Canaster Winterscotch Ale - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Canaster Winterscotch AleCanaster Winterscotch Ale

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 01-04-2006

Name : “One used to praise their beer, which was called Canaster, it was drink and food, even for a long trip”
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Photo of Bitterbill
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml opened with no gushing.

Hazy to cloudy deep brown, beautiful looking brew complete with a 1 finger of off white foam and pretty lacing.

Smells of candi sugar, pitted fruits, toasted malt that is almost smokie, booze.

Toasted malt and fruits are up front, gets a bit sweet from the candi sugar, an inherent booziness in the taste(heck, it's called Winterscotch), finishes slightly bitter with more booze.

The foam has subsided but it's still nice to look at. I see the abv is at 9.5% abv but to me, it drinks stronger and so I need to slow this session and review down a bit.

Initial thoughts are that I'm going to score this on the low side as I have done with most beers of the style, which I am taking as Wee Heavy based on the name/label and how it is listed on the brewery website. Waiting and slowly sipping will perhaps bring out my palate familiarity and maybe something nice will happen to change my mind.

Medium bodied in general, a tad too much carbonation for my palate, the mouthfeel is only okay.

All right, I have given Canaster every chance I can to shine for me and it doesn't. It's not a terrible brew, it just does not inspire me to think aboot buying another bottle. Oh well, it has it's fans and that's cool.

Photo of Kraken
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a capped 750ml into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Firm pour evokes a myriad of very fine bubbles that settle quickly to an uneven skim. What remains of the head seems to cling to the side of the glass quite well. Color is a deep murky ruby brown.

Nose- Admittedly this was poured a little cold. A deep and powerful essence of raisins, figs and dates. Alcohol is prominent in the nose along with notes of burnt caramel.

Palate- Dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, coco and burnt caramel. Individual flavors are identifiable but not over powering. Slightly cloying, lasting notes of vanilla. Very good. Exceedingly dry finish with no hints of booze.

Mouthfeel- Dry, very active, slightly cloying.

Drinkablilty- Find yourself a fire and curl up with this fine sipping brew.

Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant dark chestnut under a 3” cream colored foam cap that dissipates to a thick, clingy film.
S: Has a yeasty aroma with rich malts, fresh bread, bread crust and kettle sugars.
T: Initial malty sweetness finishes lightly tart. Complex layers of malt include bread, bread crust, kettle sugars, light caramel and spicy grains. Traces of fruit – plum and a little raisin and a slight wine note.
F: Very creamy, smooth and soft in the mouth. Has above average natural carbonation with slightly above medium body. Slight alcohol warming.
O: A little more fruit than typical and a slight wine character but this is probably due to the abv. More caramel flavor may be due to the grain bill.

Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gushing, seeping bottle, had to pour quickly, but I've seen worse. Dark opaque brown with a little light coming through at the bottom. Floating sediments. Lots of upcharging bubbles on the perimeter. Flattish beige head of 1/2 an inch. Sheets of lace, but incomplete on the glass. Decent aroma, figs and dark brown sugar, no real yeastiness. Plenty carbonated in early sips, mouthfeel about medium and not particularly sticky. Sweet and full flavor, not as fruity as I anticipated, slightly spicy with nutmeg and showing elements of rum-soaked raisins and molasses with a bitter catch of dry husky hops to the back side of the profile. Finish is as full as the beginning, maybe a bit lacking in complexity. If you let this sit and sit, the carbonation evens out, initially it comes of as a bit much in the stomach. Overall, an interesting beer.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a turbid brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark fruits with hints of toasted malt and milder hints of tart green apple.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Everything is subtler than the smell lets on, with lightly toasted malts joining dark fruits. It ends with fruit flavors that are both sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. There are no flavors that make this really stand out but it's easy to drink.

Overall this is a solid beer but not one I'd be overly excited to have again. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle shared with my wife at the Brugs Beertje in Bruges. The beer poured a deep, dense brown body with a thick off white head, solid lacing. The aroma of the beer was malty and citrus. Nice. The taste was malty up front with some slight sweetness, some other fruit notes. There was a nice carbonation body to this beer. Well rounded.

Photo of RomanW70
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2/11 @ Julians. Pours deep caramel ruby with minimal tan lacing. Looks thick. Aroma of dark fruits, cherries, caramel, candied sugar, and wine. Taste has strong sour cherry notes, with dark fruit and yeast. Has medium-high carbonation. Less thick than it looks. Clean finish. Overall, this is a good beer, but it lacks complexity and the taste doesn't live up to it's aroma or appearence.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought very recently (Bestway in Greensboro, NC) but this was bottled on Dec. 3, 2007, so it has a little over 4 years of age on it. Comes in a neat paper wrapper, which sort of sold me, but really I was just looking to try a Belgian that was new to me. (btw, this bottle says 9.5% Alc/Vol.)

