Brewer's Art Le Canard - The Brewer's Art
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Reviews by brewandbbq:
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
Brewer's Art's latest bottling, "Le Canard", an ode to Kwak.
After disgorgement of a very toyt cork, a quick upswell of eager froth heads for the exit. With a quick slant of a tulip glass at the ready, a carefull pour unloads a massive three-inch head of eggshell.
Wowza. A sight to behold in a Duvel glass.
The rocky, whipped seafoam took a full five minutes to begin to fall. A cone of dense froth stood tall as the sides relinquished their grip. A rare display of extreme lacework. Ripped sheets and foam-ropes.
Aromatics lead off with a blast of peach skins, orange zest, citrus-laden bubblegum, and cracked coriander.
Extremely fresh and lively, and it reminds me of the first whiff of LaChouffe that blew me away, long ago.
Creamy and light mouthfeel. Quite soft and somewhat pillowy. The carbonation delivers plenty of liveliness.
Orange marmalade, fresh peaches, Indian coriander, and grassy overtones start the pallet. Hints of blossom honey, white pepper,
candied cloves, and zesty hops follow through.
Bitterness is firm and balancing, with residuals quite tame for a Belgian.
Alcohol is warming only as it finishes, along with lingering citrus zests, and tropical essence.
This beer blows away Kwak. Well crafted and pretty dry for the style.
Hard to find any faults in this one, but I suppose some time in a Brett-laden Chardonnay barrel (or Gerwertz), would put it over the top.
Big thanks to my buddy Mike for hooking me up..Proper.
04-25-2008 23:26:51 | More by brewandbbq
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-20-2010 17:51:47 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-23-2008 22:20:36 | More by Kraken
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
05-11-2009 15:24:10 | More by glid02
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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
11-16-2008 20:01:17 | More by dirtylou
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
08-21-2008 02:05:20 | More by prototypic
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
09-07-2008 22:14:21 | More by MiScusi
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
10-26-2008 18:37:12 | More by akorsak
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
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...
07-28-2012 00:56:16 | More by philbe311
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-16-2014 23:04:07 | More by smakawhat
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
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
12-04-2011 03:39:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
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
06-29-2009 03:34:46 | More by blackie
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-12-2008 02:30:28 | More by largadeer
Brewer's Art Le Canard from The Brewer's Art
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.