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Canaster Winterscotch Ale - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Canaster Winterscotch AleCanaster Winterscotch Ale

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%

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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Name : “One used to praise their beer, which was called Canaster, it was drink and food, even for a long trip”

(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 01-04-2006)
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Reviews by gosurfobx:
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poped the cap on a 750ml bottle, and instantly noticed that my bottle was way overcarbinated as a large rush of foam spilled out the top of the bottle and continued to slowly come out for no less than 15 minutes. Needless to say that once the mess was cleaned up the beer was poured into a tulip glass with a massive head. The beer itself is a murky brown color without much clarity. The smell of the beer is very bready and yeasty. Taste is has some chocolate, carmel, some slight hops, and a farly strong alcohol taste to it. The mouthfeel is, as expected, quite carbinated and very good. I hope that my overly carbinated bottle was only a fluke, but beware not to open it over an antique desk as I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 03:00:13 | More by gosurfobx
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3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy four-finger head. Rocky settling. The lace becomes large spots. Brown color with a bit of a haze. Some light shines through.

Sweet and high in alcohol to the nose, like a barley wine. Some cherry and molasses notes.

The taste matches the smell--semisweet treacle and warming alcohol. There are elements of brandy with this beer. No noticeable hop. Thick, rich mouthfeel. The carbonation is light, enhancing this effect.

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Petrus glass on 12/30/12

The appearance is a cloudy brown with caramel highlights. The head is fizzy and rises quickly to three fingers before deflating leaving lace in the shape of flames flicking up the side of the glass.

The aroma is welcoming. Notes of grassy and slightly herbal hops, biscuit dust, pastry crust and apple pie drizzled in caramel. Hints of grapes and figs.

This doesn't taste like I was expecting. The hops are strong and have a spicy, herbal presence. Malts aren't hurting, what with bread, caramel and toasted sugars and all, but overall this is drier than I would have expected. Hints of pepper. The hops exhibit more grassiness after a while. Faint fruit notions.

The feel is on the high side of medium (though at times it seems watery); the body is a little slick and sugary but not overly so. Carbonation is high but settles to a moderate level. The finish is spiced and dry.

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Serving type: bottle

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle bought in Brussels.

A - The beer was attractively packaged in wrapping paper, but when I unwrapped it, I was dismayed to see that the beer had leaked a bit from below the cap. The leak was dried and obviously old. There was still a good carbonation when it was opened, so maybe the beer's ok. I had stored it in my cellar on its side since buying it, so there should not have been any environmental problems to cause the leak. The beer is an opaque, murky, deep brown. The head is off-white, very fluffy and thick.

S - The aroma is all about malt. Toasty biscuits, graham crackers, molasses, prunes and figs. But there is also a crisp earthy hop aroma in the finish that adds complexity. There is a metallic smell that I'm not sure should be there, maybe a result of the cap leak. No obvious notes from Belgian yeast.

T - The malt dominates again, with bready, Munich malt flavor, prunes/raisins/figs and brown sugar or molasses notes. Like the aroma, there is a hit of earthy hops late in the palate that breaks the sweetness and adds complexity. A hint of alcohol in the background. No noticeable yeast characteristics. This beer does have a taste profile similar to a Scotch ale, rather than a typical Belgian Dark Strong Ale.

M - Thick, creamy body. Tingly carbonation. A hint of alcohol burn. Medium hops bitterness.

O - This is an enjoyable strong Scotch-type ale. I was worried I had a ruined bottle when I saw the "leakage", but it turned out well. I would be interested to see if an undamaged bottle would be even better. I marked down the appearance score because of the cap problems, but otherwise I scored this one pretty highly.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:05:50 | More by Radome
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a clear amber and red body with excellent lacing.

S: a little tart dark fruit and some caramel malts.

T: yeasty with musty dark fruit with mostly strawberry and blueberry predominating. Some caramel malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not quite full enough but very flavorful and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.35/5  rDev -13%
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

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Canaster Winterscotch Ale from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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