Pours a crackling dirty-white/light-tan head. Starts huge each pour, dies quickly each pour. And I'm pouring a little at a time as this is one of those that, while not a gusher, sees the foam rising in the bottle like a thing possessed. Color is an opaque, milk chocolaty dark brown.

Aroma is potent, and reminds me of how blown away I used to get when I was discovering Belgians years ago. Candied dark fruits (raisin, date); super-earthy yeast (but not funky); mineral hints; holiday/pie/sweet spices. And so ridiculously Belgian.

I wonder if the beer has lost something over the years? I "get" the basic taste profile, but it all seems a bit washed out, or pale, or distant somehow. Just traces of everything the big aroma promises (the dark fruit; the yeast; the mineral; the spiciness). Not overly sweet, and really pretty balanced all around, except for the too-dominant mineral taste. It's even good, just seems to lack that pizzazz of a truly great Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Same with the feel, which is bubbly with spritz, but generally feels a little on the thin side. It's nothing terribly detrimental, although something a little rounder and slightly thicker would have probably helped the taste.

It's really the nose that impresses me most on this, and though the taste is fine, the fact that it doesn't quite follow through with the energy and liveliness of the aroma makes it less memorable in the end. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter warmer. Pours with a huge head. Mild tabacco and smoke aroma. The scotch is a purposeful butterscotch and chocolate and fig flavour. Lovely after fish.Smooth drinking,good medium plus mouthfeel, suitably carbonated. not something for every night, but good for a cold night.

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The third beer the brewery has released, and the third of theirs I'm reviewing.

9.5%; bottled on February 28th, 2008. Carefully poured from a 750mL bottle into my Gordon Highland thistle.

This was a slow gusher, sending a steady stream of rocky angry bubbles up through the neck of the bottle. Mauve taupe body with a wheat colored head, dusted and speckled with chocolate and sepia (yeast?). The foam is creamy, dense, and persistent, though lacking the volume and texture you would normally expect from a BSDA. Thick sandy lacing bookended by varnish-like legs. Chunky sediment lurks along the bottom of the glass like a school of jellyfish.

Rich carmelized malt aromatics with hints of cinnamon, and vanilla. Faint chocolate and coffee notes emerge as the beer warms.

Light toast, currants, soda bread, and rye join sweet sourdough starter, roobois, and smooth alcohol esters into the full peppery finish. There is an underlying floral element reminiscent of jamaica or chicha morada throughout. Could do with a little roast or smoke flavor, but is otherwise wonderfully balanced and subtle.

Full bodied, rich, creamy, with excellent carbonation and nice warmth from the ABV. Not as effervescent as many a BSDA, but more active than most wee heavies...

A unique Belgian twist on a Strong Scotch Ale, this is a hybrid that works quite well, showing that De Glazen Toren is capable of transcending tradition even while digging into the mysteries of the past.

Photo of cjgator3
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Be careful when popping the cap on this one, a lot of foam gushed out immediately but was under control after I poured some in a glass. I have had this same gushing problem with other beers from this brewery as well so it seems to not be limited to this bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that possesses amazing lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is loaded with sweet bready malt, brown sugar and caramel with just a touch of hops. This is a very nice malty aroma that I could sit and smell all evening.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously malty with dark overripe fruits, candied sugar and caramel. This beer is so incredibly smooth and delicious!

M- The mouthfeel is perfect! Medium bodied with a wonderful mouthfeel and a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Despite the high ABV, this one hides the alcohol dangerously and is a very easy drinker. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Highly Recommended!

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy brown color. There is a lot of yeast present which made opening the bottle very interesting. I only opened the cap enough to hear the fizz and poured the whole beer that way to avert a foam over, and there was still a ton of foam.

Aroma includes syrupy pancakes and fruit. The character suggests a lot of grape and grain, though I am pretty sure there were no grapes used in the brewing of this beer. There is even a little melon in the smell.

I find the flavor very pleasing. The flavor has a caramel sweetness combined with a touch of tart and very mild spice character.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly flat, but when pouring a beer through a cap to avoid a disaster much of the carbonation will go away. This isn't a bad thing though. The beer has a little tingle left and is very soothing and smooth.

