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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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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

nmann08, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a huge head that leaves copious lace

Smell: Pound cake, candi sugar, stone and tropical fruit along with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Cakey, up front, with some peppery spicing and a developing tropical fruit character; throughout the progression, there are some funky bitter medicinal flavors, followed by a sweet candi sugar influenced aftertaste that persists, although the predominate flavors are dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; very fizzy

Drinkability: This beer didn't thrill me and it is hard to pinpoint why; it has a lot of complexity and hits many of the style points, but there is something about the sweetness and the herbacious medicinal flavor that I didn't enjoy

Thanks to brewandbbq for the chance to re-visit

brentk56, May 30, 2008
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

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
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.

largadeer, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Kegatron, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Brewer's Art in Baltimore, served in a goblet.

Le Canard or Canard as I called it with a strong a and was corrected immediately by another patron, oh well. The color is medium amber and accented by light copper w/ a pale cap which settles to a small one and the brew has good clarity. I got a strong whiff of belgian yeast off the bat w/ slight apple aroma and hint of sweet herbal/bitter hops w/ a mild pine edge.

The feel is slightly thin bodied w/ subtle malt sweetness and moderate carbonation w/ semi-dry finish. There is a light spiciness throughout. The flavor has both a sweet and lightly earthy taste w/ mild bitterness in the flavor and gentle peppery yeast w/ a slight pear hint and mild herbal hop flavor. There is a light woodiness in the hops which carries on into the finish w/ a mild biscuit note. I enjoyed this tasty Belgian -my first brew of the night at Brewer's art. A good malt and yeast flavor a pretty solid brew and nice tribute to the Belgian original.

Slatetank, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

oline73, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big coarse foam on the initial pour in the wine glass. Clear amber color.

Quite a fullsome Belgian flavor with the sweet yet bitter yet dry complexity. Fruity with mango quite distinct, some peach, and a pomegranate finish. Quite dry after some sipping. A mineral aftertaste. Some bitterness as you sip. A pleasant, interesting brew with plenty of Belgian character and that tart, darkly tinted fruitiness.

From the 750 ml corked bottle bought at Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom. I don't know if this is a 2013 bottling or older, but label says #82 with a (best by?) date of 4/10/15.

mactrail, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

mendvicdog, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork is way to far in and requires a cork screw, but this beer is incredibly well carbonated as it forcefully ejects the cork and cork screw mid pull. Luckily I had my 25cl tulip nearby and I didn't lose any beer despite some foaming up. The head is quite voluminous and has to be scraped off twice to prevent over-flowing. I end up with a five-finger thick, pale, almost perfectly white colored head. The beer is an orangish, pale amber color that shows a hazy, but brighter color when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of malt, hops and fermentation character. Spicy with notes of pepper, ginger, almost a touch of cinnamon, an earthy-almost coriander note and a wood note that are balanced by fruity notes similar to apple, pear and a light orange-blossom aromatic. The aroma is also grassy, with a nice, clean, pale malt toastiness . The hops, while slight, accentuate the grassy note and provide a touch of herbal character and something that is a bit like fresh cut, aromatic weeds. This has quite an interesting nose, it is quite easy to spend some time just smelling this without even needing to take a sip.

On the other hand, I really need a beer so sip I must. The flavor is sweet and spicy up front with a substantial citrus / orange-blossom note that is followed by spicy higher alcohols and phenolics. The finish has a mix of clove, warming higher alcohols, a piquant pepper-like note and just a touch of an herbal hop bitterness. There is quite a bit going on in this beer, in addition to the previously mentioned notes I get flavors of clove (lots of this), sweet-ripe aromatic pear, pickled ginger, a light note of sweet-tart perfectly ripe plums, a touch of damp earthiness in the finish.

An over-confident second pour leaves with more foam than I can suck down and a puddle of foam on my desk. The beer gets a bit more fruit focused as it warms up and subsequent pours have a really pepper, quite zippy carbonation as well as quite the carbonic bite. The texture of this beer is just about spot on; the prickly carbonation ensures a tongue scrubbing airiness with every sip and the body has just a touch of viscousness without keeping this from being quite quaffable. While this never actually gets hot, it doesn't really hide its alcohol all that well; mostly the higher alcohols give this away, but they do add some interesting notes so it is certainly not all bad.

This beer is quite complex all around, it is perhaps a touch sweeter than I usually prefer, but I think in this case, this beer needs the sweetness to balance the piquant fermentation character; ample higher alcohols and phenols which could easily be too much, but here are tempered by the malt sweetness. The head of this beer is just about perfect, everyone of my four pours is fluffy, textured and long lasting, and the hazy orange-amber color is quite nice as well. A beer that is very enjoyable, perhaps even more so than I would expect.

Gueuzedude, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Gavage, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

InspectorBob, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

yourefragile, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

akorsak, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

wrightst, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +0.8%

BillRoth, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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.

smakawhat, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to Dyan for hooking me up with this.

Pours a hazy dark amber orange, real nice, big thick and fluffy off white head forms, takes a few tries to pour a glass, very pillowy, lots of lacing on the glass, good retention, this stuff sticks. Smell is nice, very malty, caramel, very biscuity, yeast, apricots and pears, apples, toast, graham crackers, some light floral hopping, orange punch almost, smells great. Taste is very fruity, very heavy apricot and pear juice, apples, caramel, yeast, light bit of spice, alcohol comes through, very malty and biscuity, peaches and cream in the finish, very sweet and bready. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, almost a bit of peach syrup type feel and flavour, still pretty nice and an interesting take on the style. Thanks Dyan!

Viggo, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from todd1 in a trade a little while ago. Thanks!
After a bit of wrangling, I managed to break the cork in half. Some quick work with a corkscrew removed the rest. It immediately started foaming, to the point of just cresting over the lip of the bottle. A very gentle pour yielded a big fluffy off-white head that fell very slowly. It was a bit rocky and left clumpy chunks on the glass. The beer was a bit hazy and was closer to orange than amber in colour. Very bready in the aroma, white bread crusts, biscuits, wheat crackers, a bit of caramel. Fruity too, with notes of pear and apple skin, apricots. There was a light citrus element as well, with a hint of yeast that appeared as it warmed. The flavour fell mostly into the malty/fruity combo too. Bread, toast, and more caramel sweetness than in the aroma. Pear and apple with stone fruits, ripe. Alcohol flavour hit mid-palate and there was a faint grassy and floral kick towards the end. The finish was lightly spicy with lingering fruit and caramel. Medium bodied with carbonation that was a little too high and too coarse for my liking, but it didn't turn me off completely. Warmth from the alcohol and off-dry. Pretty tasty overall. My only issue was the carbonation.

DrJay, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

glid02, May 11, 2009
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.8%

THECPJ, Dec 11, 2011
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

dirtylou, Nov 16, 2008
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