Joufflue | Microbrasserie Archibald

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Archibald
Quebec, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 07-21-2010

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 17
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy straw color with moderate activity. Extra foamy 3 finger white head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, making a good amount of lacing. Flavors of lemon, coriander, sweet grains, faint corn and noble spices. Sugary feel, low sharpness. Thick oily full body with prickly carbonation. Light finish that lingers feels of citrus, faint clove and yeast. Overall a little above average quality stuff. The flavors are decent, but way too faint, and needs more zest. The body is too oily, a little flat, and lacking some freshness.

 525 characters

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemonade colored body but thin head fizzle to nothing with no lacing. Not a great start. Thankfully, the rest is good. Taste of cloves, orange & lemon zest and just the right amount of carbonation. An excellent summer ale.

 235 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Archibald "La Joufflue"
473 ml. can, coded "328 0105"

A lighter version of the style, as it really should be. I would place it somewhere between a Hoegaarden and a Wittekerke as far as depth of flavor goes. It's not as spicy as it might be, and thus slightly towards the sweet side - but given that we're talking about a fairly sweetish beer style to begin with you have to look at that with perspective. There's definitely coriander in the nose and in the flavor, as well as a bit of orange; I just think it could have a little more zip on the tongue. Disregarding my personal taste, it's actually really hard to beat as there's almost no fault at all (head retention and lacing could be better), and it delivers everything it's supposed to. It's refreshing, interesting, and fairly complex yet still super easy to drink. Kudos!

 830 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, oranges, coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with oranges and lemons. (both the juice and the zest) There is also a bit of a spice taste.. coriander and cloves, and also a odd sour milk taste.. not really sure how to explain it. It finishes with a spicy and bready aftertaste.

Overall – Not a bad beer by any means.. if they could just eliminate that one odd taste from the beer it would be pretty drinkable. Not a waste of money, but I wouldn't buy it again.

 813 characters

Photo of JOaikido
1.88/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473 ml can

A- Very pale yellow with frothy head. Clear until I pour in the yeast, then cloudy very pale yellow.

S- Almost nothing. Touch of lemony soap.

T- Water, touch of lemony soap. Not much flavour at all really. A bit better with the yeast in since the yeast has a decent flavour. Some wheaty grain husk flavour as it warms, but nothing good really.

MF- Very thin, even for a wit. It would be a thirst quencher for a hot day though as it is light and drying.

D- Just a slightly unpleasant beer. There are good witbiers out there, won't waste any more money on this one.

 579 characters

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Raftman tulip.

A- Big rocky white head which is awesome. The head melts slowly while staying connected to all the thick lacing. Very light golden, a bit to light maybe, clear though.

S- Grain which brings a cettain mustiness to a sweet peach. Smells good but unimpressive.

T- A lot like the smell. Watery but it doesn't really bother. Don't really know what else to say. It tastes good.

M- Big smooth foam as long as there's still carbonation left. Combine this with the thinness of the liquid and you can go from a nice full bodied beverage to a relatively lifeless one in the same serving.

D- Quite good. Light and tasty.

Kind of different. Rarely tasted this yeast profile in a Belgian.
I'd buy it again in the mixed-pack.

EDIT 15-03-2011
Strong rubber smell. Not sure why.

 799 characters

Photo of rodenbach99
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can of 473ml. 2,99$ A: pours a hazy yellowish with a white head. S: On the nose this beer has a nice clear aroma with some spices, coriander. T: Classic wheat taste, some spices. M: Medium-bodied beer. D: The aftertaste is really ackward, but still this is a good white beer in the belgian tradition.

 307 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light golden color ale with a quiet large pure white frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel is quite powerful with some sweet candy notes also perceptible. Taste is a great mix between some wheat malt with a mix of coriander and orange peel which is well balanced and very refreshing. Body is bit thin but not too bad either with great carbonation. Refreshing and well done which makes me wonder if previous ratings where from less then stellar batch at the brewpub or maybe I am just a sucker of wheat beers.

 576 characters

Joufflue from Microbrasserie Archibald
3.34 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.