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Brewed by La Voie Maltée - Microbrasserie du Saguenay
Style: Witbier
Chicoutimi, Canada
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Metalchopz (3828) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
Originally rated October 2006. Sampled at the pub itself, in Jonquière, Quebec. Poured a golden-white colour with mild cloudiness, no lace and weak retention. Lots of citrus, lemon dominant nose with slight Belgian white yeast. Very mild tartiness and little waxy. Dry sour taste with lemon and no aftertaste. Not really my favorite here, as this is a weak witbier.

MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
Verre de 12 oz, à la brasserie de Chicoutimi. Arômes épicés de coriandre. Robe blonde pâle et trouble, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. Très mince en bouche, les saveurs sont plus discrètes que le nez. On retrouve une touche de blé et un petit côté épicé. Finale très douce et un peu aqueuse. Rien d’offensant, mais il existe de bien meilleure blanches.

Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2007
Sampled at the brewpub over the X-mas holidays.

Murky Wit-like "white" that was borderline peachy, with a thin, pearly white head.
Interesting combination of acidic and spicy nose, sort of like a bastard baby with a Saison father and Gueuze mother. And I don’t think it’s infected, but not entirely sure if this is exactly what the brewer was shooting for. Plenty of yeast, hay and coriander too.
Tart and dry, and really refreshing (not very a propos for the cold December evening!), the crans shine through in the sharp aftertaste. Pretty lively effervescence, that tartness in the end makes it dance on that thin line between funky good and funky infected, but it was pretty much thumbs up for me.

MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2007
Any first impressions?
-Ample foam crowns the cloudy pale yellow.
-A tantalizing spicy yeast character benefits from some crisp straw, wooden wilderness and subtle herbs. I am reminded of a Jolly Pumpkin witbier!
-White grapes, sturdy haystacks, wild yet mellow spiciness all coalesce into this intelligent, well-calculated tartness; this time I’m reminded of a Russian River delicacy!
-The lively effervescence enlivens the vinous, juicy body.

What if you dig deeper?
-A piney perfume is hiding amidst the aroma’s milky coriander.
-Flour is also present in the storytelling nose.
-The perfectly-positioned yeasty wilderness is breathtaking in its humility.
-Grassy hops dwell in the haystack.
-With intricately-linked flavors, this easily approachable yet immensely complex witbier experience was a fine example of this brewer’s talent.
-Once again, from reading other ratings, Voie Maltée beers seem to evolve and shift quite drastically from batch to batch. When they are in fine form, such as my growler of Muse or the snifter of Criminelle I had at the brewpub, they can be mindblowing experiences.

From the growler, opened a day after purchase.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
Cloudy light yellow. Small white head. It seemed to me like a base beer to which one or 2 ingredients were forgotten. Overwhelming wheat in the nose, a bit lemony with slight honey suggestions on the palate and mostly coriander as far as spices go. Quite yeasty too, bananaish and grainy at that. Crisp mouthfeel, maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking. Just somehow seems incomplete.. This is the only beer I won’t remember from La Voie Maltée...

DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
Spicey aroma, cloudy white, nice foamy head. Sweet, lemon bubblegum flavour, spicing comes into taste very well too. Light, bubbly, quite easy to drink lots of I'd imagine. A real treat, Thanks Bill at the Winking Judge!

daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
Cloudy pineapple juice color. Banana and some citrus in the nose. Body is pleasantly sweet with malt with some citrus notes. Spritzy, but not enough to take away from the flavor. Faintly fruity, dries towards the finish with a light hop bitterness. A pleasant, refreshing Witbier.

Oakes (19911) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Opaque yellow; malty, wheaty, slightly honeyish nose. Malty, slight marshmallow, creamed honey, lime. Finishes wheaty, malty.

dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Light and spritzy with a bitter orange peel presence. Corriander remains in the background. The yeast gives off a presence not altogether pleasant but it"s OK. With a slice of lime in the summer this is a winner to be sure.

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