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Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif | Unibroue

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Quatre-Centième Brassin CommémoratifQuatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif

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Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AlexF on 06-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cellaring it for about a year certainly helped. A tasty spiciness, a tad sweet (Belgian candi), and very drinkable, this was very pleasant with supper on a warm night. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit of fruit esthers and not too yeasty. Light body and decent head, a bit of lace. Between a pale Belgian and a strong overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The head settles down and leave a little lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has plenty of Belgian yeast aromas and mixed fruit coming off of it. The taste had the same aspects to it, it's a little on the sweet side but it's still pretty well balanced. The mouthfeel had a decent body to it along with a pretty good drinkability. Overall it's just anouther pretty freakin good brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured pale golden yellow in color with a rather large white head. The head didn't last very long, but it left nice lacing patterns.
S: The smell isn't that strong but there are some fruity aromas. Apple cider stands out in particular; there are also notes of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste is relatively fruity and has some underlying bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, well carbonated and a little dry.
D: It's relatively easy to drink; had I not shared the bottle I could have easily drank the whole thing myself.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After bringing back a bottle from Cincinnati, the anticipation of drinking this beer was met with mixed responses, yet underwhelmed by this beer. Especially since Unibroue makes a ton of these Pale Belgian types.

The beer begins with a bright canary yellow pour with a haze expected of Witbiers. A bellowing, loosely-knit white head takes on Trippel proportions. Beware the abundance of yeast particulates if you don't want it in your glass.

Strong pilsner malt aromas and a ton of fruity esters jump from the glass and place a full-out assault on the olfactories. Spicy, peppery, fruity, and tart character is all over the place. Cotton candy confectionaries promise a sweet taste and charged complexity.

Sweetness is met up front with a blend of pilsner malts, candied sugars, and ripe fruits blend for a fantastic, complex, and varying flavors. Peaches, pears, pineapples, under-rippened berries, mangos, approcots, apples, lemons... the estery flavors go on and on. Not to be outdone is the phenolic peppery character of clove, white pepper, curraco, corriander, cumin, paradise seed... This may be the kitchen sink of beers--it's all in there.

While the texture of the beer is full, rich, and rounded, the sweetness and heaviness of residual sugars make it less drinkable than the Duvels and La Fin Du Mondes of the world. Perhaps better attenuation and even age will improve the mouthfeel.

Finishes with a sweet, dry lingering of fruits and spices. Low on bitterness but hops aren't really all that needed for balance or complexity. Alcohols are surpressed by the sweetness but kept in check nevertheless.

Ultimately, this is a very flavorful and complex beer that, like all other Unibroue Anniverary's, will benifit from 2-3 years of cellaring.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a beaten egg white head that leaves a few squiggles down the sides of the chalice

Smell: Bready, with peppery/gingery yeast and a variety of fruit elements (peaches, apricots and bananas)

Taste: Right from the get-go, the peppery/gingery phenols take a crack at the tastebuds, bringing the stone fruit, coriander and banana flavors along for the ride atop the bready backbone; after the swallow, there is a bit of citrus pith along with hints of candi sugar that linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Although this tastes similar to a lot of the other Unibroue BSPA offerings, it has a beguiling character that makes it a bit more refreshing and easy to drink than some of the others

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of Unibroue typical spicy yeast with some distinguishable sweet Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between some sweet Belgian malt with some spicy yeast notes. Full body with great carbonation and no discernable alcohol. It really reminded me of a less sweet Don de Dieu which is way too sweet to begin with.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a medium hazy apple juice yellow, with lots of thin billowy white head, that melts away slowly, leaving a bit of lacing. It smells of spicy banana, cloves, and bready yeast. The taste is yeasty white fruit, black pepper, and a clingy malt sweetness. The carbonation is on the low side, and the body is fairly solid, and it finishes clean, but with more of that yeasty sweetness, and a bit of alcohol warming, which somewhat limits the drinkability factor.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sun-drenched lemon with a crystalline clarity that will most likely be replaced with haziness on subsequent pours. The alabaster colored whipped creaminess peeking over the edge of the glass can almost be called Belgianesque. The texture falls a bit short and there isn't an abundance of lace. Q-CBC is still an attractive ale.

