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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed with Amarillo, Simcoe and Saaz hops.
20 Plato

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle at Ryans 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9798) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
We had two bottles of this at Ryans 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lefossoyeur (606) - 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 Ive had from Charlevoix so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 Ive had thus far. It is very well balanced between the different elements.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
750 mL bottle. Very classy. Hazy orange with a big fluffy white head. Smells like a resiny Belgian ale. Which works. And it works in the flavour as well. Thing is, its a very nice Belgian ale; not too sweet, with a nice balance of malt and yeast. And the hops are fresh and in perfect proportion to the sweetness of the malt. Kindof a 70-30 thing, in favour of the hops. The hops are mostly pine, with a touch of herbs. Alcohol is well hidden. Decent body - this one could easily have been too thin. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5691) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle. Nice appearance gold-copper pour with frothy white head. Aroma is pretty complex; belgian yeast, pineapple, orange peel, flowers and pepper. Nice intense flavors with lots of hops, grapefruits, herbs and a tropical fruits fnish. Mouthfeel is quite full with well balanced carbonation. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bedainedebiere (528) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 14,29$ for an amazingly smooth beer reaching 70 IBU. Garden-of-Eden-like aroma, with the flowers God probably prefers. Citrusy Amarillo hops come out just splendidly through the complexity of hop spicyness and the fruity esters developped by the belgian yeast. A lot of similarities with Chouffe Houblon, but quite smoother and and a bit less tongue-tingling. Both are excellent but Lupulus is even better to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2154) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
2 x 750ml bottle 2009 vintage from Monde des Bires. Dranked fresh 2 weeks after release
Appearance : Hazy gold with huge rocky head. Fluffy and long lasting.
Aroma : Very yeasty with lots of banana. Fruity with some hops. Hints of passion fruit
Taste : Quite yeasty with strong notes of banana. Some hops also.
Finish : Dry, bitter and yeasty
Overall : Got consistently better as we went thru the bottle. Very intense but mellow at the same time because of the yeasty/banana notes. Really crisp bitterness. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Thanks to sflpunk for this one. 2007 bottle: pours a hazy gold with a big frothy head. Aroma has yeast, citrus, orange, and coriander- smells like it may have been fuller when fresh. There are also some herbal notes on the nose; maybe a bit of parsley. Upon sipping, the alcohol becomes more pronounced. Flavor starts with teh sweetish citrus, then moves to a spicy and bitter stage. Would be interested to try this fresher and get the full shot of Simcoe. Palate isnt particularly full, but I like the spicy and dry finish. Really solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Courtesy of SFLPunk- thanks Jeff. Vintage 2007. Appearance is hazy golden with an excellent white foam that dissipates slowly leaving excellent lacingy Lots of carbonation. Aroma is citrus, coriander, and some yeasty dough. Orange peel abounds with some earthy herbal notes coming through more subtly. Flavor is quite hoppy with alcohol notes present. Pretty bitter, but the citrus sweetness that prevails in the aroma is just as prevalent in the flavor. Some herbal tones and elements from all over my spice cabinet. Palate is medium full for the style, with quite the dry finish. Intriguing- many of the flavor are hard to place but they yield with warming and continued quaffs. Very intriguing.

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