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Eisbock (Congelator) - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an amber-brown body, good clarity, with no apparent head formation.

Smell: A simple, lightly scented trace of bready, caramelly malts, then, a bit of fruitiness and sniff of booze. It's just not particularly inviting or appealing. You just want to quietly, carefully pour it back into the bottle and dismiss it as you push it aside with your hand, moving on to something else. But, we've come this far, let's press on!

Taste: Well, huh, there's oddly very little flavor for a purported eisbock, though it's no surprise after the underperforming aroma. A touch of toast, very mild, with faint hints of herbs, apricots, and tangelos. Drying, warm finish. You're in and out in a flash, as there's not much going on in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Nil carbonation.

Overall: Unlike any eisbock I've previously encountered, in that it's totally lacking all the rich, complex maltiness and potent, pleasing flavors one would expect and hope for. If this is the concentrated, post-freezing results, I'd be curious to see what the heck they started with.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted January 10th, 2009.

Tasting notes:

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...

ZorPrime, May 14, 2009
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ktrillionaire, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tbeckett, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

biboergosum, Aug 29, 2009
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
Photo of boqonx
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Franck, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Christian_Champagne
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Viggo
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
Photo of rodenbach99
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
Photo of Sammy
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
Photo of kwjd
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
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
Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

wizo, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of JOaikido
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
Photo of Beersignal
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
Photo of frampin
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
Photo of pictor
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
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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Eisbock (Congelator) from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.