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Cervoise Lancelot - Brasserie Lancelot

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BA SCORE
87
very good

21 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lancelot visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ipogios on 12-08-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know what to expect, a traditional ale, but it tasted like a biere de garde, but lighter, and a little sourish. Yes some spice, with a puff of smoke. Average mouthfeel. Nothing to look at, with a light brown colour and only slight brown head. Thanks Doug for this one off the beaten path.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Lancelot is one of Frances older artisanal breweries at almost 20 years of operation.

Pours a foggy brown with a frothy amber hued head. Nose is like candy apples a bit. Perhaps a bit like old mature cherries as well. Flavor is very candy-like. Very sweet, but not enough to make you sick of it. Calms as it warms. Seems almost like a Flanders ale edge to it. Minor nutty tones on the backside. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is fairly thick on the body. This is a nice beer that brings some decent complexities to it, but only after it warms up a bit.

RblWthACoz, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Guinness brewhouse series imperial pint glass in Belfort, France. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired in Strasbourg, France, at Le Village de la Biere.

A: Two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a hazy caramel copper.

Sm: Some nut hops and caramelized malt. A medium strength scent. Barley maybe a bit musty, but not stale.

T: Pleasant nut hops alongside some pleasant cream, caramelized malt, and a barley foundation that isn't as full as it should be. The nut hops just mesh together rather than layering, and aren't balanced with care. It's built strangely for the style, as no bittering hops come through, but it's built well. It's only a little complex to its detriment. Doesn't refresh. The honey is quite nice, and subtle as well - probably the best part of the beer.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Doesn't really suit the flavours. A bit buttery, which is nice.

Dr: Drinkable enough, above average ABV, and pretty good quality. The price is alright by French standards.

kojevergas, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in Dinan, Brittany for 2,50 Euro. Reminds me a bit of Rare Vos, as a smooth malty Belgian amber, but I this this better. There's a relaxed nutty bread crust with a little toffee and caramel thrown in. The barley profile seems to lie between an amber and brown, but no matter, it's tasty. I hate to use the word smooth again, but it is. Sort of like the great Irish red ales that are so damn hard to find. Overall, a rich aroma, rich flavor, but light and drinkable body. This one's a winner.

tempest, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of stcules
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full amber red. Decent foam, compact, average persistence.
At the smell a sweet fruitiness (pineapple, melon). Then pepper, sage, laurel, myrtle, rosemary. The fruitiness disappears, leaving room to the herbal/spiciness. A good mix of herbal aromas.
In the taste the herbal are still predominant, and there is no more fruitiness. Malty base, quite fresh.
Average to low body. Aftertaste with the same herbal notes.

stcules, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl, 75 cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance: Bright red ambercolour, well saturated
Smell: fruity, citrus (grapefruit?)
Taste & mouthfeel : well balanced taste, concluded with a finely spicy note.
Drinkability : a good beer brewed by Lancelot (Brittany, France)

Review added 10-19-2007, translated from french 2-12-2008.

thierrynantes, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle in Falstaff, Paris, March 2006...

Poured a deep orange / copper colour... Creamy head poured very big and foamy and lasts to near the end...

Aroma - Floral, fruity (burnt orange, lemon), light sweet maltiness, honey notes, basil, some liquorice...

Taste – Quite sweet, fruity (oranges again), nice hop bitterness, some slight metallic notes, oaky hints, peppery, light caramel...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy. Medium body. Very drinkable....

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended....

mdagnew, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in its own tulip like glass.

Enjoyed in Sion, Switzerland during Christmas time.

A: Pours a hazy amber color forming a medium bubbled yellow head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Sweet and spicy in the nose. Notes of caramel malts, honey, herbs, candy sugar. Yeasts are bready and kind of Belgian. Light notes of flowery hops

T: Sweet malts upfront with notes of candy sugar, caramel, honey and herbs. In overall, a sweet beer with practically no hops bitterness. Bready yeasts

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet grains and spicy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Quite sweet and spicy but not overwhelming. Pleasant beer from my favourite French brewery so far

eduardolinhalis, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of sfprint
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Reddish orange, vigorous carbonation and a creamy, fluffy head.

S: Mint chocolate (like a peppermint patty) malt, delicious.

