Brasse-Camarade | La Barberie

26 Ratings

Brewed by:
La Barberie
Quebec, Canada

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by waughbrew on 06-14-2005

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Shiredave:
Photo of Shiredave
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friends went to Quebec and all I got was few bottles of beer...good friends!

This one produced an effusive, foamy/fizzy tan head above a deep garnet colored liquid, Sheets of lace draped the glass and persisted to the very end. Streams of tiny bubbles speed to the top in support of the dense head.

Aromas of berries and apricots with some yeasty phenols along side a hint of smoke and caramel. Very berryish but not overly sweet.

The flavor is dominated by dark grain character with notes of oak, walnuts and leather. Strong carbonation bite on the tongue detracts but mellows out as it sits and de-gasses. Grassy hop flavors kick in midway with a chalky dryness and lingering peppery finish.

This lacks some body, but has interesting flavors if somewhat strange due to the big yeast influence either from primary or in bottle fermentation.

Overall, pretty tasty but sort of fizzy and muddled. I rarely think a beer needs filtration, but this one could use it I think - or an adjustment in the bottle conditioning... thing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is clearly an amber/red by taste and by colour alone, and by translating the French. It is hoppy, very malty, and overcarbonated but quite drinkable. A bit of roast and a tiny bit metallic. Bitter finish. Better with food. Medium mouthfeel. Brewed November 2005.

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Photo of MrElPechor
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Brownish red translucent liquid with a decent beige head and a small amount of lacing

S : Caramel, fruity look like green apple

T : Toastiness, nutty, caramel and a moderate biterness

M: Smooth and silky, medium body, ok carbonation

O: Not a bad beer but with some fault...

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label states this 500ml was bottled on october 08. I hadn't noticed when buying it yesterday. I pop the top and notice it smells fairly hoppy so I'm a little less worried.

A- Nice clumpy dark beige head. You can really get a lot of head from this. It'll settle down to a nice layer. Liquid is a deep brown ressembling coffee completely opaque though. Plenty of ordinary lacing.

S- A bit of a Fry's cocoa thing going on. Smooth spirits with a fruitiness to it. All in all really reminds my a a maraschino cherry chocolate.

T- Very much similar to the smell. Pretty bitter woody taste. A bit of cardboard. Alcohol is noticeable but melds in well. Slightest bit of wateriness. Not really a problem but turned me off.

M- Kind of thick. Lots of carbonation. Pretty tart. With the wood taste and astrigency, reminds me of sucking on a popsickle stick.

D- Okay. I don't like it that much but it's a good drink. Flavourful, refreshing.

This really doesn't taste that bad. If it really was bottled in October 08, it was well stored. Because apart from a slight carboard taste I think it tasted as it was intended to.
I'd try it again if I found a fresher bottle.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in CANBIF 2006. Thanks, Matt!

Bottled on lees in June 2005. According to the label, a portion of the sales of this beer go into a fund that provides grants to small business in Quebec.

This poured with a towering tan head over a brown body with ruby highlights. It had a nice, multilayered aroma: spicy, earthy hops underlying malts that had a slightly chocolatey smell.

The taste is primarily lightly roasted malts with a bit of chocolate sweetness. I thought it was also a slightly vinous, with a syrupy, port-like taste. There's a decent bitterness in the middle and the finish is a bit of a sharp alcoholic blast — a little surprising for 6.5% ABV. I found it a little watery and the carbonation was a bit low for my liking.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.79/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a big foamy head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry yeasty notes that seems out of place. Taste is also a mix between some semi-sweet malt with hints of caramel with a dry finish, which seems to come from the yeast. I am starting to think that I don’t like the yeast that the brewery is using since I keep finding the same dry yeasty finish in all of their beer. I did end up pouring that one out but at least the bottle had no infection.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color with purple in certain lighting. Has a huge foamy head, a good two fingers are left once it settles. Nice lacing.

The smell has a great malt presence, caramel, bread/biscuits, grassy hops and some wine like fruitiness.

Tastes of sweet malts (cookies), faint sourness and bitter hops.

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Photo of Shurikane
2.36/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a deep, inviting copper with a long-lasting, one-finger head.

Smell: Emits a pungent smoky and woody malt odour at first, and faint, earthy aromas (nuts?) can be detected if one is careful. First whiff can be a bit off-putting at first, but keep smelling and you'll get your just reward.

Taste/mouthfeel: "Sweet & sour". A smooth, caremel-like sweetness on entry quickly leaves place to an unpleasantly strong and dry bitterness that lingers long after the sip's been taken - going overboard in comparison to the initial smoothness. Carbonation is quite noticeable, although within acceptable margins.

