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La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition) - Nørrebro Bryghus

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La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition)La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition)

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reinheitsgebot71 on 02-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This version of La Granja was brewed especially for and sold exclusively to Ontario. 160 liters of maple syrup from Combermere, Ontario was used in the production of this beer.
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by ThatWineGuy:
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with just a glint of ruby red-brown at the edges under a bright light. Head was foamy and sticky two finger but soon reduced to reveal some tar blackness at one-quarter of the glass. A solid ring remained and gave rise to spotty lace, the appearance suggestive of a creamy milk stout.

Smell is all expresso and black licorice. Taste is very agreeable, alcohol well controlled, maple syrup sweetness makes this highly palatable. Some coffee liqueur accents and a lingering, toasty finish. Medium body yet very drinkable. If you like stouts - and I do - this is easily a sessional.

Overall, an excellent example of international good will and co-operation, I hope the LCBO in Ontario keeps stocking this one - no fooling, this is a real treat!!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of my Nørrebro Bryghus roundup, saved for a slightly warm February day - perfect maple syrup production weather!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Inky black, only the faintest chestnut hues around the edges. Leaves a thin head that quickly recedes into nothingness, leaving neither a ring nor more than a few flecks of lacing.

Huge roasted coffee aroma, just like my espresso machine smells in the morning when I get my daily caffeine jolt. And yes, I do detect the sweetness of maple syrup lingering in the back, along with caramel and cream. A great nose indeed.

The first few sips were abrasive, but once my tastebuds acclimatized, I was hooked. This is a rich, luxurious coffee stout - packed with coffee flavor and lightly accompanied by maple syrup sweetness.

Thick mouthfeel, zippy carbonation that lasts throughout the bottle.

Great stuff from Nørrebro, and certainly worth the investment. The collaboration with Ontario maple syrup folks has been worthwhile, providing a nice sweet counterbalance to the bold coffee flavors. Glad I picked up a bottle, might snag one more to hold onto for later!

Photo of KingHefey
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a can of semi-flat cola. Dark and rich in colour with a tan head.

A great nose, roasted malts, dark chocolate with coffee in the background. The maple syrup is an obvious and fantastic addition.

Coffee is much more predominent in the taste opposed to the smell. Dark chocolate and the maple syrup balance the bitter coffee. A bit of a medicinal taste on the tongue at the end.

A syrupy mouthfeel, slightly creamy with good carbonation.

A very satisfying stout but the dent in the wallet makes it one (well, two) and done.

Photo of mintjellie
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights. Thin, wispy tan head is dissipates as fast as it forms. No lacing. Milk chocolate aroma with hints of espresso and maple syrup. Tastes like rich chocolate sweetened by maple syrup with a balancing coffee bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the long finish, along with a black coffee acidity. ABV completely hidden. Remarkably balanced for a strong beer. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Well crafted with sweet, bitter, and tangy flavours mingling together in a harmonious and balanced whole. It wins me over on flavour and texture, but a stronger aroma and better head formation and retention would go a long way towards making this a better beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle!

A: Pours a deep black with a small tan foam head that dissipates very quickly leaving behind a few bubbles on top and very little lacing.

S: Smells like coffee grounds, very fresh coffee/espresso and a little bit of chocolate. The maple comes out a little bit as the beer warms, though it is not as strong as expected.

T: Coffee/espresso forward for sure, but not over the top. The maple is more prominent in the flavor profile and provides a nice sweetness. The maple/sweetness grows as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation, maybe a little much, but I didn't have a real problem with it, just prevented it from being a little smoother/creamier.

O: Pretty good, even though I typically avoid coffee beers, this one is better than most, probably from the added sweetness of the maple syrup.

Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to northyorksammy for the chance to try this one. Poured from a 600mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Light-sucking bistre liquid is crowned by a light tan event-horizon of foam, forming a lasting collar and arcipelago of velvety cream. Sandy lacing, fast running, viscous tears.

Roasted barley, coffee, chicory, and faint maple in the nose. It does not smell sweet at all. Some phenolics.

