Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark orangey amber ale with a thick creamy off white head. A light caramel malt aroma, light saaz hops. In mouth, a light caramel malt taste with honey notes, very thin but still satisfying. On tap at brewpub, Inbièrenationale IV, May 2007.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at brewpub. Pours a deep coppery woody amber with a nice head and good lace. Aroma is mostly lightly burnt and toasted malts, breaty with a burnt nuttiness as well- hops very low. Low hop flavoring as well- dry almost roasty nuttiness hints of dry dark chocolate, and caramel and munich malts. Mouthfeel is a bit off from lack of hops, and becomes a bit harsh. Ok overall but not quite a good altbier.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Willi. Pours a clear, medium amber color with orange edges; light tan head with fine-bubbled, scalloped lacing. Kind of light aroma, showing some red fruits and sweet maltiness; reserved. Medium mouthfeel: chewy red fruits, nougat, and caramel upfront; malt-forward, certainly, but there’s also a slight, earthy bitterness and nothing comes off as sticky or overly sweet; quite tasty and drinkable alt; lots of red candied fruits. Medium finish: toasty malts, breadiness, and some lingering red fruits.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Tart, fruity (strawberry, raspberry) aroma. Flavor mixes these notes with some refreshing floral hoppiness. A pleasure to quaff.
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. A very pretty beer! Pours a clear dark amber with a nice light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, some light fruits. Flavor of dark roasted malt, light fruits. Bitter finish. This is a light-bodied beer, super easy to drink, and very refreshing. Definitely worth a try.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber, light half a centimeter white head. A bit leafy, gently earthy, nutty, slightly toasty nose. Pretty much the usual suspects for an alt, but they’re not too forward in their extraction. It’s a bit subtle and not too focused, vague with hints and mysteries rather than throwing in your glass directly what you anticipate. Not very developed basically. A bit herbal, correct noble hop profile. Clean flavoured. Light-bodied. No exuberance possible.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: Frail Altbier lacking in the malt/flavour department
How: Tap at brewpub dec 2007
The look: Clear dark-copper body topped by a little off-white ring of foam
In long: Shy nose. Timid grainy malts and light fruity notes (berries and a touch of orange zest) are held together by a flimsy caramel lick. A little citric. Carbonation is too much and crushes the frail flavour spectrum. A disappointment. Autobland Failed Alt
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Faint toast and light fruity caramel lead to a whispering herbal hop finale. This is a cleanly-brewed Altbier, but its malty weaknesses are not what I have come to expect from Willimantic.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the transparent orangey copper.
-The nose is very timid, and thus not alluring.
-Comfortable effervescence increases the quaffable factor, but the lack of crunchy maltiness makes it a forgettable session.
-The overall flavor profile is balanced, but it is way too polite to be engaging.
On tap at the brewpub.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe ambrés sans mousse. Arômes légers. Saveurs légères de malt caramel. Finale franche de houblon épicé.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish brown with a small tan head. Smells of toffee, caramel, some floral hints and peppery. Taste is of biscuits, caramel, rose hips and some tea like hops. Finish is on the dry side with some peppery elements.