Eisbock (Congelator) - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
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Reviews by frampin:
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Thanks to Phyl21ca for the extra!
I'm a big fan of eisbocks, so I was pretty excited to try this one. Poured into my glass, it produces an extremely thin, off-white head which dissipates almost immediately, leaving no lacing. Not terribly surprising, though, considering the 9.4% ABV. The beer itself is a pleasing, clear garnet-like brown with ruby highlights.
The nose is very sweet with notes of dark candied fruits, burnt toffee, and a nutty maltiness.
The taste is follows the smell in almost every aspect except the sweetness, which is fine by me. Roasty malts, just a hint of cocoa and figs, and pecan notes linger on the palate with something savory in the background that I can't quite put my finger on. For the ABV, the flavor of alcohol is non-existent.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly light compared to other eisbocks I've tried. More carbonation than I expected, just enough to be a bit prickly on the tongue, which goes well with the light body, IMO.
This is an eminently drinkable beer regardless of style or ABV, but for an eisbock that approaches 10%, it doesn't get much more drinkable than this. In fact, drinkability is where this beer truly excels.
04-14-2009 15:58:00 | More by frampin
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4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Mahogany pour with a modertate, off-white cap.Clear & settled for the most part. Little head retention. Chewy malt nose with some molasses & fig highlights along with a pinch of spice. The taste is where this beer makes it's mark. Leaving behind the subtle nose this beer takes on flavours such as molasses, brown sugar, plum & beneath it all, a little bit of toasted malt all backed up by some spiciness. Nice complexity. The finish lingers nicely and offers up a trace of alcohol warmth. A nice mouthfeel that is both lively up front and slighhtly creamy on the finish. Great drinkability, a nice exampleof the style.
Thanks to Beersignal for the sample!
03-21-2007 18:33:37 | More by Popsinc
3.43/5 rDev -6%
Grabbed a bottle of this at the Atwater Market in Montreal a few weeks ago.
This beer pours a deep dark brown colour, with muddled tan edges, and a finger or so of thin soapy beige head, which leaves a ring of lace around the glass. It smells of sweet boozy, raisiny malt, and earthy hops. The taste is sour, fruity roasted malt, with some nutty bitterness. The alcohol is just barely perceivable as a general warmness. The carbonation is fairly tame, the body smooth, warm, and somewhat weighty, and it finishes dry, but with a sweet alcohol edge seeping in.
An interesting high-octane brew, definitely more suited for a cold winter's night.
08-28-2009 23:45:49 | More by biboergosum
3.65/5 rDev 0%
They have changed the label on this. Told to serve at 50 degrees plus (what happened to Celsius?). Pours a dark thicker looking brown. above average mouthfeel, above average carbonation and in the taste, good chocolate and malting . The alcohol is there though not extreme. Some raisin, anise is good. Though I got this fresh from Metro Joanette, it has a few months bottling on it and sweetness is not too much. Refreshing and satisfying.
06-11-2008 03:59:11 | More by Sammy
2.58/5 rDev -29.3%
Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color bock with a huge foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with too much sugar for my own taste. Taste is dominated by cardboard notes (oxidized) with some over the top sweet. I could also detect some dry fruits notes which I am sure would have been great had they not been dominated by the cardboard and the sweetness.
12-21-2007 19:31:53 | More by Phyl21ca
2.88/5 rDev -21.1%
Tasted January 10th, 2009.
Appearance: Dark brown with some red on the edge.
Smell: Not one of the best... fruity and malty. Probably some notes of alcohol. Not impressed however.
Taste: The persistance is long. It stays in the mouth. I get a malty taste with alcohol.
Not sure this is my type of beer. Too much alcohol, IMO. To sip...
05-14-2009 00:31:08 | More by ZorPrime
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
A- Dark brown and ruby tone with frothy head that has nice retention and creamy lace.
S- Strong, bold and fruity. Sweet toffee and toasted grains, hints of booze, earthy notes, and cherry tones; other dark fruit.
