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Adelscott - Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 31.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2002)
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +69.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A couple years ago two of my good friends went on a long vacation across Europe enjoying the culture, sites, culinary works, and beer. They came back and told me great stories of historic cities and amazing parties, but also fantastic beer - no surprise there. There was one beer which they kept raving on about, comparing it to the Innis & Gunn, which is one of our favorite beers. They both claimed that this beer called Adelscott was built in the same manner and the Innis, but even better! I do love the Innis, it is one of the beers that showed me the light - since this trip I have been aching to find this mysterious Adelscott.

And of course, as stories of this nature go, it is not available anywhere in North America. Adelscott is brewed by Fischer in France, and seems to not enjoy the sea voyage. I conceded temporary defeat until a friend of mine was heading to Europe this summer on a one month backpacking trip. I gave him a list of a few beers to look out for in every county he would visit, and I was sure to include Adelscott. The great man that he is brought me back this can, and helped me realize a beer dream now two years old.

Adelscott and the Innis & Gunn are similar, however quite different. The Innis is a rich Scottish pale ale aged in bourbon barrels, where the Adelscott is brewed with peat smoked barley, and is not aged in barrels at all. So Innis gets its whisky character from oak, Adelscott from barley - an interesting comparison nonetheless. The Adelscott I had was 5.8% abv, however I have seen bottles that list 6.4%.

I opened the Adelscott up cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed beer glass. The pour was easy and smooth building a lush white foam in the beer instantly. I slowed the pour a bit and let the slightly creamy texture of the beer build on its own power. The final beer was glowing brilliantly bright gold with a backbone of yellow and sunny orange. It was really very beautiful, and was strikingly bright and crisp with an amber lining and sunshine rays all throughout. A dense and airy 2 inch pure white head was build with a creamy cap - it showed very strong retention, but did eventually dissipate completely. The overall picture here was very pretty. A great start.

The nose was pretty damn close to exactly what I wanted. Where the Innis bring to you the rich caramel and vanilla flavors of the oak, the Adelscott showed me sugary sweet pale malts, and the distinct clean flavor of peat smoked whisky. Thats what you get with this beer; the smooth and clasic flavor of peat smoke. It is gentle and balanced sweet by pale malts and lingers lightly on your nose. It was so obvious when I smelled it that I wanted more. The connection to a peaty smooth whisky is magical, my only complaint is that I would love an imperial version around 10%.

The first sip was a masterpiece for me. Ignoring the peat for a moment, the Adelscott opens with smoothly crisp and very distinct pale malt sweetness. Sugary malts and honey play over your palate and lightly candied fruits emerge as well. Sweet apples and pears melt into your cheeks, and a soft malty backbone coats your palate. But the game changer here is the smoothness of a old friend names Speyside. Elegantly clean peated malts show up on the front of your tongue and back of your throat.

This was the trick, the peat and whisky flavor is clean and delicate, but obvious and balanced. There is barely any hop aroma or flavor at all to add a bitter side to the beer - it is the peat and malt balance than makes this beer work. The finish is smooth and light with a slightly sweet, almost sugary malt end. The peaty whisky comes back, but its short and quenching. The mouthfeel was light and creamy, and fit this beer very well.

I loved the 5.8% version as a session beer, if it was availbale at the LCBO, I would always have a few in my fridge. I would love to see an imperial version for sipping somewhere in the 8 to 12% range. But for now, I'll have to keep searching for more of the Adelscott.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/02/tasting-the-adelscott/

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 15:31:14 | More by StephenRich
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Loki

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Cafe Jardin L'Arrosoir

The color is a burnt caramel, bourbon color with a very thin white head. Fair amounts of lacing and bubbles running up the sides.

Smelled of sweet malt, smoke, char, whiskey, and whiskey barrels. I love whiskey, but this smells a bit too sweet, almost like cheep whiskey, but not quite rotgut.

