IPA Belge | Brasserie Dunham

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IPA BelgeIPA Belge

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Triat00
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap: Dont even think about trying another beer! The first time I tasted it on tap, it was nothing but perfect. It was balanced, bitter, a good belgian yeast taste, aroma and smell where toward the citrus and the herbal side,... again, on tap, drink it!

I must say that its totaly different from the tap. The aroma and smell fade away, the cabonation is exagerated and its nothing compare to the balance shown on tap. Not as bitter, not as tasty and dont smell as good.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, part of a small group of Dunham offerings to recently arrive here in Alberta.

This beer pours a murky medium apricot amber hue, with two trim fingers of lazily foamy, spongy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a decent array of layered bleeding paint lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity, crackery pale malt, a touch of caramel, soft earthy yeast, a hint of orange pith, and peppy grassy, leafy hops - more like a Belgian ESB at this stage. The taste is more assertively hoppy - the citrus notes open up, with an orange, grapefruit, and lime wedge bitterness leading the way - followed gamely by more bready, biscuity pale and caramel malts, rather well behaved crisp, and mildly funky Belgian yeast, additional spicy tropical fruit notes, and a pretty easy-going alcohol warming.

The carbonation is prominent, if only in a commandingly frothy sense, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, those hops apparently having better things to do than mess around here. It finishes off-dry, the almost doughy biscuit malt still large and in charge, while the polite to a fault yeast trails off, and the fruity essences all sort of coalesce into a sort of singular entity.

One tasty brew, this one is - however, it has little in common with damned near every other version of the style that I've yet encountered. For starters, I don't have to justify that weird combination of acrid yeast and overly bitter hops, as illuminated above. Also, the booze is kept to, oh, I dunno, an IPA level strength - why the standard Belgian versions are actually Imperial in their ABV, without saying so, is beyond me. Anyways, I really enjoyed this ESB, uh, I mean Belgian IPA, that much is certain.

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Photo of biegaman
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brasserie Dunham's IPA Belge has a body about as attractive as Lena Dunham's. The first few ounces resulted in nothing but foam, which had to be spooned into the sink. The last few ounces were nothing but sediment which, not before sullying the beer's complexion, were poured into sink. At this rate the sink will have more to review it by than me.

This really is an ugly beer; it looks like someone threw a handful of dirt into an iced tea. Its foaminess is commendable...until I remember that I had to refund half of it. Belgian yeast is an excellent ingredient in a beer - provided you know how to keep it in check. Judging by the aroma, this brewery doesn't; it stinks of old bread, stale spices, and rotted fruits.

The best Belgian IPAs combine my favourite elements of both IPAs and Belgian ales: vivid tropical hoppiness and soft, airy effervescence. This example of the style, however, embodies some of my least favourite characteristics of those respective styles: harsh bitterness and plain malts soaked in unabashed alcohol. This beer is pretty rough around the edges.

It both smells and tastes like a barn interior on a rainy day. And it seems twice as strong as it actually is (6.5%). It's a hard pill to swallow, far from what I'd call an 'approachable' offering. Imagine eating a plain white cracker that's been peppered with a spice rack assortment, lemon juice and chased down with a shot of vodka - it's dry, relatively tasteless, and it burns.

Quebec is home to some of the most and least competent microbreweries in Canada. My first experience with Brasserie Dunham hasn't been the most reassuring; IPA Belge would suggest these guys still have a few things to figure out. It's not an awful offering by any means, but it's certainly not anything I'd buy again. A very weak example of the style...

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden and clear , a surprise for a Belgian yeast strain. A finger of head and visibly aggressive carbonation. Good retention and lacing.

S: Citrusy hops and a bit of that Belgian yeast character

T: Once again I get a bit of those hops. I'm leaning towards an american variety. I also get a bit of that belgian yeast character in the form of bread and perhaps a bit of clove in the slightest presence as well. The malt character is almost honey like and rather delicate. The bitterness is a bit too much in my opinion and could use a bit dimming down.

M: Nice carbonation but the body could use a bit more work. The carbonation is definitely accurate for a belgian style.

O: It was good but nothing really extraordinary.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip.

A: golden straw in cokour with a slight haze this beer pours with an enormous fluffy white head that slowly breaks leaving nice lacing and soft caps.

S: grassyness, some malts, faint yeasts and hops.

T: grassyness/mustyness/earthiness, piney hops, tart fruits and malts.

M: full carbonation, medium body

O: rated pretty well, but the fact that it was a carbonation bomb certainly took away from it. I would also guess that my bottle was less than super fresh, but there isn't much I could do there as there were no dates on the bottle. Still...I enjoyed it, and I will try others from Dunham in the future.

