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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Ontario is a tribute to the Trappist beer, Orval. Only beer brewed under the watchful eye of the Cistercian monks, has the right to use the strictly controlled name of Trappist. Ontario is a Belgian style Pale Ale that has been dry hopped and conditioned with Brettanomyces. Brettanomyces is a wild yeast commonly found on the skins of fruit. This yeast contributes a unique characteristic. Ontario has a rich orange hue and a dense creamy head. The flavor profile presents a balance between sweet malty honey and a citrus hop bite.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (2380) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and cider like with some slight yeast. Taste of graham cracker, yeast spice, grape skin, and alcohol. Not really my thing but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2011
[Bottle] Pours slightly hazy reddish-amber with a nice white head. Aroma is really bretty at first, but then almost takes a barley wine turn with strawberry--although it is more like a strawberry/apple/banana juice that i had a while ago. A little caramel when it warms too. Taste is a bit of a letdown, with muddled malt, caramel, and a difficult to distinguish fruitiness--plum I think. Medium-thin mouthfeel, average length, dry finish. Overall, a solid, albeit not spectacular beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
(Bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of nuts, herbs, earth, and florals. Flavor of citrus, Belgian yeast, light brett, grass, and herbs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to LtDan. Pours with a hazy golden body and a small off-white head. Aromas of tea, ginger, earthy, estery, pepper, light woodsy.Flavors of apricot, jam, caramel, bready. Medium bubbles, dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Thanks Caleb

Appearance: Pours a bright orange with only swirls of white atop. Aroma: Light earth, brett and vanilla. Taste: Pale malt, spicy euro hops, faint brett and aluminum. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Overall: Meh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2011
85/204. Thanks Allen. Beautiful sark orange color with minimal head. Dry, Brett dominated aroma. A very dry body with a solid Brett base. Very smooth, well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (6058) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
Winterfest 11. I liked this. It isnt a big beer, but lighter and easy enough to drink, almost like Orval. Dry aroma with wildflowers. Golden color. Mild hops and yeast in the flavor. Dry grassy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Sample at Winterfest. From notes. I had high hopes for this one, and hopefully I will be able to try a bottle when it has some time on it. As it was, it was a very average belgian golden ale. Very little funk anywhere, and anything that i did get may have been wishful thinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9575) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2011
At Winterfest 11. Aroma has notes of some funk, yeast notes, some biscuit and a touch of hops. Taste is mainly biscuity malt, notes of funk and lemon with a touch of other citrus exist, finishing slightly sweet. Good start to this type of brew, but needed much more time on the brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2577) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
The ninth beer I sampled at Winterfest 2011 in St. Paul on 2-4-11. Approximately 2 oz. pour. Pours a cloudy, tan / light amber with a small amount of beige head. Very pleasant, wheaty, sweet aroma. Dry, fruity taste features lemon and Clementine flavors. Medium body. Undercarbonated (perhaps due to being poured from an open, previously corked I think bottle). Disappointing. Fitgers billed this beer as a tribute to Orval, one of my favorite beers in the world, and, consequently, it was the beer to which I had been looking forward most at Winterfest.

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