Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 Can: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of rotten hops and overcooked vegetable with some rotten grass. Taste is about as good as aroma description indicates. I am wondering if there was a change in recipee considering the newest ratings are so low.
robinvboyer (2760) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2011
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Unbelievable aroma of rotting organic matter. Zero head, and a dull yellow pour. There is a nasty bitter vegetal flavor mixed with nasty grass clipping that have been rotting under a piece if plywood behind a shed all summer. Good god this iz one of the most vile beers ivr had on a LONG time. Drain pour, easily a .5 beer. Shit the ingredients say pear juice!?!?
(473ml can, labeled as just gluten free, and 5.8% alcohol, maybe a new entry?)
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
473mL can from my local Lickbow. Labelled as just íNickel Brook Gluten Free Alcoholic Beverageí. Iím assuming itís the same beer. Pours a nice gold with no head, the aroma is just weird and not good, creamed corn, awfulness, wet dog, essence of unneccessary failure. Flavour is less revolting, but still makes me thank the stars Iím not gluten-intolerant (I like to think of myself as accepting of all kinds of fat, regardless of ethnicity). Sweet upfront in an uncomfortable way, followed by some bizarre dryness that is very unpleasant. Fizzles out with some odd grainyness that seems somehow medicinal and produced in a lab as opposed to the ground. I love the irony in the product description on the can, "Nickel Brook has created this alcoholic beverage for people who care about what they drink". The irony being, if one cared about what they drank, they wouldnít have purchased a Nickel Brook product. Brilliant! Oh sweet merciful Christ, I just read the ingredients....do yourself a favour, donít read them. This is more of a failed attempt at fruit juice that someone accidentally dropped a bag of yeast into. Oh, oh god, itís, just........why? If you were gluten-intolerant (you discriminatory bastard!), would you really be a beer drinker? Well, if you were looking to get into it, this beer would effectively destroy that desire forever.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at Cíest What Spring Festival, 2010. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a small diminishing white head. Aroma has some citrus and hops but also a worrying sent of decaying leaves. Damn, sure enough the taste is so utterly whacked that I canít quite find the words. It is unbeer-like and utterly disappointing. Seriously, if you have a gluten issue this will most likely turn you off gluten free beer forever.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 [2881-20100528] Bottle. Soapy fruit aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Fruity strawberry cream flavour has a long fruity cream aftertaste that suddenly turns to cleaner. Medium body. Not wonderful. (5/2/5/3/9) 2.4
(CWSF 2010 @ Cíest What, Toronto, ON)
[3377B-20100922] Bottle. Fruity cereals aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a big foamy off-white head. Brown apple flavour has a lingering sweet fruit-like cider aftertaste. Medium body has a light twang. Better than other gluten-free beers but otherwise boring. (6/3/5/3/12) 2.9
(@ Victory Cafe, Toronto, ON)
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at CíEst What Spring Festival, 2010. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a small diminishing white head. Aroma and flavour of light citrus hops, citrus fruit, some grain and a bit of sourness. Thin to average bodied. Best gluten-free beer Iíve had for sure, itís not awesome but I can drink it which is not something I can say about the other ones Iíve tried.
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
341ml bottle from the brewery. pours hazed light orange with a quick white head. nicely carbed for an ipa. aroma is weird, chops, sweet hot plastic, waxy candle, weird. the flavour is fruity, a touch sweet, decent chop flavour. the finish is decently bitter. im glad i can tolerate gluten.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample, at CíEst What Spring Festival, May 29, 2010. Gluten-free: dazzle me, Seymour. Hazy light gold pour with an average white frothy head. Aroma is (was interrupted by a Beer Advocate who shall go nameless *cough* Eric *cough* - who said "smells like ass! smells like pirates!!") ... aroma is ... really sweet, but weirdly sweet, like canola, and it reminded me of something a bit unpleasant from my childhood - maybe golden syrup mixed with medicine ... eventually I decided it reminded me of those cheap instant butterscotch pudding mixes (hence weird sweet and chemicals); stale, maybe herbal honey ... hard to pinpoint; most importantly, it wasnít good, but it didnít suck. Tasted a bit gingery, almost sour (inappropriately so) - like lemon cough drops, medicinal floral bitterness, oily; weird, but again not horrifying. Had a sticky mouthfeel, kind of unpleasantly so, decently carbonated, but I didnít like the impression it left and it was hard to finish my sample - this may be one of the best gluten-free beers Iíve ever had, but no frigginí way would I drink it again - give me a gin & tonic any day.
Spab (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample from bottle at Cíest What 2010 Spring Festival. Pours a hazy pale yellow gold with small white head. Odd sour fruit aroma with slight chemical edge. Flavour has a sour fruitiness as well with citrus prominent. Finish is somewhat harsh. Odd beer that I hated at first but came around on to merely think was disappointing.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 8, 2010
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 341 ml at Cest What ? Spring festival 2010
Appearance: hazed amber gold with lighter top. 3-.
Aroma: citric , sweet with fresh fruity character. Pleasant nose.
Flavour/Body/Palate: light on body , frontal citric character. Bit sourness biter at edges. Slight hint of alcohol. Touch of tart red apple.