T- Toffee, brown sugar, rich sweetness. Fruit notes are prominant with cherry, dates, plums, and raisins. Biscuit and toasted grains underneath and a hint of booze well hidden under the sweetness.
M- Thick, creamy, and slick
D- Very sweet and slick with a booze burn makes this delicious beer a sipper.
01-09-2011 00:31:56 | More by JayS2629
3.65/5 rDev 0%
Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!
12oz bottle. sampled march 25/2010.
pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby red. the small dense tan head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind as it falls.
aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. earthy and woody. cherry, date, and a bit of raisin.
taste is nice. light alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. bit of caramel and toffee. dark chocolate. cherry and date. earthy and woody. slightly herbal. bit of fenugreek?
mouthfeel is nice. medium-large body. medium-light carbonation level.
drinkability is good. nice balance. fairly interesting, but doesn't quite have the depth and complexity i usually expect in an eisbock.
03-26-2010 00:51:36 | More by grub
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
Big thanks to MasterSki for the gift.
A - It pours a rustic russet hue, with a surprisingly lustrous head. The froth recedes to plentiful wisps of pancake batter foam.
S - The aroma is better from afar, where it seems spicy and sweetly malty. Up close it reveals too much naked grain. The malt is slightly toffee-ish, and tends toward spicy more than sweet. Herbal hoppiness is apparent.
T - It tastes pretty nice; it is surprisingly bitter, though the hop is not specifically flavorful, more so it is generally bitter. There are generally hop-driven spicy and savory notes, and the maltiness is only an equal partner in this equation. This is not tremendously hoppy; it is also not the beer equivalent of Aunt Jemima (of which many a brew of this description suffer from this type of syrupy affliction.)
M - Fairly lively, and not syrupy at all... still it is fairly uninspiring.
D - Pretty good stuff, not great. The well-hidden ABV is commendable.
11-05-2010 05:43:41 | More by ktrillionaire
British Columbia (Canada)
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
A: Ruby-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, only slight hints of lace.
S: Figs, light raisins, berries, brown sugar, sherry, nut-bready/cake... a bit like a Christmas cake.
T: Fruit bread, brown sugar, sherry, lightly spiced (slight metallic earthyness), solid bitterness, alcohol is warming but not overly assertive.
M: Fairly full body is well-attenuated (Eised?), with only a hint of syrupy sweetness, finish is fairly crisp & dry.
D: Quite drinkable for its weight.
It's a very good beer. Too bad there isn't a little more protein for a stand-up head.
06-28-2007 00:45:28 | More by Derek
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
341 ml bottle.
A- Dark red with amber highlights. Very nice orange tinged head. Very good effervescence. Very nice.
S- Deep malt. Berries. Hints of chocolate and caramel. Some alcohol aroma, but not too much considering ABV. Too weak for great marks, but pleasant.
T- Fermented dried fruit. Sissappointed by slightly watery middle. Mild hop finish. Alcohol overtones. Pleasant and balanced but not very complex.
MF- Smooth. Alcohol warmth present but not over the top. Leaves mouth a little dry and pasty by the end but overall it is rather pleasant.
D- Very smooth and easy to take considering ABV. A nice strong beer to turn to on a cool day.
03-31-2007 15:10:59 | More by JOaikido
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
12 oz bottle picked up at Peluso.
Pours a clear very dark red, crimson hues, very thin tan head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass and a thin layer, some tiny lace spots stick.
Smell is neat, lots of dark fruit and raisin, brown sugar and caramel sweetness, quite rich, honey on biscuits, light fruity sourness, alcohol, sherry, lightly oaky, a bit earthy, sour cherries, pretty neat.
Taste is nice but a little light, slightly oxidized, some honey and caramel, brown sugar, raisin, leathery, sour fruit, cherries, biscuit, lightly oaky, some citrus/floral in the finish, alcohol, not bad.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, lightly oily feeling, medium carbonation, some alcohol burn going down. Overall not bad but pretty plain.
