VT (2526) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a veiled orangeish golden with a resilient white head. Smell is citrus, oranges, white wine. Flavor is oranges, old, dusty, citrus, fruity, woody, vanilla, wine, lots of yeast. Wild yeast! Good bitterness, citrusy, not as overbearing as I would have expected. Some tartness, obviously. Lingering yeast, citrus flavors. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. An excellent offering. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours amber/golden with medium white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of bretts, citrus, oranges, fruits, wine. Very fresh. Taste is of bretts, leather, citrus, fruits, bitterness. Again, a very fresh impression. Palate: Ligth-medium body. Overall: Awesome beer. Good drinkability. I was a bit suspicious about a 18 month old IPA, but it looks like the guys form TDD know what they’re doing. Another excellent beer... You can feel the power of Shawinigan. Whatup14 (2243) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. Couleur orangée trouble, mousse blanche persistente laissant une dentelle éparse. Arôme de brett, fruits tropicaux, boisé. Goût de brett, fruits tropicaux, amertume en fin de bouche, agrumes en arrière-goût. Carbonation moyenne, corps moyen-dense. tom10101 (6312) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by minderbinder, thanks! Clear amber/orange with a huge frothy white head and good lacing. Aroma is hoppy with wine, citrus, fruits (lychee) and brettanomyces. Taste is also of fruits, citrus and brettanomyces with a moderate hoppy finish. Palate is clean, fresh and winey. Very complex beer, well balanced, refreshing and drinkable. Everything in this beer is well integrated. Superb! Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
Sticky white foam atop a golden cloud. Resinous, coniferous complementary brett/hop combo, appealing in its flowery, lilac perfumey notes and exotic in its fruit salad, honeyed tropical tendrils. It makes for a very complex beer and one in which the old age has allowed the brett to take plenty of room and the hops to keep the oxidation at bay, still providing a fair bitterness, but also, when paired with the wood, casting a tannic, tea reminiscent texture of great refinement. That feeling is amped up by the smooth palate of medium build and intense, yet unagressive carbonation. All in all, it’s really dry, almost Orvalesque in that regard and deeply phenolic, venturing into clove, pepper and eucalyptus territories. As it warms up, phenols take a large portion of the room, adding a medicinal kick to it that feels wild a plenty, but perhaps less elegant than when at cellar temp. A fine local treasure that I see is gathering some homey hype that is well deserved. Very accomplished. Those barrels are a marvel.
JulienHuxley (6000) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Gold pour with frothy white head and good lacing. Aroma of stonefruit, peaches, apple, light bretty notes, crisp, oak notes.Taste is beautifully balanced, fruity with earthy/mushroom undertones, brett, peaches, smooth but flavorful spicy brett finish. Palate is super dry and well carbed. A delicate, elegant and easy-drinking beer that carries quite a bit of flavor nonetheless - excellent. lesifflebiere (1928) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
Tout de suite, on relève des notes sûrettes et légèrement fruitées (abricots, pêches). La boisson elle-même est dorée, totalement translucide, à l’oeil on dirait une blonde générique. Belle effervescence, étonnamment désaltérante et accessible (pour une IPA forte, vieillie en fût 18 mois). Étant donné son prix très élevé, on est davantage déçu de ne pas être totalement abasourdi par l’expérience, plutôt que par la bière elle-même, au demeurant très bien mais pas exaltante. mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours a veiled orange with a nice and creamy head. Aroma is hops covered by wild phenolics. Spicy flavors with a distinct brett dryness, it is mildly fruity. Medium carbonation, this is a really fine drink. MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml. Arômes complexes de brettanomyces, de chêne, d’oranges confites et de vin rouge. Robe orangée et trouble, belle effervescence et dentelle tenant bien. En bouche, on retrouve un bel équilibre entre les notes rustiques des brettanomyces et du chêne et les saveurs fruitées et houblonnées de la IPA originale. Belle texture veloutée. Finale bien sèche et moyennement amère. Une très belle création, portant la signature des bières sauvages du TDD. MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Brettanomyces, wood, and oranges reveal a tropical fruit salad amongst peppery wilderness and hop resins for a fantastically complex Barrel-Aged Wild IPA. A marvel you feel like sipping on all day even if drinkability is quite high.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy head of foam sits atop cloudy orange-amber.
-The large, soft bubbles do wonders for the mouthfeel.
-The fruitiness shifts from peaches to oranges, from mango to white grapes, always tagging along tightly interwoven peppery brettanomyces and coniferous hop resins. Wow.
-The finish contains a touch of tartness, but is mostly conceived of fruity hops, brett, and hop resins.
-Everything is so intricately put together and cleanly expressed.