Brewer's Art Le Canard - The Brewer's Art

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BA SCORE
89
very good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 02-02-2005

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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by OHLRangers:
Photo of OHLRangers
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle #206 received after winning Dyan's Sling Comes Off LIF. Thanks for the chance for this one Dyan!

As stated previously, the cork takes a mega-effort to get out. I was able to do so without a corkscrew but it took some serious doing. It gushed a bit and poured out with a near-glassful of foam. The bottle continued to foam while sitting off on the table, too. However, the glassful of foam dissipated fairly quickly leaving some loose honeycombs and cool lacing. The body is a hazy dark orange.

Aroma is typical of Belgian yeasts, with some clovy, medicinal notes and peppery spices. There are some fruity tones as well.

The sweet candi sugar is the first thing noticed on the taste, along with faint, smooth banana, cloves, coriander and pepper. More sweet fruits stood out as the temperature rose a bit. Very clean mouthfeel with a bit of a sweet/dry finish. A very good beer for special occasions, though the folks at Brewers Art need to work on that gushing issue.

More User Reviews:
Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to todd1 for this rarity.

750 ml bottle-corked and caged.

It's worth noting up front that the cork required a corkscrew to remove. It popped out with some force and as I turned to dispose of the cork, bubbles were streaming out of the bottle. Exercise caution when opening (and pouring).

Appearance: It pours a very nice amber/toasted brown color. There's some yeasty sediment swimming around and there's quite a bit at the bottom of the bottle. The head off-white in color and is enormous. It easily attains four fingers in depth. It really requires an easy pour. Retention? How 'bout it won't go away? Thick sheets of lace line the glass.

Smell: The nose is good, but lacks some punch. It's fruity initially and features a good mix of lemon and orange scents. It features a number of spicy aromas. Corriander and a little orange peel seem to be present. If it were a little stronger here, it'd be easier to tell. The classic Belgian yeasty scent is present. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: The flavor of this beer is really impressive. Citrus orange, lemon, and maybe even nectarine kick it off. It is sweet and sugary. The spicy flavors really bring it to life and is where this beer shines. There is some corriander, orange peel, and a mix of other spices. It's a very deep and complex flavor profile. An interesting vanilla flavor emerges late and adds an intriguing twist. Belgian yeastiness really permeates throughout. It finishes sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and despite its high carbonation features a pretty smooth feel. The bubbles keep it from being elite in this aspect, but it's going down easy enough. Drinkability is very high. I'm really enjoying this beer. It in no way tastes or feels like 8.5% abv beer. I really could drink this all night.

Canard's a really impressive BSPA. The only minor complaint I have is that the nose is a littel weak. That's it. It really is fantastic beer overall. This is my first Brewer's Art experience and I'm eagerly anticipating another. Highly recommended if you have the opportunity.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Releasing the tightly placed cork reveals a very active pop--this beer is just waiting to breath. Lively carbonation fills the glasses right to the rim with three fingers of bubbly head; decent head retention here. Mildly chilled, the hazed amber-gold color tells us to let this beer hit cellar temperature. Full jacket of exotic and tropical fruit in the aroma, all soft but very complex, with suggestions of mango, kiwi, passion fruit and Asian pear. The nose also exposes a faint white peppercorn alcohol and some biscuity malt. The medium body shows off a big mouthful of smoothness. Mellow but steady fruitiness throughout, starting with apple peel and pineapple, ending with fresh fig and papaya. Slightly warm alcohol comes off a little peppery, hint of chalky yeast. Solid biscuit malt flavor with a mild hop bitterness, which balances the beer well with the help of the alcohol and light bitter, herbal, nearly clovey phenols from the yeast.

The Brewer's Art flex their brewing muscles here. A bit rustic, but that's a given broadness for Belgian-style beers. A good sipper. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. This is a real gusher lots of foam, huge head and massive amounts of carbonation. Pours a translusant cloudy amber, with plenty of sediment. Slight Candy sugar and very light hops on the nose. Yummy, banna esters candy sugar and very light hop presence. Slight funk keeps this interesting. Nice slight lingering sweetness, Carbonation adds nicely to over all body. Nice mouth feel, Alcohol is hidden well. A very nice clone of Kwak. Looking forward to hitting up brewers art in the near future.

Photo of glid02
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of gford217 - much obliged!

The cork shot out of this one and made a bee-line for the ceiling and a solid two ounces of this gushed out before we got it under control - keep a glass near while opening.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a large white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus fruits and sugar-coated pears with hints of spices - mainly pepper and clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Belgian candi sugar and pear flavors are backed by sweet malt up front. Small amounts of spiciness come in along with faint citrus flavors right before a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with very active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a solid BSPA, I just wish I'd had a slightly more vigorous pour to let the carbonation ease out a bit more. Still, the flavors are work well together and make this beer one that is worth a shot.

Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, during the bears-peckers and giants-ravens

shipped by the darkness

appearance: contents under significant pressure...a gushing wave of le canard jumps out of the bottle to meet me. eventually poured into a hopleaf tulip. This brew has a nice golden-orange body and a fluffy beige crest with strong retention

smell: very yeasty aromas, brown sugar and honey, a touch boozy, floral but a bit musty

taste: this is a nice sweet belgian but it seems very disorganized for a normally very tight style...Canard is extremely sweet with an 8% abv that doesnt hide very well. Brown sugar, yeast, apricot and other fruit

mouthfeel: thick and spicy

drinkability: good, but lower than average for the style

Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Brewer's Art bottle sent to me from USCTrojanBrian.

Pours a pretty hazy orange, off-white huge rocky head.

S- really sweet. It's hard to get past the sweetness. The smell is almost exactly similar to Scaldis.

T- The sweet and alcohol are really all I get. My friend says stale prunes but I don't quite get that. It's obviously got some sort of Belgian yeast influence in it.

M- this was super carbonated in the bottle as it started to foam over upon uncorking, but it didn't feel ridiculously carbonated in the glass... it wasn't too bad.

D- This isn't my fav type of beer ever. Really reminds me of Scaldis but that was a bit more richer with the 12% ABV. This was a mini version.

Photo of stevenandnataliearedrunk
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nicely spiced. Great for a winter night.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The bottle opened with a pop and a slow stream of carbonation that threatened (albeit at a glacial pace) to spill over the sides of the bottle. The ale is a auburn in color, a twilight-esque mix of dark and light. The large head was fast to dissapate.

S: The nose is fruity with apricot and tangerine arising thanks to the yeast. Candi sugars further fortify the nose.

T: The ale fires on all cylinders, as far as I am concerned. Up front, the candi sugars create a lush environment that fosters the aforementioned apricot and tangerine. The ale is well-carbonated, scrubbing away the sugary sweetness and leaving the fruits to linger. I am enjoying this bottle.

M: The mouthfeel is lush, fruity with a great aftertaste of apricots. The booze does come through at times, adding a little too much heat.

D: The alcohol is high but not too high. Over the course of 2-3 hours, this is a very enjoyable beer. But then again, I've never had a bad beer from the Brewer's Art.

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two plus fingers worth of lively effervescent tan colored head with a faint orange tinge that is comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles that is slightly fluffy overall... Minimal retention... Once settled, there is a thick rich creamy lacing that is very inviting... The color is a deep dark resiny amber... A cyclone of small bubbled carbonation swirls in the middle of the glass...

S - Brown sugar... Raisins... Honey... A bit of melon... Sweet oranges... Caramel... Candied sugars... A hint of fig... Very sweet, put never overpowering or cloying...

T - A bit boozy to start... A lot of the sweetness alluded to by the nose is absent on the palette... Slightly medicinal... A hint of orange zest... A bit of honey... Fruit cake... The booziness returns on the finish and lingers for a while...

M - On the heavier side of medium bodied... A bit dense... A bit thick... Moderate carbonation... A little stickiness... A slightly dry boozy finish...

D - A definite sipper... Boozy and bit overpowering at times... Not a bad beer by any means, but a bomber is a lot for one individuals... Lots of strong flavor that could stand to be mellowed out a bit... This Brewer's Art offering has lots of good things happening, but there are just enough rough edges to make this one nothing more than decent...

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice fluffy and off tan and very pinhead even bubbled head. Three fingers tall and settles nicely, with lots of rising fast tan carbonation along the edges. Body color is a nice deep amber almost red, but hints at a rusted burnt orange and quite opaque.

Hints of classic overseas Belgian character, sucrose sweet and lots of toasty brown sugars to match. Some mild clove sensations, warm herbal tea strangely, and soft cinnamon.

Palate comes with expected pleasure. Nice subdued and sweet brown sugar and cinnamon with a good carbonated and dried palate. Crisp almost champagne like but with raisin and fruit density. Noticeably warm but not horrifically boozy though.

Overall, while not a strong pale, it's a textbook Belgian amber pretty much.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark golden yellow, very cloudy with a big white frothy head, Great retention left the head around for most of the glass. Lots of sticky lace driped down the flass and left rings on the sides. Great visible carbonation could be seen bubbling throughout.

