Flacatoune - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ZorPrime on 09-20-2009

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Reviews by francisfilion:
Photo of francisfilion
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with my brother in law, we split a 500 ml bottle into two pints
Smelled like a Belgian beer, (belge yeast) very floral and sweet
The appearance was gold and hazy with a nice head
The taste was right on for the style, Belgian yeast with nice residual sugars
Mouthfeel was nice and it had a good texture in mouth ( not watered down)
Overall I love Microbrasserie du Charlevoix and this beer is defiantly worth trying from them!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up from Lubiere, cellared only bit a few months and well within the fresh by period. Yellow with carbonation bubbles and a soapy white head. Hoppy and yeasty aromas. A very decent yeast, perhaps two, is used. Very good drinkability. IBU but 12 yet tastes more pronounced. A good mouthfeel. Very good rep of the underappreciated Belgian pale style. Another well crafted by this brewery.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I've heard a lot about this one. Finally getting to taste it since the first one I bought, my brother decided to pick out my beer fridge.

A- A whole lot of fluffy white head that doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Hazy, dark but kind of bland gold.

S- Smell reminds me of La Fin Du Monde but with a strong banana aroma which also makes it all softer. Guava as it warms.

T- Vanilla. Tiny bit of boiled veggie. Lots of alcohol. Clove, nutmeg and a bit of anise in the finish. Tastes good.

M- Close to a full feel but the very high carbonation blows up in making it an extra full feel. Dry.

D- Quite good. I would like to drink more and it's fairly late in the night. Light enough in taste so you can drink lots (enough flavor though) but the abundant carbonation makes it all very filling.

So it's a good beer. Better than average. I recommend it. I may drink it again.
Although not exactly the same as some Unibroue beers, I'd have a La Fin du Monde or a Don De Dieu instead (cheaper for a similar experience).

Photo of wspscott
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled on 5/1/14
purchased at L' Duchesse in Quebec City in June and in the fridge since then


A: Crystal clear, golden color with a huge, almost perfectly white head, a massive amount of lace. I was thinking big blonde beer based on the label, but I immediately thought "pours like a Belgian" when I saw the carbonation and the head.
S: Then I got a hint of the spicy Belgian style yeast and realized that this was definitely not an American style blonde.
T: Belgian spice and a little bit of fruit, makes me think of a spicier version of Duvel, very nice.
M: Crisp, but not dry, lots of carbonation and a little bit of malty roundness.
O: This is a kickass beer, I don't know how much I paid, but I would happily buy it again. It goes down way too easy for a 7% beer, I could happily drink a liter and then reach for more, but I would almost certainly regret the decision in the morning. Delicious and highly recommended.

Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped at a random depanneur in Montreal and was surprised to find this one. I've been a Charlevoix fan for a while now and have never encountered Flacatoune before. It seems to be a rarity, with their Vache Folle and Dominus Vobiscum lines taking centre stage (Flacatoune is neither). Bottled May 19, 2010, so it seems it's still in active production.

I'll attempt a little translation of the label description, since I don't know if I'll be seeing this one again:

"Intelligent blonde beer representing the image of bootlegger women of the '30s. La Flacatoune allows us to appriciate our old French, since this word meant "beer" in ancient times.

La Flacatoune is a beer made of pure malt, brewed with yeast of Belgian origine which emports a strong fruitiness to this tasting blonde. The generous aroma hopping and the abundant carbonation makes this beer an excellent apertif!"

Typical explosive Charlevoix head, though this one is a lot more airy and dies down faster than others. A nice finger hangs around to cover the surface. Light-golden body and almost clear, with lots of visible carbonation. Adding the yeast makes it considerably less transparent.

Pretty nice refreshing Belgian-style nose. Lemon, candy malt, spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of spicy herbal hops, astringency, general fruitiness. Smells like the real thing (ie. from Belgium).

Charlevoix really know their Belgian brews; I wouldn't doubt anyone who told me this is from Belgium and not Quebec. It really almost comes off as more of a triple than of a Belgian pale ale; quite similar to their own triple if I remember correctly (I have always had some confusion about the style distinction, however). Light, refreshing and hiding its alcohol well at 7% ABV. Some alcoholic harshness does show up a little as it warms, and on the finsh as well. Lemon, herbal hops, light candy malt, subtle coriander and other trace spices. Probably not as complex as the other stronger Dominus Vobiscums but still nice.

It was a little on the thin side but after pouring the yeast sediment in the body thickened up a bit. Solid medium body with an appropriate lively carbonation.

It's all good! I was surprised to see this one getting less than average reviews for Charlevoix; I can't say that I agree. I think it would fit right in amongst their Dominus Vobiscum line in terms of quality (though maybe it's a little too similar to their Triple). I always have a hard time finding anything bad to say about Charlevoix and am not doing any better here. I'm enjoying this one and would pick it up again if I saw it. A solid Belgian pale/triple.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden yellow with a super huge pure white foamy head with great retention and super good lacing. Aroma of sugar, light warming alcohol and fruity ester such as apricot. Taste is very refreshing though still complex enough with warm alcohol notes and fruity ester with nice residual sugar notes as well. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation and alcohol is somewhat detectable. Well brewed and enjoyable as most beers from this brewer.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on September 14, 2009.

