Jake The Snake: Jacques Plante Imperial Pilsner | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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Jake The Snake: Jacques Plante Imperial PilsnerJake The Snake: Jacques Plante Imperial Pilsner

Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mrcasual on 06-23-2014

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, another in the Signature NHL Alumni Series, this time commemorating venerable Habs tender Jacques Plante, or 'Jake the Snake' as he was apparently known - before my time, I'll have to ask my Dad (a Maple Laffs fan, but still) about this.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves a broad array of well-strewn mitochondrial lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, earthy field honey, ethereal caramel - one which sports a certain biscuity character - muddled, and duly sauced drupe fruit, and grassy, leafy, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is much more pronounced biscuity caramel malt, wet '100% whole wheat bread', competing orange/lemon citrus and my wife's apple pie (hi Mom, hope all is well!) fruit notes, and steady grassy, leafy, and patently floral hops. Any reported warming from the 15-proof booze is more or less unsubstantiated.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its merely supportive manifestation, the body a dense and haughty medium weight, and actually pretty smooth, the thus far punchy hops taking their smoke break, or something, right about now. It finishes off-dry, surely, the barley and wheat drunkenly stumbling out of their local, smug in the knowledge of the good that they've engendered on this evening, amongst like-minded friends.

Well, the scars of my initial exposure to this 'style' run deep, it would appear, as the inches of biscuity/grassy Bohemian interplay here go miles in convincing me that this is a coming of age of sorts. Not to downplay it any further, everything works out well enough here - well balanced pale malt and noble hops, with an alcohol quotient that does a good job at hiding its inherent hegemony. Not too sure about the purported white ash (barrel?) treatment mentioned on the label, though.

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Photo of russwilliam
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SebD
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready/grainy malts, some caramel and light grassy/floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some gainy malts, some breadiness, light caramel and a faint grassiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a suitable overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle with an original Jacques Plante mask on the bottle. Purchased from LCBO for $12 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - bright clear golden color, with a finger of nice white head. Good retention and plenty of lively but slow rising bubbles from the carbonation. Some spidery lacing lingers behind.

Smell - a light sweet pastry like characteristic to the nose, there is also a healthy dose of bready aromas and a lightly floral and sweet smell. Maybe some cinnamon and brown sugar blend to top it off. Interesting but not terribly potent.

Taste - clean and crisp with some of the bready goodness picked up in the nose. There's a bit of a harsh alcoholic bitterness that transitions to a spicy flavor. Wish there was more of a cracker like characteristic, I think that would work here and the alcohol is a bit sharp.

Mouthfeel - crisp, with medium high carbonation and a drier than average finish. Good feel for a strong pilsner.

Overall - a good and fairly unique beer with some potential and a solid aroma, but the alcohol sharpness is a bit too much and unbecoming for something that is 7.5%. This plus the price are the main reasons why I will likely be staying away from this one in the future.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of sherpahigh
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Jake The Snake: Jacques Plante Imperial Pilsner from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 16 ratings