Boutip (6397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Sample at Mondiale 2005: Poured an hazy medium brown color ale with a medium head. Aroma is quite unique with some subtle conifers creeping out as well as strong malt. Taste is also quite ‘’special’’ with the mix of conifers and spice creating something quite different. Body is full and well balance with malt. Would have preferred a more accentuated conifers beer though. Sammy (12351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Throughly unique, Three conifers used, forest aroma and deep piney and citrus taste. Amber and big head, lace. Well hopped, great carbonation. Carmel and butter smoothness. Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal 2005. Robe ambrée. Amertume piquante. Houblon agrume. Arômes d’épinettes tout en douceur. Eructoblaster (4266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2005
Hazy chestnut body topped with a lasting beige frothy head. Interesting malty aroma with hints of pine, herbs, and citrus. Taste is dominated by the pine flavors. It ends with a good hoppy/sour finish. Very nice stuff. MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Tordeuse, 2005 version:
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
Wet bark on which slowly drips black pepper and caramel. Fresh, marshy, not too assertive, but inherently attractive.
A flavor onslaught in the first half of the sip. Earthy wet bark with lots of pine. Bitterness is passionate at first, but then recedes to help drinkability. Not sure if this bitterness comes from the conifers used or some pine-y hops though, the illusion is perfect. Well-balanced, inspired and flavorful, what more can you ask for?
The Laurentian forest never seemed so tasty.
Bière du Mai, 2006 version.
More perfumy and less biting than last year’s, this one focused more on the aromatic proprieties of the conifers, and on the healthy malt bed on which they lie. Active carbonation remains delicate and silky all the way, letting the maltiness and restrained piney spiciness coexist in utter harmony. Bitterness has dropped considerably compared to last year’s, making this a much easier pint. All in all, the 2006 isn’t as hardcore as the 2005, but remains a unique, expertly-crafted drink.
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 This "3 conifers beer" led me to expected a hop heavy potion, but I was not unpleasantly surprised by the multi-faceted hybrid that settled in my pint. As a starter, the appearance strikes as perfect. The color is a beautiful amber-ish sunset orange and the meringue-like white head lives to lace, laces to live, one of the largest and most spectacular foams I’ve seen at DDC. So we were talking about the conifers... It seems like DDC’s brewer was seeing those more akin to spices in the concoction of the Tordeuse. It is a very malty beer with flavors reminiscent of caramel and vienna malt in their sweet earthiness, nuttiness and biscuity overtones. A slight buttery profile fits the bill nicely and marry the floral and soapy hops with signity and elegance. Highly drinkable potion with a wry twist. Conifers come up in an unlinear subtlety from the first impression to the last sip. Flavors are fresh, long, spicy and character loaded. Boasting a superb creamy texture, generous body and matching cleansing carbonation. Mysterious and highly pleasant if not quite as straightforward and lively as I had hoped upon hearing the brilliant concept. I feel I’m being generous, but it was the right quaffable beer at the end of a work day.