La Vie De Château
Le Grimoire

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Le Grimoire
Quebec, Canada
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #66
Ranked #26,596
3.56 | pDev: 25.28%
Oct 24, 2022
Mar 08, 2008
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Rated by rugene from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Faithful to the label description, this beer is a big taste of sugar flavor with some real rum. Sweet and delicious!
Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Organdrew from Canada (QC)

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bought this as a single 500ml bottle from local Provigo in Montreal, Canada. Serving into a small glass stein-like mug at about 8 Celsius. This is my second or third time drinking. 7% ABV on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a ruby-amber color with noticeable carbonation and one finger head the subsides quickly. Love this color, as not many beers have this ruby tinge.

Aroma: Rum, Molasses/brown sugar,sweet toffee.

Flavor: Delightful! Comes on sweet like toffee and caramel with noticeable rum undertones. Sweet cake icing.

Mouthfeel: Comes on with a soda-like carbonation, medium bodied, and a bit syrupy (especially when coupled with the sweetness)

Overall: This is a strong rum amber beer. I love this beer! It's sweet, the right amount of carbonation, and with a hint of rum. It's the right amount of sweet without being heavy or tiresome. Would be a nice beer to get drunk from. The higher alcohol is not noticeable at all and tamed very much by the sweetness (makes it dangerous ;) lol).

After a time, the carbonation fades a lot leaving this feel more like a heavy juice than a beer. This leaves the drink lacking a bit.

Unfortunatley this will be discontinued at my local grocery store but they still have some in stock at least. It is a bit pricey at 5-6$ a bottle but very worth it.

I highly recommend giving this a try.
Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Nov 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Proteus93 from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours a deep amber, with a bit of a red hue to it. The head is a sandy color, shimmering, with several larger bubbles allowing its scent to permeate.

S: Toasted malts along with some almost fruity scents make up the nose. While it smells pleasant, it delivers a scent that comes across as quite simple.

T: The flavour is quite nice on this beer, with a taste of brown sugar very apparent following a swallow--perhaps some molasses before that. There is a note of maltiness which does make for a rather sweet beer. This could be a little off-putting to some, though I find it to be tasty.

M + O: Carbonation is a little lower than many, with just a little zip on the tip of the tongue before it spreads out over the palate. It has a medium body and, with the sweetness of the beer, is maybe just a little bit cloying. Overall, it is a decent selection and one that I do not regret trying.
Jul 06, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Amber and mostly filtered with a little visible carbonation, and 3 fingers of light beige head. It was a gusher though relatively undisturbed before opening.

Smells of rum, chocolate, coke, and chocolate milk.

The taste totally follows the nose, with an emphasis on chocolate milk. It ends with a light, bitter hopping.

Light body, with a little, foamy carbonation.

Got near Montreal at a gas stop, in Quebec, and drinking March 21st, 2018 in Muskoka, ON. Really enjoying this unique brew.
Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by sisterofba from Maryland

Dec 25, 2017
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Reviewed by jonskaggs from Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +40.4%
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.
Jul 18, 2017
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 melted vanilla 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.
Jun 07, 2017
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
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.
May 31, 2017
Rated: 5 by Choik from Canada (QC)

Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 3.55 by mademers from Canada (QC)

Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 3.38 by Max8787 from Canada (QC)

Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by cnagle28 from Ohio

Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by EpicHobo1 from Canada (QC)

Dec 26, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Malenkimol from Canada (QC)

Nov 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by Socialiste from Canada (QC)

May 30, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by wax1480 from Canada (QC)

May 05, 2014
Rated: 3 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Nov 11, 2013
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Reviewed by blaje from Canada (QC)

3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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.
Oct 07, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by spiritus93 from Canada (QC)

Jun 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

Jun 03, 2013
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Rated by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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
May 31, 2013
Rated: 1.25 by Krakpoff from Canada (QC)

May 27, 2013
Rated: 1 by cfalovo97 from Canada (ON)

May 26, 2013
Rated: 3 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Apr 17, 2013
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Reviewed by JG_brew from Canada (QC)

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.
Jan 10, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 13, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by Andrewb from Canada (QC)

Jun 12, 2012
Rated: 3 by oldp0rt from Canada (QC)

Jan 27, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by kelvarnsen from Canada (ON)

Jan 03, 2012
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Reviewed by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours a dark orange or dark copper kinda colour with good carbonation. A nice pillowy white head sits on top. Bright. Half finger of retention with very little lacing.

