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L'Affriolante - Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 2
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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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by SFLpunk:
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3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

More User Reviews:
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 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.

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 Mattgruv
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep bright amber color ale with a large enough foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spices and honey is quite wonderful - I can't say what spices are used (coriander? And something else) but the mix is very interesting. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must admit to being quite surprised - the spice mix is wonderful and the honey smoothed out everything else.

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 biggred1
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber with a dense foamy tan head that leaves some sliding lace on the glass. Cinnamon, coriander, orange peel and honey in the aroma. The flavors mirror the nose with well balnced spice and honey notes. Orange blossum and honey with coriander spice. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. A different and enjoyable drinking experience, the honey and spice don't overpower each other and work nicely together.

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice orange/amber/redish colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderalty with minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of honey, fruity notes, hops and light spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice carmaly/toffee/malty taste to it but ends with more of a sweetness. The spices are however bearly present.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with alot of sweetness.

Drinkability: It's a very drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours but has a somewhat light taste given its a 7% ABV beer.

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of byronic
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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 Moe55
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit of a burnt orange color. Off white foam head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus, spices and honey. Very refreshing. Taste is light, smooth and unique. I would not guess that this is 7% alcohol. Minimal carbonation allows for the honey and spices to be a bit more pronounced. I could easily have another 500mL bottle of this.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, long-lasting, foamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A sharp smell of honey, malt, and some spices.

T: Tasted of malt, something sugary (caramel, perhaps), spices, and a big shot of honey. A very interesting flavor that's not nearly as thick and cloying as you might think.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry and smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An unusual beer that is oddly drinkable.

Photo of brystmar
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +7%

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 Mack
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

Photo of Socialiste
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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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