Smell was very intresting. Quite lively aroma with hints of sweet fruits, lemon and a touch of sugar. Bananas, figs, and pears could also be picked up as well as a touch of grapes as it warmed. First impression of the flavor was to be honest a bit of a shock. There was something in it I could not place right away, some other reviews have touched on a saltiness, and at first I thought it did have that too, but there was this other underlying flavor which I kept trying to pin down. Finally settled on something of a sweet lemon cake or tangerine and orange combination. Very pleasant and very sweet flavor, never had tasted it before in this style, quite intresting. very smooth delievery and great carbonation

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: westmalle chalice, orange-amber in color with a thin head, the thick cake on the bottom produced a floater slurry despite a careful pour

s: musty grape juice body with a blend of pale malts and heavy candied sugars, dried apple and a touch of date date, not very complex and a little skewed towards the fruit sugars...I'd like to see some more yeast and papery hop influence

m: carbonation on the full side of medium, medium body - a little slick or syrupy

t: sweet apple juice and white grape malt presence, some moderate honey, maybe a touch of fig, on the sweeter side, mild aged hops, nice flavors but it's too sugary and finishes a bit heavy for the style, booze only hits in the stomach

d: easy enough to split a bottle, but a full 750 may be a little trying

bottle from The Perfect Pour in Elkridge, MD, my first week on the job...cellared nearly a year now

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle received from Dyan, thanks brogg.

Appearance: The cork was a bitch to get out of the bottle, after 3 hours of trying I eventually grabbed a saw and sawed the top of the bottle off. I think I might've got some glass shards in the bottle, 'cause my stomach kinda hurts right now, but I'll keep on reviewing and hope that it goes away. The beer itself is amber in color, a dark orange-yellow with slight haze. The head is enormous, 3 plus fingers, and retains very well.

Smell: A nice even mix of fruit and spice, neither overly sweet nor overly spicy. There's some orange marmalade, lemon zest and a dash of vanilla. Pretty nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Caramelly with a nice spicy kick. Fruit flavor appears mid-sip, bringing notes of apricot and banana to the palate. True to style, there's plenty of carbonation here and a peppery dryness to the aftertaste. Fairly light-bodied, and entirely too easy to drink for the ABV. This is a great Kwak clone that's at least on par with that beer.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to brewandbbq for the chance to try this neat beer!

A - cork comes off with an authoritative pop! I poured this in a glass big enough to 3/4ths of a 750 on most occaisons - full glass of foam. Eventually settles into a hazy copper colored brew. It took 4 pours to get through the 750 and even through the last pour it was almost entirely foam. Thankfully it did not overflow the bottle.

S - belgian esters, a funky note, honey, sweet malts and a peppery aspect.

T - similar to the aroma but with a grassy hop undernote.

M - medium bodied, overcarbonated, soft once settled down with a warming finish.

D - once it setteled down this drank quite nicely. Good character and pleasant finish.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“What is it again?”
“Canard. Carnard! It’s a new beer, just drink it already”
Some stranger behind the crowd mumbles, “I fart in your general direction, you stupid English kaniggit.”
We ignore him and move on
The goblet is filled to the rim with a very dark golden colored brew. My friend’s isn’t topped off and has a thick off-white head

Smells very sugary, with fruit and malts
Flavor was immediately malty. It was made more complex with Belgian yeasty flavors, a little pepper, and hard candy sugar. A light bit of hops on the end added some bitterness.
Smooth and drinkable, yet another fine concoction from the folks at Brewer’s Art

We sat by the window and people watched both inside and out

Photo of Yesac
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy orange.. some copper. Small bubbly layer of head.

S- Very sweet fruits. Yeasty. Toasty malts. Very complex and what a great aroma.

T- Right along with the smell.. sweet fuits & caremel. Followed by yeast and bready malt finish. Yum.

M- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Spice on the palate.

D- I'm not a fan of this style but Brewer's Art did a wonderful job here. Drinkability is very high here. So sweet and complex.

Photo of soupyman10
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange color, slightly opaque with a huge head and surprisingly, oddly big bubbles that dissolve down fairly rapidly. No real lacing.

Nose is incredibly strong on alcohol and spiciness; solid caramel malt belanced well with a light hoppy spice.

Flavor is similar: toffee malt and alacohol up front, with nice spices and dried fruit - caramel backbone. Almost no hop presence. Extremely sweet, brown sugar.

Very spicy, bouncy carbonation on the tongue, maybe a little too strong in the possible masking of some of the flavor. Nice medium body.

Overall, I like this one. Not the most amazing BSPA I've had, but tasty and interesting.

