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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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of juliendesrochers
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kylesobrien
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid ESB with a nice, complex rye nose and taste. The aroma is a bit maltier than I expected, with some interesting hoppy and grainy scents in the background. There is a pleasant amount of body here, which fits this brew very well. Most noticeable, however, is the bold hoppy character. At 51 IBUs, this is nicely balanced with a not-to-sweet maltiness. Carbonation is a bit lower than I would prefer, which is the only reason for the relatively low appearance score. In fairness, British ales are generally lower in carbonation, so this is more a personal preference than a knock on the realization of the style.

Overall, a really enjoyable brown ale. One of the better rye beers I've had in memory, and an early standout in my sampling of Québec microbrews. I will definitely reach for this one again, and would recommend it to anyone interested in rye ales or hoppy ESBs.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with notes of resinous hops and some dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some resinous hoppy notes with some dry caramel malt notes and some residual sugar notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Definitely a lot more hoppy then your standard ESB. Enjoyable though not necessarily memorable.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is brown in color, and it has a very nice beige head on top of it. The foam is very creamy looking. Nice. The aroma is very earthy with some light notes of fruits from the hops. In the mouth, the beer is very earthy, it taste like mud. I like it. Some fruity notes in the back too. Very dry. Once it warms up a little, I get some roasted malts too. This one is very good. It taste good, and it is so easy to drink. Well balanced. Loved it. Rye Beer are awesome!

good job Dunham!

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Photo of mtomlins
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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 papat444
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with cherry wood tinges and a modest 2 finger head that leaves some good rings of lacing.

Smell: Spicy rye, very earth, bit of salt.

Taste: Nice mix of rye and earth hops, has a mineral flavor, mild tea-like finish reminiscent of Golding, malt holds strong.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, nice bitterness, long lasting, well balanced.

Overall: An interesting take on the style. I think i prefer the traditional ESBs but still dug this one.

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Photo of Caudalie
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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 Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of duracell
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LarryAppleton
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rale
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of flipper2gv
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Socialiste
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of MatChar
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeKeKumba
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Sanmaral
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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