Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2006
A witbier more than a saison, yeast and wheat aroma. Great sourness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel to compensate. My first Lake Louis. Thanks JPM30. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3 x 12 oz bottles shared with several Quebecois and one other drunk American at tiggmtl’s going away party in Montreal, from a New Belgium glass. Cloudy dirty gold, yeasty and lightly oily, with a bit of lasting white head, sedimented....spicy (ginger and orange peel predominate), lightly cheesy/moldy aroma, which grows funkier by the minute, apricots rotting in the sun and fragrant Saaz hops showing up eventually.....earthy and dry on the tongue at first, sweeter pale malt at midpalate, mineralic towards the finish, moderately yeasty throughout with a light, airy and extremely quaffable mouthfeel....in short, a wonderful session saison. ClarkVV (6710) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2006
2006 12oz bottle drunk on 8/27/06.Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
Very light in color, babbling with carbonation and a small, white head that is fairly well-retained, though creates little/no lacing. Thick sediment on the bottom, is impressive, this being obviously unfiltered/bottle conditioned. A very light, rosy-peach with strong golden hues and a gentle haziness, leaving the sediment behind. The head could certainly be more bountiful and dense, and create more lace, but it’s borderline 4 for appearance.
Soft, easygoing nose shows light fruit skins (pear, apple, nectarine, apricot) with a slight jolt of spicy yeast phenols and what later is determined as ginger. Definitely a fairly true-to-style yeast presence, not exactly funky or terribly farmy by any means, but zesty enough, with the appropriate phenol/ester production and no bubble gum/banana. Hops are dry, with a medium to medium-low apparency, but do add some crispness on the end. Medium strength of aroma, with no alcohol noted.
I really think the hops and malt work the best here, being at once soft from the malt, but yet dry and quenching, while the herbal hops provide a dainty bitterness and clean, crisp finish to match the spicy phenols and dry esters. Some sweetening, a bit of cotton candy and honey from the malt, as it warms, but it adds a little heft to it, keeping it from going too thin/watery. What must be ginger is apparent throughout, though never assertive or bothersome. Not sure if it helps the beer, but it dosent seem to hurt it. Natural carbonation is quite spritzy, moderately tight and keeps it sessionable, as it should, for a 5% abv summer quencher. Reminds me, somewhat, of Dupont Bio, though without the deeper complexity of that one, and certainly not quite as distinctly Belgian. But the flavorful, quenching, and hoppy character is certainly preserved and so is the low alcohol that is such a key to Dupont Bio’s success.
Pale cloudy gold hue covered by a tiny white head that gently fades and leave neglectable lacing. Spicy though well integrated nose comprises a lot of little ginger nuances leaving a rooty (pale) impression while the highly crisp, almost toasty yet light and frivolous malts hint at potential wheat in the recipe. Concinuing nicely in mouth, very crisp and restrained in its spiciness. Gentle pale malts are easy-going procuring mellow sandy nuances when the gentle hops kick in. Diplomatically tart accentuating the drinkability, comfortable and light bodied. A good refreshing ale that avoids detours. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
Any first impressions?
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2006
-A pale hay haze benefits from a sturdy veil of foam.
-Cheesy hoppiness (aged?) and multifarious ginger are linked by a milky pond.
-Straw maltiness and herbal hops are ably balanced into an authentic Belgian mold.
-A valiantly Belgian mouthfeel offers a plump maltiness which remains drinkable due to its vivavious but never aggressive carbonation.
What if you dig deeper?
-Delicate herbal hop bitterness adequately follows a minty, spicy hop flavor.
-The citrusy ginger apport isn’t too spicy, and moreover well-leveled with the rest of the beer.
-Liquefied summer is always a pleasure.
Bottle; no date.
From a 12 oz. brown bottle, simple packaging with the Lake Louie catfish on the label, no bottled/freshness date.
Poured a slightly cloudy golden hued orange with a small foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing.
Aromas of orange zest and tart apples, light spices and coriander, a bit of honey wheat, whiffs of alcohol and a strange vanilla powdery.
A fizzy carbonation at first that settles down and crisp, a little rough and dirty on the tongue, light bodied mouthfeel.
There is dirty powdery to taste that for me, reduces the drinkability, a mild orange zestiness mixed with a lemon, coriander and a mild spiciness, a water downed pepper, just enough honey flavor to give it a sweetness, the hops have a brief earthy bark, and a dry yeasty, malty finish with a touch of softly sour lemon lingering in the palate.
This is one of my favorite styles and I admit, my expectations were up for this, but this made an average impression with me. I try this again at a later date, just to see if it improves on the second try.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Wow, I like the Lake Louie, but not that impressed by this beer. Sour and watery taste maks me wonder why they call this a Belgian Ale (at least that is what is says on the bottle). Gets better after a couple of sips, but there are a lot of other beers I would much rather drink. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2006
12oz bottle. Shared with Kevin...Hazy gold, white head throwing some slight lace. Doughy, corriander, somewhat peppery citrus aroma. Moderate intesity. Wheaty finish w/o much bitterness. This reminds me more of a beefy wit than anything else, especially with the spicing. Easy to drink though. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Poured a very hazy pale yellow. Malty aroma with lemon and citrus notes. the flavor was malty sweet with caramel and some more lemon. Light to medium bodied. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours to a thin looking very carbonated golden body with a creamy dense white head. The aroma is orange oil, lemons, pale malts, yeasty. The flavor is very cereal-like. Toffee, lemon rind, orange oil, coriander. The palate is refreshing and sweet. Moderate mouthfeel.