Adelscott | Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

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Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of connecticutpoet
1.03/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The beer poured with a good head, but there was something about the way it poured that made me think it would be bad. It had a very smoky smell, but also quite skunky. It had me wondering if the clear bottle had somehow made it go bad.

The taste was an experience I will not soon forget, although I have tried. It was very sweet and smoky, with a strong taste of peat moss and dirt. The only way I can describe it is to imagine sucking a Budweiser through a peat moss flowerpot.

I am very glad I was able to buy a single of this one, and as it was I only took 2 sips before throwing the rest out. The first was to taste, the second was because I couldn't believe how bad it tasted. If I had to sum it up in one word, that word would be ghastly.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.24/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I kind of wondered what kind of beer this was, as the label was in French. I guess "whisky" means the same thing in both languages. Clear pale brown color with a thin light tan head. Very little lacing. The aroma is a perplexing mixture of smoke, alcohol and sweet caramel. The flavor can best be described as charred malt and bile. I could barely get down a mouthful of this stuff. Maybe the clear bottle is to blame, or maybe this is just a horrid beer. The finish is nasty and had me burping smoke flavor the rest of the evening. Truly an awful experience.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
1.28/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

First French beer I tried on my European tour this past summer. I got it on tap in some bar in Paris trying as many beers I’d never heard of before.
Nice Dark brown yet translucent color. I remember thinking it looked very appetizing. It went straight downhill from there.
I don’t really remember how it smelled, probably comparable to the taste.
Now, as for exact taste details, I fortunately remember very little. I do remember however, coming up with a representation that could perhaps portray the horribleness that cost me 6 euros. This beer tasted as if one took a run of the mill brown ale(on the malty side), added a wee bit of scotch, then aged it in some French bog workers old boot for about a year. A nice pungent leathery taste evened out with sourness one would expect from foot bacteria. MMMM!!! If you see this brew, I recommend you try it; it really puts beer in perspective. Excuse my French

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Photo of stoutman
1.39/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this one in Torino, Italy. A sweet aroma with hints of whiskey and vanilla like. Also the appearance is clear red with a nice tan head, which stayed for a while on the glass. This beer tastes sweet, sweet in a strange way and too much for a beer. I dont think this should be classed as a beer. The palate, taste and aftertaste are well just too sweet and "undrinkable". A horrible beer.

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Photo of Boto
1.4/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

50cl can: An amber/brown color with a bit of a head. What is that smell? God, was it fairly sweet. There was a muskiness to it also. Kind of like ripe old socks. I really wasn’t sure what the taste is. I don’t think they put bad whiskey in there, or did they? I thought that maybe they used a different barley malt that would have made it into scotch, but I can’t figure out what they did. Hopefully they won’t do it much longer.

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Photo of AlexLMS
1.63/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This “beverage” (to not use “beer” in vain) poured with a nice copper colour. It was very clear and had a good appearance that successfully lured me. The head was white to off-white, moderately low, moussy, and presented good retention and reasonable lacing.
The nose was not unpleasant dominated by the sweet smoked malt aroma.
From now on the nightmare begun…The taste was awful and terribly cloying. Besides the sickly sweet and peaty smoked presence I could not get anything else. It was completely unbalanced with no hops to compensate the oversweet sensation.
I almost threw the beer in the drain. Adelscott is one of the worst beers I’ve ever tried and I hope I will forget its dreadful taste as soon as possible.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

330ml bottle poured in its own glass (close to a Weizen).

A: Clear caramel color with a small head. Small retention and no lacings

S: Sweet smell of malts (really smells like Whiskey). Oak. Bit fruity. I could not feel any smoke to a Smoked beer

T: Very sweet, first of all. Barley malts and that's it. Artificial plastic taste. No hops, no bitterness

M: Medium body and medium to low carb

O: Low Drinkability. Just avoid it

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Photo of AleSan
1.9/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from supermarket... Clear light amber color with n evanescent white head... aromas: sweet, artificial whisky... Taste is also very sweet with some product whisky-like around the palate.... bad... drink iced...

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Photo of endovelico
1.91/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on a Wide-flute. Served from a bottle at Vistamar Bar in Sesimbra. Reviewed under low artificial light in 25-10-2008. Drank slightly cool.

