czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
from a bottle at quebec city beerfest. pours dark copper, orange tint, big light beige head, excellent retention, good lacing. fresh pine, spruce tree, not gum, dark toasted malts. taste is dark malts, light smoke, medicine, pine tree, fresh orchard fruit, hint of sweetness, dry palate, medium to long citrusy finish. average carbonation, medium body. best annedd’ale i’ve tried so far. highlight of quebec city beerfest 2011. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2012
A lovely, sticky and dense light beige head covers the dark brown pour. The aroma is both intense and inviting, like walking in a room with a resinous Chrismas tree, coniferous and perfumey. In mouth, the relative thinness and timid malt structure showcases the aromas even more. Spicy, herbal dryness has few comparables in the world of beer and all this in a remarkable harmony. I can see many people not enjoying this, but as a man who digs a straightforward spruce beer, I’m stunned by the simple pleasure this beer brings about, especially the treat of such a combination of drinkability and flavour intensity. A moderate bitterness closes the adventure, but again, leveled up by the coniferous spiciness. Lovely interpretation and I can certainly see myself dinking more than one pint in a streak if I ever find this on tap. Marheb (6037) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Beau projet que cette Annedd’ale. Est-ce que ma première expérience saura m’intriguer davantage sur les prochains prototypes mis sur le marché dans les prochaines semaines? Dès l’ouverture de la bouteille, c’est oui. Le nez est très houblons frais et résine de conifère, très frais et invitant. Au goût, même chose avec le support chocolaté et caramel du corps. Étonnement beaucoup de saveurs et de corpulence pour une si petite bière. Totale réussite, me fait un peu penser à la wet-hopped de Founders. Fred82 (2331) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
341ml bottle from Peluso.JulienHuxley (5909) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
Appearance : Deep amber with small brown creamy head.
Aroma : Explosive aroma with load of spruce needles. Very perfumy. Light sweet malty notes with very light chocolate.
Taste : Pine needles with light roasted notes. Light coffee with light resinous hops. Finish very piny with light roasted notes. Light coffee. Finish fairly dry and sharp.
Palate : Carbonation is fizzy but not too strong. Medium body which is nice for such a low abv beer. Finish is a bit sticky like one could expect with that much spruce flavor.
Overall : Wow very nice one. Awesome aroma, very expressive and quite complex. sure the pine takes over most of the profile but you can still detect some nuances in the hops and malts. Nicely drinkable and refreshing with a great dry finish. Very good. The best Annedd’Ale I’ve had so far...and by far. I wasn’t a big fan of this idea but these guy managed to pull this one off in a very elegant fashion.
Bottle. Dark brown-amber pour with white head - this beer already surprises me by its appearance. The aroma is quite spicy, the fir really comes out kind of intensely but is accompanied by roast malt, chocolate, nutmeg and coriander from what I can tell. Taste is light, quite roasty, you can really taste the fir (sprucy, piney taste), it’s like tasting coniferous forest air, in a pleasant beverage. Palate is light-medium bodied, not very sweet, but not astringent either. Delightful.
AlainG (2344) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Une belle mousse épaisse flotte au dessus d’un liquide brun opaque aux reflets rougeâtres. Des odeurs de conifères, d’épinette, de sapin et de malt envahissent les narines aussitôt que le nez survole le verre. On goûte tout de suite le conifère, la résine de sapin, les herbes sauvages et florales, accompagné d’une agréable saveur houblonnée, qui laisse une belle amertume en arrière-goût. Cette version de ce type, l’anned’ale (nom affreux en passant) est supérieure à sa consœur de la Baie-des-Chaleurs. (165-301211/240212) Lanchester (196) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours a very dark brown, much like a dunkel; reddish highlights at the edges of the glass. Topped with a thin ring of off-white foam, specks of lacing here and there. Intoxicating, earthy aroma of pine sap and hops, fresh leafiness, touches of wood and mint...like walking into a densely wooded forest. This is a wild brew. Conifers are expertly represented here, like nothing I’ve tasted before...sharp and green pine-needle flavor gradually fades into notes of fresh wood, resin, and mint leaves. Finishes only slightly on the dry and bitter side and leaves behind plenty of aromatic character. Low carbonation lends a light body and smoothness to the brew and doesn’t occlude any of the flavors. I loved this and want another right away. sseb69 (1937) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 Bouteille 341 ml. 4,8%. Couleur brune très foncé, presque noire, mousse beige. Arôme de malt caramel, café, sapin, résine. En bouche, wow, bel équilibre, présence du sapin mais pas accaparente, malt, espresso, herbes. Finale avec un peu d’amertume et un peu de conifère. Un projet exceptionnelle l’Annedd’ale, BRAVO à la Brasserie À l’Abri de la Tempête pour cette bière exceptionnelle. Mon coup de coeur des derniers mois. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. Very interesting aroma of fir trees with some sweetish malt. Very good flavor of fir tree with a solid malt , coacoa mild bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a creamy, slightly oily texture and medium to lively carbonation. This is .... quite a surprise, I never expected this beer to be so good, I also didn’t expect to like the fir tree in there as much as I do, solid stuff! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
In short: A dark ale with just the right amount of spruce and sap. Surprisingly nice beer
How: Bottle 341ml, consumed approximately 3 months after the beer release
The look: Mahogany body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Pleasant nose of spruce and spruce sap with light soapy/perfumy notes, this aroma is actually somewhat reminiscent to highly resinous wooden and piney hops. Taste has a nice crunchy malts covered in tree sap, some toffee. Less sweet than expected. The strong spruce presence is not overwhelming and provides a very adequate resinous pine-needle hops substitute. Very active carbonation that seems rather fitting here and makes for a beer that you swallow very quickly. Many spruce beers were created by Quebec brewers this past year (a new Quebec style?) but this one stood out from the crowd with a different approach. An surprisingly highly drinkable beer. And the ugly stupid clerk at my local beer store thinks I only bring back my empties when I over 50 bottles just so that people think there was a party at my place and I have friends. He is correct (but he’s still ugly).