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Loch Ness | Brasseurs R.J.

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Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by francisweizen on 07-25-2004

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 25
Photo of flipper2gv
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Perfectly translucent amber color with off white head. Very soapy looking. Not much retention but the color is great.

S: Smell of leather, nuts, light honey and caramel are the dominant elements. Some earthy hops. Toffee and that's it.

T: Right off the bat there is a kind of weird acidity going on in this beer. The malt elements aren't as present as expected. Fresh pear and over riped pineapple come to mind. Ends on a salty note.

M: Thin and watery with stingy carbonation. Doesn't fit.

O: Just avoid this, it's just bad.

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Photo of eat
2.52/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Soft drink-style bubbly head fades just as quick as the real thing with nothing left behind. Slightly-hazy amber body.

Smells of metallic minerals, yeast, sugary malt and light roast.

Malt is much too thin for a scotch ale. Cheap apple juice and light earthy hops are about all else found here.

Thin body, low carbonation and a powdery drying finish.

This is a pretty poor effort. RJ is not my favourite brewery but they're capable of much better than this. No off flavours really, just lacking in everything you would want in a scotch ale. Described on the label as a "monster" beer; I suppose if someone was unfamiliar with beer this one might in fact scare them away.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up on a recent trip to Montreal. Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Light to medium amber colour, translucent but almost transparent body. A small amount of cream coloured head formed and immediately receded to a small ring around the glass.

S - Toffee, some oak, smoke, caramel. Noticeable alcohol. A very average nose.

T - Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, some floral notes. A somewhat unpleasant overall taste but not a terrible beer.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of duracell
2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a copper/bown color. The yellow greenish(!) head is made of rather large bubbles and disappears quickly without leaving any lacing.

S - Some malt, citrusy aroma, mostly orange. Notes of alcohol as well.

T - Malty flavors, very slightly roasted. Obvious notes of alcohol and subtle hop flavors with a herbal hint.

M - Light to medium body, too thin for me. Besides, slightly overcarbonated to my taste.

O - This beer has a good drinkabily but, in my opinion, the thin body is a major downfall. I cannot really conclude about the style since it's my first Scotch Ale, but I would probably drink it again without being too reluctant.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a huge bubbly slightly off-white head with average retention. Carbonation is quite low and body is a bit thin. Aroma of caramel malt is easily identifiable and quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by quite sweet caramel malt with a very subtle bitter ending. Again, the fresher the sample the better this is since it seems to be declining quite rapidly once it hit the shelves.

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Photo of papat444
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this last night with some pasta.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: 4 fingers worth of light tan foam with an amber-red body. Retention is average as it dissipates within 1-2 minutes.

Smell: Toasted malt, caramel and a metallic twang. Some smoky ash also.

Taste: Caramel malt, some spiciness in the tail end and a hint of smokiness that as it warms turns into like an ashtray-like aspect. Mildly unpleasant though not pervasive.

Mouthfeel: Body feels a little thin but it's decent. Feels like a light scotch ale.

Overall: Seems kind of like an ashy vienna lager. Decent but nothing more.

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Photo of fostachild
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, but fairly dark red color. lots of head that fades very quickly. smell was decent, bit fruity and malty. taste was almost like a floral/fruit type beer. fruity, watery, and really nothing like a scotch ale. also with little carbonation. overall was an okay beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from a Summer trip to Mont Tremblant. Wasn't looking forward to this one but may as well give 'er a go.

A - Pours with a huge three or four finger, fizzy light brown head. The thing fizzes away faster than I thought was possible. Bright. Dark copper colour with strong carbonation. Slight lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Dark malts but not as fruity as I would have expected. Not a typical Scotch Ale. No boozy fruitcake or strong dark fruits. Mostly just the sweet grain, burnt coffee kinda aroma with badly toasted malt.

T - Slight dark fruits, but more poorly toasted malt and a big of sweet grain. Weird spoiled bread note. Something is off or just not that good.

M - Decent carbonation, medium body, and a sweetish finish.

O/D - Meh. Poorly put together. I wouldn't seek it out. Not to style and not overly tasty. Just too many off flavours. Aroma was alright but not overly interesting or flavourful.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Particularly in comparison to what was available from my Clear Out Cellar weekend. Some Scottish taste, much carmel malts, thin wattery, carbonation did not quite make it. An average craft beer. Some mid-sip fruit, but not the fruit I like, melon green grapes.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lochness Scotch Ale from Brasseur R.J

I actually bought the mix pack with6 bottless in it. It got, Canon, Death Valley, and Lochness Scotch Ale for 10,49$ here in Montreal.

So the look of it: Nothing special Amber red and brown color. Light carbonation with no head in the glass

The smell of it: Spices, caramel and hops with a touch of vanilla

The taste of it: Not as much prononce on the smell.A bit watery, you got some roasted malt flavor, with a touch of caramel and on the aftertaste a touch of vanilla. Goes down really nicely not dry at all, feels again a bit watery. A bit disappointed on the taste. The smell was promising.

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, this is not a terrible beer at all. Just there is nothing special about it.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep hazy dark brown color, with a copper hue, and a moderate amount of activity. Slightly creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of molasses, burnt caramel, ester fruits, dark berries, walnuts, faint chocolate and coffee, herbal spices and slightly earthy. Dominating sugars, not excessive, with faint bitterness. Smooth medium to full body with very sharp prickly carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, lingering a little with a sugary molassy feel, a little barrel aged, and roasted malts. Overall this is a good quality craft. A little soft and too accessible, while the flavors are pretty good and well refreshing. Probably too much carbonation, but the finish is well balanced.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660 ml brown bottle.

A- Head only lasts a half second. Nice deep red colour with orange and amber higlights. A few streams of fine bubbles rising in the beer that keep a thin ring of bubbles going along the edge of the glass for a few minutes. Nice except for lack of head.

S- Malty caramel. Faint sour fruit. Touch of roasted grain.

T- Dark malt with a hint of fruit. Some roasted flavours. Could be more flavourful though. Slight sourness to finish with some bitterness towards the end. Mild. caramel increases as it warms and a hint of alcohol flavour also appears.

MF- A little thin for the style. But enjoyable nonetheless.

D- Pleasant, but a little ordinary.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby colour with hints of orange. Poured a head that was 1/4 inch and then fell to nothing.

S: Caramel , hints of oak, a bit fruity but it's far in the background, toastiness present.

T: Caramel, hints of toast bread, nice bitterness that follows through.

M: Well carbonated, cleans up the palate. low to med bodied.

O: A great Wee Heavy by all standards.

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Loch Ness from Brasseurs R.J.
79 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.