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

Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle)Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle)

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22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%

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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Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 20:57:45 | More by SebD
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 22:16:54 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:45:52 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 18:45:26 | More by mtomlins
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 20:09:57 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 11:29:36 | More by papat444
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is brown in color, and it has a very nice beige head on top of it. The foam is very creamy looking. Nice. The aroma is very earthy with some light notes of fruits from the hops. In the mouth, the beer is very earthy, it taste like mud. I like it. Some fruity notes in the back too. Very dry. Once it warms up a little, I get some roasted malts too. This one is very good. It taste good, and it is so easy to drink. Well balanced. Loved it. Rye Beer are awesome!

good job Dunham!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 14:49:55 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of MasterSki


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from papat444. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Hard pour rouses a half-finger of white foam that settles to a thick collar and thin cap. Small splotches of lace, and a largely transparent dark amber body until I accidentally dumped the yeast in.

S - Really nice aroma. Spicy rye, citrus rind, some biscuit, roasted nuts, and chocolate, and perhaps a touch of lemon soap. Nice depth and intensity.

T - Taste is also pretty good, but lacks some of the depth of the aroma. Nice rye and nutty malts before yielding to fairly assertive herbal hop bitterness.

M - Carbonation is tingly but unobtrusive. Slightly watery medium body, lightly sticky finish, and no obvious alcohol presence.

D - This was a very nice surprise. I killed the 355ml bottle quite quickly, and I'd drink this regularly if it were available. I'll have to pester some local breweries into attempting this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:32:45 | More by MasterSki
Photo of kylesobrien

Quebec (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid ESB with a nice, complex rye nose and taste. The aroma is a bit maltier than I expected, with some interesting hoppy and grainy scents in the background. There is a pleasant amount of body here, which fits this brew very well. Most noticeable, however, is the bold hoppy character. At 51 IBUs, this is nicely balanced with a not-to-sweet maltiness. Carbonation is a bit lower than I would prefer, which is the only reason for the relatively low appearance score. In fairness, British ales are generally lower in carbonation, so this is more a personal preference than a knock on the realization of the style.

Overall, a really enjoyable brown ale. One of the better rye beers I've had in memory, and an early standout in my sampling of Québec microbrews. I will definitely reach for this one again, and would recommend it to anyone interested in rye ales or hoppy ESBs.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:02:50 | More by kylesobrien
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly cloudy amber brown colour with tan creamy head that lasts for a while and leaves behind a nice lace. had roasted nuts and rye aromas. taste is malty and goes well with the hops, nuts, and caramel. well balanced, good carbonation - very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:40:53 | More by fostachild
Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle) from Brasserie Dunham
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