A: Golden yellow with a nice big head. The beer is hazy. The head is made of big bubbles and a lot of carbonation.

S: Banana... spices, yeast. Complex aroma but typical of the yeast used at this brewery.

T: Very hard for me to get above the banana taste. Not bad, but not my beer style I would say. I would love more hops, I don't get it.

M: Thin to medium-body.

D: Very refreshing beer and easy to drink for a 7% beer.

Not a bad beer, to me this is average... at best, however, for a hot summer day I would go for this one.

Photo of ritzkiss
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle split with Bobsy - thanks man!

Light golden straw color with some haze in the bottom from the bottom of the bottle. A gentle pour still kicks up about 4 fingers of head, just billows to the top.

Nose is heavy on the banana, some light coriander, a few random fruit esters, hints of apple juice.

I am very rarely let down by Charlevoix but this one is the exception. The carbonation goes a step beyond what I would call over-carbonated, it literally explodes in the mouth causing icicles of carbonation to pierce the mouth all over. Disjointed flavors, banana heavy on the front, slight herbal bitterness, coriander, light graininess. No off flavors but it all feels out of whack and the carbonation is so intense that it's hard to pick out the more subtle nuances of the beer - hell, with a simple swirl I can get 2 fingers of head!

Perhaps with a more moderate carb it would be an average craft beer - as such, it has a major flaw.

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - from Marche Omni for around 4$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains mixed with malts. There is also some floral notes and it ends with a lemony tart aftertaste.

Overall - A well crafted beer that is well worth it's price. The flavours are well balanced and pleasant. The beer is very easy to drink and I'd have it again.

Photo of SebD
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, cloves, a touch of pepper, some breadiness and floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, faint pepper, some bread and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over, picked up on a recent trip to montreal. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. bottled on 2010 AOU 24. sampled feb 26/2011.

pours orangey amber, mostly clear until the bottom of the bottle when it got a little yeasty haze. a small cap of bright white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is great. bright floral hops. belgian yeasty spice. caramel and toffee. honey. white bread and cracker. touch of grain. light alcohol. faint ginger and coriander.

taste is good. floral and slightly perfumey. caramel and honey. light buttery toffee. coriander and ginger and belgian yeasty spice. lightly warming alcohol. low bitterness level. a little flatter than the aroma, but still quite nice.

mouthfeel is nice. slightly prickly medium-high carbonation level. light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is nice. pretty good balance. nice depth. a solid BPA.

Photo of crusian
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle from awesome girlfriend in gatenoux.

pours a light yellow-orange color with a nice finger of head. carbonation retreats quickly leaving a nice ring of lacing around.
Nose is nice, a belgian yeast with a nice english hop presence... some nice light bready characteristics. Lemon comes out a bit on the back end of the nose as well. More complex nose than i expected. More of a saison style nose.
Taste is a let down based on the nose. I get a lot of soda water on the finish... trace amounts of hop and belgian yeast, a hint of banana, some brett on the finish too. I was going to rip this, because the first sip was all soda water, but the more I drink this, it is getting more complex and impressive.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and largely bubbled... but meh, everything else outweighs it. I like this.

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 14, 2011.

Beer is a light golden with a very large, snow white head. Head is thick and solid looking. Great retention. Good lacing.

Smell is nice. A bit reminiscent of Charlevoix's Blanche, there appears to be chamomile in the beer. Sweet malt, some spicy notes (coriander), lemon, Belgian yeast.

Taste follows the nose. Creamy, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, lemon, coriander. Again, has a lot of similarities to the Blanche, but with a different malt base. Spices come out particularly in the finish.

Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a recent trip to Montreal.

Pours a very lightly hazed orange/amber, clear before yeast went in, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spirals stick everywhere, looks nice.

Smell is neat, pretty pungent, very fruity, peach and apricots, some floral hopping, lightly yeast, sweet, some sugar and candi, mango, lightly buttery, very neat aroma on it, a bit of spice, I like it.

Taste is really nice, very fruity, a bit of wafer, some sugary sweetness, candi, a bit of peach and apricot, light alcohol spiciness, quite yeasty in the finish, lightly bready, pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, with a bit of warmth going down. A pretty neat Belgian pale.

Photo of andrenaline
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A suggestion from my uncle on a recent trip to Montreal.

A - Pours a nice clear golden colour, solid thumb of fine bubbled head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by sweet floral hops, a solid clove and nutmeg scent alongside a sour citrus finish.

T - The cloves dominate alongside sweet citrus hop notes, bananas, hints of nutmeg, and a grassy finish. A sour citrus flavour lingers alongside the cloves and sweet yeast esthers.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly dry.

