rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2010
750ml bottle, 2009 sainte-reserve, honey gold color, with a big rocky white head, leaving some belgian laces, yeasty, zesty, lemon, grapefruit peel, pear, pineapple esters in the nose with a nice lemon pie, lemongrass note, with some herbal, flower petal accents of lavender, african violet, with a floral hop leafy citrusy aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, peachy, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, lime peel, starfruit, litchi, pear, flowery hop character of nice zesty, citrusy, leafy, grassy, lemongrass, faint spearmint hoppiness, with a lemon pie flavor, leading towards a warming, fruity, zesty, citrusy, lemony, hop leafy, grassy bitterness finish. hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow with a large three finger white head. The head laces very, very, nicely. The aroma is quite herbacious, with citrus and pine showing as well. The flavor is qute intense, yet has a great subtle complexity. Oranges, grapefruit, grassy notes, thyme, mint, spruce, cream, spices, and an ever so slightly bitter finish. Creamy mouth feel. Really well made belgian style IPA. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
Looks great! Pours hazy yellow with a thick foamy white head looks like a perfect Belgian blonde. The aroma is bold and hoppy with a distinct grapfruit aroma likely from the Amarillo. The flavour makes this beer very unique. It seems to ride the fence between Belgian strong and IPA. It has all of the style characteristics of a belgian, but is very very hoppy. However. The hops are not that bitter, but do offer an amazing flavour profile This is a great beer! MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2010
A Mes rate: bottle at home BIG thanks to Ang.WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2010
My god. This is one of the good ones, it really is. Semi hazy bright yellow gold with a huge pillowy white head. Aroma is fairly relaxed but still bloody good. Think of the best tripel / Belgian ale you have sniffed and it’s about that. Flavour is just OH MY GOD good. So much glorious fruit, such superb Czech bitterness from the Saaz and just a hint of sourness. Perfect balance of sugar and bitter. Utterly glorious spicy bitter finish. The alcohol is almost undetectable. In fact it only appears when I burp. Just about the most perfect blend of hops I have experienced. Saaz people, why the hell not? This is proof. There is nothing unusual or outlandish here, it’s just bloody beautiful. To quote my good friend Harrisoni, "sometimes the good ones are good ones, just because they’re good ones..."
Bottle I’ve had for a while I think Dany sent it to me. Shared with some people at a tasting at my place. Pours a nice orange with a big fluffy head. The nose is incredible it emanates from the glass from a ways away. Nice yeast, nice hoppiness despite its age. Taste is sweet, nicely hoppy, nice belgian flavor. I gotta say i like this.
thornecb (5914) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Pours bright gold into a snifter. Bright white micro head with excellent retention recedes slightly to coat surface. Lemon and grapefruit aromas. Crisp, dry and hoppy with upfront lemon, a yeasty middle and a lasting grapefruit finish. No sign of the abv. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s Midtown Hotel room tasting post EBF 2010: 2007 version. hazy golden pour with a huge thick fluffy white head. Great aroma of subtle spicy dry lemony notes and rustic dusty dry phenols. Fluffy body with a dry minerally flavor. Has a spicy citrus/lemon grass hop zestiness with a spicy minerally bitter finish. Nice and dry throughout. Awesome stuff. I tried it next to the 2009 version which was fresher, brighter, zestier and more hop forward. The 2007 had a more rustic, earthy and yeast character prominence. The two years faded the citrus qualities of the hops slightly. Both vintages were great. j12601 (11990) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
We had two bottles of this at Ryan’s hotel room tasting after session one of EBF in Boston. One from 2007, one from 2009. Both pour a milky hazy gold with a medium sized white head. The 2007 has a slightly old hop presence with a hint of packing peanuts. 2009 is similar, but with a light fresh hop presence. Both are crisp, and clean, the 07 picking up a bit of wheat. Finish with a cheesy musky flavor. Pretty tasty. lefossoyeur (613) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
Hazy golden ale topped by a huge and lasting white head. Superb flowery aromas, notes of citrus as well. Almost full body, intense attack, largely due to high CO2 content, oily, amazing bitterness with loads of flowery, oily and grapefruity flavors, along with some yeasty profile (bubble gum?). Long lingering bitter finish on a very smooth palate and that finishes pretty crisp, no overly sweetness here, wich I generally dislike in belgian style IPA. Highly drinkable begian double IPA. Wonderful stuff and defenitely the best I’ve had from Charlevoix so far. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Golden pour with a huge white head on it. Toasty, herbal aroma. The flavor starts a bit toasty and bready, hits some slightly fruity Belgian yeast complexity, plus some grass and hay, and finishes with some floral, piney, slightly citrusy hops. This is the best hoppy Belgian I’ve had thus far. It is very well balanced between the different elements.