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L'Ecossaise - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 07-02-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer slushie from this brewery. Interesting amber appearance with tons of foam that just won't quit. Initially a bit of stout taste and then nothing. Some sweetness. Taste like a weak watery beer you had in college from a big plastic cup. Fizzy. Dry sweet aftertaste.

Sammy, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a small off-white foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of nutty caramel malt is a bit weak. Taste of caramel and toffee malt is dominant but a bit weak for the style. Body is a bit watery and carbonation lively. Overall, this is not something that I would seek again and it is pretty mediocre for the style.

Phyl21ca, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was looking around the Marché Des Saveurs in Montréal, I wanted to leave with something to show. I looked around and my eyes shouted "Hey, look! A scottish ale from an unfamiliar brewery!" The rest is history. The label is bilingual, and the price tag from the store remains on the back. On to the beer:

Too late, but I used a bottle opener. So? But it's a twist-off top. Oh. The beer pours a ruby brown into my pint glass, the body mixing in orange hues. Good two-finger head on top. Aroma...sweet, malty with an undertone of smoke. Okay, and now to taste this Ecossaise-Québeçois beer...interesting to say the least. Body is medium, a little dash of coffee here. Some toffee and diacteyl on the side. Fruity flavor starts to gain momentum along the journey. Hops are light, providing a tea-like flavor and a sizzle on the tongue. Solid balance, and good drinkability.

Not every Québeçois beer can be made by Unibroue, Dieu du Ciel, or McAuslan. This was a good "reality check" beer.

DoubleJ, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Metro Johanette while in Montreal for Mondial!

Pours a clear red/brown, very thick tan head, settles down to a thin layer, nice lacing, looks pretty good. Smell is very sweet, floral, almost perfumy, caramel notes, bit of roast, sugary sweet, very fruity. Taste is sweet and fruity too, caramel, floral, some toffee roast in the finish, lingering sweetness, almost cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, almost astringent in the mouthfeel, carbonation is a little high, and too sweet in the finish. Pretty drinkable though.

Viggo, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, coppery-brown, quite clear, topped by an off-white head that thins quickly. Fair lacing. Straight-up grainy malt sweetness in the aroma with just a hint of earthy hops, along with a bit of toffee. Low bitterness, sweet caramel maltiness and a light roasted flavour. The finish has some hop character and the bitterness comes out a lot more. The body is on the thin side, but doesn't fall completely away. Overall, not a bad offering, just not much too bring me back again.

DrJay, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark red/brown colour with a large creamy light brown head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes it dissipated.

Smell - roasted malts, a rustiness, toasted nuts, a smokiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an okay mouthfeel; might need a little more carbonation. There is an odd flavour that I can't quite put my finger on, but my best description would be a rustiness mixed with lemon juice. There is also a strong toasted/roasted and smoky flavour with lots of malts and slight caramel. It finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Worth a try, not my favorite though.

spinrsx, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of oldp0rt
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Molson2000, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Whatup14, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +17.6%

beerhunter13, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice appearance, dark yellow-brown color. First scotch ale I drank so I'm not sure where this beer is when compared to other same beer style.

I would say this is not my favorite beer style. Drinkable. However, I would say that one drink is enough. Wouldn't drink two of those in the same night.

Not much head and sadly I can't remember the scent I got. That's why I gave it a 3.0 but will try again and get a piece of paper to write down my tasting experience!!

Will try it some other day since I do have 2 more bottles!

ZorPrime, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Socialiste, May 17, 2014
Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Mack, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of waughbrew
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh, lord, this goes down way too easy. I could not get enough. This is beautiful. Clear auburn with a creme-colored head that is not big, but laces well. The smell is awesome and strong - molasses and all kinds of nuts and caramel and toffee and earthiness. Very appealing. Medium body comes across so smoothly with just a hint of slickness and sweetness. Again, very nutty in a wonderful way, but not weighed down with too much going on - remains open and bright without overhopping. Even a little alcohol comes across at 5%! This is awesome, and, for me, leads this style.

waughbrew, May 26, 2005
Photo of dherling
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a chocolate brown, murky, with tan lacing and head. The nose is big malt, with a bit of unexpected fruityness to it. the taste ismore like a brown ale to me. It's missing the big alcohol and ragin malt that I expect from a scotch ale. Mouthfeel is good, medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable, and an enjoyable beer, but it's wrong for the style.

dherling, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of Goldorak
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this Beer in it's new format, 12oz regular bottles.

Appearance: Black Cherry cola red, with only a microfilm of white head.

Smell: Malty sweet, subdued alcohol overtone (not surprising as this one clocks in only at 5%ABV) with a dash of citrusy hop to close it off.

Taste: Nice round caramel malt flavor that really pops at first, it almost comes off as maple toffee. Pretty rich and round flavor, the aftertaste is chocolatey, it reminded me of Yoohoo or chocolate Ovaltine. I liked it! The bottle says scotch ale, but it's way too lightweight for that, but it certainly is a smooth and sessionable scottish ale.