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super effervescent auburn with 3+ fingers of tan head. Good lacing & average head retentions, really murks up towards the end

S: Sour notes, not much else, some green apple peels show as the yeast is mixed in from the bottom of the bottle

T: Brown bread, caramel & a touch of phenols up front. Faint woody hop notes as this warms, slight sourness, cherries, brown sugar & dryness. Finishes dry with sour Bourbon/Peaty Scotch notes, cherries & faint figgyness & green apple peel

MF: Thinnish with over carbonation. Starts to thicken up as this warms, carbonation drops way off too

An alright Belgian dark, I was hoping for more

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped bottle at 48 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours an opaque dark brown color with a two finger head of light tan color that is thin but recedes into a thick, clump border that leaves wet lacing but doesn't hold the walls of the glass.

S: Caramel, sweet figs and dates, a little citrus, and barely discernable Belgian yeastiness. This isn't very bold and does not seem like a BSDA or a Wee Heavy.

T: Sweet caramel, ripe banana, cherries, figs, cloves, and citrus. This is a very contradictory beer.

M: it has medium body thickness with some prickly carbonation and then a mellow and smooth aftertaste - another contradiction.

O: This is tough to discern as a style but is it good nonetheless. It should be enjoyed at a warmer temperature and would be much better in the winter for its warming qualities.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on Feb. 28, 2008. The wrapping says the ABV is 8.7%, but the label says 9.5%. This brew was a gusher, a couple seconds after opening the bottle a good amount of foam slowly gushed out. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch cola-like carbonated tan head which would have been larger if I poured the beer into the glass as soon as I opened the cap. Head retention is decent, but not much lacing. It smells like caramel malt, dark fruit, candy sugar and a bit of chocolate and licorice. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the dark fruit flavors being the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated (a bit too much carbonation for my liking) and also a bit coating. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable. Overall a pretty decent brew.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of fruity sweet ester with some dry fruits and some candi sugar. Taste is also a very nice mix between some dry fruits such as figs and raisins as wall as sweet fruity ester that are totally perfect for the style. Full body with limited filtration with some perfect carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Very complex but easily drinkable at the same time, definitely a beer that I would like to have access to regularly.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice paper wrapped caged and corked bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red amber, nearly black. Carbonation caused a massive gusher out of the bottle. Filled glass with foam, then was able to pour a decent half glass. Massive medium light brown head leaving foam and lacing. Very spicy almost mineral-like aroma, with faint dark malt and dark fruit. Flavor follows; caramel malt, dark fruit and lots of spicing, dominated by very high carbonation. The flavor is suprisingly mild and finishes abruptly with a mineral water component, probably because of the active carbonation. Body if light to medium. I have to wonder if a bottle without the overactive carbonation would be deeper in flavor. I have to knock off points for that. The main flavors are pleasant, the finish not as satisfying. An acceptable strong dark that I would try again hoping for a less active one.

Photo of franksnbeans
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this in the small shop next to my place, looked interesting so I gave it a shot. Pours murky red/brown with a thick off-white head that disappears extremely fast. Smells of dried fruit (plum, raisin, fig). Flavors are the same as it smells, also sweet but thin. Carbonation is noticeable and alcohol is non existent. Good beer but not as hearty as the name and look might imply. Not a failed experiment by any means but I wont go for it again.

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy amber brown in color. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of candi sugar and caramel are present in the nose along with notes of yeast and hints of dark fruits.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that candi sugars aren't noticeable and there is instead malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although it seems a bit malty for the style, this beer is rather easy to drink because it masks any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. This oddly named Belgian beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tannish head. The nose on this all about huge fruit flavours--banana, straberries, apples. It's pretty amazing. Good carbonation leads to a nice earthy, chocolatey brown sugar taste with a slight bite of hops on the finish. It's a little boozy, but a nice winter warmer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at the 2007 Zythos fest.

One of my favourite beers on the day.

Dark mahogany red with a large creamy off white head.

Malts and liquorice combined to give it a rich wintery aroma, coal fire smell without the smoke feel.

Fairly dry, but something in there gives it a sweetish finish, which strangely gives way to a bitter after taste. This is a complexed beer and well worth finding, trying.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: v.2005 bottle (bottled date of 12/20/05), cellared in my possession for 9 months, in a stemmed tulip

Opened with a loud "PFFT" and then foamed up big time. After a mad dash to the kitchen to "stop the bleeding" in a appropriate setting (sink) it poured very strong, energetic, lively & messy! 2 years of cellaring didn't hurt the carbonation apparently!

