Agent Provocateur | Brasserie Craig Allan

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Craig Allan
France
craigallan.fr

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pixieskid on 10-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,619
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
33
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Arthuros
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I consider this beer more a belgian pale than a belgian IPA, it's not that hoppy but it's quite estery. This is a yeast driven ale. Nothing really over the top

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Farren
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Synapstic
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of withliterature
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap at Le Supercoin in Paris last summer. I found it absolutely amazing, one of the best Belgian IPAs I've had. I often find this style a bit disappointing, such as with Flying Dog's Raging Bitch and Stone's Cali-Belgique, but this beer, along with Adelbert's Gypsy, is a good version of the style.

The bartender told me that Craig Allan beer wasn't available in the US, but I hope that it will be soon.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small white head.
Nose shows herbal and spicy hops, Belgian phenols, pear and soft clean malt.
Flavours are very Belgian, lots of spicy notes and soft pear. Some hoppy bitterness in the finish.
Body feels a bit watery unfortunately.

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4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Bottle conditioned, but reviewed without the sediment.

Pours a brilliantly clear neutral golden colour, with a reasonable head of frothy white, that settles down as the bubbles coalesce. Long simple streaks of lace. Body is relatively fine and slick. Carbonation looks relatively vibrant.

Nose is immediately sweet and pungent, with a pithy citric note laced with buoyant sweetness. Lemon candy and fairy floss, slight plasticky overtones with a hint of bubblegum. Some slightly organic tones come in as well, with a crushed sweating vegetation character noticeable. Overall, it's actually very pleasant.

Taste is similar. Sweet candy esters come through from start to finish, giving sweet aromatics but not requiring too much actual sweetness and thickness in the body. The body is mostly clean and clear with a slight prickle of hops towards the back that evokes that vegetative character present on the nose. Flavour profile is very clean throughout, but well integrated, hiding some layers of complexity. Very nice.

Feel is good. Clean and crisp, with a pleasant lightness and a touch of effervescence.

Overall, this is a fine beer. Plenty of pleasant characters, and a little interest to set it apart from the crowd. The flavours are well-integrated and the beer feels well structured and well thought-out. Very good stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle cap is dated: 16/08/14, meaning 8/16/14...silly Europeans.

Nice two-finger, thin white foamy head, lots of champagne bubbles too. Lacing is missing?? Brew is decently clear and orange with tints of ruby reds. Yum.

Nutty, bread-y, red apple, apricot, saucy, and wet aroma... No off flavors, but is missing a slight something; belgian.

Taste is great! Not at all like the aroma.. Also, not a typical US IPA, you can tell there's much different flavors, but they're strong, robust, well blended, complex, and most of all, enjoyable. Wet, nice medium carbonation, no bitterness and no sweetness; perfectly in the middle. At the very tail end of the flavor, there's just a bit of bitterness, nice. Apple, pine, pear, apricot, wood, leather, and charcoal all stand out in the flavor

A great surprise and should go sought after if you're in the area.ha. Refreshing and perfect for an afternoon with football. Thanks for the awesome present, Marcus.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Fux
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange in color. Creamy off-white head with a medium retention.

S: Spices, floral and citruses hops. Distinctive toasted notes from the wheat also.

T: Light floral, herbal bitterness. Blended flavors from the wheat and Belgian yeasts. A bit metallic. Bitterness fades quite quickly.

M: Not as light bodied as expected for the style, but with high carbonation. Refreshing beer.

O: Quite a surprising beer. This is not really an IPA. The floral bitterness is noticeable but not really extreme nor long lasting. This is not really a Belgian pale ale either. The wheat also adds its very particular touch. Overall, well balanced.

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap into large wine glass.

A: Deep gold, large head dissipates slowly. Thick lacing.

S: Dried fruit, hoppy hay, ripe banana.

T: Full round fruity beer. Apricots and peach. FLoral hops quite present. Aftertaste is mostly hops.

M: Medium to low attenuation. Low carbonation. Slow sipping beer, one per session.

Reviews from notes, tasted on 4/30

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Photo of BMoldy
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 09/02/11. From notes:

Appearance: Pretty significant white foamy head that struggles to stay around but fades within a minute or so. Small layer sits on top as it goes down. Medium-gold, with the slightest haziness. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Mainly hops, with lots of spiciness and some fruity notes. Malt and wheat are both present and add a toasted, biscuit-like aroma. Light lemony-citrus aroma as well.

Taste: Opens with a rather mild bitterness and spicy hop flavor, followed by some sweet pale malts and wheat. The wheat is relatively faint but its inherent characteristics are unmistakable. Fruity notes really take over the finish. Sweet in the middle, but overall well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full, almost creamy body with a very soft but active carbonation. Alcohol is not present at all. A bit of a wet and lingering, slightly bitter, and almost sticky finish.

Overall: I had a hard time deciphering this beer, though I'm not really sure why. Probably warrants a second taste. I guess I’d call it more of an English IPA with a twist, or even just a rather hoppy pale ale. The hops are there, the grain bill is great, but as a whole this beer is lacking “oomph”. Not displeasing in the least, but not really fantastic at the same time.

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Agent Provocateur from Brasserie Craig Allan
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 33 ratings