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Eisbock (Congelator) - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Beersignal on 03-13-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

canucklehead, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Derek, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Popsinc
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Popsinc, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of pootz
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

pootz, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

JayS2629, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New label and name, but same beer. Pours a deep mahogany colour showing lots of ruby when held up to the light. What head there is dies within a couple of minutes, and the liquid looks still and heavy. Strong treacle and caramel aromas assault the senses. Sweet brown sugar and dark fruits dance a sublime waltz of flavour in this well crafted eisbock. Heavy feel of liquid caramel, and little carbonation make this hearty drinking, and despite the ABV the alcohol is MIA. Nice!

bobsy, May 20, 2008
Photo of santa109
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

santa109, May 14, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

frampin, Apr 14, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rich colour, with a strong reddish hue. Very little carbonation. Taste is non aggresive and pleasant, with a bit of a sweet overtone, and some caramel notes. Not too complicated, but a pleasant experience overall. Goes down quite easily (in part because of the low carbonation).

pictor, May 18, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

JOaikido, Mar 31, 2007
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive mahogany pour with russet highlights beneath a somewhat diminutive cap of cream coloured foam that doesn't stick or stick around. Fervent bead feeds the thin film of foam remaining at the surface of the crystal clear liquid. This is an attractive beer.

A firm malt backbone opens the aromas and melds with notes of cocoa, figs and dates in the middle. The finish is discreet and allows only faint hints of spice and alcohol to permeate the chocolatey malts.

Flavours are also firmly entrenched in a rich chocolatey maltiness up front. Faint hints of spice (ginger, cloves and cinnamon) work their way into the profile in the middle but the cocoa resurges near the end to lend a richness and a touch of residual sugars to the beer. Malty, round and satisfying with some welcome complexities.

After many months of griping from yours truly about the lack of imagination from Quebec brewers, we are seeing some signs of diversity and a renewed interest in bringing to market beer styles other than the ubiquitous rousse.

Thumbs up to L'Alchimiste... good beer!

Santé

Beersignal, Mar 13, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

wizo, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Seanstoppable, Jul 25, 2009
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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

kwjd, Mar 16, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

grub, Mar 26, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341ml brown bottle

now called only eisbock

A: dark reddish brown, almost no head at all
S: stong malt nose, caramel, toffee, butter, diacetyl,
T: strong malty, suguray, taste, alcool,
M: strong beer,
D: one is enough, strong but still drinkable,

rodenbach99, Mar 09, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Viggo, Mar 26, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

boqonx, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Christian_Champagne, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Tim2000
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341 mL brown bottle, undated.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a tan head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is bready and sweet, with some herbal notes and hints of chocolate.

This beer is all about the malt. Nutty and roasted flavours combine with sweet molasses and caramel. Faint raisin and dried fruit in the background. Slight sour tang near the end (sulphur?) and not much bitterness to speak of. Alcohol is well masked, lending warmth to the beer. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with low carbonation.

Pleasant.

Tim2000, Mar 30, 2007
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Eisbock (Congelator) from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.