The aroma is an interesting combination of fruit and spice. One doesn't often smell banana in a BSPA, but it works well. Also present are lemon zest and a tantalizing yeasty spiciness. Unibroue uses four spices in this ale, one for each of the hundred years of Quebec City's existence. I'll give the taste buds a good soaking before making any guesses.

Whatever spices were used weren't added with a very heavy hand. It's just as well, since a good BSPA or tripel brewed with an estery yeast strain is one of life's greatest pleasures. Added spices are more likely to mess things up than to add something of value. As warming proceeds, a subtle twist on the usual flavor profile is beginning to emerge.

Coriander is fairly obvious. White pepper is a total stab in the dark. Sorry, but the others are too laid back for any more credible guesses to be made. The pale malt backbone holds down the bottom end with relative ease, providing just enough sweetness to play off the hops (Willamette, East Kent Goldings), the yeast and the added spices. This is an expertly constructed, highly drinkable BSPA that is well worth whatever I paid for it.

Taking a step back and attempting to appreciate this increasingly intriguing ale as a whole, it tastes like a combination hefeweizen-witbier-BSPA. I've had a lot of beer, but I haven't had anything quite like this. Damn good stuff.

As expected, a faint blurriness born of fine yeast appears eventually. The body/mouthfeel is simply wonderful. The fact that I've had better is no reason not to reward this one with a big score. Dead solid perfect carbonation adds the creamy voluminousness that I look for in all Belgian-style ale.

Quatre-Centieme Brassin Commemoratif is better beer than Unibroue's regular BSPAs (Don de Dieu and La Seigneuriale), but falls just short of their anniversary BSPAs (15 and 16). It's a shame that it's unlikely to be brewed again, so get it while you can. Happy 400th Quebec City.

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Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich and yeasty concoction. Has the family resemblance, with the distinct flavor that is not quite like any Belgian. Sugary taste along with the spicy yeast. More buttery than others in this category, I would say. Creamy bubbles and a nice appearance, more like champagne. Golden color and nice lacing in the Ommegang chalice.

This is a little sweet after a few sips, but the IBU is only about 10. I don't get as much bitterness from the Belgian flavors as some other examples. Makes me think of cream soda and apples. Quite an interesting beer to try, but I wouldn't pay a lot for it.

No telling when this was made. If it's a 2008 leftover, it's remarkably good, but Unibroue is no help on whether they're still brewing this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, gold body with a smallish, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Nose smelling of dull, earthy spices and sugar-covered banana slices with a plenty of wheat malt.

Taste: Tangy, sugar-coated wheat flavor followed by tastes of banana and, to a far lesser degree, fresh lemon zest. Rich in spices, particularly clove. Tiny hint of vanilla. Light, though sustained bitterness attempts to bring balance, but the beer still finishes with a flourish of sugar and bananas.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Here's to another 400 years for whatever this beer was dedicated to. Quebec City? Great! Here's to Quebec City.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle with a painted label, cork and cage seal, and text on the back explaining that it's been brewed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Quebec; one of the most beautiful and friendly cities in all of the world!

Perhaps I should have let my bottle sit a bit longer so that the yeast would have settled into a nice compact cake, but I did not.

As it was, it poured a cloudy straw-gold body beneath a thick head of frothy bright-white foam. The head slowly receeded, compacting into a densely creamy quarter-inch thick lid that held remarkably well and left short walls of solid lace about the glass.

The nose was noteably yeasty amidst a sweetish, grainy malt base with notes of vanilla and candy. Background hops accentuated it, coming off more like a cool breeze across a field at twilight than any specific variety or aroma.

In the mouth it offered the supple, velvety caress of superbly tiny bubbles from natural bottle-conditioning. It was gently bristly, yet it also foamed up a bit to become soft and smooth. Medium-light bodied.

