MacKroken Flower - Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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90 Ratings

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 04-17-2009

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Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle w/ no freshness date though I am sure this one will be able to cellar for a little while a do just fine.

LOOK: Dark brown with garnet highlights, thick lather of foam on top

SMELL: Caramel, treacle, hint of coffee, booze soaked raisins, earthy honey, alcohol, cacao nibs, figgy

TASTE: Slightly smooth, very creamy, dark bread, sweet, mild char, carob, faint chicory, modest bitterness, kiss of honey, toasted grain, grassy, dried plums, warming alcohol, slightly sweet charred finish

Excellent balance here, sweet but there is enough dark malt character and alcohol to push it back so it does not become cloying at all. Seriously ... one of the best Scotch Ales I have tastes to date.

Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye.

Thie beer pours a dark cloudy brown. The aroma is caramel with some peat smoke as well as a floral quality. The flavor is more of the same with caramel, toffee and possibly some chocolate. A very flavorful beer. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml, dark, very Scottish looking bottle.

This beer pours a slightly hazy ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy pale beige head, which leaves some nice rocky lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of butterscotch, earthy, floral honey, and warming alcohol. The taste is sweet toffee malt, more booze-steeped caramel, vinous red fruit, and musty flowers. The carbonation is moderate, the body pretty much square-on middleweight, a bit sugary, and kind of airy from the density muckraking of the alcohol. It finishes dry and musty, mostly, a slight warm taffy character lingering.

A decent enough firestarter from the Scottish diaspora in Quebec. Drinkability suffers significantly, though, when the weirdness that is no hop bitterness sets in.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice experience, thanks Mathieu. A lovely aroma, malty with some honey. A little smoke. Yes, carbonation there, but also unfiltered in-face yeast experience. Rather cross-style Belgian/Scottish.On tap later in the year, boozy aroma but nice creamy head on dark body. Decent for th style.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper color with almost an inch of light brown head.

The smell is wonderful. It includes very fragrant tropical fruits, similar to fruit punch mixed with ginger ale. As the head settles the aroma darkens and becomes more like that of dark sweet fruits, cola, caramel, and just a faint hint of coffee. It's like chefs are facing off with desert in the same kitchen. Wow.

Flavor fits well with the smell. one of the more flavorful beers that I have had recently. It's kind of like an alcoholic breakfast. There are notes of dark dried fruits like figs and raisins, a bit of french toast, a bit more coffee than is present in the smell, and some alcohol, like a bourbon. The alcohol has a stronger presence than I would like it to have.

Medium high tingling in the mouth and a hint of tannic character comparable to what you would find in tea.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again a random offering on tap at Bottlescrew Bills
A - dark red woody colour, thin head and no real lacing
S - sweet toffee, honey, spices of clove and pepper, some fruitiness, light woody
T - very sweet up front with the toffee maltiness, fruitiness builds with hints of raisin and pear, spiciness and alcohol heat on the finish
M - medium bodied for a big beer, generally smooth without the high ABV bite, with s sticky finish
O - props to Bottlescrew Bills for being advocates of beer and bringing in new and interesting offerings, this was a very easy drinking high octane brew, and it was nice to see the looks on some of my swill sipping colleagues when I told them it was a 10.8% brew

Photo of eat
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy, thick tan head. Opaque and dark brown in colour. A little bit of lacing.

Lots of real scotch smell with sweet caramel. Pungent, metallic and musty. Buttery...scotchy...butterscotchy.

Very sweet; too sweet. Lots of scotch flavour, some honey. I do taste the port wine like the bottle describes but do you really want a pint of port wine? Still, the flavour is quite nice. For being almost 11%, this is incredibly smooth. The alcohol is present only in a warming feeling, absolutely no harsh bite. There's a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. Lots of malt (though not roasted), not really any noticeable hops. Let this one warm a little before drinking; the flavours come out a lot more at a higher temperature.

Fairly creamy with a light carbonation, both in a good way.

I wouldn't want any more than a glass of this at a time; this pint bottle should be shared between two people if not for the 10.8% ABV, then because of the overwhelming sweetness. I would drink this again but it's not something I would want often. I'd buy a glass of this to sip on for a while if I saw it at a bar. At $6.99 for a 500ml from the depanneur, it's a little steep.