Photo of grub
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled dec 27/08.

the cork strongly resists, forcing me to employ a corkscrew to get it out - but once it starts to move it flies out with a hefty "pop". the foam immediately begins to rise, and forces me to take a break between pours to get it all out of the bottle. the body is orangey-red with just a touch of haze. the head is big and fluffy off-white, falling slowly and leaving tons of chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. some lighter fruit and a bit of citrus - orange peel, pineapple, bit of cantaloupe. touch of alcohol. light yeasty spice.

taste is good. light alcohol. sweet caramel and toffee. orange peel and a bit of the other fruit i got in the nose. white bread and biscuit. low bitterness level. touch of yeasty spice.

mouthfeel is ok. the carbonation is very high and carries a decent sting, too much in my eyes. the body is also closer to medium and doesn't include the expected dry finish.

drinkability is nice. once you get past the high carbonation and the lingering sweetness it's quite nice. definitely an american take on the belgian style, but a good attempt that stands well on its own.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, purchased at The Perfect Pour

As the description says, this is a coppery pour, although of the lighter, almost honeylike color. A bit cloudy. Massive head on multiple pours.

Typical spice notes in the aroma. Typical initial spicy/bitey notes on initial tastes. I don't pick up as much malt character as Brewers Art describes, but those candi sugars really come through, which I'm enjoying.

Nothing spectacular here, but this seems to be one of the "average" offerings from Brewer's Art yet is still quite well executed and delicious and true to style with a nice touch (the extra malt and candi sugar sweetness) which typifies Brewer's Art.

When this is an average offering from BA, you know they're up to a lot of good things.

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Fruity aroma with some yeastiness. Tastes of apples, pears, spices and I was getting some light chocolate in the background.

Now to compare my notes with a bottled version!

Notes from: 10/9/05

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a large snifter glass. Very tight cork POPS! and lets the brew breath.

A: Pours a copper hue with some blonde highlights Has a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong sweet Belgian candi aroma with hints of honey, yeast and mixed fruits.

T: Sweet beer with lots of fruity flavors – apple, pear, and possibly grapes. There are hints of honey and lemons mixed in here. Complex flavors cross the palate with every sip.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was an excellent Belgian strong brew. Very complex and very tasty

Photo of Atlas1
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine from Baltimore sent me the Canard as part of a beer exchange we have going, and now I get to drink here in Texas. Hooray for beer.

Poured into a Belgian snifter, Le Canard is a golden copper apricot color with a super thick two-three-finger head of foam on top. It settles into clumpy foam-bergs and sticks to the walls of the glass, leaving behind some excellent lace. The nose is big spicy banana clove with pepper, apple-butter, light caramel, and other assorted fruits. The taste is delicious. Spices abound, with strong fruit flavors (banana, apple, pear, maybe some plum and fig). There is a lot of carbonation in this beer and the fizzy mouthfeel contributes nicely to the peppery sensation of the beer. This is one of the rare beers I've ever given a 5 to for taste. Mouthfeel is fizzy, as I mentioned, but evens out to a smooth creaminess over time as the beer warms.

I used to go to the Brewer's Art in Baltimore from time to time when I lived in DC, and I always loved it. But this may be their finest creation to date. Really, really good stuff here. Makes me sad that I no longer live nearby. But as long as I have friends who live in and around Baltimore, I still have a reason to visit. Cheers to the Brewer's Art. Cheers for Le Canard.

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" head that lasts forever. Some spots of lace appear during the session.

Smell: yeast, caramel, and a hint of alcohol are picked up easily by the nose.

Taste: caramel, yeast, ripe fruits, some mild earthy qualities, and a dash of pepper spiciness rounds this out. Alcohol is barely noticeable but mildly warming.

Mouthfeel: Crisp from start to finish. There is some light dryness at the end. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is relatively short.

Drinkability: I wish I bought a few more bottles of this. Slower sipping beer that has great flavor and a few of these can be had in a single session. I hope I can find more of this down the road.

Photo of flexabull
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of todd1, thanks again for this one as an extra!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a HUGE white head. This beer has one of the biggest heads I have seen on a beer, and it took forever to settle down.

Aromas are spicy, floral and very yeasty. There are some creamy malt notes, and hard candies as well.

Taste is classic Belgian Strong Pale, with a little extra kick. There is an underlying banana, clove, and bubblegum flavor. Beer also has a spicy yeasty like quality, a bit floral with an overall creamy malt sweetness to it. Finish has a zesty and crisp lemon like flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with well done carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice interpretation of the style. I like this style to be a bit more clean and crisp tasting, but this still has some nice flavors, and is well worth trying and drinking.

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Brewer's Art Le Canard from The Brewer's Art
89 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.