beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
Pours a clear ruby brown color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of earthy malt, fruity hops and caramel. The flavor is earthy, malty, there’s some caramel and mild hops. Interesting, but l’Amère à boire usually do better products than this, I understand this is mostly an experiment. Quevillon (3096) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2009
Bu en fut (20 oz) sur place, le 14 février 2009. Brune rousse caramelisé, petit collet. Arome d’orge malté brute, un peu de noix. Goût légé de céréal malté et pas vraiment houblonné, facile à boire mais pas mauvais. C’est bien sans plus, peut-être comme Glouglou a écrit, en cask serait plus intéressant, mais ils on faite une "tap" en éléphant!" Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2009
In short: Biscuit and leafy hops in this dry example of a simple and light English Bitter. Should really be served from a cask.MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
How: Tap at brewpub. First batch ever (winter 2008/2009)
The look: Clear copper body topped by small but persistent beige head
In long: Nose of true english bitter with that leafy signature of autumnal leaves and beechwood. The malt has a relatively dry profile with flavours of malt shells, biscuits and wood chips sensation. Very toasted with limited caramel presence. Light fruity notes of berries and even a little strawberries. Finish is dry beechwood bark with more dryness than bitterness. The body is rather thin but not thinner than one can expect from a 3.6% English bitter. Carbonation was semi-smooth but still a little too aggressive for the frail body. This is far from a complex beer (in fact it is very simple) but this is also far from a flavourless beer, this little 3.6% beer is actually quite tasty. This beer has the potential to be a true-to-the style English Bitter but it shouldn’t be served on tap. This beer would be so much better if served from a cask but would however be a lot worse if served from a soiled spittoon.
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 My Bottom Line:
The leafy hop tea of this very civil Bitter constructs bitterness and dryness, while slender biscuity malts approach caramel-like angles.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty orange copper.
-The body is of course quite light (this is 3.6% abv after all), but it could be a tad more comfortable. A touch more dextrins might help.
-A pint of this is very quenching and never boring.
-Carbonation is appropriately soft.
-The flavor profile is a tad too simple for my liking. Some diversity in the hops might take care of that for me?
From the elephant at the brewpub.