La Maitresse | AMB - Maître Brasseur

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AMB - Maître Brasseur
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by 3Vandoo on 11-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by 3Vandoo:
Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very limpid burgundy in color, pretty light in complexion, very lighted in aspects.

Smell is pretty sweet, hoppy, malty and caramelic.

Taste is pretty oily in mouth, with a good hoppy bitterness and hoppy oily piney flavour, but not overwhelming like other of these types actually I would say it is a shy double IPA. Not too strong, not too weak but it seem to be lacking a punch.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Canadian brews inspired by American brewers seem to be a growing trend of late, like this Imperial IPA from Au Maître. It'll be interesting to see if the trend catches on.

As for the beer in hand, it pours hazy and brassy with a big off-white head and the kind of killer retention you'd expect from a highly-hopped brew. Exotic citrus notes, soap, peppercorn, esters, hint of pineapple and fruit that's quite ripe. Smooth, syrupy and slick. Malty sweet, with notes of caramel, butter and wood that segue into an abrasive hop character that's leafy, coarse and tannic, with a sharp bitterness that smacks of pith and rind. Roasty in spots. Lots of alcohol on the breath. Estery. Flavors of browned apples. Coarse and dry in the finish with a dirty linger that doesn't sit too well on the palate.

Things seem a bit muddled with this beer--the alcohol runs a bit too hot, and the hops seem to lack focus. Everything seems to clash. Worth a try if you're a fan of the style, but not a good example of it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rather plain yellow colour, with some little noticeable lace. Odd aroma for a DIPA, more malty even funky. Medium plus mouthfeel. Easy drinking, but higher IBU IPA really disguised as a double.Lots of malt here. Caramel? burnt caramel, whatever. Lots of that offsetting the bitter.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured just a couple degrees below room temperature. In my new Charlevoix snifter.
A- Classic IPA look. Tons of activity in this glass. Bubbles everywhere and particles sticking to the glass and settling to the bottom. I think they're hops but there's also lots of deposit in the bottom making me think there must be a lot of yeast as well. Almost opaque amber topped with thick, sticky, slightly yellowish head. Lacing sloppy and satisfying. This doesn't blow me away but it is certainly nice.

S- The smell isn't incredible. Fairly clean. Don't really know what to say about the hops. It smells like a pretty ordinary IIPA with grapefruit and the such. I inhaled as hard as I could to get more of the hop profile but instead got burned by a big wave of alcohol all the way to the back of my throat. It was good. Also some young malt.

T- Very woody and boozy. The after-taste comes with a burn on the tongue, the same feeling you get after eating raw hop.
I also get a charred taste in the after-taste. I burped and it tasted soapy.

M- Good carbonation. Medium body. Noticeable enamel attack.

D- Good. I want to drink this. If this was chilled more I'd probably want to session it.

Really wish there was a bottled date on this. It packs a certain punch but most of it has a heavy feel to it. Not light hoppiness and I'd like to know if it was due to freshness.
Not the best beer, but satisfying.
Happy I got something I truely appreciated from Au Maître Brasseur. I always want to recommend their products but am tired of their half-ass brews.

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Photo of eat
4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly aggressive pour yields almost no head. Maybe a half-finger head laces a bit as it disappears to the thinnest layer of white. The colour is really nice, an opaque reddish gold.

Wow...huge citusy hop smell. This beer smells both powerful and delicious.

Tons of flavour. Flowery hops, roasted malt, citrus flavours with a great lingering bitterness on the finish. Not too sweet as you might expect from an 8.5%. The ABV is well hidden amongst the gigantic flavour.

Great medium carbonation and body.

Given an unlimited supply, the only thing that would stop me from drinking this would be passing out from the ABV. Too bad it's kind of pricey, ending up at around $18 for a sixer after tax and deposit. I don't know why this beer is not rated more highly, I love it. This is the kind of beer I would like to always have in my fridge.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy medium brown color ale with an average head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with some subtle caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some bitter hops with minimal caramel malt. I prefer my IIPA with some floral and citrus notes form the hops and this one was just too dry. Probably one of the best offering from this brewery but still lacking loads of characteristics to render this remarkable.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from this brewery. Again the recipe has change since the sticker on the bottle says it is 9.5%ABV instead of 8.5%ABV. The color is brown and no light goes through. The head is beige but disappear too quickly. The aroma is not intense for an Imperial IPA. The aroma is citrusy and grapefruits, however it is faint in intensity. The taste is pretty intense. This is surprising since the aroma was so faint.

