Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Reddish amber ale with no head. Chenical currant aroma with spoiled cheese and burned rubber. In mout, chemical sweet fruits, viscous and cloying, with a weird bitterness. Ouch...this is bad. A rip-off at 4.79. LCBO. Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Juice? concentrate? Nice head, grows on you. Bittersweet overall. I think not the real thing, and a lager. Volo Cask Days. Colour for some points. Some rye, but not prominent. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
Bottle. Ruby-pink tinged brown body with a small beige head, decent lacing. Fruity, currant - hint of syrupy not quite cough syrupy sweet notes. Fairly bland malt sweetness in the middle, very light fruit lingers very mildly. Average palate. Not great, but I think this one probably depends greatly on how much you like the flavour of currants. MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
The Lure:JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2006
A heavy blackcurrant juice spread over a light pea soup. Black grapes and yeast are frightened by the sweetness of it all, and by the lurking DMS of course.
Mostly sweet candied fruitiness in all its artificial splendor. Low carbonation doesn’t help its drinkability factor, and the ending roastiness really doesn’t merge with the sugary fruit. Yeast bothers.
The multicoloured cereal aisle at the supermarket.
650 ml bottle courtesy of Tupalev... thanks. Deep copper colour beer with a thick fast-fading off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma, blackcurrent along with some faint tart sourness. As the temperature comes up a bit there are some soft toast/biscuit malt notes. On the taste... gak! Very sweet and sugary, with a hint of light fruit. Some dirty higher alcohols and vegetables mix with an astringent soapy finish. Rapidly becomes cloyingly sweet. Pretty rough.
blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
Cask at Bar Volo’s Cask Days 2005. Black Currant Rye Lager ? Well, it’s different that’s for sure. Pours a cloudy dark auburn with a large white head and some sediment. Very sour aroma of alcohol and a hint of fruit. The flavour has the aforementioned black currant and rye much more prominently than the aroma did along with some sourness and malt. My rating is lower than most of the others but I recognise that this is definitely an acquired taste -- just not my taste. Kudos for trying something different though. Radek Kliber (7320) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 Mineral hop aroma, slightly buttery nose. Neat amber-red looking beer with good white crown on top . Sweet berry , white sugar , rather light bodied . Very sweet fruitiness . Rye shows late as the sample warms up . HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
Draught (cask). At Volo Cask Days 2005. Didn’t quite know what to make of this one. Poured hazy mahogany with visible white floaties, with a huge (for cask) lasting off-white head. Nose is very sour, black current / raspberry jam, other tart fruit juices, some grains; interesting, but still not sure what to make of it. Taste was lighly alcoholic, the berryfruit seemed a tad stale, the grain (rye?) was more prounounced, but this was still quite sour. Mouthfeel was acidic and almost syrupy - a fair amount going on. By the end of my half-pint sample I determined I liked it okay, but would like to try it again to see how much. Boutip (6336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a medium off-white head with minimal retention. Aroma of black currant chemically reproduced syrup. Taste is also dominated by this syrup with a weird mix of malt (rye?). Body is thin and carbonation is very low. A new low for this brewery? CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
(750ml bottle) Sampled at TiggMTL’s Montreal Crew YEHa!05 Christmas Party on December 17, 2005. Pours a dissipated white head with a brown-orange body. Nose of eggs, sharp fruit, cheese and rye. Sweet... sweeter than brown sugar. This is totally gross. Rumoured to be a spoiled batch at the brewery that they decided to save for Christmas. Yeh, Happy F#ck’n Christmas to you too!