Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 A golden "IPA" with a thin collapsing white head. In aroma, rather strange butterscotch and coconut cream mix, not really hoppy, bizarre. In mouth, I have to admit this is half decent for a gluten free beer, subdued butterscotch, light British hops, caramel, but some off puting solventy notes. I’m not going to be too harsh given that for the genre, this is not too bad. Can from LCBO, June 2011.
Tried the cask version at Ottawa cask fest., June 26 2011., and that was a total miss, looking like pineaplle juice, aroma of floor polish, bizarre, strange and bilous mouthfeel, iodine, vomit, bad...4-2-3-1-4.
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
5.8% ABV (as written on can)
I tried this beer on February 23, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent medium gold colour with a short lived very thin white head. The aroma is exotic fruits and licorice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour is perfumey fruit and licorice.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from the LCBO. The pour is pale golden with a bit of white head. The aroma is a little bit cidery with a touch of light citrusy hoppiness. Light bodied with some moderate bitterness. It doesn’t have that odd sort of sorghum twang that I get from other gluten-free products. I don’t think it’s up to the level of some other examples I’ve had, but if I were gluten intolerant, I’d drink this in a heartbeat.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2011
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
If I had to have gluten free things I would probably give up beer if I had to drink this kind of thing. It had a very ruff taste, your plate cleared quick but it was not a good taste.
probstblueribbon (3718) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
473 ml can from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass. Sold as “Nickel Brook Gluten Free”...02JA11.
App.: Clear golden with a loose white foam.
Aroma: Oddly grainy, a bit fruity, sorta dusty cereals, a hint of...acetone, a strange phenolic note, not sure what to make if this!
Palate: Medium body and fairly aggressive carbonation.
Flav.: Old apple juice, strange musty/dusty grains, vague fruitiness, strangely peppery, overall pretty gross; dry with mild bitterness and a vaguely fruity, grainy finish.
Maybe gluten-intolerant individuals should stick to wine.
Metalchopz (3076) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Comes in can written "Nickel Brook Gluten Free" on it. Wow... such a weird smell is the first thing you notice. A mix of caramel and balsamic vinegar. Pours a thick golden colour with almost no head, disappearing very quickly and no lace to talk about. Even the carbonation is hard to find. The taste is a bit better with some hints of apples and the decent hoppy finish. Ingredients listed are spring water, sorghum, pear juice, demerara sugar and hops. Pear juice ?? OK. I thank God I am not allergic to gluten.
Boutip (5898) - 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 (4141) - 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 (1158) - Margaritaville, 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 ’Nickel Brook Gluten Free Alcoholic Beverage’. I’m assuming it’s 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 I’m 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 wouldn’t have purchased a Nickel Brook product. Brilliant! Oh sweet merciful Christ, I just read the ingredients....do yourself a favour, don’t read them. This is more of a failed attempt at fruit juice that someone accidentally dropped a bag of yeast into. Oh, oh god, it’s, 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 (1244) - 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 C’est 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 can’t 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.