Presentation: Gold / Tan / Earth Tones Schematic with Simplistic yet classy design reminiscent of Whiskey label design. Fits well with the Colorless bottle.

Appearance: Poured a clear whiskey amber (About 8-9 on the lovibond) brew with rocky two finger head which slowly fades into a moderate cap. Perceived effervescence is low. Lacing is almost non-existent leaving just one or two string-thin foam marks.

Smell: Nose is of Caramel and Peat smoked malt. The caramel dominates the smell. Can't pickup any hops. Nose is of medium strength.

Taste: Overwhelming caramel taste with Peat malt backbone and some cider like notes. Can't pick up any hops. The alcohol is noticeable and complemented with the overall sweetness of the beer gives out an almost medicinal like flavor. Slight Peat malt bitterness. Sweet aftertaste which lingers for awhile. Can't say it's well balanced, the caramel sweetness dominates the beer profile to the point where it becomes coying. Could use more peat-malt character and less caramel and maybe a more pronounced hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium to High carbonation. Clean and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Not an easy beer to drink, the sweetness is almost overwhelming and the whiskey malt makes it even more of a difficult beer.

On a final note: I was expecting alot more peat malt character, and wasn't prepared for such a sweet brew. I was also a bit disappointed regarding the bitterness. It's an awkward beer, but i was expecting worse actually. Won't be having again.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

the bottle was pretty close to the expiration date but still good.

a: very minor amount of head sits on top of a nice amber brown body

s: smells of pipe tobacco/hickory and sweet syrupy malts. definitey a little shocking since nowhere on the bottle does it say it is a rauschbier although after 1 sniff it becomes pretty apparent

t: very strong smoky flavors, i have had my share of rauschbiers and this one is particularly smoky; overly sweet maltiness; definitely a little bizarre.

m: fine; lightly carbonated although slightly on the cloying side

d: definitely not for me; so overly smoky; i couldn't even finish it although i can say i appreciate the effort to make something unique

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Photo of speter
2.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a clear gold color with minimal head that left no lacing in the glass.

S: There's the faintest hint of smoke in an otherwise malty-smelling beer.

T: This strikes me as the bastard child of a Bamberg beer with an American Belgian style beer. There is just a bit of smoke in the flavor, but it is totally ruined by the cloying sweetness of the beer overall. I can detect virtually no hops to balance things out, and the label states that sugar is added.

M: The sugar gives it a fairly full body, and the carbonation is ample.

D: Unless you are already three or four sheets to the wind, this one is simply undrinkable.

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Photo of psugrad98
2.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I usually don't like sweet beers, and this is no exception. This beer is very sweet, made from a form of peat malt. Almost slimey mouthfeel. Perhaps I had a bad bottle. Will sample again when I get the chance.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.15/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear bottle, makes me angry. It always makes think that the brewer just doesn't care. Pours a bright golden color with reddish highlights complete with a large over carbonated bubbly head.

Smells skunky. Kind of a red wine nose with a lot of funk to it.

Taste is very different from the smell. There is no skunkish taste but a gigantic sweetness. It has a thin body and a very grape wine fruitiness that is saccharine sweet. A very processed sugary cider flavor. Nothing in this reminds me of anything like whiskey except an oak, earthy hint. There is no hop taste or bitterness.

A terrible smell but an interesting flavor. Not anything I would like to try again because its too sweet. I think a more pronounced oak smokiness and less sugary fruit flavor would make this one a decent drink. As it is now this one should be avoided.

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Photo of wl0307
2.24/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

It’s been almost 8 years since I last tried this beer; this time round this is one of two cans of beers I brought back from a short business trip to Paris, purchased in a haste at a small shop near Gare Du Nord, Paris. Coming in a 500ml can, at 5.8%abv.; BB 10/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a bright reddish golden colour, coming with a nice foamy off-white head and rather restrained carbonation.
S: smells like a lager bier, with dusty and lemony notes upfront, on top of a rather sweet, burned-sugary and candy-ish malty body; given a good swirl, a mixed herbal and chemical-influenced note comes to the fore, suggesting random notes of high-pitched (I mean, light-bodied and “floating”) phenol, which I suppose comes from the “whisky malts”.
T: it tastes like corn-sugar soup with lots of vanilla-ish flavourings, sweet licorice, and a very mild touch of whatever maltiness following at the back. As the unpleasant sweetness and corns settle, the aftertaste gives away hints at the lightly bitter edge of hops and subtly phenolic edge of malts. Thin and slightly cloying in the end.
M&O: not too fizzy, but not smooth either, as the body comes way too thin for a 5.8%abv. beer and the flavour profile is hugely unbalanced. All in all, comparing this experience with my previous notes, this beer seems going downhill greatly.

