Adelscott | Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
France
fischerbeverages.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,780
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
68
pDev:
28.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
Gots:
12
Trade:
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Photo of StephenRich
4.43/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A couple years ago two of my good friends went on a long vacation across Europe enjoying the culture, sites, culinary works, and beer. They came back and told me great stories of historic cities and amazing parties, but also fantastic beer - no surprise there. There was one beer which they kept raving on about, comparing it to the Innis & Gunn, which is one of our favorite beers. They both claimed that this beer called Adelscott was built in the same manner and the Innis, but even better! I do love the Innis, it is one of the beers that showed me the light - since this trip I have been aching to find this mysterious Adelscott.

And of course, as stories of this nature go, it is not available anywhere in North America. Adelscott is brewed by Fischer in France, and seems to not enjoy the sea voyage. I conceded temporary defeat until a friend of mine was heading to Europe this summer on a one month backpacking trip. I gave him a list of a few beers to look out for in every county he would visit, and I was sure to include Adelscott. The great man that he is brought me back this can, and helped me realize a beer dream now two years old.

Adelscott and the Innis & Gunn are similar, however quite different. The Innis is a rich Scottish pale ale aged in bourbon barrels, where the Adelscott is brewed with peat smoked barley, and is not aged in barrels at all. So Innis gets its whisky character from oak, Adelscott from barley - an interesting comparison nonetheless. The Adelscott I had was 5.8% abv, however I have seen bottles that list 6.4%.

I opened the Adelscott up cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed beer glass. The pour was easy and smooth building a lush white foam in the beer instantly. I slowed the pour a bit and let the slightly creamy texture of the beer build on its own power. The final beer was glowing brilliantly bright gold with a backbone of yellow and sunny orange. It was really very beautiful, and was strikingly bright and crisp with an amber lining and sunshine rays all throughout. A dense and airy 2 inch pure white head was build with a creamy cap - it showed very strong retention, but did eventually dissipate completely. The overall picture here was very pretty. A great start.

The nose was pretty damn close to exactly what I wanted. Where the Innis bring to you the rich caramel and vanilla flavors of the oak, the Adelscott showed me sugary sweet pale malts, and the distinct clean flavor of peat smoked whisky. Thats what you get with this beer; the smooth and clasic flavor of peat smoke. It is gentle and balanced sweet by pale malts and lingers lightly on your nose. It was so obvious when I smelled it that I wanted more. The connection to a peaty smooth whisky is magical, my only complaint is that I would love an imperial version around 10%.

The first sip was a masterpiece for me. Ignoring the peat for a moment, the Adelscott opens with smoothly crisp and very distinct pale malt sweetness. Sugary malts and honey play over your palate and lightly candied fruits emerge as well. Sweet apples and pears melt into your cheeks, and a soft malty backbone coats your palate. But the game changer here is the smoothness of a old friend names Speyside. Elegantly clean peated malts show up on the front of your tongue and back of your throat.

This was the trick, the peat and whisky flavor is clean and delicate, but obvious and balanced. There is barely any hop aroma or flavor at all to add a bitter side to the beer - it is the peat and malt balance than makes this beer work. The finish is smooth and light with a slightly sweet, almost sugary malt end. The peaty whisky comes back, but its short and quenching. The mouthfeel was light and creamy, and fit this beer very well.

I loved the 5.8% version as a session beer, if it was availbale at the LCBO, I would always have a few in my fridge. I would love to see an imperial version for sipping somewhere in the 8 to 12% range. But for now, I'll have to keep searching for more of the Adelscott.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/02/tasting-the-adelscott/

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Photo of Loki
4.03/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Cafe Jardin L'Arrosoir

The color is a burnt caramel, bourbon color with a very thin white head. Fair amounts of lacing and bubbles running up the sides.

Smelled of sweet malt, smoke, char, whiskey, and whiskey barrels. I love whiskey, but this smells a bit too sweet, almost like cheep whiskey, but not quite rotgut.

Taste is much better than the smell. Taste of caramel, sweet malt, alcohol, peat, and char. The alcohol seemed a bit strong for 6.4% and it was a bit sweet, but again I like whiskey. My wife said it tasted like a Diet Dr. Pepper, and I like Dr. Pepper, but didn't quite make that association.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very different from your average beer and certainly not for everybody. I liked it though.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes 6/15/07 pours a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Malty/whiskey nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is whiskey, smoky, malty, sweet and smooth, clean finish. Best by Nov 2007. €5.00 ($6.85) 330ml clear bottle at Hotel Mercure Lyon, France.
The ABV is 5.8%

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Photo of JDrebel
4/5  rDev +52.1%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent smoke beer brewed with peat malt. This stuff is a dark amber in colour with no head to be found. The aromas are all smoke, heavy malts, and alcohol. The taste is very smoky and malty, with no booze to be found. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, and the drinkability is not the best...

