j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at American Flatbread. Pours a clear gold with a medium sized white head. Grain and caramel, almost a honey sweetness. Sweet and crisp, big carbonation, lots of grain flavor. Finishes with some noble hop flavors, a bit more grain. Refreshing, but not my thing.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear pale gold, tiny white head. Surprisingly very sweet nose does not offer the nuances I expected, trying to satisfy its taster with bare grainy and more so grassy notes. The malts are just as sweet in mouth, in total protuberance. Very limited bitterness comes in to slice through, limiting its existence to herbal aromatics. Loose bodied despite medium carbonation. To my tastes, more yeast efficiency/attenuation would be very benefic, because I could hardly finish a pint as it is.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mildly grainy cereal malt aroma with some vanilla tones. Clear golden body with a low white head that recedes to partial cover. Flavour is fairly sweet up front with some notes of vanilla and a grainy, cereal malt character leading to a fair finishing bitterness. Medium body is somewhat thick and sticky with medium to low carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear golden color with a ring of offwhite lace. The aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor of crisp malt with a sweet finish. The palate is light and dry with lively carbonation. Average, not exciting or interesting.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apricots dispersed on biscuity cereal. The sweet fruitiness is pleasant, but something’s lacking here for me to want to dive in as soon as possible.
An immensely nourishing malt body offers sweet fruitiness and delicate herbal hoppiness. Big on cereal, a very fresh but forgettable meal.
Breakfast is always important.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at the brewpub in the company of MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere, beerbuzzmontreal and Yowie. Light amber, slightly hazy with a very small but lasting white cap...earthy, very soft aroma, lightly grassy...wonderfully creamy, soft and sweet body, with lots of herbal and grassy character and some odd vanilla...alas too much mineral/metallic bitterness at the end somewhat damages the experience...very, very full and almost heavy for the style. Well-done but not nearly as drinkable as the Helles from here a few months ago.