Taste is much better than the smell. Taste of caramel, sweet malt, alcohol, peat, and char. The alcohol seemed a bit strong for 6.4% and it was a bit sweet, but again I like whiskey. My wife said it tasted like a Diet Dr. Pepper, and I like Dr. Pepper, but didn't quite make that association.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very different from your average beer and certainly not for everybody. I liked it though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2003 15:06:42 | More by Loki
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes 6/15/07 pours a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Malty/whiskey nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is whiskey, smoky, malty, sweet and smooth, clean finish. Best by Nov 2007. €5.00 ($6.85) 330ml clear bottle at Hotel Mercure Lyon, France.
The ABV is 5.8%

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 01:05:37 | More by jdhilt
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JDrebel


4/5  rDev +52.1%

07-12-2014 18:25:42 | More by JDrebel
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent smoke beer brewed with peat malt. This stuff is a dark amber in colour with no head to be found. The aromas are all smoke, heavy malts, and alcohol. The taste is very smoky and malty, with no booze to be found. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, and the drinkability is not the best...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 22:55:13 | More by francisweizen
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gosurfobx

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a nice white head. Smells strongly of peated malt, very smokey. Taste has a nice peat smokey flavor with a slight hint of hops. The mouthfeel is good, with just the right level of carbination for this beer. A good smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 16:46:59 | More by gosurfobx
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.75/5  rDev +42.6%

05-03-2014 22:03:33 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the most unusual (odd) brews around. Peat smoked whiskey malt gives this beer a hint of a single malt. Foggy Amber/Brown in color with a full body. Medium hops are hidden in the smoke. Smoky in aroma. A rapidly dissipating head leaves a trace of lace. Akin to licking the inside of a chimney... but in a good way. Roll the bottle gently before opening to dislodge any bit and particles if you dare.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 15:29:12 | More by BeerResearcher
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Andreji

Colombia

3.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoked beer? As in Rauchbier? weird.

Pleasant beer nonetheless. A bit off the lager sorta feel, considering the taste (go figure perhaps a bit smokey whaddoiknow) is rather a nice sweet blend off a regular of the genre.

Dark toned, slight malty nose. rather provocative. The taste as Ive said is nice and the finishing bitterness, slight but adequately proportionate to the abundance of taste. Ok to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 12:39:07 | More by Andreji
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in Siena, Italy after the palio. Bottle. A very nice appearence with some shine. Transparent and ruby copper. No head. Aroma is soft and sticky. Whiskey comes through well in the bouquet. Whiskey adds a great deal of the flavour, but not great enough, very meek. Texture is nice too, coats the mouth. Could use more malt in the flavour, but generally is well, kinda, tasty! I didn't mind this one at all. It was unmistakingly macro-ish, but allbeit agreeable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 16:16:53 | More by biegaman
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tjd25

France

3.38/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Alsatian brewery Fischer tries to produce “foreign” beers: Adelscott is a beer brewed with whisky malt, but made in Strasbourg, France (Desperados is a tequila flavored beer that tries to sound Mexican but that’s produced in Strasbourg, France too, but that’s a different story). The soft head lasted longer than I expected and looked actually quite nice on the orange color body. The smell was quite interesting; very malty and earthy, with nice notes of smoke, some smoked bacon (hmmm), some pleasant cow dung/ barn notes and some fresh-cut grass. I appreciated the taste less than the smell. Still malty, sweet, earthy, fresh and smoky. But, whereas after the first sip you’re like “this is innovative” (the label says Adelscott, the different beer), after a while I thought “this is getting boring”. My pint was hard to finish. Mouthfeel is round and a bit creamu, quite smooth, but a bit weak, close to being watery. Still, I don't regret the fact that I bought this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 22:28:13 | More by tjd25
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atis

Finland

3.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with slightly off white rocky head that immediately dissipates, lots of visible carbonation, no lacing. Aroma is simple sweet malt, could not feel even a bit of smoke.

Taste is much better - sweetish and charred smokey malt, maybe a little too sweet, also hints of caramel. Smoke continues in the aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation average-high with some pleasant warming feel.

Overall, not a bad beer, might be only a bit too sweet.

Serving type: can

03-01-2009 17:00:01 | More by atis
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Naerhu

Japan

3.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ingredients: Malt, hops, corn, sugar, aroma, caramel, houblon, antioxidants.

Small white head on an opaque amber body with minimal lacing.

Scotch whiskey and rubber aroma

Little to no bitterness to speak of, rather sweet, which reminds me of a a Belgian of course. This also reminds of Islay Darkest. Caramel is present as is the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 14:11:59 | More by Naerhu
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label reads: "The malt used to brew this beer is peat-smoked according to the procedures used for the production of whiskey." Furthermore the label reveals that this beer contains sugar, corn, and caramel in addition to the usual ingredients. I've only had one other peat malt beer before, which was a homebrew, and it was actually pretty good.