The mouthfeel is warm due to the presence of alcohol. The finish is very bitter, a little bit too bitter. The beer appears unbalanced in my opinion. In the mouth, it is more piny than citrus/grapefruit.

Drinkability of this one suffers due to the very harsh bitterness finish. I've drank better Imperial IPA.

As the beer warms up, the aroma is more intense and better. The grapefruit presence is more dominant in the beer warms up.

Overall, this one is an average beer. Good to try but not a go to beer.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.63/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New bottling, all green label, same AVB.

Pours a murky dark cooper/medium brown, huge head, awesome lacing. A little on the dark side, but its less dark than a porter so its pale.

Aroma : argrllll... this reeks of chinook, amarillo and C hops (grapefruit, pinnaple, dank awesome). Most agreeable. Taste : Ahhh, solid malt presence almost present enough before being shoved into the back of the room by a amasing hop presence. Fruity, bitter and quite a solid malt presence after all.

This stuff is awesome good, Au maitre brasseur does not have to envy IIPA's from any USA brewery like 3 floyds or Bells.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a creamy off white head. Very nice lacing and retention. Has a hazy brownish copper color. This beer was just a random pick and I am pleased with it.

The nose is more malt than hops, lots of caramel, buttered bread and piny hops.

Tastes more hoppy than the nose would have me believe. Bitter citric hops accompanied by a sweet malt/toffee. Not bad I am curious as to what kind of yeast they use cause it seems a little Belgiany.

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Photo of ritzkiss
2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle as an extra from eat. Cheers man!

Pours a dark, slightly hazed orange/brown with a hefty head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Nose is... uhhh, where's the hops? Heavy heavy malts, caramel, a touch or roasting and there, hidden behind, I find the hops cowering in fear. Grassy, bittering hops with a dash of floral and citrus. Can't say this smells like a DIPA.

Taste follows suit though the hops are a little more prominent. Thick malts burn through the drink followed by a sharp hops bitterness, some caramel and bread, and then a harsh rush of alcohol. Grassy, bittering hops, subtle earthiness although hard to say anything is subtle or well-crafted about this brew. It's big and bad and not hiding a thing. Drinks more like a raw, hot barleywine.

Can't say I would jump to this brew again. Hard to classify it as a DIPA when it's so malt-forward and doesn't have the hop-power to meet it. Add the heavy-handed alcohol and you have a hard to drink brew.

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Photo of Quej
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange-gold with a hint of red. The head disappears quickly.
S - The raw weedy smell of fresh hops with a hint of sweeter biscuity malts. Accompanied by the peculiar smell of fluoride and the dentist's office.
T - So very bitter, tons of hops and a dryness that begs for more. Long and painful aftertaste that tends towards dry booziness. Not enough hop character to match the impressive bitterness.
M - Rough drying, quite sharp and even scraping.
D - Quite good, the dryness refreshes to no end and begs for more, which only further demands quenching.

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Photo of cfrancis
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is all hop all the time. It's amazing. The taste again is all hop. But it isn't a bitter hop taste, it's nice and smooth and mixed with honey and even a little citrus. This is a very, very nice beer that I am happy that I purchased a 6 instead of a single.

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Photo of grub
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 6/2010.

pours super hazy orangey amber with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel and a bit of toffee. grapefruit and a touch of pine. orange and tangerine.whole wheat bread with a light toasting. bit of biscuit and cracker. faint alcohol.

taste is nice. medium-high bitterness level. light smoke, which initially is a bit odd but seems to work. light pine and earthy character. bit of grapefruit and orange. touch of alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread and cracker.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. pretty well balanced. nice depth. interesting extra character from the smokey aspect. not your typical american ipa, and i'm not sure it works quite as well as the usual, but it was nice none the less.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has changed since it was added to this site. It is now brewed at 9.5% ABV and has a new label (which incidentally is no better than the first).

