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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 02-02-2005)
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

lfeikin, Oct 12, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

Atlas1, Jul 29, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

mdalpert, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Rickythejeweler, Jan 05, 2012
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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.

brewandbbq, Apr 25, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured from a bottle I had been sitting on for a couple of months.

The beer pours a hazy peach and orange color with good head retention, but really minimal lacing. On the nose this beer is just terrific. The beer smells moderately sweet with toffee, caramel, orange and cherry vanilla. I get some underlying spice as well, which just adds to the attraction. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except I get some soft chocolate flavors as well. The beer is long and smooth, and really just delicious. Drinkability is exceptional in this beer, with the abv. very well disguised. I started to feel a bit warm after the second glass, which was the only tip off to the high abv.

This beer is just exceptional, probably my very favorite Brewer's Art beer. Given how many excellent beers these guys make, that's saying something. I think the extra time in bottle has only helped this beer, as my recollection when I first had it was that it was bit more sweet and malty. In any event, highly recommended.

John_M, Oct 29, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Yesac, May 09, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Cottony head akin to the froth in ocean coves, lots of sediment that appears to be frozen in the beer, lingering lace along the edges, has the color and appearance of a peach nectar - 4.50, S: Noticeable spiciness but not an overwhelming aroma, some earthy and possibly piney smells - 4.00, T: Extremely spicy on the tongue, loads of tropical fruit - possibly mango, pineapple even some bubblegum, this beer packs a punch in terms of the alcohol - 4.50, M: Very silky, it hangs around on the tongue - 4.50, D: The Brewer's Art puts out another solid Belgian style brew, quite enjoyable and one I'd proudly serve to guests - 4.50

deereless, Oct 13, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

USCTrojanBrian, Aug 05, 2008
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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.

prototypic, Aug 21, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Pain in the ass cork to pull. Pours an oh-so-slightly fogged amber with a thick creme head. Nose is kind of one-dimensional with a load of sugars being presnt. Flavor is a sweet tone thy carries minor dough and funk. Not complex, but very nice indeed. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation is good. This is a very nice drinker. Easily my favorite of the Belgian styles from Brewers Art. Probably should have bought more bottles to bring home.

RblWthACoz, Aug 29, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Thanks to my brother in-law for sending this bottle to me for my birthday. This bottle quite possibly had the hardest cork to remove that I've come across

A - Poured a golden orangish color with a big off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of fruit yeast and spice

T - Just like it smells lots of good fruity yeasty spiced flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with a very high level of carbonation to it

D - I really liked this beer a lot it was very good easy to drink didn't notice the abv while drinking it worth trying

armock, Jan 29, 2009
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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.

glid02, May 11, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

barleywinebrewer, Apr 26, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Gavage, Jun 25, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Jame515, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

BSUBronco, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

tbeckett, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Brewer1980, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

brutalist, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

MarvinSnyder, Nov 03, 2013
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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.

akorsak, Oct 26, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

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

hopdog, Dec 23, 2008
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