jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Orangey dark amber body with a tiny beige ring of head. (3+) Interesting fruit aroma, sweet citrus and fruit that I want to call lychee but I don’t think that’s quite right, mild hops. (7+) Flavour has a similar fruit character over top a slightly sweet malt base finishing lightly tart and bitter. smooth average to medium palate. (3+) Pretty nice actually, different. On tap, Mondial, Montreal, 4T MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 My Bottom Line:beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
Beautifully floral and spicy hoppiness suffuse the honeyed cereals of this delightful, perfumy Belgian-style Strong Ale. One of Quebec’s treasures.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick layer of foam covers the misty gold.
-A little alcohol heat is felt in the back.
-The crystallised flower petal notes are mesmerizing.
-Carbonation is prickly, perhaps not cozy enough to properly emulate authentic examples of the style.
-Coriander seeds are well integrated.
-The finish is full of herbal, floral hop bitterness.
-Bubblegum and banana notes are whipped up by the yeast.
On tap at the brewpub many times now.
Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. The cereals are very proheminent in the aroma, especially the rye and a pleasant biscuity maltyness, there’s also hops, yeast and citrus in the aroma. The flavor has a pleasant blend of rye, biscuity malt, citrus, hops with a mild bitter finish. Although good, the flavor doesn’t have the strong cereal presence that you find in the nose, there’s also some sweetness I could have done without. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. rederic (3335) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
Amber-orangeish color, with a small white head, and laving laces, yeasty, fruity nose, with a hint of sweet malty, rye graininess, with a nice aromatic floral hop, cloverleaf mintiness, with some pineapple, mango, peach, fruity accents, within a spicy coriander, tangerine peel aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, peachy character, with a bready dough, rye maltiness accent, with a good flowery hop citrusy, peppery, also it reminds me some piney and cedary and coniferous notes, with a hint of spicy coriander, within a mango, peachy, orange fruitiness, leading towards a fruity, dry, minty cedary, hop bitterness finish. Lubiere (13771) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
An amber ale with a lacing thick white head. Sweet wheat and a light bubble gum in aroma, with spices and alcohol. In mouth, a ricjh spiced rye beer with lingering grains and light alcohol. Rye bread and pepper notes, with warming alcohol in final. Riche bodied. On tap at the brewery, Nov. 3 2007.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2007
On tap shared with Glouglouburp Pours amber orange with a tan half finger head. Nose is killer beglian with coriander, orange peel, yeast, it rockets into your nose, also a bit of nutmeg. Taste is spicy sweet, yeasty, full of spice. Nice extra kick as well overall good. Didn’t really notice the rye. LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
On tap at Benelux. The color is dark honey with a light beige head. The taste is a mixture of hops and malt, with just a small amount of bitterness. The aroma is of citrus fruits and also of herbes.This one is a good beer to warm you up on a cold evening. ClarkVV (6639) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Draught tulip at the brewery on 9/28/07TaktikMTL (7733) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
One-finger off-white head slowly fades to cover, leaving sloppy lacing. Brilliant orange-golden body has a slight chill haze.
Sweet doughy malts show traces of light caramel and sugary cookie dough, but are dried up by a moderate amount of citrus acidity, peppery phenols and light alcohol warmth. Grassy/leafy hops exude a fair amount of bitterness and plentiful aromatics, very much on par with Moinette Blonde. The yeast is Dupont, of course, and it’s clean and articulately represented. Some dry doughiness, acidity and light alcohol dull the aroma, over time, but it’s still very well-done.
Sweet and yet very dry on the end, though more on account of the malt breadiness and alcohol warmth than the actual attenuation. Not that it’s syrupy or overly-sweet, but it just seems a bit too much after having the elegant, mid-gravity saison clone before it. I honestly don’t notice the rye, though perhaps it accounts for some of the malt dryness/breadiness. Caramel, oranges and moderate hop bitterness collect on the finish, with spicy hop notes (or is that the rye?) and a supple body, thanks to the malting. Low carbonation and its draught nature is really the heart of the problem here, not any actual problems with brewing. With a beer of such strength, it’s almost mandatory that it has tight, natural carbonation to help smooth out the rough edges and control the sweetness. Very good, nonetheless.
En fût. Verre de 10 oz. à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices avec une pointe de citrouille. Apparence: La couleur est orangée voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices, d’agrumes et de seigle. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de seigle en arrière goût. (Rating #1271) Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
Dark veiled orange pour displaying a small, yet lasting white cover. Again, an enormously citrusy Benelux Saison, bursting with grapefruit notions. Zesty, lively palate with the lowest alcohol warmth. Still highly drinkable due to its relative dryness, acidity and bitterness. Freshly crushed grains quickly gets eaten by the floral, citrusy and spicy finish. Surprisingly similar to their other Saisons.