Very interesting nose. With agitation strong butterscotch qualities emerge, chewy, thick, sweet, echoes of treacle, yet balanced & lightened by a crisp dryness. Malts are super thick & sweet with some distant pumpernickel qualities. Subsequent repours agitate these qualities as well as a peep of some milk chocolate, no, chocolate covered cordials...the ones in the foil so they won't ooze all over the rest of the chocolates & made your eyes POP when you were little & not expecting a mouthful of hot liqueur when you snuck one. A most atypical Belgian Dark nose, yet very nice & welcoming.

The head was, as mentioned, very active & alive (it climbed right out of the bottle at me!). A solid 2 fingers of loose, snappin, cracklin' & very audible latte foam dissipated very quickly into a few transparent islands & a delicate edge ring that laces in dalmatian-esque spots. Ruddy & muddy looking, the mostly opaque body is nonetheless stunning in hue - the deepest plum-merlot color, yet still softly radiant & glowing around the edges.

Mmmm...full & round, a big ol' sweet, wet kiss, full of plum & caramels, they break off quickly and slam into 2nd gear with dry Belgian yeasts that brings fast levity to the show. Malts are subtly burnt, a tiny bit peated and somewhat smoky, adding a nice bitter floor for everything else to dance on as well as overall balance. In general its more sweet than bittersweet, but its very nice & most enjoyable.

Unlike most of the genre I've had, this is not necessarily demanding to be sipped. Its very drinkable & doing a great job hiding the 9.5% ABV (the BA listing must be wrong in that the label say "Alc/vol") until the swallow, and even then it goes down soft & smooth, a gentle flame that doesn't really crescendo & build but just maintains a steady, soft warmth....nice.

It grows a little drier & sharper on the palate, crisper, edgier, somewhat crunchy even, yet also softer & milder in overall taste, rounder if you will. It finishes very quiet, whispering instead of roaring, even & very level, the various tastes melding into a smooth malted adieu & only then releasing the warming glow of alcohol that goes no further than my teeth & gums. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean, light, subtly sweet with plum, cherry & caramel, a wee bit sticky & chewy.

An atypical Belgian Strong Dark Ale but very nice. Sweeter than most but not sugary in the least, milder than most but not tame at all, not as spicy as most but by no means dull...a very nice change of pace. Its (to me) a little unique for the genre, and I like that. One of the mildest winter Belgians I've enjoyed. If this left footprints in the snow they would be cat prints as opposed to some of the larger game Belgians I've had. Its "comfy" and thats cool. This would be very nice with a rich steak, some potatoes, a mild Bleu or softer cheddar. This is proof that all Belgian Dark Ales don't need to be amazing complex to be very enjoyable. If you like the softer, rounder, fuller styles give this a shot at will be rewarded.

Photo of billyshears
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque with some slight head retention. Dark fruits, dark chocolate malts. Pretty sweet (literally and figuratively); initially felt like a bit much but it grew on me as the flavor is very well crafted. Some taste of Belgian yeast. Significant carbonation, medium mouthfeel. A really solid BSDA. Might be a bit sweet for some but it was a delicious after dark dessert for me. Not super complex but it is what it is and it does it quite well. Picked this up on a whim having never heard of Canaster (not something I usually do) and I was not disappointed.

Photo of yankeepride
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This may be the LOUDEST beer I've ever poured. It came out super-fizzy, but not like champagne. It had that clingy-bubbly behavior like when root beer gets poured over ice cream. It was crackling and popping in the glass for a while, but eventually settled down into that typical deep caramel I expected to see. Smell is by far the worst of my senses, but I could smell almost nothing at all off of this one. Really enjoyed the flavor, with just enough sweetness without an overbearing texture to go perfectly with our venison-and-onions dinner.

Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3/4 Liter bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Pours a mildly hazy dark brown colored ale with a light brown head that almost escapes my Duvel Glass.

Smell is herbal and lemony with the sharp scent of coriander. Other than that sugar scents are mysteriously missing. There is the fruity scent of English Ale.

Taste is slightly sweet and smoky in the first sip. After you get farther in fruity flavors appear pretty much the generic fruity flavor that English ales almost all seem to have. The flavor of this is what I would describe as Imperial English Mild ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well this is an OK ale but I don't drink many beers of this classification that are not among the best beers in the world. This beer isn't one of them. An OK beer but I can think off 30 beers I would pick first.

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Canaster Winterscotch Ale from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.