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Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle) - Brasserie Dunham

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: fostachild on 07-22-2012)
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Franck, Yesterday at 12:18 AM
Photo of TheDoctor
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a deep brown amber that doesn't let much light through with an ok two fingers of off-white head that settles to a bubbly film. Ok retention; tad bit of lacing. (3.5)

Bready caramel. Dark fruits, leather, spicy rye, caramel. (4)

Dry-bitter caramel. Dark bread, pepper, caramel, medicinal hops, touch of vague chocolate flavor. (4)

Smooth and long-lingering medium bodied beer with good carbonation and a lasting resinous finish. Quite drinkable. (4)

Very good version of an ESB.
I have liked other Dunham beers I have had but this is the first one that I have thought was excellent in a multitude of ways. I feel like it is very hoppy for the style which, when paired with the spiciness of the rye makes for a dry bitter, indeed. It also had a very smooth, chewy caramel quality to it as well that real plays nice with that Dunham medicinal quality that I find common in some of their other beers.
Really the only way I could see to improve it would be to either back the hops of a bit or up the maltiness. Fine take on the style.
Would have again; worth trying. (4)

TheDoctor, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

JMBSH, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Whatup14, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Mat211
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mat211, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of MatChar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

MatChar, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mack, May 22, 2014
Photo of Socialiste
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Socialiste, May 13, 2014
Photo of SebD
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of rye, sweet caramel, nutty/biscuity malts, some bready notes, slight chocolate and some earthy/piney hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some spicy rye, sweet caramel, biscuity malts, a nice nuttiness followed by an earthy/piney bitterness.

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

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of rale
4/5  rDev +2.8%

rale, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish amber in color. One finger of creamy looking white head.

S:Somewhat bready and spicey probably due to the rye malt.

T: Rather malty but bitterness is quiet well integrated too. Rye malt gives of a nice spiciness and the other malts are some what nutty. Toffee and a slight roast flavor is made apparent.

M: Easy drinking but perhaps a touch too much carbonation for what I would consider to be typical for a ESB. I could see this beer being great on cask.

O: A nice drinking beer. Pretty interesting style as well.

Haydn-Juby, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy brownish-burgundy colour that's quite beautiful when held up to the light, albeit with a limited head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma has "depth" of roasted rye and spicy grains. Flavour is also rye-forward. It has a pleasant malted complexity and a decent hop back-bone, as there is more bitterness to the finish than I'd expected. The roasted grain spectrum makes this a warming beer, regardless of the 6% ABV which is surprisingly well hidden.

Definitely a beer I'd purchase again!

hopsolutely, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

nmann08, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of mtomlins
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: Dark, caramel brown and crystal clear pouring to a big tan creamy head that settles slowly leaving huge amounts of lacing.

S: Big malt nose, lots of bread and biscuits. There is a subtle hop bitterness but not strong.

T: Ah, those roasted caramel malts up front with those nice noble hops in the end. The beer \drys right out (from the rye I am guessing) leaving a nice short dry finish that is bready and yeasty.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Nice, but a bit thin considering its 6.0% ABV.

O: A very pretty beer that delivers as promised: clean, malty and refreshing.

mtomlins, Aug 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

KeKeKumba, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

tom10101, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Krakpoff, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sammy, Jul 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Molson2000, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Caudalie, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

duracell, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of LarryAppleton
4/5  rDev +2.8%

LarryAppleton, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with notes of resinous hops and some dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some resinous hoppy notes with some dry caramel malt notes and some residual sugar notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Definitely a lot more hoppy then your standard ESB. Enjoyable though not necessarily memorable.

Phyl21ca, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with cherry wood tinges and a modest 2 finger head that leaves some good rings of lacing.

Smell: Spicy rye, very earth, bit of salt.

Taste: Nice mix of rye and earth hops, has a mineral flavor, mild tea-like finish reminiscent of Golding, malt holds strong.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, nice bitterness, long lasting, well balanced.

Overall: An interesting take on the style. I think i prefer the traditional ESBs but still dug this one.

papat444, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of juliendesrochers
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

juliendesrochers, Mar 19, 2013
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Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle) from Brasserie Dunham
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