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La Belle Saison - À l’abri de la Tempête

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83
good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
À l’abri de la Tempête visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
À l’abri de la Tempête a puisé dans le terroir madelinot afin de concocter une bière blonde aux doux accents floraux. Délicatement parfumée avec une série d’herbes sauvages récoltées sur l’archipel, la Belle Saison charmera avec ses notes chaudes d’agrumes et de fleurs accompagnées d’une rafraîchissante amertume. Une gorgée de soleil!

(Beer added by: papat444 on 05-10-2011)
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Seanstoppable:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 1, 2011.

Pours a clear pale gold with a finger of fizzy head. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Faint herbal scent. Like another reviewer, it reminded me of the pumpkin spice used in pumpkin beers.

Taste is also similar to pumpkin spice. Some slight sweetness. Some mild bitterness at the end.

Missing the yeasty qualities I tend to expect in a Saison, but still an interesting brew. The spices are quite interesting and tasty. Overall doesn't feel like 5.8% and I would expect it to be a decent session beer.

Seanstoppable, Jun 13, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DannyBaldoni, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant and unique saison, new at St. Hubert trip. Very floral, with ginger being the only significant outstanding scent. Pours light yellow with a small lasting white head, and leaving lace dots throughout the glass. Consumed in my Ithaca Beer Co. glass. Average mouthfeel, carbonation right there. Decent drinker and refreshing. The taste was mainly ginger, with other herbs including chamomile, and cardamom, pepper.

Sammy, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of CanuckRover
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw. Snow white head settles to a thin ring. Slippery lacings. Visible carbonation.

Obviousy spicing on the nose. Quite herbal, heather would be the closest thing to mind. Touch of vanilla sweetness as well.

Spice is right up front. Again, herbal notes with a bit of zing, couldn't tell you exactly what from. Malt is very clean through the finish.

A bit thin in the mouth. Lively carbonation.

Not something I'd pick up again. Nice patio beer maybe, but not as satisfying as similar brews out there.

CanuckRover, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of JFDLV
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

JFDLV, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a clear body, glowing light-golden in colour with a ring of bright white head. The colour is attractive but the head could use some improvement.

On the nose: light wheat, something soft and vegetal like pumpkin, light cinnamon, coriander and allspice, herbal hops. Not at all unpleasant but much too weak.

A delicately flavoured saison quite reminiscent of a pumpkin beer (as the nose suggested), oddly enough. Light and wheaty malt with some honey and a subtle herbal hop bite toward the finish. Spices are light but definitely a mix similar to pumpkin pie: cinnamon, allspice and clove, although joined by some definite coriander and a touch of lemon. The label states that it's brewed with wild herbs picked around the brewery, so I guess this is the origin of the unique spice character. Light mustiness, though not of a 'barnyard' character. While it clocks in a little over the standard 5% ABV, this brew drinks like a much lighter beer, feeling more like 4-4.5%.

Fairly light body with a prickly, active carbonation. Suits this refreshing brew well enough.

A drinkable if mostly unmemorable beer, though it does share that same certain freshness I've noticed and enjoyed in a couple of this brewery's other offerings. Light and well-balanced; I guess I'd enjoy a few pints of this along with a nice sunny day (though unfortunately not at this price). Also, I'd say this one is enough along the lines of a saison (whether accurately brewed to style or not) to be considered as such.

eat, May 11, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a small fuzzy head with limited retention. Aroma consists of weak malt with very subtle notes of herbs. Taste is also a mix between some weak malt notes with some very subtle herbs notes. Body is light with medium to low carbonation. Quiet disappointed with this one since I was expecting a bigger malt backbone and more presence form the herb mix.

Phyl21ca, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of matthiasbrau
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased 6/9/2012 at Dépanneur Peluso in Montréal during the Mondial de la Bière. Sampled 7/20/2012.

Appearance: Poured into my Hennepin chalice, one finger foam, slight lacing, with a light hazy gold color.

Aroma: mineral, yeasty nose.

Taste: Slightly salty up front, fading to a subtle grain and herbal finish; almost no hop bitterness.

Overall: Understated yet interesting nonetheless; more of an herbed/spiced brew with saison highlights than a true saison; definitely worth seeking out.

matthiasbrau, Sep 29, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color beer, clear. Little head. Some effervescence is visible. The aroma is floral and inviting. In the mouth, I get some floral notes and grass. The taste is good and the beer is light and refreshing. Very thin in the mouth. Effervescence is present in the mouth... I would have expected less by the looks of the beer. A good beer, however it isn't cheap.

ZorPrime, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled April 2011.

Appearance: A clear yellow body with a very white and generous head that reduces itself to one then next to nothing after.

Smell: Citrusy and flowery mostly with some honey sweetness.

Taste: Aromatic in flavor with a tinge of sweetness, citrus fruit, herbs, grassy and maybe honey.

Mouthfeel: Brief snap of carbonation with a light body though still robust enough. It has the feel of a cask ale a bit as well.

Overall: A refreshing summer beer that is not perfect but still pleasant. Easily drinkable despite the average mouthfeel.

papat444, May 10, 2011
Photo of Brio22
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Brio22, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy pale straw yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of peppery spices, ginger, grassy and floral notes, herbs and a touch of lemon.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has peppery spices, ginger/cinnamon, grassy/floral/herbal notes and faint lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Not quite what I was expecting from a Saison.

SebD, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

fortierv, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Krakpoff, May 09, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light lemon yellow, very clear, just a little fizzy head. Looks very carbonated.

Smells grassy, maybe something spicy like cilantro? The bottle says "perfumed with wild herbs picked on the archipelago."

First impression: a little spicy, then a grainy finish. Pretty dry -- not much sweetness to this one. Probably not my favorite implementation of the style (saison, that is).

Was better when paired with food. Not bad, but not worth seeking out again.

mmapes, Jul 06, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled October 2011.

Light golden, small white head.

Lots of spices in the nose: ginger, cinnamon. Herbal, grassy, floral.

Flavour has ginger, cinnamon, crisp wheat, lemon. Nice flavour. Herbal flavours as well, but restrained and well-integrated. Slightly bitter. Good!

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

This is a nice saison. I am surprised at the low ratings, as this is a good beer.

jrenihan, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

oldp0rt, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

clesius, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

wizo, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Franck, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
La Belle Saison from À l’abri de la Tempête
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.