The flavor was fairly straightforward, and basically echoed the aroma. The emphasis is on the clean, basic, and lightly sweet pilsner malt base. There's most likely some sugar used as well as it's not that grainy or full-flavored. There are some very mild hop flavors present, and they appear herbal and delicately grassy in the background. The yeastiness is also kept to a restrained subtleness with only minor notes of vanilla, fruit (mainly apple), and very low-key spice. The bitterness, as you might have surmised already, is low; and this is a very precisely balanced and delicately flavored golden ale. It's characteristics are far more noticeable within the first few sips before they seem to start to meld together quite readily. That said, despite its strength of 7.5% alcohol by volume, it's a remarkably easy to drink and enjoyable beer. The alcohol is never noticeable.

It's light and golden in many ways, encouraging ready and repeated consumption; and there's also enough flavor and - "joie de vivre" shall we say (referencing the text on the back of the bottle) - to keep it interesting. In a way, it's almost not even like a beer at all, and I would think that this could easily fall into favor with non-beer drinkers - or act as a substitute for Champagne at numerous events. I enjoyed mine 'sans nourriture', but I could easily imagine it paired with a simple omelette, garden salad, light cheese and bread, or many non-greasy main course dishes. Very well done. Impeccably balanced towards the soft side; and well worth trying at the price being asked!

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Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2008 presumably. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with ok retention, that reduces to lacing ring that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, apple, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, clove, lemon, caramel, honey, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of grape, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, biscuit, floral, clove, caramel, yeast spices, and slight butterscotch. Lingering notes of apple, apricot, grape, pepper, clove, biscuit, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance with good complexities. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden, with hardly any warming present after the finish. Very smooth to sip on as well. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a bright orange straw. Very clear for the first pour. The second pour was a lot more cloudy, very appealing. Head is very thin, only about a finger. Thins out to a small layer.

Aroma is very crisp on the nose. Also, very citrusy and fruity. After a deep inhale the bananas and cloves come through. There is also a bready yeasty aroma.

Taste is very thick. Fruity (bananas mainly) and cloves. Taste is very similar to Unibroue's Don de Dieu.

Mouthfeel comes off a little crisp, then it smooths out. Leaves a very clean aftertaste. The carbonation seems to be accurate.

Overall, this is another staple from Unibroue. It had a lot of flavor and was a good representation of the style. If you can find one of these, I'd pick it up.

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours hazed light golden with an initially large white head that immediately descends to a thin cover, then vanishes after sipping. No lacing sticks. The final pour resulted in a thin lasting patch, though, but still with no lacing.

The smell is yeasty with some spiced apple and a hint of banana and bubblegum. Yeasty, fruity, spicy.

The taste is of bready yeast, a general fruitiness that becomes orange/lemon peel as it progresses with a bubblegum sweetness. Alcohol gives a warming kick. There's some spiciness, but this one lands squarely in the sweet category, through the finish.

The initial effervescence soon fades to be close to watery though holds on to medium-bodied. The same holds true of subsequent pours - effervescence almost forceful at first, then fades pretty quickly.

My initial reactions on each level soon descended a bit across the board. It has potential that, like the carbonation, falls a bit. In the end, it's a nice brew - yeastiness almost dominates, but since it's a nice yeast strain it makes it a pleasant sipper. The head retention and carbonation could hold out longer. All-in-all, nice but not one of my favorites of the brewery.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow appearance, adequate cap of snowy white head.

Perfumey, floral aroma, light spice, some citrus, orange and lemon, delightful stuff. Feeling like a witbier, here.

In the mouth, it's tasting like one, too, at least more so than it does a Golden Ale, or a Blonde. So far.
Light bodied, with prominent zest, tangy, and highly drinkable.
So, I like it!

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical large bottle, caged and corked Unibroue presentation, this one pours quite light golden amber, semi cloudy, moderate off white head that does not stick around real long and leaves just a smidgen of lace. Nose is of sweet tropical fruit, vanilla and hard sucking candies. Yeasty, sweet brew, with more ripe tropical fruit notes, very mild pepper way in the back ground along with the mild hop balance. Easy drinking and pleasant enough stuff, H/E I like more spice and hops in my BSPA.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/25/08- Purchased at Glen Beverage Co, in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. 2008 limited edition. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Golden in color, a bit on the deeper color side and a touch murky and yeasty. Considerable inch plus head with decent lace patchwork.

Smell- Smells just like many of the other Unibroue beers I have tried...Don De Dieu is it's closest nose. Sweet smelling with clove, corriander and other spices I can't figure out.