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Photo of mick303
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle into tulip. A huge soft creamy head, with really solid retention and lacing. Colour is an unfiltered cloudy amber gold. Lacing is very impressive. 4
S – lemon, fresh grassy herbalness, florals, some light biscuit malt. A bit of a fruity tartness, green melon, not a lot of yeast character, mostly strong mineral aspects. 3.75
T – a clean start, tart fruits, then more biscuitiness. Melon, clean malts, green throughout, grassy, florals, tart pear, a bit more dryness and tasty character to the finish but the hops are mostly muddled. Good balance on the minerality vs. clean malts though. 3.75
M – balanced, bit of a tang to it, moderate carbonation, but the end is a bit slick, there is dryness that comes a bit late. Satisfying minerality and tartness throughout.
Didn’t strike me as a memorable BIPA. The hops were tart and citrus but fell a bit flat and the yeast didn’t really have a ton of flavor beyond the mineral feel. Within style, and a serviceable beer I would have again, but I don’t feel likely to seek it out again and think there are more exciting examples of this great style. It’s a perfectly fine beer, but I think there are better out there and this underperformed and could be a lot more interesting. 3.5

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Hazy rich bronze with a creamy white head. Long lasting retention and sticky lacing.

(4.25) S: Pine, orange, floral qualities, spices, lemons, fresh buttered bread. Incredibly fresh smelling with bold aromas that come across like a lemony forest floor (from the pine and lemons).

(3.75) T: Orange, lemons, pine, spices, floral qualities, and cracker-like grain. Similar to the aroma but with a little less variety and vigor than the aroma indicated. Generously dry with a moderate bitterness.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a higher carbonation. Relatively clean with some oily slickness.

(3.75) D: This is a good fresh tasting belgian IPA that I would pick up again.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark, rusty orange. Three fingers of extremely fluffy white head with strong carbonation. Good spotty lace rings, big island is retention.

S - Yeasty, orange, wheaty. Nice enjoyable aroma.

T - Less enjoyable in the mouth. Spicy. Alcohol. Pine. Seems like alot more spice than the style should show. Lot's of fruity notes. Candied fruits. Flavour is sorta muted and off. Dusty maybe?

M - Decent bitterness, strong carbonation, frothy, medium body. The immediate frothing is sorta hard to deal with.

O/D - Expected quite a bit more. Especially for the style. Wouldn't have more than the bottle. Can't pin down the off flavour, but it's not as good as it could be. Not one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of papat444
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Foggy honey colred body, huge foam that slowly settles into the glass, good lacing left behind.

Smell: Citrus fruit, dry hops, crisp, zesty,

Taste: Major spices over here! Oranee rind, hoppy a bit but unbalanced in my view.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, bitterness throughout.

Overall: Over spicing kind of muddles this one for me. Average.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt caramel orange. Thick head settles to a pretty dense film after a few minutes. Spotty lacings.

Aroma isn't the strong suit here. Seems a bit confused. Piney hops and spicy yeast fight for supremacy and both lose out.

Clove right up front followed by a wave of pine. All the while some nice caramel sweetness in the background. Yeast and hops play well together here, not the case in all Belgian IPAs. Aftertaste is pretty much all pine, but a dusty goodbye kiss from the yeast.

I like this. I find most Belgian IPAs lean towards one end at the expense of the other. This is a nice fusion.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is cloudy orange, a caramel colour. Small white head, gone quickly.

Juicy scent, citrus hops. Orange primarily, some lemon as well. Yeast. Yeast doesn't strike me as overly Belgian, but is is certainly there.

Taste is malty, a bit sweet. Juicy hops. more tropical than cotrus. Mango. Lemon. Yeast.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall, not bad but not a particularly impressive Belgian IPA.

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Photo of duracell
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful bright golden color with a creamy white head (medium size, medium retention and good lacing). Clear body with a little apparent carbonation. A bit of yeast present at the bottom.

S - The belgian character is noticeable at the first sniff. Good spices, malt, a bit of yeast and typical aromas from a Tripel with biscuity and estery notes. Hop is mild in the back.

T - Taste is hoppier than the smell. Medium malt as a backbone and a good grassy taste coming from the hop. The balance is quite good, tilting a bit on the hoppy side.

M - Light to medium body, I find it a bit thin. Good carbonation which give a slight crispiness throughout the experience. Finishes with a frank bitterness.

O - This beer is well done, quite balance and with an excellent drinkability. Aromas are really nice but tend to be more Belgian than IPA... I'd like to find more of aromatic hops (was my bottle too old?). My first Belgian IPA and certainly not the last! Definitely worth seeking it out.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hits the style, fresh botle from Grand Duc. Pours cloudy light orange, lasting head. Hoppy aroma. Big IPA bitterness,tastes fine and bold,fruity with complex hop taste, though acidic aftertaste. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability.Enjoying the IPA series from this brewery.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pured a hazy golden yellow with a thick creamy head. First time from this brewery. Smell of american hops, sweetness...spice...lemon..the spell is amazing...honestly, one of the nicest i've smelled. Fresh as fresh can be..I can just sit and smell it.

taste doesn't disappoint... Spicy, hoppy, subtle sweetness..Man, this is a NICE BEER. I am actually shocked. One of the best IPA's in Canada hands down. This is advertised as a "Belgian IPA" which i think makes sense...The spiciness of a Belgian but the muscle of an American IPA.

