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MacKroken Flower - Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%


Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 04-17-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 43 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by SFLpunk:
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle, purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. No date.

Pours a deep, but clear blackish brown with thin tan head. Nose smells like sweets, plums, figs, cherries, dark amber malt, honey and flowers. Palate is sharp up front with some alcoholic bite. Medium-bodied with some richness. Wild-flower honey is big here, with caramel malt meeting a cherry-like flavor. Long finish.

A damn fine scotch ale, a little boozy, but nice. The barrel-aged version trumps this one, but it's still worth seeking this bottle out. Well done and goes great with my spicy sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 06:00:02 | More by SFLpunk
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khargro2

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-01-2014 19:34:46 | More by khargro2
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maltyb

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2013 06:29:26 | More by maltyb
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bcm75

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at random at a newly-opened bottle shop.

A - Quite nice. Minimal head but nice lacing. Caramel color.
S - Lots of sweetness and dried fuits here.
T - Almost cloyingly sweet. Raisins, prunes, caramel. Malt in the backend but it's having trouble coming through the sweetness.
M - slightly more thin than I would like for the style, but not bad.
O - Not bad for random choice off the shelf, but this brew doesn't quite make it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:14:16 | More by bcm75
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seanlanefuller

Tennessee

2.29/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

My review may sound a bit like I am slamming this beer but I am trying my best to be truthful while at the same time having a bit of fun with a beer that truly disappointed me.

Carbonation is flat as hell. I even tried to enhance it by pouring from on high at the end. I think you could pour this stuff from a step ladder and not get any head. There is more fizz in a glass of water from the tap.

Mouth feel is watery and filmy at the same time. It has a bit of film that lingers for quite a while.

Too sweet. An overwhelming taste of watered down honey and maple syrup.

The smell is like somewhere between medicine and a melted Bunny Bread sack.

After taste is somewhere between lime and old whiskey barrel.

Overall, I would give it a score of about 60.

Will I drink it? Yes, but only because I spent $12 on it.

On second thought, I think I will dump it and drink a Lattitude 48 IPA from Samuel Adams.

Maybe I don’t understand what a Scotch Ale is.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:10:15 | More by seanlanefuller
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honey Scotch Ale served in a small snifter.
Very dark reddish amber with a fairly good, durable, light brown head.
Wonderful aroma, suggestive of a fine Belgian dark ale. Very fruity, with dark ripe fruit including dates, figs, raisins. Only a light touch of peat smoke. A tad too sweet?

O: Very tasty and enjoyable. True to style? Not exactly; rather sweet for one thing and too fruity. But wonderfully fruity and not too sweet. Just leave your preconceptions behind.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 23:54:47 | More by chinchill
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-28-2013 00:07:14 | More by kwjd
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sbluerock

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-05-2013 00:39:01 | More by sbluerock
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle brought home from Gatineau.

A very dark brown with an inch and a half thick cappuccino-coloured head. The heavy lacing covered the glass from top to bottom.

A mild aroma of sweet cake with a whiff of flowery perfume.

Strong taste of cloying sweetness of malt and honey. A very heavy malty brew. There is an alcoholic after taste but it was not overwhelming. I was not impressed at first but the taste grew on me as I sipped.

A heavy oily feel.

Overall this ale is more sweet than it is malty. There is a lack of the bite of hops bitterness. Enjoyable. I will look for this flower again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 16:00:50 | More by ssmack
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Drknight

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

05-28-2013 15:07:22 | More by Drknight
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Very dark burgundy. Some ruby highlights. Thick tan head. Messy lacing that recedes pretty quickly. Handsome brew.
smell: Very nice nose. A rich buttery honey malt.
taste: The taste doesn't disappoint. Quite mellow. Honey and malt.
overall: Never had this before (or anything from this brewery I could never pronounce). Very nice surprise. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 21:34:53 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-17-2013 13:25:46 | More by Whatup14
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-20-2013 22:28:56 | More by RedneckBeerz
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nafredet1

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-06-2013 01:23:29 | More by nafredet1
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JG_brew

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-10-2013 19:50:56 | More by JG_brew
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Colvil

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-09-2013 19:16:21 | More by Colvil
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JxExM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-07-2013 02:28:31 | More by JxExM
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with tan head on top of a sweet caramel malt smell with hints of roasted and bitter chocolate and of course some honey and floral hops. Medium to thick bodied, passes smooth and creamy with a good balance of sweetness (honey, caramel, dark fruit?, then something akin to chocolate) and dry ,roasted malt, something like bread or toast and coffee and the alcohol kicks it up a notch and it's a slightly boozy but rewarding finish. Good balance and a very enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:51:50 | More by clayrock81
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Mack

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-01-2012 21:20:08 | More by Mack
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-29-2012 01:03:02 | More by KalanM
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Melomanemusher

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%

09-09-2012 19:20:38 | More by Melomanemusher
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a class act Scotch ale. My friend brought it from Canada.

I disagree with the BA serving temp- it actually should be warmer about 55-60+ F.

The color is a very dark attractive caramel color.

The aroma is honey-butterscotch, which remains with the warming of the beer.

The mouth feel is very smooth, unlike other scotch ales.

The finish is delicate and smooth, and the body is a lighter than other scotch ales I have tasted.

Overall, very distinguished and one of the best scotch ales you will drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:39:54 | More by brureview
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Hazy

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-05-2012 00:48:08 | More by Hazy
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ditch

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up because I have never seen it before and I love a good high gravity Scotch Ale!

Pours a murky dark red, nearly brown into an Imperial pint glass. Nice 2 finger head that slowly fades to a thin ring of bubbles along the outside of the glass. No Lacing that lasts longer than falling back into the foam ring.

Aroma is boozy raisins and chocolate. Figs and prunes come to mind. Caramel as well.

Flavors of boozy dark fruits, cocoa and sweet malt. Finished a tad bit bitter to balance the sweetness.

Mouth is slightly chewy with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling slick.(a la Ten Fidy) Finish is surprisingly dry for all the thickness and sweet flavors.

A real gem of a find! Probably the best Scotch Ale I have ever had. At 12.99 it is a bit steep to drink on a regular basis, but is well worth the treat every now and then! You have to try this!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:31:14 | More by ditch
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HoliestGoat

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-14-2012 21:55:36 | More by HoliestGoat
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MacKroken Flower from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.