Cuda | Benelux Brewpub & Café

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Benelux Brewpub & Café
Quebec, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Viggo on 04-13-2009

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by AnHeroicHippo:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Festival Bières et Saveurs 2009. Very decent West Coast IPA, good hops and taste, nicely malted, or is that sweetness natural from the hop oils. Average mouthfeel only. Only a faint aroma of hops surprisingly, so likely little C-hop used. Pours golden colour. Good drinkability.

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Photo of juliendesrochers
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured a clear bright amber color ale with a mice foamy head with good lacing. Aroma of solid piney hops notes with light citrus undertones. Taste is refreshing with loads of piney hops notes and citrus aspect is also noticeable. Body was about average with good carbonation. This is a real hops bomb with limited malt presence being noticeable. I must admits that this one really convince me - probably one the best IPA from Qc that I've had the chance to drink.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Cloudy golden-amber, with a big fluffy head. Don't see any carbonation.

Smells is practically non-existent, but as it warms I pick up a very herbal hop aroma that reminds me of straight hop pellets.

Flavor is hop-forward, for sure, with the usual pine-y and citrus hops. A bit of soapyness in the flavor. Finishes bitter.

Medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

This is a drinkable IPA, but it's not on par with many you'll find at American brewpubs.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Hoppy aroma, quite grassy and piney. Some sweetness in the nose. Leaning toward the west coast in style, no doubt. Thick mouthfeel and quite creamy. Paired well with a tangy Swiss cheese and seasoned olives. Smooth, slightly earthy. Very easy to drink. The earthyness certainly helped with the cheese of choice that had an earthy kick as well. Sticky and resinous. Nice IPA.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask in a pint glass. Small off white head, lots of lacing left behind. Color is copper orange and it's slightly hazy. Huge orange pine blast in the nose with sweet caramel. Tastes quite citrusy with caramel and a bitter pine finish. I really like this beer.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krisklyne
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a pint form both fresh and a 2 year aged pint. Exactly what I look for in an IPA. Nice piney finish but not too overbearing with a decent citrus balance. More hops the better I always say and this certainly did not disappoint.

We dont get too many IPA's in the land of domestic beer drinkers so where ever I can get my hands on them, I gobble them up.

Color was exquisite.Nice Golden, murky look with excellent effervescence bubbling to the top where layed a slight soapy trace of a head. The aged stuff was even better as the citrus really stood out with an even more bitter bite at the end. A great offering of the genre.

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Photo of RollTide7
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, had quite a few pints of this.

Pours a clear light orange amber, thick white head forms, slowly drops to a medium collar and leaves decent chunks of sticky lace. Smell is pretty standard but good, grapefruit and floral, some pine, caramel and biscuity malts, light fruits, nicely balanced. Taste is sweet up front, some caramel and bread, pineapple and floral middle, grapefruit and orange, light pine bitterness, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing crazy but a very solid IPA, I liked it, very good balance.

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Photo of yancot
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doctorpepperguy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber hue with a creamy finger of head with some nice carbonation evident. Very good lacing and very good lacing.

S: Loads of pine, caramel-like malts, tart grapefruits, and a bit of a sour lemon quality to the aroma. Very pleasant but somewhat limited in complexity.

T: Plenty of piney hops, tart grapefruit, and faint caramel-like malts. A bit of an earthy quality to this reminiscent of mushrooms oddly enough. Definitely hop forward but just enough malt to provide a solid foundation. Very nice.

M: Appropriate on all fronts with an oily and somewhat-thicker mouthfeel with perhaps above average carbonation for the style, but not a detriment.

O: A great west coast style IPA that's (luckily) usually always offered on-tap and is a solid go-to when at Benelux. Tastes even better when drinking it during happy hour

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Photo of jophish17
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper with a good couple fingers of fluffy beige head that settles to nothing. Web-like lacing. Slightly fruity bitter pith and resinous, herbal grassy nose, sugar, hard candy. The flavor is much stronger with grassy, green, oily medicinal bitter flavors. There isn't too much citrus but there are a lot of hops without a doubt.
The palate has a good hoppy 'shellac' quality to it with a lingering resinous feel that is nice but wears on you a bit after a while. It is light-medium bodied with lots of soft little bubbles, a creamy feel and a lingering resinous character to the finish.
On the whole it wasn't super malty, but there is a little bit of sweet lemon cake in the smell. However, the smell definitely stops short of how big the flavor is.
This is a very good take on an IPA. It makes me happy to not be afraid to order IPAs in Quebec as much as before : )
Would definitely have again; worth a try if you're ever at the brewpub.

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Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mondial de la Biere. Benelux won a gold medal for this one.

Orange pour with a well-lacing thick white head. Good retention. Full on West Coast nose - lots of pine and grapefruit, with caramel and biscuit in the background. Flavour is simple, but really well done. Nice grapefruit and pine hopping delivers a clean hop bite. The hops slightly overpower the malt, but biscuit and caramel provide some balance. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Simple, but good. Something like this would do well in the Ontario market if someone grew a pair and brewed it.

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Photo of 4ster
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A self described "West Coast IPA"

Wonderful appearance, dark amber, minimal carbonation, light, bright white head, with just a load of lacing... it just won't go away, you've got a nice froth on top the entire time, and lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass. Smell doesn't show too upfront, but what does is earthy, grassy, piney hops. Taste follows and this is really hop forward, very earthy, herbal, grass and pine.... minimal showing of any citrus... not sure if this is single hop origin or just focusing on a few varieties... nice mellow bitter aftertaste, an just small traces of malt, but not sweet at all. Body is very smooth and well made as with all of Benelux's beers, light carbonation, very drinkable (it is a brew pub after all!) with a medium dryness to it.

Overall a very nice IPA that isn't the most complex, but is smooth, easy drinking but still packs a good amount of earthy, Wet Coast herby, pine, wet tree, hop bitterness to it. Not as good as perhaps something like Catapult, but in Quebec, one of the better ones and a good go to when sitting on a hot patio day.

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Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TimWakimika
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cuda from Benelux Brewpub & Café
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