O - Overall a tasty example of the style, well worth procuring and I'm glad it was recommended to me. Would love to try this stuff on tap right from the brewery.

Photo of ReFill31
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Heard this beer was supposed to be an exclusive brew for a restaurant in Saint-Irénée, near the brewery. I was surprised to see it in a convenience store.

A : Straw yellow. HUGE head when poured but went down quickly.

S : Typical of a belgian beer. Some light hops, sweet malts.

T : A little bit sweet, some alcohol, light malts and some yeast also.

M : Low carbonation and stays long in mouth.

D : Easy to drink, even with the 7%ABV. I would buy some more, but the price is quite high.

It is still pretty goos, but I've seen better products from Microbrasserie Charlevoix. I am not disapointed though.

Photo of NForr
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems that it's named after a alcohol bootlegger from the 30's in Charlevoix - this would explain the name as it translates to "Bootlegger". Also, looks like they made this beer specifically for a restaurant in the area.

Poured into my Microbrasserie Charlevoix flute. It's got a big Pillowy two finger head, tons of carbonation, beautiful bright golden blond color. Foggy, clearly unfiltered. Strong Aromas of Lemon, cloves, Belgian yeast & root beer. Smells fantastic.

Tastes of yeast, citrus, with some sourness. Less sweet then expected from... the nose. Spices. Hits the tongue and right away feels as if you are going to get a lots of sugar, instead there is a subtle sweetness followed by a sour bitter finish from the a yeast and the hops.

Great medium/heavy body, creamy. However, still goes down very smooth. I was excited to try this one as this brewery is my favorite in Quebec. It was extremely well balanced and just plain tasty overall. A prime example of how Quebec is taking the Belgian style to new levels.

Photo of kwjd
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow colour with huge white head. Mild lacing on the glass. Quite a funky smell, there is citrus and yeastiness to it. The flavour has an almost sour element to it, yet I wouldn't call it fully sour or anything. Either way, I'm enjoying it. Really big carbonation, I'd prefer it it was toned down a bit.

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden colour with yeast streaks all over creating a nice hazy effect. Lot's of carbonation and a one finger, rocky white head.

S - Tons of Belgian yeast aromas manifesting as sweet baking spice and lot's of banana.

T - That sweet baking spice and banana are there again. Some orange is there too with some possibly biscuity notes. Nothing overly complex but still quite nice.

M - Really good carbonation keeps this lifted off the palate but not difficult to down. A good medium body compliments that.

D - I could have a few of these if needed. I don't think I'd go back for a second or third but I'd have no trouble finishing this and taking another if offered.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a nice cloudy chamomile color with tons of fluffy, white head with nice lacing and perfect retention. So "beery" looking it almost looks cartoonish.

S:
Smells lightly floral with some hints of grass and a touch of yeasty sweetness.

T:
Tastes unoffensive and lightly citrusy, generally crisp and refreshing. Bit of hops, bit of floral flavors, some tea.

M:
Not a very impressive mouthfeel but crisp and bubbly with a little bit of sweetness and a clean finish.

O:
Very good beer. A little like a saison and quite enjoyable on the whole. I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

What the hell is it with the carbonation of this beer? Second time I've had it and exactly the same result on the pour, with four fingers of aggressive white head spilling to the lip of the glass. Below it sites a cloudy golden beer that ultimately looks beautiful once the head drops to manageable proportion leaving behind a spider's web of lace. Way to aggressive carb, though, and it needs a few swirls to fix it.

Big yeasty aroma with tonnes of esters and spice, mingling with floral elements. Kind of reminds me of a simpler, more subdued version of their Lupulus beer. Much the same is found on the first tingling sip, with pale malt dominating, and lovely accents from the esters and spice. Actually very pleasant once the carbonation settles slightly, and it makes me yearn for them fixing it off the bat.

Not one of Charlevoix's best beers, but perhaps one of the better BPAs available in Canada.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright light golden color with a fluffy, long-lived head that leaves gobs of lacing on the glass. Very pretty.

Full aroma dominated by lemon and coriander. Flavor is tart and crisp with lemon and fruity esters balanced by a dry finish. Leafy herbal hops balance out the profile.

Light to medium body with a fine carbonation that works with the dry finish to cleanse the palate and plead for another sip.

Very drinkable, balanced and tasty. I would rank it as a fine saison and recommend it any time. Drinks more like a 4.5% abv beer.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L brown glass pry-top bottle. Thanks to Dany (glouglouburp on RB).

Pours a crystal-clear orange gold with thick white head. Nose is bright orange and fluffy white cotton notes and some spicy white pepper notes. Reminds me of Fin du Monde. Palate is crisp and clean. High carbonation and is creamy/spicy. Flavors are of hay, orange peel, white pepper and fruity Belgian yeast.

Notes: A decent brew, lots of flavor and very clean on the palate and finish. $5 is more than fair!

Flacatoune from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.