03-26-2010 00:41:58 | More by Viggo
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Bottle ( thanks Serge)
Puts a dark chestnut brown lager in the chalice with ruby highlights. Hard pour puts a small 1 finger fine pored cap on the top..moderate lacing.
Aroma: Char, smoke, figs, cocoa and a wisp of fusil not overly pronounced.
Up front the big chewy cake like malts..gorgeous!!..like liquid Bundt..midpalate the wonderful Nobel variety hops show up to give that signature German herbal-woody balance to the malts...finish is long and wet...bready, chared astringency shows a bit, cocoa and woody hops..excellent finish. smooth and warming...alcohol hidden well in the profile. Decent drying in the after taste between the thick noble herbas and carred astringency of the patent malts.
Well put together...tasteful, balanced, drinkable for a big beer but not over the top ans unbalanced like an extreme beer.
As eisbocks go this is very drinkable..not overly complex but has a character like a very mellow malty tripple bock with just enough herbal hopping to offset the big malts and keep sweetness out of the mix. 2 thumbs up!
03-22-2007 01:18:47 | More by pootz
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a mahogany colour with a tick tan head, but quickly dissipates without too much lacing. Smells of raisins and caramel. The taste is a bit subdued of raisins, brown sugar, and spices. A little bit thin in the body, but still quite smooth. Very drinkable and nice, but not outstanding. I barely notice any alcohol.
03-16-2010 23:43:40 | More by kwjd
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
Thanks to Phyl21ca for this one
Pours jet black with a sizable tan head. The nose is winy and almost smelling of old fruit.
This is a seriously vinous Eisbock (not sure how long it was cellared). The shows almost Belgian notes in the finish with some chocolate ( like bakers chocolate) in the midbody. A very refined and large eisbock with almost no sweetness left in the beer. A great beer from Quebec.
07-11-2008 02:09:29 | More by canucklehead
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
Bottle from Broue HAHA.
A - Pours a dark amber with mild carbonation. Bright. Half finger off white head. No lacing and a film of retention.
S - Caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar.
T - More caramel and fruit with a little less sugar. Some yeast in the finish. Not bad.
M - Good carbonation and a full, chewy body with a sweet finish.
O/D - Not too shabby. Not overwhelmingly good but good enough to keep your attention.
07-28-2011 01:07:35 | More by tbeckett
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
Picked this up from ZorPrime 2 months ago.
Pouring into an oversized wine glass results in a very dark brown, almost black colored beer with a finger of head. Head quickly evaporates, leaving a thin film with little islands of bubble and head remaining.
Sent is slightly sweet and fruity, and also malty, but is somewhat fainter than I would have expected.
Taste is different. A subtle sweetness which heightens as you open your mouth for air. For such a high ABV, it is surprisingly devoid of the expected heavy alcohol taste.
Mouth feel is somewhat thick, with very little carbonation, and leaving a slight sweet aftertaste for a minute.
For a 9.5 ABV it is surprisingly drinkable, and a good first introduction for me to the Eisbock style.
07-25-2009 00:14:15 | More by Seanstoppable
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Served at 48 degrees. Named only "Eisbock". No freshness date.
A: Poured a dark brown with reddish hues with no head at all, only a layer of bubbles. A few stubborn ones formed a weak circle around the edges of the glass.
S: Enticing aromas of dark fruits like grapes and figs.
T: The taste is on the sweet side with caramelized brown sugar and dark fruits (figs & plums). Also a slight spiciness that I can't really put a name on.
M: Fairly thick and syrupy. It really coats the mouth and leaves a bit of an oily feel.
D: Alcohol was barely apparent which surprised me. You kinda feel it's warmth but without actually tasting it much. I'd say that it drinks fairly well as a sipper.
Overall, I enjoyed this one more than I expected but I doubt I'll go for it again. An end of evening, after-ski type of beer.
05-14-2008 20:18:42 | More by santa109
Eisbock (Congelator) from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.