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IPA Belge - Brasserie Dunham

IPA BelgeIPA Belge

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BA SCORE
84
good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 7.84%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Yoonisaykul on 12-26-2010)
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by duracell:
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful bright golden color with a creamy white head (medium size, medium retention and good lacing). Clear body with a little apparent carbonation. A bit of yeast present at the bottom.

S - The belgian character is noticeable at the first sniff. Good spices, malt, a bit of yeast and typical aromas from a Tripel with biscuity and estery notes. Hop is mild in the back.

T - Taste is hoppier than the smell. Medium malt as a backbone and a good grassy taste coming from the hop. The balance is quite good, tilting a bit on the hoppy side.

M - Light to medium body, I find it a bit thin. Good carbonation which give a slight crispiness throughout the experience. Finishes with a frank bitterness.

O - This beer is well done, quite balance and with an excellent drinkability. Aromas are really nice but tend to be more Belgian than IPA... I'd like to find more of aromatic hops (was my bottle too old?). My first Belgian IPA and certainly not the last! Definitely worth seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:17:46 | More by duracell
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, part of a small group of Dunham offerings to recently arrive here in Alberta.

This beer pours a murky medium apricot amber hue, with two trim fingers of lazily foamy, spongy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a decent array of layered bleeding paint lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, crackery pale malt, a touch of caramel, soft earthy yeast, a hint of orange pith, and peppy grassy, leafy hops - more like a Belgian ESB at this stage. The taste is more assertively hoppy - the citrus notes open up, with an orange, grapefruit, and lime wedge bitterness leading the way - followed gamely by more bready, biscuity pale and caramel malts, rather well behaved crisp, and mildly funky Belgian yeast, additional spicy tropical fruit notes, and a pretty easy-going alcohol warming.

The carbonation is prominent, if only in a commandingly frothy sense, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, those hops apparently having better things to do than mess around here. It finishes off-dry, the almost doughy biscuit malt still large and in charge, while the polite to a fault yeast trails off, and the fruity essences all sort of coalesce into a sort of singular entity.

One tasty brew, this one is - however, it has little in common with damned near every other version of the style that I've yet encountered. For starters, I don't have to justify that weird combination of acrid yeast and overly bitter hops, as illuminated above. Also, the booze is kept to, oh, I dunno, an IPA level strength - why the standard Belgian versions are actually Imperial in their ABV, without saying so, is beyond me. Anyways, I really enjoyed this ESB, uh, I mean Belgian IPA, that much is certain.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 04:11:40 | More by biboergosum
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-13-2014 00:59:11 | More by joemcgrath27
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brasserie Dunham's IPA Belge has a body about as attractive as Lena Dunham's. The first few ounces resulted in nothing but foam, which had to be spooned into the sink. The last few ounces were nothing but sediment which, not before sullying the beer's complexion, were poured into sink. At this rate the sink will have more to review it by than me.

This really is an ugly beer; it looks like someone threw a handful of dirt into an iced tea. Its foaminess is commendable...until I remember that I had to refund half of it. Belgian yeast is an excellent ingredient in a beer - provided you know how to keep it in check. Judging by the aroma, this brewery doesn't; it stinks of old bread, stale spices, and rotted fruits.

The best Belgian IPAs combine my favourite elements of both IPAs and Belgian ales: vivid tropical hoppiness and soft, airy effervescence. This example of the style, however, embodies some of my least favourite characteristics of those respective styles: harsh bitterness and plain malts soaked in unabashed alcohol. This beer is pretty rough around the edges.

It both smells and tastes like a barn interior on a rainy day. And it seems twice as strong as it actually is (6.5%). It's a hard pill to swallow, far from what I'd call an 'approachable' offering. Imagine eating a plain white cracker that's been peppered with a spice rack assortment, lemon juice and chased down with a shot of vodka - it's dry, relatively tasteless, and it burns.

Quebec is home to some of the most and least competent microbreweries in Canada. My first experience with Brasserie Dunham hasn't been the most reassuring; IPA Belge would suggest these guys still have a few things to figure out. It's not an awful offering by any means, but it's certainly not anything I'd buy again. A very weak example of the style...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:56:00 | More by biegaman
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden and clear , a surprise for a Belgian yeast strain. A finger of head and visibly aggressive carbonation. Good retention and lacing.

S: Citrusy hops and a bit of that Belgian yeast character

T: Once again I get a bit of those hops. I'm leaning towards an american variety. I also get a bit of that belgian yeast character in the form of bread and perhaps a bit of clove in the slightest presence as well. The malt character is almost honey like and rather delicate. The bitterness is a bit too much in my opinion and could use a bit dimming down.

