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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of ConradKenney
2/5  rDev -49.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of khiasmus
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours with TONS of head (a glass full if you're not careful) that lasts forever. A light burnt orange with slightly lacking clarity, otherwise the appearance is excellent.
In the aroma department there's honey, slightly biscuity, tons of caramelly malt, a bit of alcohol, and the slightest amount of grapefruity hops.
Flavor is intensely sweet-- honey and caramel again, but almost cloying with the very slightest bit of yeast and sourness. The overall impression is crazy sweetness and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is initially almost that of hydrogen peroxide because of the tons of carbonation... not a sharp carbonation, but fluffy... finish is a bit dry and sweet, of course.
Drinkability? If you care for liquid honey, then this is your glass of beer. As for me... this doesn't hold a candle to Duvel, for instance. It's simply too cloying. We split it five ways and I had more than enough. I like sweet beers (eisbock for instance), but this one just has no balance for the honey and caramel.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. Canard appears a hazed bright copper color with about five fingers of bone white foam. Too much carbonation here. Is this infected? Doesn't taste so. Sly Fox should be able to do better than this for their contract with Brewer's Art. Nose and flavor consist of fruits such as apples and pears, caramelized grain, lightly toasted biscuits, rather spicy yeast. Decent body, but a bit too much carbonation.

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jjd315
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of orsulacp
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a big fluffy white head that went down pretty quick and left some lacing on the glass. The body was orange/copper with some real active tiny bubbles flying to the top . There is some peppery spiciness to the nose with some sweet maltiness and a little funky yeasty smell. The taste starts with the pepper and the bready malt comes in at the end with a faint orange flavor hiding with every other sip. Very active carbonation giving a light mouthfeel and also making this fairly drinkable. Overall ok, the muted nose holds this back a little for me.

Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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 mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Grant for letting me try this bottle. Pours a pale orange with good clarity and a huge head. A gusher- the head fades completely. Smells of sweet orange, mango, grapefruit, and grapes. Tastes sweet and fruity with light spice. A bit too carbonated in the mouth. This bottle clearly has the beginnings of an infection, but it hasn't affected the flavor as yet, and I believe in reviewing quality control- especially with no dating.

Photo of joe1510
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml

I got this one from my man Dyan awhile back, thanks buddy! La Canard is a slow gusher with the pop of the cork. A tarnished copper liquid fills half my snifter while the other half is chunky, dirty white head. There's enough haziness to make seeing through the body a little difficult while carbonation shoots from nearly every surface of the glass. The hefty head sticks around for long periods of time and leaves chunky lacing behind as the beer disappears.

Right off the bat all I can think of is mulled cider but that quickly segues into a caramel maltiness with unidentified spices. A touch of gritty pear comes along on the backside and adds even more fruitiness to this already fruit laden concoction. The nose is crazy spicy and malty but they all seem muddled, unfortunately.

The flavor is also loaded with a good deal of caramel maltiness and a handful of surprising spiciness. Coriander is one of the spices I can pick out and it goes well with the gritty pear fruitiness. The fruit isn't near as forward as the nose suggested which is a good thing in my book. The spiciness is still a little muddled but manages to come together better than the nose led me to believe.

The mouthfeel is down the center of the spectrum with a carbonation that's on the lower side of moderate. The finish shows some stickiness with the mild lingering sweetness and fruity qualities. The spices stick around for awhile.

La Canard is a sipper with the higher than average spiciness and the caramel sweetness on the swallow. With that said it's an enjoyable bottle to crawl into on a lazy evening. The spiciness keeps me from drinking this one faster though.

This is my second offering from Brewer's Art. I like what I've come across so far. Now I just need to get my hands on some Green Peppercorn Tripel and I'll be all set. If you see these guys around give 'em a dance. Thanks again, Dyan!

Photo of grub
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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 philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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 blackie
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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 mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my east end brewing pint glass

A - pours a murky copper color with plenty of whispy orangish white foam that slowly disappeared

S - Very citrusy aroma of apricots and tangerines, mango, pineapple

T - as expected a nice citrus flavor along with piney malt flavor and an unexpected spice from corriander

M/D - way way overcarbonated for me. Other than that, its not a bad beer, a bit too spicy though.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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