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Adelscott - Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

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BA SCORE
66
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 30.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2002)
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of wl0307
2.2/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

It’s been almost 8 years since I last tried this beer; this time round this is one of two cans of beers I brought back from a short business trip to Paris, purchased in a haste at a small shop near Gare Du Nord, Paris. Coming in a 500ml can, at 5.8%abv.; BB 10/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a bright reddish golden colour, coming with a nice foamy off-white head and rather restrained carbonation.
S: smells like a lager bier, with dusty and lemony notes upfront, on top of a rather sweet, burned-sugary and candy-ish malty body; given a good swirl, a mixed herbal and chemical-influenced note comes to the fore, suggesting random notes of high-pitched (I mean, light-bodied and “floating”) phenol, which I suppose comes from the “whisky malts”.
T: it tastes like corn-sugar soup with lots of vanilla-ish flavourings, sweet licorice, and a very mild touch of whatever maltiness following at the back. As the unpleasant sweetness and corns settle, the aftertaste gives away hints at the lightly bitter edge of hops and subtly phenolic edge of malts. Thin and slightly cloying in the end.
M&O: not too fizzy, but not smooth either, as the body comes way too thin for a 5.8%abv. beer and the flavour profile is hugely unbalanced. All in all, comparing this experience with my previous notes, this beer seems going downhill greatly.

* Bottle Version, 6.6%abv.; Tasting Date: 11/03/06
Tasted at the Quinn's, Camden Town, London. At 6.6%abv., the beer comes in a clear bottle, which I suppose is meant to show the nice colour from whisky malt~~ BB 04/07.
3.5 A: pours an amber hue, coming with a creamy, off-white foamy cap, on the top of a lightly-carbonated body.
3.5 S: sweet whisky aroma with a touch of vanilla, caramel, green apple, and Speyside Malt's fruity aroma, along with a lightly resinous hop coming through the foam. Overall the nose is pretty soft and smooth, without much influence from the peat-smoked malts as far as I'm concerned.
3 T: sweet vanilla accompanies the chest-nutty maltiness with a touch of white chocolates; a flow of oak-barrel like sweet vanilla flavour along with cinnamon stick slowly develops at the back; yet gradually giving way to a sweet and thin sugary aftertaste, like that of aspartame...
2.5 M&2.5 D: thin bodied though tasting smooth, the overall body is way too weak to be enjoyable, made worse by the ending sugary flavour. The palate falls short of the promise of the aroma. And if it's a smoked beer, it's a quite weak one as no substantial peatiness is present. I paid 3.2 quid for this bottle, as much as for a 3 Fonteinen Oud Geuze at the same pub! They could've saved the space in the fridge for a better beer, I think.

wl0307, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
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%

jdhilt, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +14.1%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
1.2/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I kind of wondered what kind of beer this was, as the label was in French. I guess "whisky" means the same thing in both languages. Clear pale brown color with a thin light tan head. Very little lacing. The aroma is a perplexing mixture of smoke, alcohol and sweet caramel. The flavor can best be described as charred malt and bile. I could barely get down a mouthful of this stuff. Maybe the clear bottle is to blame, or maybe this is just a horrid beer. The finish is nasty and had me burping smoke flavor the rest of the evening. Truly an awful experience.

Dogbrick, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
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...

francisweizen, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of drpimento
2.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this can shortly after I tried it again recently in a bottle. The can, of course, has no skunk from being light struck. However it poured with a soda pop tan head that very quickly went to zero. Color is very clear medium amber. Nose is lightly smokey and malty sweet. Flavor's the same. No depth. Smokey, malty sweet soda pop beer. Body's what you expect given the above. ditto finish. Don't want any more of this. Actually preferred the bottle with skunk to this.

drpimento, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Suds
2.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a clear bottle that's labeled 'The Different Beer', this one pours a dull amber color with a modest but solid white head. The aroma is a little strange: There's a little charcoal (carbonized hickory?), some malt, and a bit of nearly burned sugar. A little faint, but an interesting and noteworthy smell. The taste is way too sweet. It's an artificial, very sugary sweetness that didn't do anything for me at all. It's like liquid candy. There's nothing to balance the sugar, and it was simply too much over the top. The body is actually a bit thin. It's an interesting brew, although not well put-together. It's worth a try, but it's not something that I'd ever grab again.

