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

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88
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a Belgium Golden Ale, with a twist but overall pretty close to some standards of the style.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked bottle. Light colored label with the image of a duck and the name of the brew. Back label along the perfunctory legal notes adds briefly that "a portion of the proceeds will benefit Baltimore area literacy programs". Notes best by date (3/2/13) Shows O.G. Plato (18.6), and 8.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Clear gold pour, rich and towering frothy head, nice retention, good surface memory, and fair touches of lacing.

S - Yeasty, caramel, brief dash of fruit. Pleasing if standard.

T - Sweet malty sense, yeasty, a bit earthy and fruity with light spicy touch.

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation early on, smooth as it settles, crisp throughout and a good dry finish.

O - Good golden ale with a nice if a bit less than thrilling flow.

Notes: Nice one although this stays closer to the aspect of the style that I like less, and that typically seems more popular. A nice brew but I´d choose their Ozzy instead.

Photo of goblue3509
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copperish brown color with a tight one finger head. The aroma is a little bit bready up front with the smells of green fruits mainly pears and citrus and sweet fruits. There is a candided yeast smell as well with a subtle hop bite. The taste has a bready backbone with hints of spiciness. Over the top is a pear and belgian candied yeast flavor along with citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is dry and moderately carbonated. The overall is good a nice big nose to invite you in and then the flavor delivers.

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

Poured from a 750ml.

A- a copper colored almost red aleish. I thought it would be a bit lighter. No problem though, very nice head with tight bubbles.

S- I get pears, blegian candi sugars,

T- very nice, you get a nice bready pear mouthfull. Nothing crazy but very drinkable.

O- I am happy with this one. Would def try again but nothing out of this world

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.

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 Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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 pitasoup
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautiflul amber golden color, very clear. not too much head. taste was similar to a mountie red and a wheat beer, but the crisp taste was surprisingly pleasant, the 8% alcohol helps as well. delicious, one of my favorite house beers from brewer's art, might be better than the resurrection

-notes from 02/05

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

Carefully poured to avoid disturbing the sediment, it appears amber in the glass. Head dissipates to a layer atop the surface. The aroma reveals fruits (apple, pear, banana), clove, and alcohol. Those all come through in the flavor, but they blend well with the earthiness and Belgian yeast. Also some lightly roasted malts and candi sugar. Starts sweetish but finishes dry and bitter with hints of minerals. This beer is a little heavy, but to be expected for the style. I've preferred the rest of Brewer's Art's lineup more, but this is worth checking out, especially with a friend to split the bottle with.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
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 joe1510
3.61/5  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 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 gford217
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of lackenhauser shared at the Brick Store.

The cork nearly decapitated a couple of folks and we had quite a gusher. After getting it under control, it poured a hazy golden amber with a (needless to say) massive white head that receded slowly and left good lacing.

The aroma didn't impress me all that much and smelled a bit like stale apple juice. It had hints of candi sugar and spices as well, but nothing that really jumped out at me.

I thought the taste was much better but did have plenty of the aforementioned apples as well as other light fruits, pears and some tart lemon up front. The sweetness of the yeast and candi sugar formed a solid backbone to the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and probably a little too carbonated. Not terribly distracting though.

This one was imminently drinkable and outside of a sub-par nose I enjoyed it.

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 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 armock
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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

Coppery golden color-huge head on top that resmebles whipped cream. Some of the largest bubbles foam wise I have seen. Sulfury, somewhat malty aroma. Nowhere near as spicy as the OZZY from Brewers Art. Very solid malty flavor. Has a slight metallic taste, though not in an "off" way. Mildly spiced. Somewhat lemony hint to it. Good body-the lack of astringency that I found in the Ozzy seems to make this a bit more full. Very nice beer. Standing side by side with the Ozzy I think I prefer this one. Another very solid, solid beer from Brewer's Art.

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 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!

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 hellbilly
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle by way of beachbum25.

pours a hazy rich iced tea color with some floaties of yeast. it's capped by a gigantic airy sandy tinted off white head. lots of pillowy lace clings to the inside of the glass.

aromas of honey, malty sweetness, orange, grassy hops, florals, bruised fermenting red apples and cider spiciness.

fairly sweet on the palate but not cloying... caramel apple, grainy sugar, a bit of spice and a touch of yeast before a somewhat dry mildly bitter finish. spices and fruit linger around in the aftertaste. more than medium body with a smooth rich mouth feel which is cut up by prickly carbonation.

solid. just a bit too sweet for my liking...
7/4/7/3/16/3.7

Photo of mikereaser
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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 number1bum
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy BeerTruth for this one.

Pours an orangeish copper color with just a slight haze and two plus fingers of off-white head. Head settles slowly and leaves a full lace and a ton of stick all over the sides.

Smell is quite nice, with floral and fruity yeast aromas, and a pale malt sweetness with a bit of a candy aroma to it. Fruit is citrus and tropical, maybe some pineapple. Some peppery spice in the nose, too, and just a subtle musty character.

Taste is a bit more musty and earthy than the smell, and also has a much bigger black pepper bite to it. Still a nice pale malt sweetness with some citrus and tropical fruit flavor, too. The flavor just swirls back and forth between fruity and spicy, a hint of sweetness here and some earthiness there. Maybe a touch on the sweet side, but still quite tasty. As it warmed and I got deeper into the bottle I started to notice a lot more alcohol. I'm not sure why it didn't really come through sooner, but it got to be quite hot, to the point where the last few sips burned a bit going down.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy medium to full body, crisply carbonated yet it feels soft and smooth. Finishes with some sweetness left on the tongue and a bit of spice, too.

This is quite the tasty brew, with some nice complexities and flavor. The alcohol got to be a bit much toward the end of the bottle, but it's definitely worth picking up.

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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