Le Grimoire

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Le Grimoire
Quebec, Canada
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #69
Ranked #25,953
3.55 | pDev: 15.77%
Sep 04, 2022
May 26, 2011
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.43 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by WanderingRonin from Canada (AB)

3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Medium brown in color with some rose highlights to it, half finger of off white colored head that recedes quickly to leave a slight skim of lace around the edge of the glass.

Sweet aroma to it with a lot of maple on the nose and a very faintly off sour hint to it.

Loads of sweetness forward with a heavy dose of maple syrup flavor to it.

Medium bodied with a nice red caramel malt base to it with some light hints of brown sugar and a ghostly note of mealy, acorn flour.

Finish has a faintly leathery, tobacco leaf hop hint to it with a very mild trace of maple sap sourness on the back end that combines with a lingering sweetness to roll around the tongue on the aftertaste.

Definitely a bit on the sweeter side but really gets across a maple syrup flavor, though a bit one note in its presentation.
Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 2.52 by Samact from Vermont

May 06, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Amber and slightly hazy with lots of carbonation, and topped with 2 fingers of white head.

Smells of maple syrup, rust, and deep toasted malts. Its kind of like buttered toast, covered in maple syrup.

Tastes of toasted malts, the kind of rust like quality which I think is just a part of the toasted notes, and maple syrup coming through repeatedly on the palate. Only slightly sweet.

Medium to light body and highly carbonated.

Got this in Quebec at a gas station. Drinking in New Hamburg, May 12th, 2018. Decent brew with real maple notes.
May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle - down to brass tacks, so it's brews and babes, mon ami!

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy beige head, which leaves a few instances of streaky island group lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet maple syrup, bready and doughy caramel malt, further National Park maple candies, and very little else. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a sense of acrid yeastiness, some still heady maple sap, syrup, and candy sweetness, and maybe a hint of underwhelming earthy, leafy, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its merely supportive frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a few errant astringencies maybe taking things down a notch or so here. It finishes off-dry, the mix of caramel malt and lingering maple essence sealing the deal, as it were.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough amber ale, one emboldened with our common tree effluent goodness (doughnuts, coffee, tea, what have you), and yet not overwhelmingly so. Easy to approach, for the most part, and a nice after-dinner nightcap, for those of us who tend to partake in such things.
Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 4.42 by Choik from Canada (QC)

Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 3.45 by mademers from Canada (QC)

Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Feb 07, 2016
Rated: 4 by Socialiste from Canada (QC)

Dec 15, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by Max8787 from Canada (QC)

Oct 19, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by ThomasRL from Canada (QC)

Jun 24, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by wax1480 from Canada (QC)

May 05, 2014
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Reviewed by SebD from Canada (ON)

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: It has a nice deep orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of maple syrup, sweet caramel, lots of vanilla and toasty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite maple syrup, followed by vanilla, caramel and some toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
Dec 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by kwjd from Canada (ON)

Oct 01, 2013
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Reviewed by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 660ml, freshness info not notched on the side label.

Appearance: An amber colored body, thick foamy white head. Scratches of lacing are found a bit.

Smell: Unmistakable what this beer is about. Sweet maple syrup mixed with a maple fudge aroma as well. Delicious.

Taste: Well, not as intense as aroma but maple is present. Malt bomb all the way and pretty decent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bit thin, not really robust or thorough for the ABV it affixes.

Overall: Expected something worse given this brewery`s reputation but i was mildly impressed. Would actually consider buying this again perhaps.
Aug 22, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

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

3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Very good but very sweet. Not an everyday beer - not even a beer that you'll have more than one mug. A great beer to have before a meal, especially in the spring. I'll buy this again, but next spring. My wife loved it, so it's a good beer to start off a nice dinner at home, but not necessarily one to pull out on Poker night with the boys - scantily-clad woman on the sticker notwithstanding.
Mar 21, 2013
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Reviewed by 4ster from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured into a half tulip.

A: Pours a deep No.2 Maple Syrup amber colour, slightly opaque, nice carbonation up the glass with initial medium head that dies off rather quickly to the edges of the glass.

S: Right off the bat, very toasty maple/caramel aroma hits your nose with that nice woodsy, sugar smell. After that though not much else as the sweet overwhelms everything else.

T: Contrary to the intense smell, the flavours are actually nicely balanced. Starts off with a nice slightly sweet malt flavour which finishes with light, roasted maple sugar. Not much else going on suggesting anything more complex. What you get is just nice maple malty goodness (no pancakes, bacon, corn bread, etc... ;)

M: Carbonation overwhelms your tongue quite a bit, which distracts a bit from the subtle flavours, but otherwise well balanced for something 8% with almost no sense of alcohol.

O: Overall this is a decent maple beer without going overboard. While a little more weight/complexity would do it in good stead, I find it quite drinkable compared to some other seasonal/overly sweet/flavoured beers and the brewers have hit a sweet spot balancing the maple and malt and I would say this is a pretty good representation of the style; It is worth trying, even if just for the wonderful aroma coming out of your glass. If you enjoy maple flavour and a nice crackling fire on a cold winters evening, I wouldn't hesitate to crack open one of these bottles to start off the night. Wouldn't drink often or more than one at a time, but would have it again if offered or spending a evening in the Laurentians.
Oct 13, 2012
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Reviewed by JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750mL bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau. Was on a feature shelf and caught my eye. Shared with friends as an aperitif.

Poured into a nonic glass. Amber-copper in colour, with good lacing and nice retention on a foamy head.

Nose is caramel malt, a bit of maple syrup and mild bitter hops.

Wow, this beer certainly does taste like maple syrup, or more specifically maple sugar. The taste is quite genuine and balanced with notes of caramel malt and cleaned up with a mild hop bitterness. After several sips, the "beerness" of Deserables begins to show itself more clearly, but the maple syrup is certainly there. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, a bit thin.

Great to share, really enjoyed that the maple syrup was noticeable, tasty and balanced with the rest of the beer. Delivers what it promises, though not something I would want too often.
Sep 24, 2012
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Reviewed by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aroma of Maple syrup, very sweet. A true maple ale, nice malt presence quickly overwhelmed by sweet maple syrup flavour. Nice little bite on the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice for an occasion but not an everyday or session beer. The maple syrup flavour is true, all I can think of is Quebec and pancakes.
Apr 27, 2012
Rated: 4 by jrempel from Canada (BC)

Feb 05, 2012
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Bottle: Poured a clear bright amber color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with loads of maple syrup notes though hard to tell if they are real or some kind of fake syrup. Taste is also dominated by lots of sweet malt notes with some maple notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not something I would necessarily seek again but not totally aweful.
May 26, 2011
Desérables from Le Grimoire
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 22 ratings