This beer is a very hazy copper, with only a slight head and almost no retention.

I was expecting much more from a beer that calls itself an Imperial IPA in terms of smell. Its only slightly hoppy, with stronger malt and molasses notes and hints of citrus.

The taste is only slightly better than average, and that's because I'm feeling generous today. Its too sweet for my liking and the finish is neither dry nor bitter enough for an Imperial - although I'm sure its more than enough for most people. Great citrus notes however.

Its a little too heavy for me, having a very syrupy feel to it. I feel I could drink another, but it would be a chore.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up at Rahman.

Pours a pretty cloudy dark orange, brownish, weizenbock colour, very murky, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, drops some chunks of lace, looks neat. Smell is pretty neat, lots of caramel, biscuits, very malty, spicy hops, very raw hopping, grapefruit, lots of citrus, some floral, alcohol is well hidden, raisins, almost barleywine territory, I like it. Taste is not bad, caramel up front, brown sugar, floral, grapefruit, very citrusy, raisins, alcohol comes through, slightly spicy from the hops, very raw and bitter finish, slightly medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. This isn't bad, more of a fresh barleywine than a DIPA in my opinion, but definitely better than the scores here reflect.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

341 bottle poured into a pint glass.

A : Copper color, troubled, the head goes down quickly though, but leaves lace on the glass.

S : We can smell the biterness I would think. It smells like hops all the way.

T : Hops... Really butter. On the pack it states a IBU of 89, which is pretty high. We do taste it. On the first sip, it kind of surprises, but we get accustomed to it after a few.

M : Enjoyable, nothing more...

D : I would have enough after only one. The alcohol rate doesn't help neither.

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Photo of MattyV
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy burnt orange into a Duvel tulip with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves pretty good lacing around the upper part of the glass. Quite a bit of sediment in suspension and at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is a pretty straightforward grapefruit/citrusy combination, with some faint pale malt also detected. Quite pleasant but not too intense

Taste is pretty hop-forward with the citrus and pine bitterness from the hops dominating. Not very much malt apparent at all. The hops somewhat coat the mouth and leave a lasting bitter finish

Medium body and carbonation, the alcohol is not all that apparent in this one but the unbalanced bitterness hurts the beer's drinkability.

I'm glad to have to tried this one as I don't make it to Quebec that often, but I much preferred DDC's Chaman that I enjoyed just prior to picking this one up at Marche Rahman. I just feel like this one lacked the balance and complexity of better IIPAs.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber, slight haze, small tan cap, leaves some nice lacing behind

S - grassy grapefruit, rich caramel, there is a good bit of hops, but the malt possibly overpowers

T - a dose of sharp hops to start is quickly washed over by a big toasted/biscuit malt, finish is more toasted malt with some hop bitterness hidden in the background

M - medium body, low carbonation, slightly syrupy/sticky, dry finish, warming alcohol

D - hop character is a little off, and the malt bill is WAY off

Kind of a weird one. I'm guessing they used a newer breed of hops, because they have an odd sharpness to them. The toasted malt in this is completely overdone, and the body and carmel sweetness make this more of a barleywine. However, the flavours themselves aren't bad, they just don't work together all that well. I'm guessing this would be damn tasty if cellared for a couple years.

Thanks to Viggo for the bottle!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Patrick (papat444) for tossing me a bottle of this a few months back. No idea on the age - served in a pint glass.

A - Hazed opaque orange-brown color, but almost no foam! Like seriously, even with a hard pour I got maybe a dime that quickly dissipated to a few wisps and a ring of egg-white lace. This is kind of disappointing.

S - Smells kind of older - lots of caramel and bread maltiness, some pine hoppiness and lemon zest.

