Assemblage No.1 | Brasserie Dunham

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Assemblage No.1Assemblage No.1

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
50/50 Pale Ale & Propolis In Zinfandel Barrel w/ Brett

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 47
Reviews by FalconCount:
Photo of FalconCount
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of tart and sour notes with some light vinous notes. Taste is a wonderful mix between some sour notes with light funky notes with some oak and light vinous notes. Body is about full for style with good carbonation. Nice mix between some drinkability and complexity with balanced level of acidity.

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Photo of psweendogg
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Latarnik
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mendvicdog
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The aroma offers funk, white grape, tart, white wine, crab apple.

The flavor follows with white wine, medium tart, bit of grainy sweetness. Onto light popcorn butter. Light dry tannins.

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Photo of SABERG
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle into the test glass.
A - A slightly hazy deep yellow color, column after column of tiny spheres rise relentlessly upward. A cap of 1/2 never goes away.
S - Brett, wet hay, honey, thin hint of sulfur, Cheese rine rolled with ash. A rise in temperature releases notes of white wine and apricot.
T - With all that aromatic symphony, the taste runs in a relatively narrow band, brett, some very nice minerality, a bit of orchard honey, and stone fruit.
M - Medium in body superbly carbonated, the start is tart, then quickly a sweet streeker runs through, with the hoopla, the mineral dryness is next and lingers for some time.
O - A fine Assemblage indeed, the total construct is quite delightful, the zinfandel barrel is not pronounced, the use of the mixed culture and Brett is deftly executed. The brewer avoided the Brett overload. The body is quite robust. A treat worth trying.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flipper2gv
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow with tons of head and really good retention. It's not exactly surprising considering the bretts.

S: This reminds me quite a lot of Orval. It seems to have a quite strong spicy and vinous presence with a good amount of funk behind. Slightly sour, but nowhere on the level of an American Wild.

T: Pretty much as expected, this is similar to Orval, except maybe a bit sweeter and less dry, which isn't quite surprising since Dunham must not have access to the same kind of ancestral yeast strain they use in traditional Belgian breweries. So, there are green grapes, light vinous notes, quite a good amount of funk, honey and spices (mostly pepper). There is a light vanilla and leather note in there too.

M: Too sticky for the style, but still ok. Medium to light body with plenty of fluffy carbonation, which is on point.

O: This is a solid beer that lover of the style should try. Maybe a bit too expensive for what it is, also considering the very limited availability, but still a very solid brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Gushed upon opening. Hazy orange. Smells of herbal hops. Strong grapefruit and orange hops. Light wine barrel. Tastes similar to the smell. More subdued hops. Grapefruit and orange again. Bretty in the back end with a light wine barrel finish. Light body. Well carbonated. Nice flavors, but nothing as outstanding or pronounced as the Saison du Pinacle Reserve that we had just before this.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VbolieuV
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer, cloudy light golden with lots of carbonation and quite a big that disappear quickly but still leaves a nice amount on the top.

Awesome smell from the wild yeasts, good tartness and funkiness in the nose. There's a little bit of hops in the nose also.

In the mouth it's incredible, you really taste the wine since it's barrel aged, as well as the funkiness from the yeast and a medium bitterness from the hops.

Nice mouth feel, lots of fuzziness.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bomber into a stemmed tulip glass
Bottle release 10/2014 (Batch 4); Poured 11/2014

Pours a clear, light golden color with a bit of sediment; massive white cloudy head with great retention and massive lacing. The nose starts with a nice Brett punch (funky/barny), tart, wood and with some spicy hops, black pepper, lemon rind. On the palate, the tartness and Brett shine, lots of spicy, very dry hops, a bit vinous ending with a tight and dry finish. The body is medium with a great carbonation keeping it round but really easy drinking. Overall, this is a tasty brew, complex.

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Photo of peensteen
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Zwanze day at Volo, reviewed from notes

Hazy golden colour, ring of white head with minimal lace. Smell is brett forward, some funk and a bit of oaky wet wood, lots of fruit follows, orange and tropical fruit take over in a nice mix of fruit and funk with a nice underlying oak. Taste is brett forward and funky, incredibly dry oak flavours mid palate, quite hoppy as well, bitter orange peel and pineapple, closes with an orange juice aftertaste, quite nice. Dry fizzy carbonation, medium body. Really solid stuff here, would love to revisit this again, could easily finish a bottle of this on my own.

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Photo of rudzud
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kyle for sharing.

A - Poured into a hill farmstead tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave thin wisps and blanket.

S - Aromas of light smoke, lots of oak, loads of funk, faint wine. As it goes I get more smoke and light brett funk.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice funky brett, loads of it, light smoke, light lacto, faint almost pineapple notes, faint light wine notes.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this beer had phenomenal brett presence was great. Other aspects not so much.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Rutager
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

David sent me this one a couple months ago, cheers man. Gushed a little bit but I was fast enough to catch it for once! Everything's coming up Rutager!!

Pours a nice lemon gold with a bit of haze and a massive head that settles after a good while. Great nose on this. Lots of dry funky wild yeast with a nice light floral perfume, some light apple, pineapple, and peach underneath. Some funky old wood and a touch of white wine. Really nice.

Funky dry brett hits the tongue and build to the lasting, slightly bitter finish. Before that I do get juicy green apple, some peach, a bit of dank old wood. That brett really hits in the finish. Goods stuff but doesn't quite live up to the amazing smell.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.34/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of tom10101
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Assemblage No.1 from Brasserie Dunham
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 47 ratings