Tomahawk | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Goldorak on 01-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Tim2000
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Vices et Versa in Montréal. It was identified as a "triple IPA".

Slightly hazy golden orange brew with a small white head.

Aroma is dominated by citrus and resinous pine.

Good malt backbone, sweet and bready with some caramel. Hops dominate this beer. Lots of grapefruit as well as grassy and resinous notes. Slight sourness near the end. Fairly sweet overall, with a nice lingering bitterness. Alcohol is well masked but is noticeable by its warming effect. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good effort. Original beer that is difficult to fit into any given style.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the "Vice Versa" on tap...

App: Very nice amber beer with shy strikies of golden hues going throught. Nice creamy head that kept herself alive throughout the sampling.

Smell was quite hoppy of course, hitting us with the tomahawk's hops, but it wasnt that extreme at all. Fresh, hint of pines, and citrus.

Taste is at first, hoppy then followed by a warm alcohol touch, for the newbies that beer might looks like a wall. But even if extreme to others, it was quite smooth. A smooth brick wall to hit. Belgian yeast comes in to tickles your palate and left your with a shy aftertaste of pine, citrus, fruity and earthy flavours

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Photo of Goldorak
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To make a long story short, apparently the brewmaster from Micro.Charlevoix, one of my favorite Québec brewers, went over to the states for some brewing course, and basically fell in love with west-coast hops and extreme Beers while he was there. So he immediately started doing test batches and tweaking up his recipies, like this Tomahawk, which is very similar to Dominus Vobiscum Triple, but with plenty of Tomahawk hops. Sampled at Vices & Versa, a little expensive at over 6 bucks a glass, but factoring in 11% alcohol, a type of hop basically never used in this province, and an IBU count around 120, it's worthy of a shot.

Appearance: Beautiful amber ale, it was sort of like a well varnished redwood color. A quarter inch of compact, creamy head lasted the whole way down.

Smell: Hops were definately fresh, minty and fruity, but somehow didn't quite hit me the way I thought they were. It could have used a little more dry-hopping to give it an extra zing.

Taste: Excellent mix of warm alcohol, resinous hops that just coat your tongue and doesn't let go, however this isn't a palate scorcher, it went down surprisingly well. The bready, belgian-style yeast does show up in the middle somewhere, giving it sort of a Houblon Dobbelen thing going on, which was really interesting. My hat is off once again to this brewery who has the balls to go extreme in a market that might not be ready for it yet.

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Tomahawk from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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