joet (1991) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
white foam, fine. golden with a green tinge. as close to a good saison outside of the dupont yeast that I’ve had. it’s the noble hops, low fruit esters and herbal components that draw it nearer to a saison classic for me than to any sort of abbey ale. very herbal, grassy, hay. off dry to semi-sweet. medium effervescence. peppery, herbal, sweet aroma, almost alkaloid finish. very enjoyable. thanks mcphee!
sseb69 (1360) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bouteille 750 ml. 8%. Couleur jaune voilée, mousse blanche. Arôme de levures belges, un peu d’agrume. En bouche,la Belgique m’envahit, levures, fruits agrumeux, un peu de sucre. Finale levure. Pas mon genre, surestimée comme bière d’après moi.
LarryBeast (401) - - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with thin head. Lots of Belgian yeast aroma, some spice, floral notes, very light citrus tinge. Muted taste. Fizzy, tingly mouthfeel. Light-bodied yet the higher alchohol content punches through. Short, abrupt finish. This brew came highly recommended but I wasn’t all that impressed.
dfearnley (560) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL 2012 bottle to pint glass
Aromas of bread, banana, belgian yeasts; slight notes of tangerine, spices and alcohol. Pours a clear pale yellow with a large white head with little lacing. Settles to a 1/2 cm long lasting head. There are also a lot of small particulates floating around in there. Starts sweet on the tongue and transitions to a bitterness and a tangy warming of the tongue and throat. Belgian yeasts are apparent throughout. The mouthfeel is smooth and nicely effervescent with a warmness at the end. A solid Belgian, but the added ingredients don't make much of an appearance so putting them in is a bit of a waste.
solidfunk (2589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
THere’s a lot of hype over this one but I don’t think it’s that justified. It’s alright for Ontario but pretty weak for a Belgian. Alcohol smells strong though not as much in the taste. No lacing. On tap at barVolo.
mdnguyen (31) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour: a pale golden-yellow with sparkling carbonation and a medium white head. The aroma: a very unique flowery hoppiness, perhaps chamomile or sunflower, with a sugar or candy-like sweetness. Notes of juniper berry are hard to come by but a gin-like aroma is present. A few faint notes of hay and banana can be found as well. The taste: begins with a dry sweetness and carries through with a light bitterness. The Belgian yeast is quite apparent. Has a medium slick mouth feel with lively carbonation. The verdict: a very well crafted beer. Careful with the ABV! A true oddity but balanced in flavours and shows true artistry in brewing.
robinvboyer (2759) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy hop aroma, light bready malts, some hay.
Active carb, good mouthfeel. Fruity finish, grassy hops, spicy herbs. Light bready sharp malts. Interesting.
sulawang (497) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours translucent orange with minimal head, micro CO2, a few slow-moving CO2 streams. Light malts and chamomile on the nose. Sharp sweetness (7/10) up front, transitions into honey, chamomile, juniper berries (which you have to look for), and ends with an orange peel lingering bitterness (5/10). Carbonation is tingly and mouthfeel is tingly and slightly cloying sweet. Medium complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, good carry, really good drinkability.
presario (4426) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Big pop. Hazy yellow. Rings of white lace. Aroma of alcohol and fields. Flavour is similar. Alcohol presence and biscuit and grass. Kinda of cool Belgian from Ontario.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Rhino, C’est What and 750 ml bottle - pours and opaque mustard hue with thight white head. Aromas typically Belgian - baking spices, light pit fruit, but the addition of the juniper and heather lend a truly beguiling note, providing a more earthy, herbal quality and pushing the beer nearly into gin territory. Really lovely. Flavour kicks the unique additions down a notch, showing a solid Belgian pale/tripel body, spicy, sweet, but with a fresh, minty component. Finish is snappy and dry, very moreish for such a big beer. Muskoka continues to impress...