Brewed by Le Cheval Blanc
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Montreal, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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mcberko (18441) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap at Le Cheval Blanc, side-by-side with the cask version, both pour a hazy golden copper with a small white head. Regular version has an aroma of standard English hops and malts, perhaps with the hops slightly outdoing the malts, along with some bread presence. Flavour of English malts, dry caramel malts and bread - the hops come out on top, with a very gentle flavour profile. The cask version has an obviously softer mouthfeel, making it easier to drink. Decent session bitter, but quite boring.

rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
Une pinte provenant du cask et verre du fût. Les deux versions ont passablement la même couleur orangée mais la version cask a une couche de mousse crémeuse au sommet (presque cream ale). Le nez offre de joies arômes de fruits exotiques tout comme une trace de levure. La bouche est moyenne mince, rafraichissante. Le malt et le houblon est bien équilibrée. Heureusement le malt crystal ne domine pas cette bière.

Viper666 (5955) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
Dégustée en fût sur place titrant à 5,5% d’alcool. De couleur ambrée et voilée. Nez de houblon herbeux (notes de foin) aux notes florales, moyen de pain avec des notes fruitées (agrumes sucrées, traces de pêche) ainsi que des traces de grains de malt pâle et de caramel. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas et une texture légèrement crémeuse. Notes de levures fruitées (agrumes sucrées, traces d’abricots) accompagné d’une moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux (léger de gazon mouillé) aux notes florales (une amertume présente en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût de pain aux faibles traces rôties avec des notes de grains de malt sucrés et de petites traces de caramel puis en finale l’amertume de houblon revient en avant-plan et présente un caractère asséchant et plus herbeux (notes de foin et de thé) ainsi que de faibles notes de noix. Post-goût long-moyen et légèrement sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux et légèrement floral avec des notes fruitées (zest d’agrumes). (printemps 2007)

DerWeg (1697) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
On cask in July, sorry Blankyboy! Clear dark gold with white firm cap. Aroma herbal and quite lemony. Taste is lemon, peaches, fruit, and grass.with unexpected hit of menthol to follow, finish is long dry and perfumey. it gets a pass.

blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
Cask at Le Cheval Blanc. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber (I think, it’s so dark in here) with a large lasting foamy white head. Nice hoppy and bready aroma. Flavour: This totally hits the spot on such a warm day, resiny hops backed by bready malt and with a decent bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good stuff.

rocbyter (2136) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Floral hop aroma Clear dark orange color with a large white head. Light bitter beginning that fades in the finish.

lefossoyeur (615) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2010
On cask at the brewpub. Light amber with a huge frothy and lasting head. Very classy bitter nose, bready, nutty with some citrus in there too. Light to medium light body, nice smooth bitterness, nutty finale. I’m glad they now have a hand pump at CB. Very nice session bitter.

robinvboyer (4723) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Bready aroma with some burnt nuts, and some english hops. Flavor is much of the same. More bready malts, and nuts, with a long bitter finish.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2008
In short: Roasted nuts slightly caramelized and a lot of dry grassy hops. Good beer although atypical for a Bitter.
How: Tap at brewpub. January 2008 batch at 4.9%.
The look: Cloudy amber body with a small off-white head leaving good lacing
In long: Some toasted bread, a light caramel presence and quite a bit roasted nuts flavour followed by a a whole lot of dry grassy hops. Medium dry bitterness. I had this one back to back after their pilsner and I found a lot of similarities in the hopping of these two beers. This Bitter is definitely a lot more dry grassy saaz-ish than what I’m used to from standard English Bitters. Like a nutty slightly caramelized Bohemian Pilsner. I’m not complaining cause I think that it was pretty good. Here’s to another after-noon spent sitting on my ass at this fine brewpub. It may look like I’m wasting my time and not doing anything just sitting there but at the cellular level I’m really quite busy.

Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2007
Robe blonde voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche mince. Arômes légers de houblon. Saveurs de houblon amérisant, de carton et de levures.

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