TaktikMTL (8013) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté chez Brouhaha (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et de noix. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de noix et de raisins. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #2566) Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2011
500 ml bottle from Au Coin Duluth. A small beige head tops the cola coloured pour. Abundant yeastiness, bready and fruity meets biscuity, toasty malts in a fairly hoppy context where spicy, herbal hops serve more than a support function. The roasted malts blend in nicely with the Belgian yeastiness whose phenols are just restrained enough and tartness remains limited. For such a recipe, I’m actually pleasantly surprised by the balance, the roast serving as a counterpart for the milk chocolate sweetness, making for a caramelly latte malt profile that quickly turns toward more serious chocolate and nuts. Finishing earthier and with a powderiness that grows on the palate and feels at its place. Original and pleasant. TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
500 mL bottle. Dark brown with a film of beige head. Smells like cola and coffee. Only milder. The flavour is mild as well. Mostly caramel and chocolate malt. Nice hopping. Kinda hard to describe. But enjoyable. Nothing wrong with it. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
500 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 20JL11.cfrancis (3635) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2011
App.: Very deep mahogany with a decent fluffy off-white froth.
Aroma: Nutty, fruity malts, slightly minty and cola-like, somewhat earthy, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, fairly nice with a few iffy notes.
Palate: Medium+ body, limited effervescence.
Flav.: Darker than the nose, more like a stout, dark chocolate, black coffee notes, then the more Belgian fruity malts, touches of earthiness and nuttiness, some cola-like herbals, a bit...eclectic; almost dry with fair (inappropriate?) bitterness and a fairly long malty, minty, coffee and slightly boozy finish.
Not bad. Confusing. Or confused.
Pours a dark brown with a big fizzy light brown head. Aroma is hazelnut, malt and booze. Taste is nutty malts, astringent and well carbonated. Tastes boozy. Alright but not great.
mabel (10002) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
[3855-20110802] 500mL bottle. Fragrant petal grains aroma. Clear, mahogany red body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Sweet roasted fruity plum dates flavour with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Medium-full body. Interesting to try. (6/3+/7/3/13) 3.2
toffsbury (121) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
(w/ jerc, others)
Bottle shared by kevinsenn. Yeasty Belgian aroma, ot much else to say about that. Nice deep red colour, with a respectable head. Malty flavor, with very mild spiciness. Spiciness increases in the aftertaste though, with a fair bit of pepperiness. Not too bitter yet not sweet, it’s a well balanced beer. Pretty nice. JulienHuxley (6000) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
Sample from a bottle. Dark pour with creamy tan foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, very powdery, cocoa, light coffee, light peppery notes, light fruit but definitely not much Belgian going on. Taste is roasty, chocolate, light pear, just a touch of something doughy, slightly strange flavor. Palate is med-full bodied with good carbonation. Not your average Belgian ale, but drinkable. Franckg (1948) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Robe brune foncée assez claire avec colde mousse beige et assez dense. Dentelle epaisse et huileuse. Arômes de levures belges, noisettes, malt grillé et mielleux, épices à dessert. En bouche, c’est un mélange un peu spécial de saveurs sucrées et amères. Levures belges et épices sucrées qui rencontrent du malt grillé et des noisettes. Surtout orienté vers le malt anglais, minéral et terreux. Finale plus herbacée et caramélisé et où les houblons ressortent un peu plus. Texture moyenne-légère, corps moyen également. Bière brune qui sort des sentiers battus mais qui ne tombe pas dans ma palette. MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This hybrid of a Brown Ale establishes earth, chocolate and nuts in the flavor profile, finishing in a dryish surge of wooden hop and roasted malt bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown gown with mahogany highlights.
-A touch of oxidation bothers the flavor profile. After reading the other ratings, I’m starting to wonder if this keg at Brouhaha was not in optimal form.
-The nut profile is reminiscent of almond skins.
-Light fruit esters are present throughout.
-The prevalent earthiness is almost smoky at times.
-The body is well rounded, on the verge of being drinkable.
-This is different, perhaps strange, and definitely not conclusive in this form. I’ll have to try from one of their counter-pressure growlers.
On tap at Brouhaha.