L'Affriolante - Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
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3.84/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-18-2013 01:14:15 | More by spense727
3.56/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
02-17-2013 19:24:52 | More by thagr81us
3.84/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
02-14-2013 00:41:16 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
11-07-2012 15:23:15 | More by Knapp85
3.23/5 rDev -13.6%
$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.
09-22-2012 05:56:01 | More by PEBKAC
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
07-24-2012 03:18:01 | More by leaddog
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
05-28-2012 02:28:04 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
04-02-2012 16:12:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-19-2011 01:46:23 | More by Brad007
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Deep amber/ruby red colour, one finger of tan/off white head, some lace left behind. Smell is of raisin, dark fruit, honey, notes of rum come through and more so as it warms, sugary sweetness, lots of malt present, caramel with cinnamon and spice. Taste is fairly malty off the bat, spice and dark fruit roll in, raisin, honey, moderatley bitter, slightly sour when it was cold but not as it warmed. Med-high carb, lightish feel, light to medium body. Pretty good stuff, much better as it got warm, nothing spectacular, well spiced, interseted in trying other offerings.
08-06-2011 12:29:36 | More by peensteen
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
Freshly delivered to VT via g.housen Dist. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Label stamped "L1102AFF4."
Pours a deep brownish-red with 1.5 inches of frothy light brown head. Nose smells like a red ale at first, then gives way to cream and sweet syrup. Palate is like a sweet flower meets a red ale. The honey character is there for sure, with a little waxy honeycomb flavor too. Amber malt, and maybe a whisper of toasted/smoked malt. Nice length finish and great balance.
Liked this more than I thought I would. Very tasty indeed.
08-03-2011 01:33:10 | More by SFLpunk
L'Affriolante from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
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