Eisbock (Congelator) - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 3
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

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(Beer added by: Beersignal on 03-13-2007)
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Photo of bobsy
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of santa109
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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,

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of JOaikido
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Tim2000
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of pootz
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Photo of Popsinc
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Photo of Beersignal
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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

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Eisbock (Congelator) from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
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