La Vie De Château | Le Grimoire

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La Vie De ChâteauLa Vie De Château

Brewed by:
Le Grimoire
Quebec, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rodenbach99 on 03-08-2008

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of jonskaggs
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer. I fortunately drank this beer where it is brewed at Le Grimoire in Granby, Quebec. I absolutely loved it. Tastes of caramel, malt, maple, rum, and cotton candy. A great contrast to all the pale ales, and IPA's I've been drinking as of late.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - so, 'the cottage life', en anglais. Sort of cagey in their label description about how they get the rum into the beer, methinks.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a few instances of low-lying coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of rich caramel/toffee/nougat, real vanilla melted ice cream, maple syrup, brown sugar, bruised bananas, and some very subtle earthy and saccharine spice notes. The taste is sweet caramel malt, faintly biscuity toffee squares, banana pudding, Mars Bars nougat, vanilla-forward oak, thin maple syrup, reduced brown sugar, and more weak and impossible to identify earthy spiciness.

The carbonation is fairly mild in its insouciant-seeming frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess slowly evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes still pretty sweet, but by now my tastebuds have been severely beaten into submission (ok, 'seduced').

Overall, this is indeed a heady dessert brew, one that probably best falls into the Yuletide season's affectations for all things sweet. I'm not getting any direct rum character here, just wisps and suggestions of deconstructed esters. Maybe that's how they did it after all.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear brown color with few activity. Foamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with shy legs, but decent lacing. Flavors of ginger, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, soft dark grains and hops. Slick and oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, cereal and bready, thick candy like sugary feel, with a soft rum sensation. Easily enters the holidays category from dense festive spices, not much else of use. The freshness is alright, it's quite accessible with minimal harshness left over, plus the alcohol is hidden with a nice warming quality. Although it lacks complexity and refinement. Gets a little weird. Overall below average quality craft.

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Photo of Choik
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mademers
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Max8787
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cnagle28
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EpicHobo1
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Malenkimol
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of Rosiscroix
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of wax1480
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of groleau
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of blaje
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle. Gift from a friend.
Dark copper with redish tones, first pour produced a nice offwhite creamy head, subsequent pouring produced nothing! No head at all even no lacing after that. Disapointing!
N - strong maple syrup, oak, vanilla, banana, extremelly sweet smell.
M & F - carbonation  is medium, beer is somewhat thin in mouth, a bit watery should I say. Bitternes is low.  Strong flavour of maple and vanilla, brown sugar, small notes of date and figues. After taste is not very long, sweet and dry.
Afterall, this beer is a bit of a deception. To thin and watery, needs more malt to support this massive sweetness. Reminicent of cream soda, too bad.

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Photo of spiritus93
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of VbolieuV
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A little thin on the mouthfeel, but taste and smell are exceptional

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Photo of Krakpoff
1.25/5  rDev -63.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of JG_brew
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Very surprising. Powerful oak / vanilla aroma and taste. The appearance was quite flat, no head retention. Aroma is very apparent, vanilla, oak, banana. Taste is quite similar to aroma. Very foward. Vanilla comes fom rum and oak. Good winter spiced beer.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Andrewb
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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La Vie De Château from Le Grimoire
3.46 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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