Handmade corn tortillas, fresh off the griddle...rich clean malt, porcini mushrooms, and delicate fruit on the palate. Coffee, burnt maple sugar, and hints of toffee and toast in the long finish. Vague chocolate malt flavors as well...very well balanced.

Smooth, not-quite-medium-bodied mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Simple, but very well crafted stout - I'd definitely pick this up again if it were regularly available...

Photo of CanuckRover
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has a bit less than a year under its belt. Was in London when it was released and girlfriend picked up it for me once I saw it was a maple syrup edition.

Pours a very dark red, nice ruby highlights in the lamp light. Lively mocha head settles too quickly to a thin ring and a few clusters of bubbles.

Lucious would be the word for the aroma me thinks. Combined coffee and maple gives it a real woody flavour, almost, but not quite, smoked.

Almost milk chocolate up front. Creamy sweetness is gradually overtaken by an almost harsh coffee bitterness that really defines this one. That really nice woodiness hangs around in the background though, and it really makes the brew for me. They've managed to make a barrel-aged beer without barrel-ageing a beer. Alcohol is well-concealed, just faintly warming

Beautiful mouthfeel. Super-smooth with a perfectly understated carbonation.

Really liked it, incorporating maple into a beer is tough, but this gets it just about right. Bit more pronounced flavour from the syrup, and a touch less coffee, and it would be a homerun.

Photo of heebes
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle.
Part of the brewery feature.

Pours black with a thin tan foamy head. Nose is espresso coffee, bourbon, dark roasted malts. Taste is sweet, very faint maple flavour. Lots of toasted malt flavour. Lighter watery mouthfeel as with most of the Norrebros beer I've tried. Pretty wonderful drinkability, well hidden ABV. Not hot at all. Best from the brewery feature I got to try.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great nose like a coffee sweetened with maple sugar, very aggressive. The maple makes it almost cloying, though adds its unique flavour, much more interesting than any simple sugar. This is kept in check by the bitter roasted flavours of the black malts.
A Full body and warming alcohol rounds out this great brew. It's definitely keeping me warm on this frigid afternoon.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle From northyorksammy. Oroginally reviewed on: 04-16-2011 under the wrong beer (regular version, not ontario maple version). Thanks to MasterSki for pointing this out.

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell. Light roasted coffee and a little sweet chocolate.

Taste. Lightly sweetened coffee, burnt sugar, bitter coffee finish with a little dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Drinkability. Another nice and easy drinking stout. Sweetness compliments the type of coffee used.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a brandy snifter.

A - Medium to dark brown with a small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - Coffee, dark caramel. Very sweet overall nose. I can't specifically detect the maple syrup in the nose but it definitely contributes to the overall sweetness of the nose.

T - Dark roasted coffee, cocoa and a lot of overall sweetness. Some maple flavour is noticeable but it not dominant. A sweet stout but not overly sweet.

M - Medium body, chewy, lightly carbonated.

D - A very good sweet stout. One of the better ones I have had. Good job incorporating the maple syrup without over-doing it.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this! I'm glad he mentioned it was a special Canadian edition...I'd have never noticed! lol

Pours black with ruby edges. Head was small, light brown. No lace and minimal retention. Light chocolaty roasted aroma, with a nice maple note backed by a little bit of coffee. The maple definitely seems to outshine the coffee. Milk chocolate taste, roasted malts, coffee and a big maple sweetness. Feels nice for a sweet stout; nice and creamy.

I haven't tried the strictly coffee version, but I may after trying this...quite enjoyable!

Photo of mmurphy525
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into a duvel tulip. The following info was stamped on the bottle.

Bottle on: 29/10/10
Best Before: 26/10/12

Pours a deep black with a light tan head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is very sweet (possibly a hint of maple but not sure) with some roasted malt and a little coffee grind in the mix. The sweetness in the smell is dominant in the taste but it is not over powering. Other notes include a hint of espresso, burnt malt and some vanilla. I personally could not taste any maple. Mouthful is a little thin for a stout and has moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very light well balanced stout. I think this would be a good entrance beer for people just beginning to get into stouts.

