hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very hazy, ruby intertwined with gold ale. No head. Lots of dark floaties.
This bottle was definitely "off". I don't mind an infection "problem" if it actually improves the beer. This bug didn't.
The aroma is the ale's greatest feature. Great, complex notes of
latex, red wine/port, caramel and overripe grapefruit.
The flavor is tart with notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit juice. The alcohol, yeast and hops balance-out the beer completely. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and almost no carbonation. Very long, martini-like, bone-dry finish.
An interesting and odd one this is.
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight hazy dark red amber body is topped by a big beige head that leaves a still substantial head as it dissipates. Sweet malty brown sugar aroma, as well as hints of what I assume to be chicory give way to a nose dominated by alcohol as I swirl the glass. Sweet fruity malt flavour as suggested by the aroma teases in a pleasant current on the tongue only to be replaced by a strong alcohol sometimes in alternate mouthfulls. Label was different in a creepy possibly censored evil-Disney kind of way and read Cochonnette.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy rust brown. Generous beige head. Very sweet, green apple bubble gum & brown sugar aroma w/ some spicy notes. Full-bodied. Fruity (green apple, cherry), malty (dark bread, cake) & sweet (sugar cane) flavour w/ a vinous, brandy-ish character. Also some unbalanced notes of alcohol.
BillPierce (22) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 This beer is available during the holiday season at the Ontario provincial liquor stores. It pours with a cream-coloured head on a cloudy amber base and has a pleasant aroma. The flavor is malty sweet and underattenuated, with caramel notes. It has some alcohol warmth and there is only a little bittering to balance the malt. The finish has some sherry-like signs of oxidation along with a winey sourness. It's an odd beer, not entirely unpleasant but neither is it the perfect marriage of elements that characterize the best Belgian strong ales. However, those who like sweet port may be fond of it.
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Perfumey aroma? Touch of alcohol as well. Hazy woozy amber in color. Thinnish body, tart in flavor, some alcohol. Sourish salty finish.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was surprised to see this at the local LCBO in Brantford. Cloudy dark orangy brown. Beige head. Stong apple crumble aroma. Complex.
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours slightly cloudy, not much of a head. Heavy aromas of flowers, purfume, malt and fruit with a little alcohol. Stong taste of flowers and cloves. Almost too strong. Heavy on the carbonation too. Not very good at all, very hard not to add to the kitchen sink!
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in Westmalle Trappist glass. Appearance is an orange and somewhat dirty brown colour with a light but sustained off-white head. Aroma is an intensely sweet licorice. Slightly bitter aroma exists also, but is over-powered by the sweetness. The taste is slightly bitter, with a bitter-orange finish.
radiomgb (2239) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Reddish brown in colour. Aroma of yeast, oranges, sugar, slightly sweet. Flavour of fruity(plums), caramel/butterscotch, sweet, slight alcohol, some yeast. Finishes with a mebium bitterness.
CapFlu (4501) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(o,33l bottle) Sampled Cochonnette. Pours a medium, foamy, almond head and a cloudy mahogany body. Nose of sweet, aerated apples, slight cherries and malt. Initial mute flavour that give a final tart push. Little finish. Good but in an experimental way. Very drinkable to rid yourself of a hang-over. What in God's name is the Pig doing with the towel to the left???