Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Unfiltered pale gold, cloudy, homogeneous and well carbonated. The head is pure white, diminishing but long-lasting. The most attractive small-bubbled, crisp carbonation and texture enhance the soft mineral aspects that pair with the hay-like pils malts to create an ultimate tool for refreshment. The perfect flavorful quaffer. Good base malt also ensures a certain roundness, medium bodied letís say, slightly honeyed though not biscuity. It escapes the usual oiliness of many czech pils to capture the essence of fresh hops, the vibrant spiciness, highly leafy and floral, yet intense in a way that canít but remind of citrus. An elegant creation that speaks a whole book about the no compromise approach of those 2 legendary lambic brewers. Full on quality, great ingredients, yet open-minded and creative. I think I do prefer Christoffel Blonde, but I consider this as my 2nd favorite pils for now. Competent punchy bitterness, dry and crisp. A grand hoppy beer like I enjoy them. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2015
*Exceptional* lager. Pilsner? No. Lager? Eff-yeah. FTW. Strong, flavorful malty notes. Goes done smooth. Highly recommended. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2006
Lemon citrus aroma with light spring flowers, and grassy herbal notes over pleasant pils malt base. Opaque yellow-blonde body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, white head that recedes slowly to a thin but lasting cover. It almost looks like a hefeweizen. Thick, clean pils malt flavour with pronounced bitterness and some a lemon citrus character. Huge leafy, lightly floral and somewhat sharp and spicy hop flavours. Overall there is a musty feeling to this that I quite enjoy. Medium light body with lively, if gentle effervescence that engages the tongue and cheeks. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Multiple bottles, drunk in 2007 and 2008.JDBaker11058 (2153) - Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Unfiltered, bottle conditioned, exported pilsner is some pretty volatile stuff. Just look at Rastacouereís 4.4 and Ernestís 2.3 ratings, two people with relatively similar tastes in beer. Thankfully, the batch or two of bottles we got in New England, were fantastic, on the 4.4 side, but I can certainly understand where Ernestís rating came from. With such light beer, yeast-included, itís very easy to develop an infection, relative to the filtered stuff. Plus, itís brewed at DeProef who isnít exactly known for itís pilsner production. Then, add to it a journey overseas and storage in a warehouse and perhaps a warm beer store shelf and you start to wonder how this stuff ever tastes great. Fortunately, beer is a very resilient substance and the hops here dont hurt.
As for the beer itself, the best bottles showed an almost sour hop flavor associated with the best Eastern European hops. Spritzy, engaging carbonation and an immaculately dry finish, with ample dextrinous body for balance, made for one of the best microbrewed, yet traditional czech pilsners Iíve had. Served quite cold I find it best, as the yeast notes do mix in, inevitabley, even when the liquid is decanted properly.
Appearance: clear bright gold, short creamy white head. Aroma:bright citrus, some belgian-y yeast, cracker and pie crust, light grassy hops. Taste: very slight tartness, toasted white bread, bright lemon, grass, floral honey, white pepper. Finish: clean, with a bit of lingering yeasty spice and quickly drying. Notes: Czech pils? Felt very Belgian-y, with lots of fruity yeast character on top of a light, crisp, delicious lager. Loved it, but it wasnít a traditional pils by any means. Favorite of the day. Draught at Birch and Barley in Washington, DC.
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2008
I love this beer.
I did not have much hope for it, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Aroma is fruity esters, grain, and hops.
Taste is grainy, sweet, slight hop backbone.
Very well done JoeinDahlem (1503) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2009
Possibly Belgiumís best lager. Based on multiple samplings from draft (at the 3 Fonteinen cafť) and bottled. Full gold color and luscious, sturdy, white head. Aroma has some cereal but is led by loads of floral hops in the nose. Saaz in all their Noble glory. Crisply, unapologetically bitter, with faintly sweet cereals for depth. Fairly lively mouthfeel and nice dry finish. Really an excellent lager, but like all lagers it must be drunk fresh. minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Yellow gold; medium white head; wispy tendrils of suspended yeast that I havenít seen since Christoffel Bier. Tastes great, very clean flavors of barley, HOPS, yeast. Drinkable. Basically what beer is supposed to be. Something I can drink everyday (if not for the price). beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2006
Cloudy blonde pour with a thin white head. Excellent flavor of yeast, lemon and hops. Amazing flavor of yeast, lemon, pepper and hops with a dry finish. The body is light to medium with a dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Spectacular, reminds me a lot of Christoffel blonde, a complex and refreshing pilsener, I want more ! 502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. Hazy yellow golden pout with nice white head. Cereal, doughy, caramel malty aroma with hoppy and malty hints of fruit. The flavor is the same but a tad more pungent. Unbelievably good and refreshing. Medium body with fervent carbonation, but not too much. Overall: delicious and illustrates how versatile and truly appealing such an often worthless and uninteresting style (pilsener) can be. Way underrated.