Goldorak, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of demcorhip
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to manaryp for bringing this west.

Not much of a looker, an opaque brown, with a half finger light tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacings. The aroma is a step up from the appearance, with scents of toffee, a peat like earthiness, floral accents, hints of wood, dark fruits, and cocoa.

Tasted much like the nose, toffee and some diacetyl, a slightly strange (for the style) twangy and mildly phenolic "smokey peatiness". Not sure if this is derived from fermentation byproducts or the use of peated malt. Slightly tart and finishes with what i can only describe as grape Kool-Aid.

Light to medium bodied, watery, yet finishes with a powdery feel. Some interesting flavours, and some that are slightly off, that dont quite come together to make a cohesive brew.

Fairly refreshing, but then again i have a soft spot for grape Kool-Aid, reminding me of my more or less carefree childhood. Since i can get around that aspect of this brew i would even find it sessionable, although the powdery grape Kool-Aid finish may be too much for some or even most beer drinkers.

demcorhip, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some of the hardest to open twist-tops I've encountered.
Just noticed there's no mention of the brewery on the label, only the name of the beer.

A- Held up to a light, a deep, almost purple, ruby. Very light-beige head. Retention is not too good but I won't deduct too many points because I'm not 100% on my glasse's beer cleanliness.

S- Some peanut butter and jelly. Light alcohol. A bit of boiled beet. Roasted coffee as it warms.

T- Not as much flavour as most other scottish ales I've tried but it still tastes good. Light caramel and/or molasses. Cigarette butt smokiness in the finish and after-taste. A tad metallic. A bit too watery in general.

M- Good body but maybe a bit thin for the style. Medium to high carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- Good. I think I could do a 6 pack.

Wouldn't buy a 6 pack of it though.

Yoonisaykul, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

groleau, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of fostachild
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark red/brown colour. okay amount of light tan head - decent lacing.

smell was actually really good. malt, caramel, and roasted aromas.

similar roasted feel in taste. also malty and sweet. carbonation a bit thin, but still good drinkability - session-able.

overall a good, enjoyable scottish ale that also happens to be very reasonably priced - definitely worth a try.

fostachild, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of markaberrant
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - dark orange colour, clear. Pours a big head with large soapy bubbles due to excessive carbonation, recedes to a thin tan cap with carbonation continually pushing through. No lacing.

S - sweet caramel, slightly earthy, overly phenolic. I got a bit of sour when I first opened the bottle, but it has mostly dissappeared.

T - Slightly sour, totally lacking in malt backbone, some uneven roast at the end. The aftertaste is surprisingly decent.

M - Totally overcarbonated, prickly, completely ruins any decent malt flavour from coming through. I'm also getting some warm alcohol, which seems out of place for a 5% beer... especially considering that I'm not exactly chuggin it.

D - Uh... no.

This beer reminds me of "bad homebrew"... it has all the characteristics of poor fermentation/sanitation/malt extract. Not even close in terms of style, and full of flaws.

Cripes... it's still fizzing away like mad... and I poured it 15 minutes ago.

Thanks to Jpagewatts for the bottle!

markaberrant, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brown 341ml. bottle, the label changed 3 times.

A: nice brown colour, beige head very appealling to the eyes.
S: aroma of caramel, dyacetyl probably.
T: the mouth is full of caramel, lots of caramel with a hint of fruits in the finish.
M: medium-bodied beer, nice sweetness
D: very drinkable,

rodenbach99, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of bloberglawp
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 3 pistoles chalise at somewhere around 12-14 celcius.

Nice brew from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste. Light stottich caramel flavor. Fair aroma, not overwhelming. Good carbonisation. I hope my atemps to homebrewing this type of beer will yield similar results. Low ABV makes you want to keep another handy.

bloberglawp, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in CANBIF 2006. Thanks, Matt!

An inviting beer from the start, pouring a nice deep brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Brown sugar and a nice bready malt aroma greeted my nose and I was looking forward to my first sip.

The taste built on what I smelled moments earlier. It started malty and caramel sweet but ended slighty — only slightly — bitter. It had nice carbonation and a medium-bodied feel.

I don't think this is strong enough to be Scotch ale as the label described it, but if we're calling it a Scottish Ale, it fits well. I could see myself putting back a few of these in a session.

vanrassel, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of JOaikido
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A- Good orange tinged head that slowly settles to a thin foam and some lacing. Good bubbliness. Nice dark coppery red colour with slight purple highlights. Very attractive beer.

S- Caramel and roasted malts. Butterscotch. Touch of fruit (raisin).

T- Malt dominates with caramel and some dried fruit. Could be stronger flavoured. Butterscotch starts to come through a bit as the beer warms.

MF- Good bodied malty ale. Carbonation a bit high.

D- Very easy to drink but would benefit from a stronger flavour. Good beer overall.

JOaikido, Apr 21, 2007
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L'Ecossaise from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
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