Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Golden amber ale with a thick white head. Light malty and sprucey aroma. Nice crisp malt with good spruce notes and light hops in finish. rich and pleasant. Mondial 2005. 7-4-8-4-13
Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
Golden orange ale with a thick off white head. Fresh caramelly nutty malt with tingling notes, and green pepper. In mouth, a refreshing and smooth beer, with coniferous notes, very nice. Mondial 2006. 8-4-8-4-14
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. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Tordeuse, 2005 version:TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
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.
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Légère odeur de résineux. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pin avec une pointe d’épinette. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épinette en arrière goût. (Rating #2565) ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2005
On draught at Mondial, multiple days. My favorite of the fest. Amber-copper-caramel colored. White head is not long retained and recedes to ring. Beer is lightly hazy, with slight lacing left behind. Smells of caramel, pine nettles, sweet, thick honey and more mashed conifers. Some dry mint-like notes and maybe a bit of sweet candied citrus. Flavor begins perfumey, with pine extract-like bitterness, wintergreen, but a quickly balancing caramel sweetness is felt. Gets slightly musty and earthy through the middle, with some dry yeast and barley notes. Much like a walk through the woods, as Martin says. Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, but not pine-sappy in anyway. It really is balanced wonderfully. It never gets close to astringent for me, and I know how astringent conifers can be. Great balance, which always seems to be very important to J.F. Medium-full body, low to moderate carbonation. Hope I see this one again.
Boutip (6483) - 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. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
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. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2006
Cloudy golden body with a medium off-white head. The conifers beer seems to be a yearly tradition at Dieu Du Ciel, usually around the time I have my shower. Conifers very apparent on the nose but more elusive in the taste. Very soft body (like drinking silk ©Rastacouere 2006). Very malty with some caramel followed by a coniferous dry finish with medium bitterness that makes you wanna have another sip right away. Viper666 (6034) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
Dégustée en fût sur place sous le nom "La Tordeuse". Nez de conifère (gomme de pin), légèrement fruité (agrumes, traces d’abricots), malté de caramel doux et léger de houblon résineux et floral. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture huileuse. Léger goût fruité (notes d’orange et d’abricots) avec des traces d’épices (poivre) lors de l’entrée en bouche rapidement suivi d’un goût piquant de conifères (gomme de pin) auquel se rajoute ensuite un léger goût malté de caramel doux aux notes terreueses puis la finale se veut asséchante et légèrement plus amère avec un apport de houblon résineux. Post-goût long et sec, moyennement amer de conifère et de houblon résineux avec de très légères notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes). (été 2006) muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Numerous samples large and small at the Mondial and Dieu du Ciel. The consensus favorite of DDC’s new-for-the-fest foursome, it would seem, and I’m no different. Bright, opaque amber-gold, with a lasting bit of head and touch of lace...woody, twiggy nose with hints of juniper and wet pine needles, maple sweetness...smooth, full body is effervescent and supple yet strong enough to contain huge flavors, a dry woody crackle blending lovingly with brown sugar and light yeast, a bit of fresh pine evolving into salty driftwood on the finish...awesome.