mcberko (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds, pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is very floral and mint-like, with the obvious spruce tips blasting through. Flavour of spruce, sort of mint-like qualities and spices, but dominated by the spruce. Interesting one - no off-flavours, just unorthodox and bizarre.
Lubiere (13061) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden ale with a thin white head. Very nice spruce aroma, with berry and caramel, and pine needles. In mouth, a lightly sweet malt with light hops and spruce in finale, soothing. Medium bodied. A walk in a coniferous forest. On tap at the brewpub, August 30, 2007.
Sammy (11387) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Festival Bières et Saveurs 2008. A spruce beer, which is what they gave soldiers in Eastern Canada to ward off scurvey and replenish vitamins, even though they were posted on land. But hey they enjoyed it. Good thing the British were around whenever the Americans invaded. Oh, and my dad was still given this when posted earlier in the World War in Quebec when he was with the Royal Engineers.
Pale yellow with a white head and lace. Creamy yet below average mouthfeel. Spruce made it quite sour. Herbal aroma. I had a much more interesting variation of this by DDC years ago. Oh, and my dad’s friends brewed a terrible version of this when I was young.
MartinT (9499) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Honeyed malts lavish attention onto the spruce needles which are intelligently deployed from aroma to aftertaste. The result is quite sweet, but remains another fun and drinkable Bedondaine experiment.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam sits atop the clear pale orange.
-Carbonation is soft and lets the flavors express themselves.
-Some citrusy spiciness add complexity.
-Spruce flavors are well integrated, replacing hops, it seems. They seem to be able to last quite long aromatically too; an aged version was still very pleasant.
-Alcohol is not a factor in the flavor profile.
On tap at a few times.
TaktikMTL (7123) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au Festival Bières et Saveurs 2007 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’épinette avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée pâle. Saveur: Goût d’épinette avec une pointe de miel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps et la texture sont mince. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épinette en arrière goût. (Rating #1213)
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a spruce beer, a remarkably tasty and rounded ale.
Excellent spruce extraction, not overwhelming, but tasty, aromatic and fresh. No stickiness on the palate. Fresh cerealic malt base never steals the show. Gentle herbal undertones. Sweet, yet textured enough, medium-full bodied and cleansing, active and fitting carbonation. Good-looking as well with its minimally hazy bright auburn hue. The head is gorgeous, climbing. Surprisingly drinkable.
I really liked it, but it’s not a flavour orientation that requires a second pint.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper body with a small off-white head. Conifer resin flavour well harmonized with the soft-caramel. Minimal hops presence if any and even less fruity or spicy hints. Smooth carbonation. Really soft overall. This beer main purpose is to put forward a spruce resin taste with little to divert the attention away from it. And it does that very well. What it lacks in complexity it makes-up for it in originality. Fun beer, really worth a try. In a little over three months I’ll be decorating an unprocessed beer.
JulienHuxley (5657) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz glass on tap at grand cru event. Slightly hazy blond pour with snow white head. Aroma is like rolling around in freshly cut spruce branches, tons of tropical fruit aromas too, mainly pineapple. You feel afraid to bring the glass to your lips because you feel your lips might stick to it. They do, but not because of the sap. Super fresh sprucey flavor, some malty sweetness, almost minty with a lingering bitter finish like fine hops. Beer had medium body and good carbonation. Surprisingly very good.
rodenbach99 (4323) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
en fût sur place, encore une belle bière cuivrée, odeur d’épinette et goût d’épinette, mais pas de classique bière d’épinette (soda) mais de vrai bon goût d’épinette
GRM (3808) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample, draught, at Bières et saveurs, savoured September 1 2012; eye: amber, clear, tiny ring of off-white head, slight lacing; nose: spruce, malt, light soap-gum, light acidity; mouth: spruce, malt, slight soap-gum, slight acidity, refreshing, finale in spruce with slight presence of soap-gum, medium body, good carbonation, slightly bitter, slick texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Bières et saveurs, savourée le 1er septembre 2012; œil : ambrée, limpide, petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, très légère dentelle; nez : épinette, malt, léger gomme-savon, légère acidité; bouche : épinette, malt, très léger gomme-savon, très légère acidité, rafraîchissante, finale en épinette avec très légère présence de gomme-savon, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, très légèrement amère, texture coulante; en résumé : bien