Taste- Huge corriander flavor with a large confectioiers sugar base. A bit of malt covered up with clove swriling about.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation with a foamy feel. Thick and sugary for a fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- A bit too sugary to be great, but still drinkable and a bit too spicy as well. Suited to be drank cold rather than at room temp.

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Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Aroma: big yeast and a nice spicy aroma is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: yeast, pepper, clove, coriander, green grapes, and a nice bitterness is balanced with a solid malt base. Alcohol is noticable to.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Heavier side of a medium bodied beer. Super long aftertaste as the flavors linger on the tongue forever.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this but it is sneaky dangerous with the higher alcohol levels. This is one tasty beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quatre-Centième is a homage to the amazing town of Québec City. And what more iconic Quebecois brewery to make the beer than Unibroue? As a fan of Québec City and Unibroue, why the hell did it take me this long to purchase a bottle? Luckily, even in 2011, it's still on some SoCal shelves. Better late than never, one hopes. On to the beer:

That eggshell colored head is fluffy and has good retention on top of the apricot flesh colored body. There's a load of banana in the aroma, and smaller aromas of peppermint and apricot. Melded together, it is a joy to smell.

Not bad at all in taste. I should note that I held the anticipation of a greater intensity. Light candied apricot is the first thing tasted. Pear jumps into the scene. Crème be banana echoes around, light spice too. Some alchol sensation makes notice and warms the stomach. It's well carbonated, though controlled as it is.

Not having Four Century Commemoritive Brew fresh, I have no idea if what I'm drinking now is better or worse than when Québec City celebrated its 400th Anniverasry. It's certainly acceptable and alive today. That said, I wouldn't pick up a second bottle to drink unless I brought it into Aux Anciens Canadiens for a hearty meal of caribou and other assorted game meats.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mildly chill hazed golden colored ale with a good white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with and fairly strong candy malt aroma. Strong coriander scent, but not all that complex.

Taste starts out dry and spicy like sucking on a clove. Lots of clove and coriander flavor after a while the malt makes a comeback and gives me a yellow cake aftertaste. Vanilla intensifies as you drink this.

Mouthfeel is good.

For what this lacks in complexity it makes up for in being super easy to drink. A one time offering that I do recommend.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice surprise for Unibroue, and a cool reason to make a beer- the 400th anniversary of Quebec City! I found this surprisingly delicious. Pours a very hazy golden with a fairly nice head that fades to a ring. Smells yeasty and a bit sweet with some light citrus as well. Nice taste of sweet malt, bananas and oranges and a slight bit of cloves. a bit of orange peel in the finish. A nice bitterness balances the sweetness of the style. Very smooth but the citric bitterness lends some interest to the mouthfeel. Very drinkable. seems almost like a session beer despite the abv, and the orange flavors really work. Very nice.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get light honey, cherry, butter and white pepper. The beer smells as if it will be moderately sweet with some attractive underlying spice. The flavors on the palate pretty much replicate the nose, and the beer is surprisingly light on it's feet. The beer is moderately sweet, but there is just enough hops to keep it from becoming tiring or heavy. Mouthfeel is light and very smooth. Abv. is very well disguised in this beer and drinkability is pretty good.

A very solid beer from Unibroue, albeit perhaps not quite as impressive as some of their other offerings.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a five+ finger dense white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Yeasty nose. Flavor is sweet, yeasty with some clove. Clean finish. $8.50 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit & spicing. It's not a huge aroma, but it's right on the style (IMHO).

T: Tropical fruit, earthy mineral, grainy biscuits, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body, moderately high carbonation, pleasant off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. corked bottle no. 8-230804569. Sampled on November 22, 2009. Retirement did this one wonders. It has been sitting and fermenting for a while. It pours hazy peach-pale yellow with a decent fizzy head that simmers down after a minute or two. The aroma has a dash of spice and citrus, floral hops, and wheat. Enticing. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A nice mildly spiced, wheaty, and mildly hopped brew with a thin malt sensation. This was a great brew to drink while reading "Champlain's Dream," David Hackett Fischer's fabulously researched biography of Samuel de Champlain, to whom this brew is dedicated.

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