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L'Affriolante - Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 12-10-2009

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Photo of byronic
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Gmolleur
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured quite cold, around 6-8 C. 29/10/2014

Smell : Floral ! roses, marguerite, orange and grapefruit, fresh hop and caramel malt.

Taste: floral hop comes first to me, citrus, primary grapefruit juice and orange skin flavour, then some raspberry touches and spices, mostly fresh ground pepper and pink berries in the end. Caramel and sweet malt along with some fresh bitterness at the end.

Feel : Very fizzy and acidic at the beginning, followed by sweetness, then bitterness and at the finale some alcohol warmth. Very balanced from the beginning to the end.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Socialiste
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of spense727
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Cloudy and copper colored. This beer looks like a dirty penny, but only a slightly dirty one.
Smell- This beer smells like a barleywine. Hints of brown sugar, molasses, and raisins.
Taste- There are an array of flavors here - apricot, raisins, pepper.
Mouthfeel- Very lightly carbonated. It coats the mouth well without being overpowering.
Overall- Many spiced beers are overpowering and don't mix the spices well. This is smooth and light, not overpowering. It's the best Canadian beer I've had.

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jordantb313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, spice, herbs, earth, peat, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, hay, bread, honey, spices, subtle dark fruit, caramel, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overal this was a pretty decent brew. There really was quite a bit going on in this one, but nothing seemed to mix together to make it a standout brew for the style but rather just everything hit you separately. Really wish that would not have been the case as this brew had potential.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Tall froth, hazed reddish amber

SMELL: Candied orange, nougat, yeast, doughy biscuits, ripe pears, mustard seed

TASTE: Smooth, slick, medium body; malty, caramel, hay, earthy, nutty yeast, citric pith, spice, esters, dark honey; dry, grassy finish

So very rustic, which is sort of expected being that the label states “Beer on lees” (“beer on yeast,” aka “bottle conditioned”). More spice than honey, but what is the yeast to do, not ferment that beautiful sugar? Playful, but more of sipper, as with each sip a new flavor opens up.

Photo of Mack
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened the bottle and the foam came out rather quick, Glad I had my glass ready to catch it. The beer was a reddish brown color, with a big foamy white head on top. The retention was solid and left some lacing on the glass as well. The taste of the beer is sweet, there are some subtle herbal/spice notes in there but nothing too dominant. The mouthfeel was a little high on the carbonation, gave the beer a sharp feeling to it. Overall it was a nice beer to try, not sure if I'd go out of my way to try it again. A decent brew at best.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$7 bottle from New Beer. Ommegang chalice sorta thingie.

While waiting for this frozen lake of a head to settle, I guess I'll start to review it.

Micro-beaded, incredibly dense custard foam. Dark, cloudy amber body.

Smells of condensed milk & sticky spilled beer.

Tastes of lightly burnt sugar/marzipan & black tea. Light ale fruitiness, crusty bread. Semi-dry finish. Carbonation is on the low side, but at least the body isn't too heavy.

Thought it be better.

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a nutty brown with a finger width of foamy cream head.

Smell- honey, caramel, cinnamon, plum, vanilla.

Taste- Sweet honey to start. Followed by the plum, caramel, and the spices. Has a bready finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall- A nicely crafted spiced beer. I enjoyed the sweetness from the honey and other aspects of the taste. I would have preferred to have a little more spice in the aroma and taste but otherwise glad I picked this up.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, aged on the lees, with honey and spices. 'L'affriolante' generally refers to something which is alluring, or which excites the appetite. I don't have to explain 'double entendre', do I?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium brassy amber colour, with one fat finger of thickly foamy beige head, which leaves some nice breaking sea wave lace around the glass as things ebb southward.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, honey crackers, mild dark fruit, a twinge of clove and nutmeg, with a hefty leafy, floral hoppiness. The taste is more big biscuity, toffee malt, an earthy honey sweetness, mild winter spices, too muddled and subtle to individually spotlight, with those same sassy leafy, dusty hops. The elevated ABV does well to stay in the shadows where only fools dare to tread.

The carbonation is average - not lacking, not interfering, the body within sight of a solid medium weight, and smooth but for a wee incursion on the palate. It finishes sweet and, yes, biscuity, the honey still providing its sugary complement, among a plucky noble hoppiness.

A rather decent English-style strong ale, with the addition of the honey and deftly restrained application of spices altering things to a very limited degree. Maybe the well-softened ABV makes this something less than an ideal quaffer - but the flavour make a strong case to the contrary.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $8.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, deeply hued amber body with one-third of an inch of creamyish, lace-inducing head the color of a manila envelope.

Smell: Sweet-scented malty nose with notes of spiced caramel, bread, toast with additional varied fruity accents.

Taste: A deep opening maltiness of caramel soaked lightly toasted bread, and it's goodly sweet. A sprinkling of cinnamon and coriander. Small, stay hints of fruitiness giving tastes of apples, sweet orange, and golden raisins. Mild hop character, medium-light bitterness. Drying finish with some lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A fairly enjoyable Bilbo.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Hard to make out the style as it's not listed, etc. Looks good though.

I can't make out the spices either but there is a subtle touch of sweetness, likely from the honey in the nose.

Now, that's more like it. Sweet with a good mix of light, grassy hops with a touch of honey and spice. Kind of like a belgian strong ale or something.

Lingering spice and honey for the mouthfeel. Chewy. Nothing harsh.

Hard to define but it is very drinkable. Worth a try.

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L'Affriolante from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
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