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.97/5  rDev +51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a nice white head. Smells strongly of peated malt, very smokey. Taste has a nice peat smokey flavor with a slight hint of hops. The mouthfeel is good, with just the right level of carbination for this beer. A good smoked beer.

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.75/5  rDev +42.6%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.55/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the most unusual (odd) brews around. Peat smoked whiskey malt gives this beer a hint of a single malt. Foggy Amber/Brown in color with a full body. Medium hops are hidden in the smoke. Smoky in aroma. A rapidly dissipating head leaves a trace of lace. Akin to licking the inside of a chimney... but in a good way. Roll the bottle gently before opening to dislodge any bit and particles if you dare.

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Photo of Andreji
3.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoked beer? As in Rauchbier? weird.

Pleasant beer nonetheless. A bit off the lager sorta feel, considering the taste (go figure perhaps a bit smokey whaddoiknow) is rather a nice sweet blend off a regular of the genre.

Dark toned, slight malty nose. rather provocative. The taste as Ive said is nice and the finishing bitterness, slight but adequately proportionate to the abundance of taste. Ok to try.

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Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wasn’t sure what to expect here, and like those who loved it, it’s pretty good. It can’t be compared to others and needs to be addressed on it’s own qualities. Nice rich golden color with creamy head, aroma of wood and toffee, taste of caramel, peat, butter and wood. Smooth and oily texture, this is really different French beer.

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Photo of tjd25
3.4/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Alsatian brewery Fischer tries to produce “foreign” beers: Adelscott is a beer brewed with whisky malt, but made in Strasbourg, France (Desperados is a tequila flavored beer that tries to sound Mexican but that’s produced in Strasbourg, France too, but that’s a different story). The soft head lasted longer than I expected and looked actually quite nice on the orange color body. The smell was quite interesting; very malty and earthy, with nice notes of smoke, some smoked bacon (hmmm), some pleasant cow dung/ barn notes and some fresh-cut grass. I appreciated the taste less than the smell. Still malty, sweet, earthy, fresh and smoky. But, whereas after the first sip you’re like “this is innovative” (the label says Adelscott, the different beer), after a while I thought “this is getting boring”. My pint was hard to finish. Mouthfeel is round and a bit creamu, quite smooth, but a bit weak, close to being watery. Still, I don't regret the fact that I bought this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in Siena, Italy after the palio. Bottle. A very nice appearence with some shine. Transparent and ruby copper. No head. Aroma is soft and sticky. Whiskey comes through well in the bouquet. Whiskey adds a great deal of the flavour, but not great enough, very meek. Texture is nice too, coats the mouth. Could use more malt in the flavour, but generally is well, kinda, tasty! I didn't mind this one at all. It was unmistakingly macro-ish, but allbeit agreeable.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.27/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+

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Photo of Naerhu
3.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ingredients: Malt, hops, corn, sugar, aroma, caramel, houblon, antioxidants.

Small white head on an opaque amber body with minimal lacing.

Scotch whiskey and rubber aroma

Little to no bitterness to speak of, rather sweet, which reminds me of a a Belgian of course. This also reminds of Islay Darkest. Caramel is present as is the alcohol.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.03/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label reads: "The malt used to brew this beer is peat-smoked according to the procedures used for the production of whiskey." Furthermore the label reveals that this beer contains sugar, corn, and caramel in addition to the usual ingredients. I've only had one other peat malt beer before, which was a homebrew, and it was actually pretty good.

Except for the head, Adelscott sure looks like scotch, with a crystal clear orange-copper color, but it really doesn't have much in the way of a scotch aroma. There is a caramel sweetness followed by a noticeable peat smoke aftertaste. Altogether it's not an unpleasant flavor combination, but it is a little odd. Doubtless the people at Fischer felt the peatiness needed all that sugar to bring things back into balance.

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Photo of atis
3.02/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with slightly off white rocky head that immediately dissipates, lots of visible carbonation, no lacing. Aroma is simple sweet malt, could not feel even a bit of smoke.

Taste is much better - sweetish and charred smokey malt, maybe a little too sweet, also hints of caramel. Smoke continues in the aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation average-high with some pleasant warming feel.

Overall, not a bad beer, might be only a bit too sweet.

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3/5  rDev +14.1%

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3/5  rDev +14.1%

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3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of WGO
2.87/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Seems to be similar kind of thing to innis & gunn beers, heavy on the whisky flavorings with not much else.
Aroma is pretty much non existent, little malty bread and some vanilla maybe.
Taste pretty much the same but really far too sweet. Lots of overpowering vanilla and maybe some caramel.
A bit too one dimensional with basically no depth of taste or aroma, an alco-pop.

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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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Adelscott from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
Beer rating: 2.63 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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