shoulderbroken (2639) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Sweet, strawberry, dry, fruity, pretty nice. Grainy. Belgian yeastiness.
Boutip (5065) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with some good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light bready notes is OK. Taste is also dominated by bready notes with some dry caramel malt notes and a grainy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK for style but falls a bit short on complexity and I don’t think I would been seeking this on a regular basis.
Ontape (453) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It’s rare I hit this style since I’m not a huge malt-forward drinker, so take this (like anything I say ever) with a fat grain of salt. No shade though! This is good. Pours a hazy orange. Deep, rich malt aroma. Grains and nuts and cereal, plus caramel and just a touch of hops (don’t know the date but this isn’t new... These haven’t been on the shelves for months). Drinks balanced, lively and clean. This is clearly well-made and made me more interested in malty beers. Unexpected complexity. Surprised how much I enjoy this but shouldn’t be granted the pedigree, Flemish Kiss was a fave this summer (tho it’s gone baby gone here).
slowrunner77 (6722) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"This golden ale has a rustic malty grainy base. The aroma and flavor give you subtle hopping and a clean crisp herbal bite. Easy drinking & refreshing. About middle o the road for them."
krumbum (642) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mostly clear amber with a light lasting head. Ligh hop grain smell. Malt forward but thin and crisp. A light hop bitter. mouth left with a light sweet grain coating.
popery (1611) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a fairly deep amber orange color. Looks a bit murky but easy to see through. I’m guessing there’s a fair bit of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The head is small to medium in size, white and relatively sticky. Aroma is light caramel malt, herbal hoppiness, mint, grapes, apple cider and some earthiness. The malt seems sweet with a fair bit of caramel and a somewhat bready character. Lots of that grapey, appley sweetness, which is not entirely pleasant. The taste is sweet, herbal and earthy. More apple cider sweetness. The malt flavor could be a lot fuller. It’s a bit stale and lifeless. It’s slightly too sweet. Something about it needs to be cleaned up. It’s a touch cloying, though too thin to really go too far in that direction. The mouthfeel is fairly effervescent and almost light but the sweetness gives a sense of body in a funny way. I don’t much like this one. I wouldn’t call it a very clean beer, which is advertised on the label. That apple cider sweetness gets to me and kills most of the refreshment that I was expecting. That said, it’s not bad. The hops seems nice - wish they were a bit stronger - and I appreciate anyone attempting a Biere de Garde.
CapFlu (4725) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a quick dissipating white frothy head. Mild yeasty esters and malt. Rather plain, uninspired beer. Ample carbonation and thin caramel but lacking the alcohol needed. Purchased at Metro Liquors University Heights
fiulijn (16187) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 5.3% ABV
Amber color, hazy, with creamy head. The aroma is too light. Dry mouthfeel, but less dry than the otherwise similar Vienna Lager; pleasant caramel flavor with a bready touch; correct bitterness ending with soft fruity esters.
Balanced and clean, easy but pleasant.
Gerbeer (2269) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep copper with medium head. Aromas of toasted malts and jammy, fruity marmalade. Pleasant and malty with light flavors of fruit/oranges, toast, and grassy resin.
douglas88 (6942) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium white head. A sweet grainy nose, some berries. The flavor is crisp, earthy malts, pretty sweet, dry leaves, berries, toffee, some dust. Very drinkable. Solid beer.