Fantastic....I want to try more from this brewery...This could be a game changer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle - from Brou haha QC for 2.50$

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Grains, malts, herbal notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, grass/herbal notes, grains and malts. There is also a bit of an odd vegetable taste that I can't put my finger on. It ends with a herbal and hoppy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I was expecting a little more from this one. It's just an average beer in my books. There was a bit of an odd taste to it that I just couldn't get into.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy honey color with a decent amount of pure white head. Retention was ok but lacing was pretty good considering the abv.

S: What I noted at first was the candi sugar that is present in most Belgian IPA's. Pale honey is also present. Floral hops as well as juicy citrus notes. Some pepper, cloves and cinnamon like most belgian beers.

T: Read the smell, exactly the same except some pine notes.

M: Medium body with creamy carbonation of medium strength.

O: This is decent beer. I'm again surprisingly pleased by the quality of this beer. Dunham is definitely on a good road towards great beers.

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Photo of fostachild
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark orange, slight cloudy. lots of bubbly head, fades quick leaving a bit of lacing.

smell was nice - predominantly belgian yeast aroma, with hops and citrus present as well.

american ipa style shined through in the taste as it was very hoppy, citrusy/piney with a nice bitter aftertaste. really good.

overall i found it very enjoyable/drinkable and would likely purchase this beer again.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice.

Look (3/5) - This one pours a cloudy dark-orange-gold, around 9*SRM. Somewhat cloudy. The head is a bit disappointing - it rose to about an inch and fell very quickly without any lacing to a film with some larger bubbles in it.

Smell (4/5) - Hoppy with some fruity malts and yeasts providing balance. I get some biscuity smells and some very slight breadcrust. The hops are more on the earthy side with some pine. Some spice yeast with a hint of bubblegum.

Flavor (4/5) - Similar to the smell. The malts are of the same biscuit/breadcrust flavor. The hops are a bit more assertive in on the palate, with the earthiness being strongest. The bitterness is strong and overwhelms the yeast flavors a bit too much. There is a strange hint of salmon.

Feel (3.5/5) - The body was medium-light, with some lighter carbonation (I think a bit more carbonation would have been better).

Drink (4/5) Very drinkable. I just found the finish a touch too bitter in the balance, which hid a bit of the yeast flavor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some limited lacing. Aroma consists of pungy hops with a semi-sweet malt base that makes things quiet interesting. Taste is a mix between some floral hops with light funky notes and a solid semi-sweet Belgian malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed though hops profile could be even more intense.

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Photo of eat
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent amber body with a good blanket of cream-white head. Good lacing and great retention.

Smells of tropical fruit and sugar: papaya, pineapple, caramel, a bit of salty mineral. Could use more presence.

I'm not sure what is supposed to be Belgian about this beer. It's definitely an IPA, there's just nothing here to make it a Belgian IPA. The hops are almost reminding me of Stone IPA, though not as extreme. Dark, earthy pine and grapefruit pith are out-balancing the underlying caramel which, while in the nose may have come off as fairly sweet, is covered up by the bitter hops. IBUs taste fairly high, this is a bitter brew.

Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Decent feel.

I don't think I would want more than one of two of these at a time in the same way that I wouldn't want to session Stone IPA; it's too aggressively bitter and not totally balanced (whether on purpose or not). If you're into that kind of thing (Stone) and living in Quebec though, maybe this would be a good option.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper color beer and it is hazy. The head is cloudy white. Nice looking beer. The head sticks well the the glass too. Some yeast in the aroma but not much hop flavour, just light notes as the beer warms up. I would like to have more hop presence in the nose. The taste is more intense the the smell. More hoppy than yeasty like a belgian. Its start with floral flavour in the taste to end up quite dry. Easy to drink. Medium body.

Overall, a good beer. I would have expected a more complex beer for this belgian IPA. Nevertheless this one is good.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to this evem after the disappointing EIPA and APA

A- Very hazy, milky even, brown. White head looks like warm milk froth.

S- Light belgian yeast spiciness. A bit of fruity hop and malt. Bubblegum which is nice. Got a lot clearer with time probably due to a rise in temperature and settling. Lots of stuff floating about. Probably yeast and hop matter.

T- Rough hop bitterness. Not very much Belgian yeast flavor.. just a little fruitiness. I found some boiled veggie. But not enough to ruin it. Not enough good flavor to make this either.

M- Aggressive carbonation which makes it al pretty smooth if you let it settle in your mouth. Medium body. Dry finish.

D- Good. A Belgian IPA you don't really have to think about. You just drink it.

Boiled veggie and not enough nice hop flavor, just lots of green bitterness make this beer a no go for me. Pretty refreshing though.

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IPA Belge from Brasserie Dunham
3.7 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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