La Soeur Mechant | McKenzie Brew House

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McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by weeare138 on 12-19-2011

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by akorsak:
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4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Belgian strong ale aged in wine and apple brandy barrels. Served on-tap at the new Berwyn location. Ryan Michaels just happens to be sitting next to me as I enjoy this.

A: The ale is a darker amber color, more orange than brown. No head.

S: The tannic aromas of the wine barrel are powerful, standing out nicely. A mild sourness, just funky enough. The strong ale aspect has enough body and strength to support these aromas. The apple brandy and oak are latecomers.

T: As in the nose, the brandy comes through later, bringing wooden firmness and fortified sweetness. Before that, vinous tannins dry the ale out and then turn things over to the mildly-puckering sourness. The base ale is lost behind the sourness and the barrels - not the normal oaken sweetness though - sour is the word of the day. A good starter that doesn't overpower the tastebuds (the saison was a good follow-up and didn't lose anything). Hell a good beer anything, more than enough intense flavor lingering around.

M: Quite a bit, with the wine, brandy and funk (more than a bretty dusting), going on in the ale. A very smart first choice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Damico
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Blanco
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy red brown color with light white head. Slightly funky, fruity and brett, lots of apple. Taste is sour upfront with some acidity and a healthy fruit backdrop. Very nice take on the style. Light bodied. This is my first visit to a mckenzie pub and first beer but I'm definitely impressed.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Devon Grand Opening...
Appears a hazy gold with an amber hue when held to the light. A small white head of fluff slowly fades into a floating cap. Beautiful lacing and collar.
Smell is of concord grapes, muscat, and maybe some wild cherries with hints of floral notes. Perhaps a hint of a tart-like grain in the background like a wheat.
Taste is of the aromas with a punch of white wine. Absolutely delicious stuff here.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy at first, with an acidic coating along the tongue leading to a very dry finish.
This one reminds me a tad of an aged Orval. Bravo, McK guys!

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of yourefragile.

Pours a moderate amber color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of wine and brandy plus some light spice and fruits. The flavor has more of the same, though there's an oakiness that's a bit too pungent, leading to some tannins in the mouthfeel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good, but heavy on the oak.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost copper color with a small white head. Has a strangely rubbery smell to the beer (not very pleasant). Funky with some wood notes and perhaps a bit of brandy. Not really sour at all. A little bit of fruitiness. The flavor is lacking the rubber note, but it is still lacking the sourness. Some bready malt, oak, and a bit of grass and straw. Really a weird beer.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, golden brown. Smell is of fresh cut apples. Not a very strong scent, but crisp.

The taste is very wine like. I can definitely pick up on hints of apple. There is a sharp acidic bite at the end, makes me want to drink some more.

It feels good in the mouth. Nice carbonation gives it a light effervescent feel.

I enjoyed this a lot. I like sours, usually of the brown ale variety. This being more of a farmhouse....but I like it. Try it if you are a fan of the funk.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this on tap at the Devon Brewpub. From Notes.

La Soeur Mechant pours out a nice deep amber color with a touch of redness to the liquid. The foam is even keeled and not overly lively. A inch of off white skim, no stick.

Smell is ripe with apple skin, peach, strong wine barrel odor. Some of the hop/spicy appeal from the BSPA base is smelt. Pretty fruity altogether. Not alot of funk going on, yet.

Taste follows the nose which is upfront with apple, fruit, berries, slight oak, small vanilla in the end. Slighty tart. The base beer kind of gets lost with everything, quite an interesting beer.

Feel is medium in build with a nice steady carb going for it, not to agressive, but holds it's own. Not intensely sour and this leans towards more winey/fruity than funky and extreme. The aftertaste is fruity and not to clingy. Finishes nice and mildly dry.

Another nice sour from McK'S, I was able to grab a few glasses

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/08/12 notes. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing a growler of this one.

a - Pours a murky medium amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, sour apples, yeast, fruity malts, alcohol, and some spice. The apple brandy definitely comes through and is very nice.

t - Tastes of sour apples, sour grapes, fruity malts, yeast, spices, alcohol, light earthy notes and light funk. Pretty nice again here.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer from McKenzie; up there with the Saison Vautour as the best beer I've had by them. The sour apples and brandy are definitely there, but it isn't overly sour. A very nice beer I'd like to have again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz chalice at the new Devon brewpub. From the menu: "A strong Belgian style ale aged wine and apple brandy casks for a pleasant sour acidity".

A McKenzie blend is a McKenzie blend is a McKenzie blend. This has a lot in common with their other slightly barrel heavy blends like 2 Threads, 3 Threads, Fantine, etc. Mild white wine acidity, green apple, white grapes, and mineral flavors dominate throughout and linger in the finish. Underneath is a bready malt and Belgian yeast sweetness that is slightly thick and syrupy from the apple brandy barrels I imagine. The wine barrel dominates however and this is more acidic and slightly tart than it is sweet or brandy barrel forward (like Irma Extra was). Appearance is dark amber-golden with a frothy white head. For the price and availability this is recommended, but not quite Vautour level awesomeness.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Michael for providing this growler. Beer served in a snifter. What is this beer classified as? Currently a Belgian Strong Pale Ale...interesting. Well this is definitely a barrel aged Belgian something or other.

Beer is amber, hazy, lazy head, small white bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, oaky, a little wine, a little pear.

Beer is simple, sweet, dry, a little boozy, fruity, decent finish. I drank almost a pint of it, I must have enjoyed it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is orange and mildly hazy, with a half inch of soapy, off white head that leaves ample lacing on the tumbler. The aroma brings green apples, yeast, white wine, green grapes. The flavor brings a nice sour character, with prominent tart apple. A delicate fruity sweetness balances the tart and sour aspects. Smooth on the palate with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a really nice brew. Both the aroma and taste fall just short of a 4.5 score for me. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of mrbubbler
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It was pretty dark in the bar but it looked to be a dark muddy maroon color. Poured aggressively it sprouted a 1/4 inch of head which quickly dissipated to a couple centimeters of height.

S: Intense smell of fruits, spice, apple brandy and wine. A truly wonderful smelling beer. If the taste could match the nose it would easily rank a 5/5.

T: Opens up with a sweet apple brandy flavor which is countered rather quickly by rich bready malts. The wine treatment leaves the finish with rich white grape flavors and light oak. very light acidity with some light funk.

M: medium bodied. light carbonation. I would have liked a tad bit more carbonation, i would assume having this on draft or out of a bottle might yield that result.

O: This is a very nice beer. I could easily kill a couple snifters of this on a weekend while relaxing. Very well balanced and the funk and acidity levels let you know this had some bugs but didnt dominate the cask flavors.

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La Soeur Mechant from McKenzie Brew House
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