M: Nice carbonation but the body could use a bit more work. The carbonation is definitely accurate for a belgian style.

O: It was good but nothing really extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:39:07 | More by Haydn-Juby
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip.

A: golden straw in cokour with a slight haze this beer pours with an enormous fluffy white head that slowly breaks leaving nice lacing and soft caps.

S: grassyness, some malts, faint yeasts and hops.

T: grassyness/mustyness/earthiness, piney hops, tart fruits and malts.

M: full carbonation, medium body

O: rated pretty well, but the fact that it was a carbonation bomb certainly took away from it. I would also guess that my bottle was less than super fresh, but there isn't much I could do there as there were no dates on the bottle. Still...I enjoyed it, and I will try others from Dunham in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 21:12:19 | More by polloenfuego
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-23-2013 03:14:28 | More by rale
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randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-19-2013 03:29:41 | More by randallpink
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-15-2013 07:58:42 | More by Bf_89
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-27-2013 19:35:57 | More by peensteen
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timeo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-12-2013 01:51:58 | More by timeo
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle into tulip. A huge soft creamy head, with really solid retention and lacing. Colour is an unfiltered cloudy amber gold. Lacing is very impressive. 4
S – lemon, fresh grassy herbalness, florals, some light biscuit malt. A bit of a fruity tartness, green melon, not a lot of yeast character, mostly strong mineral aspects. 3.75
T – a clean start, tart fruits, then more biscuitiness. Melon, clean malts, green throughout, grassy, florals, tart pear, a bit more dryness and tasty character to the finish but the hops are mostly muddled. Good balance on the minerality vs. clean malts though. 3.75
M – balanced, bit of a tang to it, moderate carbonation, but the end is a bit slick, there is dryness that comes a bit late. Satisfying minerality and tartness throughout.
Didn’t strike me as a memorable BIPA. The hops were tart and citrus but fell a bit flat and the yeast didn’t really have a ton of flavor beyond the mineral feel. Within style, and a serviceable beer I would have again, but I don’t feel likely to seek it out again and think there are more exciting examples of this great style. It’s a perfectly fine beer, but I think there are better out there and this underperformed and could be a lot more interesting. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 03:01:43 | More by mick303
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-27-2013 05:11:05 | More by WeissBoy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-24-2013 00:33:06 | More by andrenaline
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Hazy rich bronze with a creamy white head. Long lasting retention and sticky lacing.

(4.25) S: Pine, orange, floral qualities, spices, lemons, fresh buttered bread. Incredibly fresh smelling with bold aromas that come across like a lemony forest floor (from the pine and lemons).

(3.75) T: Orange, lemons, pine, spices, floral qualities, and cracker-like grain. Similar to the aroma but with a little less variety and vigor than the aroma indicated. Generously dry with a moderate bitterness.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a higher carbonation. Relatively clean with some oily slickness.

(3.75) D: This is a good fresh tasting belgian IPA that I would pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:22:07 | More by Digimaika2
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark, rusty orange. Three fingers of extremely fluffy white head with strong carbonation. Good spotty lace rings, big island is retention.

S - Yeasty, orange, wheaty. Nice enjoyable aroma.

T - Less enjoyable in the mouth. Spicy. Alcohol. Pine. Seems like alot more spice than the style should show. Lot's of fruity notes. Candied fruits. Flavour is sorta muted and off. Dusty maybe?

M - Decent bitterness, strong carbonation, frothy, medium body. The immediate frothing is sorta hard to deal with.

O/D - Expected quite a bit more. Especially for the style. Wouldn't have more than the bottle. Can't pin down the off flavour, but it's not as good as it could be. Not one of the better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 20:17:29 | More by tbeckett
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

10-14-2013 04:00:37 | More by liamt07
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

10-13-2013 22:20:03 | More by groleau
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-26-2013 14:53:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Foggy honey colred body, huge foam that slowly settles into the glass, good lacing left behind.

Smell: Citrus fruit, dry hops, crisp, zesty,

Taste: Major spices over here! Oranee rind, hoppy a bit but unbalanced in my view.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, bitterness throughout.

Overall: Over spicing kind of muddles this one for me. Average.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 12:57:20 | More by papat444
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-26-2013 20:04:27 | More by Caudalie
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-26-2013 18:22:00 | More by tom10101
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-17-2013 22:25:50 | More by Krakpoff
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DaveR514

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-25-2013 16:46:38 | More by DaveR514
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LarryAppleton

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-28-2013 14:13:35 | More by LarryAppleton
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IPA Belge from Brasserie Dunham
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.