Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
A golden weizen with a thin white head. A very classsy weizen aroma with oranges, bananas, and light cloves. In mouth, loads of cloves and bananas, oily, very sustained fruitiness. Loads of esters. On tap at brewpub, Inbièrenationale IV, May 2007. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
Cloudy golden pour with a thin white head. Aroma of honey, fruits and wheat. Good flavor of honey, fruits and wheat served through a plump, oily body. TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2007
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de banane avec une pointe de citron. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et d’épices avec une pointe de pommes (?). Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #1082) VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a bright yellow in color with a thick white head that receded to a light covering on top. Aroma was quite heavy with the clove-banana distinctive of this style and deliverered other estery fruitiness as well. Flavor is slightly sweet with strong citrus and wheat components to go along with the classc clove-banana. Thickly bodied with alcohol being apparent only during the finish. Again John shows his mastery of all styles of beer with this rendition of an "imperial" weizen... priceless! Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
Robe blonde dorée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes de bananes. Saveurs de bananes sucrées, d’agrumes et de clous de girofle.
Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2007
On tap at Alchemist. Good aroma of banana and cloves, mild bubblegum. Wheaty citrusy hops. Golden color with a bit of amber; mild haze. Thin off-white lacing head. Medium-light watery body with soft carbonation. Starts sweet with bananas and wheat; nice bubblegum esters. Big sweet malty wheaty finish with mild powdery bitterness and a bit of a tang. Fruity. Warming and slightly sticky after. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2006
It’s a big, strong, lightly boozey hefe-weizen. Plenty of banana esters greet the nose along with a pleasant citrus and wheat character and strong clove spiciness. Hazy blonde body is topped by a thin white head that recedes to cover. Very sweet wheat flavour is plenty doughy and chock-full of signature banana and clove notes. Apples, pears and citrus are also apparent. Alcohol is a significant though not unwelcome player. Light body with carbonation that is perhaps a touch low for the style. It’s kind of like a winter warmer crossed with a summer refresher. Somewhat muddled but still quite enjoyable. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere. ClarkVV (6958) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Draught tulip at the brewery on 3/10/06muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Small pinch of off-white head is well-retained, though the liquid does not provide nearly any lacing. The body is a chill-hazed, lively golden-maize with some very faint burnt amber tones.
The nose quickly delivers a blast of phenols, clovey and ever so slightly medicinal, with creamy bananas and an oily, cedar-like note that is probably just the interplay of wheat and phenol. Dry lemon and tangerine juice notes are faintly perceptible, further adding a dry and mildly acidic tone to the aroma. Aroma strength is quite strong.
Upon sipping, the beer begins significantly sweet, with doughy, sweet, white malts, some grassy, almost wet hay-like notes and a creeping phenolic overtone that becomes more prominent as it warms. Alcohol dries out the flavor heavily on the end, though I wouldnt call the alcohol overly apparent, just light sharpness/perfuminess. Grainy and yet doughy at times, but ultimately too phenolic for my liking, with too much alcohol dryness. Low carbonation makes things a little "soggy". Some soft fruits (nectarines, peaches, pears, bananas) provide a light playfulness. The wheat and barley texture, is superb, however, as I’ve come to expect from this brewer. I just don’t buy in to the concept of a "Double Hefeweizen". To me a hefe should be quenching and crisp, with only playful ester and phenol qualities. If you are giong to amp up the flavors/alcohol, you’ve got to find some way to keep the original spirit of a hefe, or so I think. This strong version loads the palate up with too much, in too many categories. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would help? Not sure, but it is a very intriguing experiment. Maybe if you approach it as a German Strong Ale. . . .
Tulip at the brewpub at the finish of EBF 2006 weekend, in the loving company of tiggmtl, MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere. A faint lasting head tops the opaque thick yellow body....bananas, clove and grape dominate the lightly alcoholic, strong mostly typical hefe nose, but some interesting horsey wildness creeps in as well, not surprising given the brewer’s predilections....body is a bit worty, but not damagingly so, yeast is soft and light and helps bring out an intense wheaty-estery tartness, burstin with fruits....wet, syrupy, lightly alcoholic, this is absolutely what the brewer intended, I think: a "double" or "extra" hefe, with both the faults and (mostly) qood qualities that entail from that description. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
Pale gold, hazy and topped by a whipped cream of a head that unfortunately does not show the best lasting characteristics. Beautiful sourdough notes come up from the glass, fully estery, boasting banana and lemon assets. Superb, if a little strong on the alcohol. We have another intricate malt extraction job, creating an incredibly focused wheat profile, like chewing on a big desserty, soft and sweet cracker, a biscuit that is not yet completely baked. Fortunately, the brilliant associated tartness shows remarkable efficiency as a sweetness lever. Medium bodied, rather low carbonation brings a creaminess into play.