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Brewed by Magnotta Brewery
Style: Altbier
Vaughan, Canada

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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An ultra-premium all-malt and traditional German-style ale at 5% alc./vol. Deep copper to light brown colour with an aromatic focus on malt elements of fresh baked biscuits and toast. Malt initially dominates the palate with typical Altbier flavours of biscuits, followed by an intense yet pleasant hop bitterness. A slightly dry body and reduced ale fruitiness is achieved by extended deep-cold aging. Can be served with beef soups, spinach salad, roast chicken, pork tenderloin, falafel, chocolate cake, and smoked cheeses.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (2851) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
341 mL bottle from TBS, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 09JA11.

App.: Clear copper with a decent off-white head. Aroma: Some decent, slightly bright and nutty toffee, a bit of burnt sugar, some green hop notes, a little brown sugar, a bit lacklustre, but OK. Palate: Medium body and carbonation. Flav.: Stark, earthy/nutty malts, some light peppery green hops, much less than the nose all around; dry with a little bitterness and a dry malt finish with some burnt sugar.

Not awful but not particularly inspiring. Not as enjoyable as some of their other brews.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slepkov (35) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
Pours a beautifully clear deep copper, with a prolonged smooth and long-lasting lathery head. Very good to look at in the glass! On the nose, mostly caramel biscuits and just a little a little hops. Not particularly impressive, but no off smells either. The taste is mostly mineral and malt. A decent bitterness backs up the malt sweetness. Well balanced, but not particularly tasty. The mineral notes last a long time at the back and sides of the tongue. Fairly refreshing for such a malt-forward beer. Not bad at all, especially for the price.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LudwigAS (1) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2010 does not count
I have had Uerige @ the brewery in Dusseldorf & this beer took me right back. Appearance was indiscernible from classic German Alt, nice aroma & taste, a little harsh on the palate, not as smooth as fresh from the brewery... Overall I was impressed, this is the first Alt I have seen in Canada and for being from Canada it did justice to the originals.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredthecat (297) - CANADA - APR 27, 2010
pours a dark amber with a thick and lasting near beige head. smells cakey, sweet and malty. taste is strongly of roasted grains almost coffee, munich malt with a bitter planty hoppiness. completely full mouth feel. was off of true north for a little bit after having their lager, but now i remember why i noted them in the first place.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (5596) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2009
bottle. Copper colore pour. Nutty & sweet malt aroma & taste. Decent mouthfeel. Mild bitterness. Not too bad

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gpnterojd (176) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
On tap at One Duke. From memory, so I’ll provide a less detailed account of just my overall impression. Milder flavour than I expected. Inoffensive and balanced. Many grains. I’d have enjoyed a stronger bitterness. Easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2009
341 ml bottle from a trade with jessem. pours deep red with a small white head. fruity aroma, some pale malt, some biscuit, floral hops. the flavour is malt forward and quite fruity. its swet of front but there is adequate hopping in the finish. of all the True North brews this is the second hoppiest and this is really true to style. these guys really know how to brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1145) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 341mL bottle from a 12 pack, from the BS (by some rip in the time-space continuem, they got fresh stock of TN’s stuff). Pours a clear copper with a medium beige head. The aroma is quite nice, some nutty malts, crispness, pale and chrystal malts, a hint of hops but really nothing stands out much. A sublte hint of spices is in there too which is quite nice and true to style. The flavour though, wow, big time chewy nutty malts! Tasty! Caramalts, biscuits, very sweet but extremely well rounded in the finish with some very good hop flavours, dryness and a touch of Earthyness. Awesome mouth-feel, slick but crips and refreshing. Wow, some minor fruity esters in here too. This is so well done! I can’t believe how lucky I got in finding a fresh pack!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Draught @ One Duke, Hamilton. Clear copper with excellent lacing. Fruity and nutty with some dark sugars in aroma. Super clean andn really good palate. Nutty, mellow, mild. Understated, super-sessionable and good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DerWeg (1482) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 ** re-rate notes ** great worty-grainly flavors and good balance of malt and hop. Great earthy vibe and nice feel. Numbers still worthy. /// ORIG rate Very interesting, on tap at Volo. Mineral and a bit funky like brie rind, high sour note, some fruit in the malts, fine hoopy bitter end note. Good and unusually serious beer for Ontario.


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