Photo of nicpetit
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Cloudy dark brown with a long-lasting light brown creamy top. Lot of carbonation. Overall good looking.

S: It does smell honey but I couldn't get any scotch at all. Also caramel and fruit aromas.

T: Tastes what it smells. Very fruity, sweet enough.

M: Creamy enough, as you would expect it, lot of carbonation.

D: I would definitely love to drink one by the fireplace on a cold winter's day.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with good carbonation and not much lacing. Aroma of honey and sweet malt with some lightly fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by some dry fruits with notes of honey and a well balanced sweet malt backbone with some very interesting fruity ester. Body is full with very limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and very interesting take on the style with some well balance sweetness.

Photo of Kacid
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: head receded, quickly, strong carbonation, dark brown resinous amber, as if a VERY dark whisky
Nose: light alcohol burn, some metallic twang, bright notes of malt and sweet, bready honey, slight sweetness, when drank burns nose slightly, some fig in the nose, some leather. Upon pouring smells like lavender (from honey i presume)

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy (very delicious and syrupy)
slight alcohol, very sweet, very bread, strong bitterness that recedes quickly into a sweet bitterness, notes of grassyness and white vinous notes , some fusel alcohol but it is not so overbearing to be unpleasant, finishes with some honey notes, some leather finish, also finishes with some dark berries and chocolate
warm (16c) stronger dark fruit and dark brown sugar. more flower notes, much stronger spice notes when warm

Photo of ZorPrime
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is brown, quite dark, in color. The head is creamy and light brown to beige. Effervescent. The beer smells is dominated by honey. Burnt caramel and sugar too. In the mouth, its intense. Very complex. Full body beer. Creamy. Burnt caramel with traces of honey. The hops are present in the finish. Warmth. Wow, superb. This is a true winter beer for cold days like today. Perfect!

The alcohol is well hidden but its presence is there by the warmth the beer provides in your belly. Love it.


Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dark translucent brown, with a tall spongy beige head that slowly settles. Thin lacing.

Sweet aroma, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, mild grainy malt, a faint spicy character that seems to allude to the higher abv%.

Sweet flavour of raisins and brown sugar, molasses and licorice, with the honey adding a cloying character throughout. A little bit of alcohol warmth in the aftertaste that offers a slight reprieve from the relentless chewy sweetness.

Medium-full, but also thick and sticky, with a low amount of carbonation.

Fairly contained for a Scotch Ale of this high alcohol which is pretty impressive. The only major fault I can pick out is lack of a stronger malt backbone to hinge it all together a lot better. Perhaps the malt fermented out with the honey, thinning things out to reach the higher alcohol content.

Photo of ssmack
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with scarlet highlights and a big whipped tan head. Dark fruit, black strap molasses, rum and honey in the aroma. Rich and vinuous flavors of port, fig and dates with butterscotch and honey. Sticky, sweet and decadent dessert beer with some Belgian tasting yeastiness to dry out the finish. Full bodied with high carbonation and warming alcohol. Great stuff..but what a sipper, it took about an hour to finish one glass.

Photo of papat444
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife surprised me last night with this purchase while doing her groceries. It's one of those beers i always see but never get around to grabbing.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle at room temperature and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a cola-colored body with a thin ring in my snifter and a 2 finger head in my wife's glass. Weird that the head in my glass is off-white while the one in my wife's is more tan. The head recedes rather quickly in both glasses.

Smell: Lots of sweetness with a delicate touch which is where the honey might come in. Floral and at the same time strong with wild berries, caramel, toffee and some wood. Boozy and nice.

Taste: Big let down for me. Doesn't live up to the aroma at all. Very sweet but there lacks a depth and complexity of flavor. I was expecting multiple flavors in a rich body but got less in my opinion. The wood, sweetness and fruit are all there but don't last long at all. Hints of wild flowers in there as well and around the edges i get some smoke which is a little off putting IMO.

Mouthfeel: Body is surprisingly a little thin. Not mouth coating at all but still smooth for sure. Again, it lacks the full body that a scotch ale and a high ABV should bring.