Photo of mrnobody
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours dark brown with a small beige head.

S: Smells of roasted coffee, smoke, chocolate.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle, maple syrup version using Ontario maple syrup. Pours a dark brown, thin and fading to tan on the edges. Finger of head on the pour which quickly fizzes out, leaving nothing - no retention.

Nose is light coffee, roast, dark fruits, hint of molasses. Smooth flavor, espresso is well integrated and balanced, really dry, light dark fruit and lacto twang in the finish, maple syrup doesn't really add much noticeable. Roast, light smoke, dark fruits, coffee, molasses - little thin, carb is a little too zippy, hides the ABV well. Easy drinking but nothing too exciting.

Photo of liamt07
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, bottled on Oct 29, 2010; in a balloon tulip.

Pours a cola brownish black, with some tan head that fades quick to a some bubbles. Minimal retention and hard to conjure up any with some swirls of my glass; no lace either. Nose is of bitter espresso beans, dark chocolate and a slight sweetness that's not distinctly maple initially but is more evident as it approaches cellar temperature. Taste is still mostly espresso but not overpowering. A bit of maple comes through to balance, there's a bit of brown sugar and spice. Moderate roastiness throughout, and the finish is pretty quick. Mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, but is quite smooth regardless. Flash of alcohol at the end, but the drinkability is quite good given the ABV and the smoothness of this.

Photo of uno99
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My quiet St.Patricks evening is being spent with this Ontario Edition of la Granja

Served at 55 Degrees into a nonic.

A: Quite dark, but sort of a porter appearance in the outer edges of the liquid. head dissipates fast and leaves no hint of lace.

S:Trying hard to get the maple on this. smell is quite sweet and malty. Not much else going on here however.

T: Just not feelin this beer too much, and I was looking forward to it. Maybe its just too sweet for me.

M: Carbonation feels really overdone and mouthfeel is sort of thin.

O: Kind of a let down for me. Seems like most other reviewers like this however, so maybe my palate is off tonight.

Photo of crusian
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle from awesome girlfriend from LCBO in toronto.

pours a thin looking dark brown with about a finger of head that grows slowly and dissipates quickly with large bubbles. the head doesnt stick around, and there is almost no lacing.. seems almost soda like carbonation.
nose is all coffee. reminds me of a coffee "stout" I brewed in college... tasted like carbonated coffee and smelled like coffee... nothing else in it.
taste is actually pretty similar to what I made, lol... taste is all coffee... there is a sweet nuttiness as well. not sure where this Maple syrup edition thing comes from, i dont see it anywhere on the label, nor do I taste it.
Pretty basic here. thin with a strong coffee bitterness aftertaste.

Photo of jrenihan
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled October 29, 2010.

Pours a light black, almost dark brown, with a thin tan head, which dissipates quickly.

Smell is all coffee and maple syrup, particularly the former. I am not a coffee lover or connoisseur, but it does not strike me as the best smelling coffee in the world.

The coffee that was present in the nose is multiplied in the taste, to the extent that it strikes me as more a 'beer-flavoured coffee' than a 'coffee-flavoured beer.' There is some sweetness supplied by the maple syrup, but the finish is fairly bitter. Perhaps a coffee lover would enjoy this beer, but it is not for me. I do, however, think Peche Mortel is excellent, so this is not simply a bias against the style on my part.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium bodies, and a good level of carbonation. From the appearance, I had feared that it would be overly carbonated, but it appears not.

Drinkability is dinged for me due to the overpowering coffee taste. The alcohol, for what it's worth, is quite hidden.

Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

600ml bottle into tulip May,17,0211

A reddish cola when held to the light not very dark for a big stout, light tan head falls very fast almost like a pops fizz and leaves no lace

S smells like chocolate syrup, with some coffee, dates, and just a hint of smokey maple

T just a little toned down compared to the nose, the coffees cold and burnt now and it tastes even sweeter

M fairly thin and a little flat, not a high point for this brew

O it smells and tastes pretty good and that's the most important thing I suppose

I could drink this again and perhaps would let it age to see what happens, thanks liamt07 for sending this one my way

Photo of korguy123
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark black pour, ruby red when held to light, two finger soapy light tan head. Quickly shrinks to thin cap. Lacing is minimal.