* Bottle Version, 6.6%abv.; Tasting Date: 11/03/06
Tasted at the Quinn's, Camden Town, London. At 6.6%abv., the beer comes in a clear bottle, which I suppose is meant to show the nice colour from whisky malt~~ BB 04/07.
3.5 A: pours an amber hue, coming with a creamy, off-white foamy cap, on the top of a lightly-carbonated body.
3.5 S: sweet whisky aroma with a touch of vanilla, caramel, green apple, and Speyside Malt's fruity aroma, along with a lightly resinous hop coming through the foam. Overall the nose is pretty soft and smooth, without much influence from the peat-smoked malts as far as I'm concerned.
3 T: sweet vanilla accompanies the chest-nutty maltiness with a touch of white chocolates; a flow of oak-barrel like sweet vanilla flavour along with cinnamon stick slowly develops at the back; yet gradually giving way to a sweet and thin sugary aftertaste, like that of aspartame...
2.5 M&2.5 D: thin bodied though tasting smooth, the overall body is way too weak to be enjoyable, made worse by the ending sugary flavour. The palate falls short of the promise of the aroma. And if it's a smoked beer, it's a quite weak one as no substantial peatiness is present. I paid 3.2 quid for this bottle, as much as for a 3 Fonteinen Oud Geuze at the same pub! They could've saved the space in the fridge for a better beer, I think.

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Photo of drpimento
2.32/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this can shortly after I tried it again recently in a bottle. The can, of course, has no skunk from being light struck. However it poured with a soda pop tan head that very quickly went to zero. Color is very clear medium amber. Nose is lightly smokey and malty sweet. Flavor's the same. No depth. Smokey, malty sweet soda pop beer. Body's what you expect given the above. ditto finish. Don't want any more of this. Actually preferred the bottle with skunk to this.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.41/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Finally taste far from extraordinary, slightly watery with just a taste a little smoky, which is still a highlight for a Rauchbier. It also collects a small taste safety with the addition of sugar and dye immondemment and unnecessarily added. Peaty malt whiskey and smoked to excess is touted commercially then you do not feel almost. It's just if you feel the beer. Caramel color and nose in the same way except that it does not come from a caramel malt but more likely a dye or an addition. So certainly it is easy to drink but taste level is nothing.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.48/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light copper. Bubbly white head. Fades to thin lacing.

Smoked wood and light malted whiskey after this. There is still some lager like corn and grain but it is defiantly a step up from a cheap pale lager.

Sweet with lots of lager malts and hops along with a smoked wood and peat flavour to it. There is also some whiskey like malts as the writing on the same suggested and wicked alcohol kick to the beer with a sweet bitter finish.

Sweet with a smoked wood texture and a fair amount of alcohol for a drink coming in at under 6% abv. The beer is medium bodied and sticky with a spicy finish.

This one is a drinkable beer and enjoyable although you need to take your time with it and I don't think it is quite as good as I remember from a few weeks ago in Paris.

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Photo of pootz
2.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle poured a light copper beer into the glass, small, fast to vanish cap...aggressive carbonation. Sweetness over some smokey tones in the aroma..had "dutch skunk" possibly from the clear bottle. Sweet and bland with liquid smoke type and processed flavor and character. Will not be revisiting this one.