Verdict: Conveys a "Dagwood" conception - as if miscellaneous smells and flavors had been piled together without taking into account how they might agree with each other. Talks the talk but can't walk the walk; the aftertaste kills it. A bit more balance is needed.

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Photo of bunruh
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was described by the server as a Scotch Ale.

Like other beers on tap from La Barberie, this one has no head when served; and no corresponding lace. Amber color and cloudy.

Smells of caramel and sweet cocoa.

This is a rich beer with lots of sugar (brown). There's an element of milk chocolate. Low hop; in fact, the finish is sweet.

I boosted the overall because I felt this was a better Scotch Ale than my marks initial indicated.

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Photo of Petitetouale
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of VbolieuV
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark amber color with a beautiful 2 inches head. Smell of caramel malts, it's a sweet taste. There's some dark fruits in the nose too. Nice caramel taste in the mouth with and underlying black fruit taste. It's sweet but with a nice hop profile and a good carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of crwills
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 500mL bottle of this in Gatineau a while back. This was OK--better than some of the reviews give it credit for, IMHO--but I don't know if it matched up with the style stated here.

Poured reddish brown into a pint glass. A little cold, so not much head. Malty, slightly smoky aroma with very little hops to speak of. Sweetish taste with more carbonation than expected and a bit of a weak body. Some hops here that weren't indicated by the aroma, although not much character to them. Tolerable, but not very memorable.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A friend of mine brought me this from Quebec City along with a number of others from the same brewery. This started out a the beer most likely to be awesome, but didn't quite make it.

Pours a very dark redish-brown with a huge foamy head. Has a strong, liquorice smell with a fair bit of hops. Like a good Dubbel.

Tastes great at first... lots of malt, chocolate, and anise. But then gets way too sweet and finishes very bitter.

Overall it's OK, but I wouldn't drink more than one because it's too sweet and ultimately disappointing.

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Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of waughbrew
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on lees in December, 2004. A very deep blood-red approaching dark purple with a khaki head that is big, creamy, and sticky. Smell reminds me of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot - A ton of caramel, toffee, and fruity/spicy hops with a bunch of cherry esters (chico?) and a bigger hint of alcohol than expected from 6.5%. This is more towards the spicy and less on the fruity compared to the Bigfoot. Smooth and medium-bodied with an alcohol sting. Tar and molasses with nectarines, but the malty finish comes across as boring because of the yeast. Is this Chico or the Anchor strain? I hate those strains! This had potential, but the blanded finish just pisses me off. Not a bad beer, but a bad yeast.

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Photo of Triat00
2.52/5  rDev -24.3%

Photo of pootz
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"strong red ale on lees" Bottled 38 days from purchase according to the date code on the 500ml bottle.

Poured a rich cloudy red-brown with a decnt 1 finger cap that laces well enough.

Aromas of earthy dried fruits, light smoke and woody tones.

Taste is a curious blend of carmel amber malt sweetness and black malt astringency combined with starnge earthy yeast tones and some fruity esters....finishes with a bitter off tastes but just a lot of tastes which don't seem to belong together.

Not a bad beer just weird with a bunch of mismatched flavors....and it doesn't hide its alcohol very well.

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Photo of Foudebiere
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of thestabbage
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, brewed in October '08

Pours with a thick fizzy head that fades quickly to leave lacing and some patches. Colour is an opaque deep red-ochre. Mouthfeel is a little heavy - I expected a typical Quebec rouge and was surprised. For the smell, hops can be detected, a bit of overripe apple too. Lots of taste, a bit nutty, tiny bit of metal with a nice bitterness that lingers on the back half of the tongue. A lot more taste than the generic Rouge/Blondes you find everywhere in La Belle Province. Not something I'd pound back while watching the game but very interesting.

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Photo of kjyost
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tall, puffy and somewhat stiff head atop a deep reddish brown ale. The head clung to slides of the glass, but left only light lacing. The nose is one dimensional with the aroma of malty sweetness dominating anything else that may be trying to jump out.

The beer itself tastes sweet with the malt backbone being dominant. It has a comfortable level of bitterness, but has a biting carbonation that seems odd with the beer. Enjoyable, but at $4 a bottle it seems overpriced.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brown bottle 500ml, sold 3,99$

A: dark copper colour, beige-brown head, lots of carbonation
S: nice hop aroma, some fruityness,
T: very malty, nice hops finish, strong taste, some sourness
M: full-bodied beer
D: not an easy drinking beer, it's an all around good beer

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Photo of Tim2000
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle.

Reddish-brown, slightly hazy with a thin off-white head.

Nutty, toasted biscuit aroma with citrus peel.

Bready malt and brown sugar are quickly overtaken by grapefruit hops. Finish is dry, almost tart. Alcohol adds a bit of heat. Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation.

Overall, nothing to get excited about.

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Brasse-Camarade from La Barberie
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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