S - Very interesting. Never smelled a beer like this. Sugary fruits and some rum maybe. Sugar and banana. Syrupy fruits. Very interesting. Smells sweet but different.

T - A little mild. Syrupy fruits with sugar and some rum notes with an odd finish of yeast.

M - Light carbonation with a medium body and a sweet finish that goes dry and clean in a second.

O/D - Not a bad beer. Interesting yet lacking to some degree. Could use some more diversity and richer flavour, but interesting nonetheless. More for the rum enthusiast.
Jul 26, 2011
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Reviewed by ZorPrime from Canada (QC)

2.09/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
Color is dark orange with a nice creamy head. However the head disappear too fast. The aroma is simplistic... rum. I don't get any malts, caramel or hops at all... that is sad. The taste is similar. Rum... that's all. This is too one dimensional for me... and I'm sure it isn't in style too. No bitterness at all.
Jan 18, 2010
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Reviewed by Yoonisaykul from Canada (QC)

4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Mysterious/Interesting looking 500ml bottle poured into tulip.

L- Thin head and little lacing over hazy light brown.
S- Smells almost exactly like a liqueur-filled chocolate. Chocolate covered raisins. A little marshmallow. Maybe a little more cognac-y than rum.
T- Follows the smell
M- Too watery.
D- High for the type.

Interesting brew. Did not expect this kind of feel for a rhum beer.
I would not buy it again unless I found it on tap but I would suggest it to a friend.
Jan 03, 2010
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Reviewed by fireqc from Canada (QC)

4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Yeah! Another complex beer to taste! The bottle says, brew with rhum! So why not try it??

I'm not a fan of strong liquor but the curiosity force me to try.

The color, very dark but not as stout. The smell, interesting!! A small sip is enough to enjoy the mouthfeel, and about this, what a mouthfeel! Once swallow, the goosebumps come, for me it's a good indicator of pleasant taste!!!

If you have a chance to find it (a little bit rare) try without hesitation.
Nov 14, 2008
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Reviewed by Conrad from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This has got to be the noisiest beer I have had in years. When I popped the cap, there was an audible whoosh of gas followed by the fizz of a super effervescent ginger ale. The beer formed a head in the bottle! No kidding. And the bottle was not shaken or agitated when I took it out of the fridge.
It poured a nice cloudy amber with a half inch head that dissipated within 20 seconds. The head left a thin collar that had good lacing and legs, considering the minimal amount of foam to work with.
The smell was new aromas for me. Up front, I got apple cider, almonds, sour white grapes or cane sugar without the cloying sweetness.
Taste was like fresh cider. Very subtle malt and hops. Like Capt Morgan Spiced Rum in beer form.
Mouthfeel was interesting. Big crisp effervescence that danced on the tongue. A long finish.
Drinkability: Not what I was expecting, so I was pleasantly surprised at the presentation. This will not be on my all time favourite list, but it has considerable merit for a good beer in its class.
Nov 07, 2008
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Reviewed by LeTonneau from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Tasted this at Le Grimoire in Granby... Was really disapointed.

But then, ordered a pint at Le St-Bock. Boy, was that a different beer or what ?!!

Subtile flavors and a great finish. Almost like almonds to my taste buds. After a while tough, it gets on your stomach like cream soda would do. Do not abuse of this stuff.

Great one shot beer and it's different so give it a try.
May 05, 2008
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle: Poured a light clear brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light sweet rum notes which is definitely different then any beer I tried before. Taste is also dominated by some sweet caramel malt with some light rum notes. Average body with some medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not a great beer by any feat but quite pleasant and different then most beers on the market. Definitely better then what I was expecting.
Apr 04, 2008
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Reviewed by rodenbach99 from Canada (QC)

3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
brown 500ml bottle

this is a amber ale with brown rhum

A: nice copper / dark amber coloeur, white thin head that didn't last
S: strong chocolate smell, nice brown rhum aroma, very nice indeed.
T: nice sugary taste, with a chocolaty- rhumy aftertaste
D: the best beer so far by this inconsistent brewer. I like this one
Mar 08, 2008
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