T - Taste is actually a bit better with more citrus and piney hops, lots of caramel and toffee maltiness, and a little bit of alcohol astringency. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's moderate, and there's a medicinal candy and overripe apple flavor too

M - Lots of tingly carbonation, dry finish, plenty of residual stickiness and hop resin. The carbonation is too high for my liking, but otherwise it's pretty smooth and soft with a nice medium body appropriate for a DIPA.

D - The alcohol is a little warming, but not too overwhelming, and the bitterness is surprisingly mild. Still, the taste isn't exciting enough for me to want more than one bottle.

Patrick sent this to me in late March, but judging from the other reviews my observations are fairly consistent - it's just a very malt-heavy DIPA.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

received as part of a CanBIF from notdan. Thanks!

Pours a deep, dark amber and smells of pine and grapefruit and all manner of wonderfully hoppy things.

Sweet yet astringent, this beer kind of sticks to the roof of your mouth more than it hits your tongue. There's more of an orange rind taste than grapefruit, with a strong caramel malt and something that almost tastes like a cough drop. You can taste pine and grassy hops. You can taste alcohol. You can taste the toasted malt. You can taste raisins, which is unexpected. There's grapefruit and pine and caramel and much of what you would expect in a DIPA, but my mouth can't seem to do the calculus necessary to figure out what the end result of all of this is supposed to be. I don't hate it but it's just...odd.

A chewy, viscous beer. I don't find it particularly drinkable in a sessionable sense.

So I googled and it turns out La Maitresse translates into The Mistress. Weird.

ETA: Now that I have read a few more reviews here I have to agree with the barley wine comparisons.

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Photo of rodenbach99
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bouteille brune de 341ml. au prix de 2,99$

couleur ambrée foncée, peu de mousse même pas de mousse, nez caramélisé, bouche puissante drole d'équilibre entre le malt et les houblons, en fin bouche les houblons sont amères et désagréables, l'attaque est en caramel et fianle en amertume houblonnée, drole !!

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Photo of Tim2000
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

341 mL brown bottle.

Hazy brown brew with very little head.

Aroma is of pine with hints of citrus.

Sweet and malty with a decent hop bite. The hops are dominated by the sugary malt and lacking in character. They add a moderate bitterness but not much in the way of flavour except for some resinous notes. Faint metallic aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Full-bodied, almost syrupy, with low carbonation.

Too sweet for my tastes and just generally uninteresting.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper/red with head you can stand on. Nose is pungently floral with hints of citrus and apple, and almost minty herbalnesss and a bit of cheesiness. Flavour is sweet, resinous hops and apple cider. Hints of citrus and grapefruit are barely there, with much more of floral and fruity flavour. A little bit astringent, with a heavy body. Strong, and challenging to the palate. Not something I would drink a lot of, but intriguing and worthwhile.

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Photo of xpatriate
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

after having some weyerbacher double simcoe i was searching the limited selections here in montreal.came across this at my local beer store.the price was way high at $14.99 a 6pk.i gambled.
poured into 20oz.pint glass.not much smell.looked to no head.taste not bad.mouthfeel was weak.for the price i was expecting more.
no suprises here.i was expecting more hops.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341mL brown glass twist-top bottle. No date. Acquired from a recent trip to Super Marché Rahman in Montreal.

Appearance: Before I even poured it, I could tell there was going to be lots of hop-haze and junk. Up ended it, all in the glass. Yum, vitamins. Very thing off-white head. Downright translucent, cloudy, whatever you want to say. Tawny/amber brown.

Nose: Sweet hop candy with notes of caramelized whiskey (ever have Jack Daniel's rock candy?). There's also some barnyard funk in the background, like manure, not horse-blanket.

Palate: Medium bodied and spicy dry and prickly hop bitterness! Aggressively hoppy, but not in the usual way. No citrus. Lots of caramel and tobacco and old wood and some dank outdoor. Sip, swish, repeat. Long finish.

Notes: I'm thinking a great food beer with some funky cheese and some fresh rye bread. A truly unique interpretation of the style and boldly different from American IPAs. It's all in the unique hop profile. Well done. (And yes, it's like a barleywine. I'd pin it towards Old Guardian...)

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La Maitresse from AMB - Maître Brasseur
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 25 ratings