S- Roasted coffee, maple, brown sugar and chocolate sauce and vanilla.

T- Bitter coffee, maple syrup, vanilla and slight chocolate sauce again. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, chewy and sticky on the lips. Carbonation is faint and helps cleanse the palette.

O- Good stout, could use more body, definitely needs more maple.

Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Black, very dark with just a bit of brown translucency. A short brown cap of fine bubbles sat on top of the beer after a hard pour. Decent head retention with some spotty lacing. Roast and coffee aroma, bittersweet, faint fruity and malty notes in the background. More sweetness in the flavour, roast and chocolate, herbal bitterness, with a little vanilla and lactose sweetness. Medium bodied with well integrated carbonation, fine bubbles on the palate, moderate astringency. I enjoyed it, but was surprised at the relatively light body and mild malt presence - it seemed more sugary than malty at times.

Photo of MattyV
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Translucent dark brown with a finger of frothy/borderline-fizzy tan head that quickly disappears to nothing. Looks a bit thin in the glass.

S: Predominantly coffee with some sweetness in the background (from the Maple?)

T: Lots of bitter roasted malt flavour with definite hints of coffee and chocolate. Having trouble picking out the Maple here. Finish is warming and almost rum-like with a bit of burnt/smokiness.

M: It felt a bit on the thin side, and was definitely undercarbonated.

D: The flavour profile was decent, but it clearly lacked body. The addition of Ontario maple syrup drew me in on this one, despite the premium pricetag. I wasn't planning on purchasing any more unless I was blown away, and after tasting I'll definitely reach for more economical stouts in the future.

Photo of kwjd
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2nd of the Nørrebro Bryghus beers that have come to Ontario that I've tried. Apparently this was made for Ontario, so that's neat I guess. Pours a dark brown colour with finger of tan head. Ok lacing, head retention wasn't the best though. Smells of coffee, maple and chocolate. Quite a sweet stout from the maple it seems. Actually the flavour reminds me a bit of a brown ale, but this was very nice. I'm considering buying more bottles of this, but it is a bit expensive.

Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

True to its "classic stout" origins, this beer looks like it comes from industrial, eighteenth century England: it is black as coal and has a complexion so sooty you'd think it was dragged through a dirty chimney. It's as flat and polluted as any river unfortunate enough to flow next to a factory. It looks like it would fail modern standards of sanitation.

The bouquet is much more milk-chocolaty than dark chocolaty; the espresso is restrained enough so that a lot of maple syrup is able to seep through. The sweetness had my senses puzzled for a moment, until I remembered what exactly it was I was drinking. The syrup is rich and succulent, with a sharp hit of maple, a contrast to the roasty malts.

The flavour of authentic, luscious, rich Ontario maple syrup is found in the taste as well, which conjures to mind memories of school field trips and family vacations. (Anyone who's traveled across Ontario or Quebec can attest that every gift shop sells maple syrup, and in most you'll also find homemade maple fudge, maple cookies, etc.)

This clearly isn't the crap Aunt Jemima be sellin' ya! The flavour of maple fudge sticks out of the beer just as a giant beaver or hockey stick would, an obvious and familiar demarcation of true red-and-white gastronomy. Along with it, interestingly enough, is a particularly sooty and stale espresso taste as well as some roasty, bittersweet malts.

The 7.5% alcohol does nothing to make this seem like anything other than a standard, sessionable stout; it is easily (and best) consumed in big gulps. The gloppy sweetness of the syrup is a perfect adversary for all the bitter coffee and roast malt flavours. A shot of lactose sweetness fits in perfectly. The beer has an overall low-key temperament.

It's quite a sensation to taste authentic, home-grown Canadian maple syrup in a Danish beer that was brewed with Mexican coffee. If that's not a paper on globalization I don't know what is. Any gimmicks aside, I was very impressed with the outcome of this project. I found it simply a wonderful, immensely drinkable stout through and through.

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La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition) from Nørrebro Bryghus
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