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Photo of Quej
2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A - Light blond, fluffy, soapy white head. Lots of visible carbonation, but little retention.
S - Mostly just boozy and quite sour, with an odd sort of sweetness.
T - Quite odd tasting, very sweet and nutty. Sort of like a watery, overcarbonated version of a mix between a cheap whiskey and a cheaper amaretto.
M - Quite thick and heavy bodied aided a little by the carbonation.
D - I could barely finish it.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a deep golden-yellow. The head is brief, standing around half a finger high. No lacing is left around the glass. It is white and composed of medium sized bubbles that dance around with the apparently active carbonation. There is no haze or sediment affecting the clarity, giving solid translucency. As promised by the label the aroma is predominated by malts and the smoky peat character of whisky. While these notes are fairly robust they fail to mask the adjuncts and sugary sweetness hiding beneath. As we sip, malts and a marshmallow sweetness crash up front. The smokiness lashes at the tip of the tongue, becoming fully apparent through the middle. The middle otherwise continues with white sugar. The finish is fully peat smoked malts, robustly combining with cloying sweetness, and little else. The aftertaste breathes a bit smoky, but is primarily an air of pale malts and continuing sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The feel to each sip is palpable with carbonation, contributing to the foaminess of the beer. There is little coating, and the drying smokiness leaves the mouth more similar to the astringent side of things, but not particularly dried. The beer is a bit watery, and the feel is otherwise standard. The abv is within range and the beer drinks more slowly due to the cloying sugariness.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how the peat smoking grows by the end of the sip. While it is expected in the style, the flavor of robust smoke is always interesting when introduced to the palate within beer, and to this it did not disappoint. What was displeasing, however, was how overly sweet the beer was, and how any cutting bitterness that could have been was lost among it. To summate, this beer tasted like a toasted marshmallow that fell into the campfire. Edible but interesting.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark amber, good clarity, not much foam develops, just a thin layer floating in the center

Aroma: lightly peaty, toasy malt sweetness, leather, campfire smoke on the beach

Flavor: creamy malt sweetness with low to no hop flavor or bitterness, slight acidity, twinge of peat but not enough to be off-puttting, finishes semi-sweet with a slight aftertaste like artificial sweetener and leather

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, alcohol warmth similar to that of whisky (or maybe that's just my imagination)

Overall Impression: Smells drier than it tastes. The sweetness surprised me. The scent of leather is quite strange. One second it grosses me out, next second it's enticing.

The ingredients listed are: water, malt, maize, whisky malt, sugar, aromatic compound, caramel, hops, ascorbic acid. So, quite a bit of adjuncts and a mysterious sounding "aromatic compound". This is probably why it has that artificial aftertaste.

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Photo of Suds
2.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a clear bottle that's labeled 'The Different Beer', this one pours a dull amber color with a modest but solid white head. The aroma is a little strange: There's a little charcoal (carbonized hickory?), some malt, and a bit of nearly burned sugar. A little faint, but an interesting and noteworthy smell. The taste is way too sweet. It's an artificial, very sugary sweetness that didn't do anything for me at all. It's like liquid candy. There's nothing to balance the sugar, and it was simply too much over the top. The body is actually a bit thin. It's an interesting brew, although not well put-together. It's worth a try, but it's not something that I'd ever grab again.

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière de malt à whisky, robe rousse ambrée, mousse fine
Smell : notes fumées et tourbées
Taste and mouthfeel : malt fumé
Drinkability : cette bière tire son originalité du malt à whisky, sans plus

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear light brownish-gold w/of-white head, okay retention.

S-Light malt, caramel, sweet ginger ale, cola...this stuff smells like those Bottle Caps I used to get for Halloween.

T-Light caramel, ginger ale, root beer, faint bit of perceptible hops in the finish, and a sweet caramel aftertaste.

M-On the sweet side with a smooth mouthfeel, lighter carbonation.

D-Drinkable, but not overly appealing.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled on April 24, 2009, Paris, France:

A: The beer appeared a deep, clear golden color, kind of reminded me of the color of some scotch whisky, with a slightly off white head that was not well retained.

S: The aroma is sweet, caramel possibly, with some earthy overtones and a hint of alcohol. The aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Dominate caramel/sweet flavor to it, but also the peaty whisky astringent flavor is very noticeable. No hops to speak of. Not very well balanced, the sweetness really dominates and detracts greatly from the drinkability of the beer.

M/D: The beer had a medium body to it. It felt sticky, but was smooth and the carbonation was about right, maybe slightly too much. Again, the sweetness of the beer really detracted from the drinkability, it could really be more like an after dinner drink/beer, but there are better.

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