Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle) | Brasserie Dunham

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Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle)Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by fostachild on 07-22-2012

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of psweendogg
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SupportNewEnglandBrew
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Combines the best of a beautiful yeast strain, rye malt spice, and hops. My first 5 rating on BA--it's because it hit all my favorite notes. Outstanding.

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Photo of Sanmaral
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flipper2gv
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color with a little tan head that is very creamy looking but doesn't have much retention. Beer is perfectly translucent.

S: It really does smell like what it is. There are the mineral notes of an ESB, some light dark honey sweetness and decent herbal notes. Some biscuit malts. BUT, the rye spiciness is most definitely there too.

T: Look at the smell notes, exactly that.

M: Although it taste and smells like an ESB, it doesn't really feel like it. There is a little bit more residual sugars than the usual ESB and therefore is a bit stickier than expected. Also, there is too much carbonation.

O: This is a nice and drinkable ESB made by a non-British brewery. Considering ESB is my favourite style, this might become my new favorite casual ale. It's very solid, but not mind-blowing. An impressive ESB is a really hard feat to achieve.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a deep brown amber that doesn't let much light through with an ok two fingers of off-white head that settles to a bubbly film. Ok retention; tad bit of lacing. (3.5)

Bready caramel. Dark fruits, leather, spicy rye, caramel. (4)

Dry-bitter caramel. Dark bread, pepper, caramel, medicinal hops, touch of vague chocolate flavor. (4)

Smooth and long-lingering medium bodied beer with good carbonation and a lasting resinous finish. Quite drinkable. (4)

Very good version of an ESB.
I have liked other Dunham beers I have had but this is the first one that I have thought was excellent in a multitude of ways. I feel like it is very hoppy for the style which, when paired with the spiciness of the rye makes for a dry bitter, indeed. It also had a very smooth, chewy caramel quality to it as well that real plays nice with that Dunham medicinal quality that I find common in some of their other beers.
Really the only way I could see to improve it would be to either back the hops of a bit or up the maltiness. Fine take on the style.
Would have again; worth trying. (4)

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Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Mat211
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MatChar
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Socialiste
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of rye, sweet caramel, nutty/biscuity malts, some bready notes, slight chocolate and some earthy/piney hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some spicy rye, sweet caramel, biscuity malts, a nice nuttiness followed by an earthy/piney bitterness.

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

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of rale
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish amber in color. One finger of creamy looking white head.

S:Somewhat bready and spicey probably due to the rye malt.

T: Rather malty but bitterness is quiet well integrated too. Rye malt gives of a nice spiciness and the other malts are some what nutty. Toffee and a slight roast flavor is made apparent.

M: Easy drinking but perhaps a touch too much carbonation for what I would consider to be typical for a ESB. I could see this beer being great on cask.

O: A nice drinking beer. Pretty interesting style as well.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy brownish-burgundy colour that's quite beautiful when held up to the light, albeit with a limited head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma has "depth" of roasted rye and spicy grains. Flavour is also rye-forward. It has a pleasant malted complexity and a decent hop back-bone, as there is more bitterness to the finish than I'd expected. The roasted grain spectrum makes this a warming beer, regardless of the 6% ABV which is surprisingly well hidden.

Definitely a beer I'd purchase again!

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: Dark, caramel brown and crystal clear pouring to a big tan creamy head that settles slowly leaving huge amounts of lacing.

S: Big malt nose, lots of bread and biscuits. There is a subtle hop bitterness but not strong.

T: Ah, those roasted caramel malts up front with those nice noble hops in the end. The beer \drys right out (from the rye I am guessing) leaving a nice short dry finish that is bready and yeasty.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Nice, but a bit thin considering its 6.0% ABV.

O: A very pretty beer that delivers as promised: clean, malty and refreshing.

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Photo of KeKeKumba
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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Rye ESB (Extra Special Bitter De Seigle) from Brasserie Dunham
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