Except for the head, Adelscott sure looks like scotch, with a crystal clear orange-copper color, but it really doesn't have much in the way of a scotch aroma. There is a caramel sweetness followed by a noticeable peat smoke aftertaste. Altogether it's not an unpleasant flavor combination, but it is a little odd. Doubtless the people at Fischer felt the peatiness needed all that sugar to bring things back into balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 00:14:01 | More by VoodooBrew
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vsls

Greece

3/5  rDev +14.1%

11-20-2011 10:25:12 | More by vsls
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BillRoth

Maryland

3/5  rDev +14.1%

12-07-2013 15:17:14 | More by BillRoth
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +14.1%

12-02-2011 18:44:32 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ant1

France

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

06-03-2012 21:01:46 | More by ant1
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

07-06-2014 21:39:55 | More by Latarnik
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Travlr

District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like a dark yellow pils, with a lively effervescent head. Scant lacing.
S: Aroma of oak and maple syrup, with a background of tin can.
T: Flavor of boilermakers nd Maker's Mark.
M: Lighter body than expected.
D: An odd beer. Worth trying once, I suppose, but don't search too hard for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:30:50 | More by Travlr
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

2.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled on April 24, 2009, Paris, France:

A: The beer appeared a deep, clear golden color, kind of reminded me of the color of some scotch whisky, with a slightly off white head that was not well retained.

S: The aroma is sweet, caramel possibly, with some earthy overtones and a hint of alcohol. The aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Dominate caramel/sweet flavor to it, but also the peaty whisky astringent flavor is very noticeable. No hops to speak of. Not very well balanced, the sweetness really dominates and detracts greatly from the drinkability of the beer.

M/D: The beer had a medium body to it. It felt sticky, but was smooth and the carbonation was about right, maybe slightly too much. Again, the sweetness of the beer really detracted from the drinkability, it could really be more like an after dinner drink/beer, but there are better.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 16:53:49 | More by PhillyStyle
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BoitSansSoif

France

2.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear light brownish-gold w/of-white head, okay retention.

S-Light malt, caramel, sweet ginger ale, cola...this stuff smells like those Bottle Caps I used to get for Halloween.

T-Light caramel, ginger ale, root beer, faint bit of perceptible hops in the finish, and a sweet caramel aftertaste.

M-On the sweet side with a smooth mouthfeel, lighter carbonation.

D-Drinkable, but not overly appealing.

Serving type: can

10-12-2009 17:06:50 | More by BoitSansSoif
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thierrynantes

France

2.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière de malt à whisky, robe rousse ambrée, mousse fine
Smell : notes fumées et tourbées
Taste and mouthfeel : malt fumé
Drinkability : cette bière tire son originalité du malt à whisky, sans plus

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 22:03:32 | More by thierrynantes
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Quej

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A - Light blond, fluffy, soapy white head. Lots of visible carbonation, but little retention.
S - Mostly just boozy and quite sour, with an odd sort of sweetness.
T - Quite odd tasting, very sweet and nutty. Sort of like a watery, overcarbonated version of a mix between a cheap whiskey and a cheaper amaretto.
M - Quite thick and heavy bodied aided a little by the carbonation.
D - I could barely finish it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 13:06:42 | More by Quej
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GreenCard

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark amber, good clarity, not much foam develops, just a thin layer floating in the center

Aroma: lightly peaty, toasy malt sweetness, leather, campfire smoke on the beach

Flavor: creamy malt sweetness with low to no hop flavor or bitterness, slight acidity, twinge of peat but not enough to be off-puttting, finishes semi-sweet with a slight aftertaste like artificial sweetener and leather

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, alcohol warmth similar to that of whisky (or maybe that's just my imagination)

Overall Impression: Smells drier than it tastes. The sweetness surprised me. The scent of leather is quite strange. One second it grosses me out, next second it's enticing.

The ingredients listed are: water, malt, maize, whisky malt, sugar, aromatic compound, caramel, hops, ascorbic acid. So, quite a bit of adjuncts and a mysterious sounding "aromatic compound". This is probably why it has that artificial aftertaste.

Serving type: can

06-04-2004 17:46:08 | More by GreenCard
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Adelscott from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
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