Suds, Oct 13, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Boto
1.4/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

50cl can: An amber/brown color with a bit of a head. What is that smell? God, was it fairly sweet. There was a muskiness to it also. Kind of like ripe old socks. I really wasn’t sure what the taste is. I don’t think they put bad whiskey in there, or did they? I thought that maybe they used a different barley malt that would have made it into scotch, but I can’t figure out what they did. Hopefully they won’t do it much longer.

Boto, May 31, 2004
Photo of thierrynantes
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

thierrynantes, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of pootz
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle poured a light copper beer into the glass, small, fast to vanish cap...aggressive carbonation. Sweetness over some smokey tones in the aroma..had "dutch skunk" possibly from the clear bottle. Sweet and bland with liquid smoke type flavor...cheap and processed flavor and character. Will not be revisiting this one.

pootz, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of TheBrewo
2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a deep golden-yellow. The head is brief, standing around half a finger high. No lacing is left around the glass. It is white and composed of medium sized bubbles that dance around with the apparently active carbonation. There is no haze or sediment affecting the clarity, giving solid translucency. As promised by the label the aroma is predominated by malts and the smoky peat character of whisky. While these notes are fairly robust they fail to mask the adjuncts and sugary sweetness hiding beneath. As we sip, malts and a marshmallow sweetness crash up front. The smokiness lashes at the tip of the tongue, becoming fully apparent through the middle. The middle otherwise continues with white sugar. The finish is fully peat smoked malts, robustly combining with cloying sweetness, and little else. The aftertaste breathes a bit smoky, but is primarily an air of pale malts and continuing sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The feel to each sip is palpable with carbonation, contributing to the foaminess of the beer. There is little coating, and the drying smokiness leaves the mouth more similar to the astringent side of things, but not particularly dried. The beer is a bit watery, and the feel is otherwise standard. The abv is within range and the beer drinks more slowly due to the cloying sugariness.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how the peat smoking grows by the end of the sip. While it is expected in the style, the flavor of robust smoke is always interesting when introduced to the palate within beer, and to this it did not disappoint. What was displeasing, however, was how overly sweet the beer was, and how any cutting bitterness that could have been was lost among it. To summate, this beer tasted like a toasted marshmallow that fell into the campfire. Edible but interesting.

TheBrewo, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
2.43/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light copper. Bubbly white head. Fades to thin lacing.

Smoked wood and light malted whiskey after this. There is still some lager like corn and grain but it is defiantly a step up from a cheap pale lager.

Sweet with lots of lager malts and hops along with a smoked wood and peat flavour to it. There is also some whiskey like malts as the writing on the same suggested and wicked alcohol kick to the beer with a sweet bitter finish.

Sweet with a smoked wood texture and a fair amount of alcohol for a drink coming in at under 6% abv. The beer is medium bodied and sticky with a spicy finish.

This one is a drinkable beer and enjoyable although you need to take your time with it and I don't think it is quite as good as I remember from a few weeks ago in Paris.

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flyingpig, May 07, 2012
Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.68/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

330ml bottle poured in its own glass (close to a Weizen).

A: Clear caramel color with a small head. Small retention and no lacings

S: Sweet smell of malts (really smells like Whiskey). Oak. Bit fruity. I could not feel any smoke to a Smoked beer

T: Very sweet, first of all. Barley malts and that's it. Artificial plastic taste. No hops, no bitterness

M: Medium body and medium to low carb

O: Low Drinkability. Just avoid it

eduardolinhalis, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of BeerResearcher
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.

BeerResearcher, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
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.

Naerhu, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
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.

GreenCard, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of Sellen
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Sellen, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of connecticutpoet
1.02/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The beer poured with a good head, but there was something about the way it poured that made me think it would be bad. It had a very smoky smell, but also quite skunky. It had me wondering if the clear bottle had somehow made it go bad.

The taste was an experience I will not soon forget, although I have tried. It was very sweet and smoky, with a strong taste of peat moss and dirt. The only way I can describe it is to imagine sucking a Budweiser through a peat moss flowerpot.

I am very glad I was able to buy a single of this one, and as it was I only took 2 sips before throwing the rest out. The first was to taste, the second was because I couldn't believe how bad it tasted. If I had to sum it up in one word, that word would be ghastly.

connecticutpoet, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of PhillyStyle
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.

PhillyStyle, May 01, 2009
Photo of atis
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.

atis, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Andreji
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.

Andreji, Jan 27, 2004
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Adelscott from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
66 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.