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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LaChouape Saison Houblon Review


With a great looking green label, use of various fonts and a properly sized bottle, how can you not buy this? OK, maybe the $5.19 price may stop you, but sometimes you just have to suck it up and try it. I got bottle from Dépanneur Peluso in Montréal.

The beer has a hazy amber/orange and pours with almost no head, just a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is strong and playful with both sweet and spicy notes. Honey, herbs, strawberries and a bit of sweet malt are present and blend into something very inviting. The taste is much duller and drier than expected as none of the sweetness from aroma makes it. In fact, not much of anything makes it to the taste. The more I kept drinking, the less flavour there seemed to be. After about a third of a bottle, I concluded that this is not much flavourful than....a lager!!! Neither is it more complex. The sweetness is not there, the fruits are not there and there is barely anything of the herbs or the hops. The finish is very dry and very muted. Some notes show up for brief moments, but overall there is not much of anything. I am very disappointed with this one to be honest.

Scores:
Cost - $5.19
Taste - 5.6/10
ABV - 6.2%

Overall - 5.6/10...great aroma, but almost no flavour

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