Drinkability: Scoring it a bit higher because the near 11% is hardly noticeable. Drinks very well, more than just a sipper. Still, i'm not inclined to repurchase especially considering the price.

Overall: A decent effort but one that falls short IMO. Not particularly memorable.

Photo of BeerMandS
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a very enjoyable beer. It has a true brown color with a nice cream/tan head. Honey, English toffee, cloves, hints of nutmeg and some dried prunes come to mind at first smell. Sweetness of the honey and toffee come at first followed by lingering fruitiness supported by good acidity almost sour. It's lighter on it's feet then expected when first poured. Still enjoyed the fact that it wasn't to heavy; believed it would have clashed with the sweetness.

Thanks Bid for this treat. Will have again.


Photo of Poljazz22
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a hint of red
A smokey peaty caramel. A hint of coffee.
Imagine a brown Leffe on steroids. Lots of sweetness hides the 10.8% alcohol.
There is a silky feeling on the tongue from the honey.You have to watch out not to drink this too fast.
A beer for a cold winter evening. And a steel at $7.00 can for 500ml.

Photo of mrmanning
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, reads 10.5% ABV- A decidedly deep and murky pour, of the copper persuasion. Decants a frothy beige cap that laces the glass nicely. Pretty stuff. In the nose, potent caramel malts come equipped with peat smoke, prune, caramelized sugars, and lots of alcohol. Tastes of very sweet caramel and butterscotch malts, toasty, smokey, of burnt sugar too. Comes off a bit peaty/mossy towards the end, with the alcohol there as well. Finishes strong, boozy, warming. The alcohol makes itself known, turning this into a sipper. Not for beginners. Quite good overall.

Photo of TippedMixology
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavier ale, high alcohol content, but very tasty. Crisp notes coupled with a scotch up-front and more sour finish.

Appearance - dark brown and woody

Smell - Scotch, smoke, chocolate, and dark berries

Taste - Even without leaning too far towards either scotch or a crisp ale--somewhere in between a porter and a dark ale

Mouthfeel - Leaves you wanting another sip, possibly too much alcohol present, but coats the tongue nicely. Slightly thick.

Overall, very pleasant. Would share because of the ABV. Eat with a salty snack... possibly pretzels.

- Adam from Tipped Mixology

Photo of Francepants06
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It appeared in my glass to be leftovers of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, that's how dark it is. Small chocolate milk looking head, it smelled of booze, scotch, coffee, some sour notes but not much. It tasted of booze but once the beer warmed up a bit,it diluted away. I got dark bitter chocolate aromas, some butteryness it seemed. I don't think it has anything to do with a wee heavy definitely on the scotch ale side. Mouthfeel was a full bodied, needs some aging. Overall a great beer with time, it could be a top notch beer.

Photo of Moe55
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a nice head. The head is light brown in color. Looks like what you would expect out of a scotch ale. Smells sweet, hints of honey, slight scotch smell. Taste is sweet. This is a unique take on this style of beer. Good blend of a port wine and sctoch taste. Higher alcohol, but not overwhelming. Lighter carbonation, which is good. Brings out the creamyness. This is a good beer to have one of, not sure if I could drink more than one in a sitting. I would buy again.

Photo of Derek
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've aged this one for about a year.

A: Deep chestnut with a bubbly, off-white head, very little retention, slight leg.

S: Light aroma of honey, nuts, figs and raisins.

T: Wow, this has more honey flavour than some meads! I'd definitely say this was more of a braggot. Light caramel & nut in the background, some fig & dark raisin fruitiness, hints of cocoa and cola, mild bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M: Barely carbonated, light residual sweetness.

D: I wasn't sure what to make of this at first, but it is enticing and goes down easy for its strength.

I definitely recommend giving this one a try!

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, ruby color and a hazy consistency. There were two inches of foamy/fizzy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of malt, honey, and spices.

T: Tasted of malt, spices, honey, and a touch of caramel. Slightly different than most Scotch Ales, but still a solid, well balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish> Medium-bodied.

D: A little unusual for a Scotch Ale, but drinkable nonetheless.

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MacKroken Flower from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
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