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Téméraire | Brasserie Dunham

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Derek on 07-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Mudpuppet:
Photo of Mudpuppet
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to papat444 for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours an amber with no head.

S- Very malty. Strong barley nose. No notable hop character on the nose.

T- Lots of barley and malts! Some light hop character but nothing I can pick out. Pretty tasty overall.

M- Nice carbonation. The carbonation keeps it from being to syrupy too.

D- Not a bad beer. Not my favorite but it is tasty overall.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours darkish with a moderate head. An easy drinking old ale, not too complex for the style but enjoyable nevertheless. Malty carmel more than anything.Above average mouthfeel.A tad of roast. I think this benefitted from sitting around a few seasons in my cellar.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy amber-brown with persistent beige head and lacing.

S-Light chocolate malt, can't pick out much else.

T&M-Chocolate malt with faint fruity notes and caramel. Lightly sweet with restrained but adequate hop presence to provide a well-balanced even flavor that is pleasant and not too in-your-face. Very faint citrus in the aftertaste. Bits of alcohol heat and good backbone and structure. Great aftertaste and moderate carbonation make for a well-rounded drinking experience.

O-I really enjoyed this beer. Easy to drink, interesting and a good example of the style. Got it in a holiday variety pack for Christmas and it's one of the best of the bunch. I would seek it out again.


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Photo of ZorPrime
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one by surprise at Le Dep de la Rive while shopping for a beer trade. I like old ale so why not! This one was brewed in 2008 so it had aged a bit.

The color is brown with a muddy looks. Not very appealing for some but to me it is very interesting.The head is creamy and slightly beige. The aroma is malts, fruits and some sugar. The taste is earthy (typical for this brewery) with a bitter finish. More malty than hoppy. Not bad.

Medium body beer and for an old ale, pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel is very good too. The taste lingers in the mouth.

Good beer.

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Photo of Quej
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark brownish red with little head and no visible carbonation.
S - Smells faintly of berries and chocolate,
T - Tastes heavily of chocolate and sweet malts with the sting of alcohol and sour citrus. There is some nice bitterness and some hop flavours which give it a a nice balance to the caramelly tastes of the malt.
M - Quite a nice feel to it with some good zing for the lack of head.
D - Decent drinkability.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head, but it stays a long time leaving some streaking lace. Very cloudy with a darker amber color.

Mildly sweet with a good alcohol kicker at the end. No notable hop--pretty true to the style.

Reminds me of an over-malted homebrew--there's a biting yeast flavor along with a definitive alcohol presence in the swallow (where there is also a very light hop bitterness. Far dryer than the smell even though I can taste some caramel/crystal malt.

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Photo of Derek
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Téméraire Vieille Ale is brewed for four retailers. I picked this up at Metro Joannette.

A: Chestnut brown, off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Floral, metallic hops, burnt toffee, brown sugar, dark bread.

T: Bubblegum fruityness, dark bread, dark fruit, slightly earthy, cotton-candy.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, smooth, slight acidity.

D: Comme si comme sa.

Thanks Mike (MDS). We'll have to see how my bottle ages...

OK, I was clearing the cellar & finally cracked mine open, July 8, 2010!

It's hard to believe it has been 3 years. I wasn't overly impressed with that first bottle, but this one is actually quite good.

Pours with a big head & leaves an excellent lace. Carbonation is still good, alcohol is VERY mellow, very smooth, no acidity. This aged bottle is at least a 4.0.

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Photo of Viggo
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the Metro Johanette while in Montreal for Mondial, special Vielle Ale brewed for Metro. Foiled 500 ml bottle.

Pours a hazy red/brown/orange, thick off white head, copious lace spots, settles to a very thick awesome looking ring, it stays put. Smell is sweet, very caramelized, bread pudding, lots of fruit, alcohol, some maple, minerals, touch of spice. Taste is toffee, maple, metallic middle, lots of fruit and bread, some alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, almost silky, very smooth. Glad I picked that one up!

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 7.4% Vielle Ale brewed for a chain of Metro in Quebec. This one found at the Metro Joamette and by the good man who shared it with me - Viggo. Thanks Eric!

A curious looking copper type colour; tilted at different angles you can observe a vibrant ruby shine transposing with the murky brown body. Some clarity on the bottom but the heart of the body is too dark to see through. Big tarnished white head that rose quite high up the glass. The bubbles near the top double the size of those making up the bottom layers. It would eventually cascade to a normal - half-inch or so level - but leave dense, soapy lacing where it once lay.

A pleasing aroma. A very mineral filled amber malt, sulfur like almost. A trace note of alcohol lends some character. A little hint of maple? Not all that complex but thick and hearty, and enough to keep me smelling!

The mouthfeel is thin. The carbonation is very low, but not syrupy and with no alcohol present. The drinkability is very high for an old ale given the modest 7.4% although I would peg it at slightly higher.

The flavour profile too is thin. It showcases little other than a short lived malt bill. Absolutely nothing offensive at any point in the tasting, however absolutely nothing great either. No flavour seems to last in the mouth either, although certain tastes have their high points. I still wonder if I can taste a little maple between the malts?

This not half bad for a contract brewed old ale meant for a small chain of Metro stores. I liked it better once it was paired with dinner. It is not the best example of its style nor is it worth aging. But a beer that lovely in appearance is simply a pleasure to sit and look at. A little more body and flavour might allow me to savor it a little more, but never the less, it was enjoyed.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (341 ml.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : ruby amber color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty and hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet notes caramelized flavors, with alcohol presence in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the English style : old ale.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Téméraire from Brasserie Dunham
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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