T: Often times I find an appearance and smell will be fantastic and the flavor doesn't live up, but this one gets pretty close. The mint chocolate part is somehow transposed into a similar but very different flavor. It's hard to describe, like nothing I've ever had. A bit spicy and earthy. Hints of sweetness

M: Both a teeny bit grainy and slightly smooth.

D: Excellent beer! Best one I've had since I was in the US. France actually makes some good ones.

sfprint, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is brownish, fine and dense. The color is a pretty amber-copper, with nice looking bubbles moving all around. The smell is yeasty and herbal. There are actually 7 different herbs in the beer.

The taste is very floral and herbal, with a creamy and buttery aspect on the end. Heather and pepper, nice flavors and spices. Some citrusy aspects, more grapefruit and hints of lemon. Quite refreshing and drinkable. The mouthfeel is complex enough, without being thick. A nice hoppiness stays in the mouth.

tjd25, May 28, 2004
Photo of rinhaak
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle purchased in Strasbourg.

Pours looking like a fresh foamy apple cider: cloudy and unfiltered, there is a very thick head that continues to linger until the final sips. Some of the best head retention I've seen.

The nose is a little sour tinged with a light candy sweetness: it reminds me of sweet tarts and sour apple candy. There is also a vague cola aroma to the beer which surprised me.

The taste is a little tart with a sweet malt base: the sour and sweet seem to be in good balance here. Not at all hoppy, there is still a slight cola presence. There is a definite brettanomyces flavor that really contributes nicely to the overall bier de garde characteristics.

Overall a very pleasant beer that is well crafted and well balanced. Though there are few exceptional characteristics, it is a very good example of a French bier de garde + Belgian Pale hybrid.

rinhaak, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of RevCraig
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of BeerTruck
3/5  rDev -24.6%

BeerTruck, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of ipogios
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent beer BUT you need to be be in the right mood to enjoy this beer to the maximum. Herbal beer with a very complex character. The herbs and spices that are used to brew this beer dominate the usual malt and hop aroma and taste. I was very impressed by this beer.

ipogios, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of Sirre
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Sirre, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Warfarin
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Warfarin, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of euskera
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Le Sous-Bock in Paris last week..

Pours out a medium reddish brown. Small head that lingers a bit. Smell is malty, with a raisiny overtone. I found the taste to be robust and complex, nice and sweetly malty with a lot of the same characteristics of some of my favorite Belgians. Overall a very solid effort. My first taste of a beer from Normandy, and something I'd drink on a regular basis.

euskera, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of brc
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into oversized wine glass. The label claims the aroma is obtained through the use of seven plants and a touch of honey. I see a mahogany color with a light tan head. Bubbles recede quickly with no lacing.

Nose is full of dried fruits, plums or apricots, along with some notes of cloves and earthy wood smells. Taste is fairly bitter for the style (Belgian pale). There are strong caramel flavors, as well as some toasted bread, and some plum flavor. Some nuttiness. A touch of lingering bitterness in the finish. There is certainly plenty of depth and complexity in here. Quite warming for a beer at 6%.

Drinkability - why did I buy just one? This is a darn fine brew.

brc, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a bottle into a tall wine glass at a Creperie du Palais in Weimar, Germany.

A dark honey color, full of particulates and cloudiness. Quarter-inch head, off-white and dense.

Smelled yeasty with strong caramel and honey flavors. Not much presence of hops.

Taste was sweet, but not overly done. Not as caramelish, but sweet grains and honey. Rich, but not too dense.

The carbonation was a little low for me - but it was a hot day in Weimar and I was searching for a more quenching beer.

Easy to drink over the course of an entire afternoon - which I did. Along with a perfect crêpe Suzette. I would recommend this beer, but only one at a time.

BillyBoysPie, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of descartes
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cl bottle with best consumed by 05/10/05.

Appearance: Amber colored and poured about a half inch of head.
Smell: Rather weak but what I did get was very spicy and herbal.
Taste: Strong and spicy, hit with an herbal taste which I couldn't quite hit on the head with some honey and a chocolate aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Still complex without being too heavy.
Drinkablity: Good spicy beer which would do better if it weren't so heavy on the stomach, I cann't see myself having more than one at a time.

One last detail, this beer is from Brittany and not Normandy.

descartes, Dec 22, 2005
Cervoise Lancelot from Brasserie Lancelot
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.