% brew. Those semi-toasted soft cereals/hay and yeast give a bready and doughy texture and flavour. Not super-wild but has a real nice barnyard character. A good lemony meringue taste with a refreshing light acidity. A then the hops, a truckload of hops. I like my Saisons dry and here its the hops that are taking care of business with a dry grassy finish with a sharp bitterness. I could drink that beer all day long, and at 4.5% I could even wake-up the day after with someone I remember. Or at least someone of the right sex.
TaktikMTL (5374) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
En fût. Verre de dégustation directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Légère odeur d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréales et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #2073)
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line :
Prominent cereals jam with green, wooden hops and their stirring bitterness until the very end of each sip, as plantain esters jazz things up and a huggable body certifies this Saison’s nourishing abilities.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy sheet of foam stands atop the misty pale amber, drawing beautiful strands of lacing.
-Bubblegum phenols mostly appear in the nose; I would have liked to taste them in the flavour profile as well.
-The body on this nicely rounded while remaining amazingly drinkable. This may be its most North American feature.
-I would probably tone down the hoppy finish - for my tastes - or at least change for a spicier, more delicate varietal.
On tap at the brewpub.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very soft and unadulterated example. Not quite the type of beer that you would expect in the middle of February, by the brewer behind the MacKroken Flower. Quite the type of beer I’ve grown to prefer on the other hand. A very cloudy, pale golden hue covered by a helathy and frothy white head of excellent retention. Smells fresh. Smells clean. Not the most complicated ingredient list, but what went into the kettle is also happening in my glass. Fresh grain and wheat with the bordering hay-like notions that fit the grassy, flowery, spicy, yet soft hops. Very quaffable. Crisp carbonation. Very refreshing acidity, reminiscent of honey melon. Mineral and flowery closure. Apparently, Miguel is not 100% satisfied with the result. He intends to have the fermentation taking place at 30 degree Celsius while it was done around 25 for this batch. He expects stronger esters and heavier peppery character. I’ll revisit my rating then, but I already dig the freshness and purity focus. No spices nonsense.