Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #63
Ranked #21,143
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of zachary80
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent light Belgian Pale Ale. Extremely surprised by a 7% ABV - was expecting it to be more in line with session beers. Crisp, light refreshing. BPA qualities are there - some spiciness and ester from the yeast. Overall, its very satisfying and manages to stay on the light side without seeming watered-down.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark straw, almost golden color, with storming activity and floating yeast. Thick creamy and frothy beige 4 finger island head, lasting around 15 minutes, with thick legs. Flavors of sweet grains, caramel, barley, lemon, apples, apricot, Belgian yeast, floral spices. Dense bready malts, a good level of fruity sweetness, balanced with lots of zest and a sharp citrusy feel. Slick and smooth medium body with almost champagne like carbonation, highly crispy. Medium strength finish, sharp lemony yeast, a bit dry, hints of clove and banana, with a soft butterscotch feel and flowery hops. I find it almost like a cross between a pale ale and saison. The taste is very nice, weel balanced and intensified, with the proper highly fresh Belgian sensation. Overall excellent quality craft, while I find it lacks the complexity of a closer Belgian interpretation, like the Raftman.

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Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a large head, but it settles very quickly leaving virtually no lace (just a couple of spots). Strong haze on the dirty gold color.

Smells like warmed milk (lactose?) with a bit of Belgian yeast in the background.

Very Belgian in every way. It starts off with a pale malt. I note the very high carbonation immediately. The hop is subtle, hiding behind the yeast and sour flavors in the swallow. Moderate aftertaste of the same.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter, This beer pours a clear gold with 3 fingers head, even after the head fades it leaves a very nice film over the top of this beer, Carbonation seems to be quite lively.

Aroma - This beer smells delicious I love belgians and this hits the mark, I get orange peel, leafy floral hops, pear, spices and fresh bread from the yeast.

Taste - The nose is definitely more appealing than the flavor here, not too say its bad but the aroma had me expecting a much cleaner belgian taste. I'm getting pepper, a Medicinal phenol taste,orange peel, some orangy citrus fruits, pear and fresh naked bread.

Feel - This beer is Light bodied with a watery texture. The Carbonation is extremely prickly probably causing the overly spicey feeling on the tongue. Again its not that I dont like it, its very drinkable but it just feels average compared to beers of a similar style.

Overall - At first glance I feel in love, As I took in her amazing Belgian fragrance, I was ready to propose. By the time I tasted her average flavors, the marriage became to real and after feeling her lumps which far outnumbered her silky smooth areas, I was ready to divorce.

I like this beer and given it I would definitely drink it again but for me my problem is the belgians I've tried have been stellar, the charlevoix brews I;ve tried have been stellar and this is just a "meh its good" kind of beer. Cheers!

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blonde/yellow color with a thick two-fingers head with a lot of lacing. You can see lots of carbonation. Really pleasant smell, it reminds me of a tripel (especially La Fin du Monde). The taste is really really good, I taste lots of apple. Really well-rounded not really bitter not too malty and you wouldn't guess it's a 7% ABV. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Really good beer overall . Will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of wspscott
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled on 5/1/14
purchased at L' Duchesse in Quebec City in June and in the fridge since then

A: Crystal clear, golden color with a huge, almost perfectly white head, a massive amount of lace. I was thinking big blonde beer based on the label, but I immediately thought "pours like a Belgian" when I saw the carbonation and the head.
S: Then I got a hint of the spicy Belgian style yeast and realized that this was definitely not an American style blonde.
T: Belgian spice and a little bit of fruit, makes me think of a spicier version of Duvel, very nice.
M: Crisp, but not dry, lots of carbonation and a little bit of malty roundness.
O: This is a kickass beer, I don't know how much I paid, but I would happily buy it again. It goes down way too easy for a 7% beer, I could happily drink a liter and then reach for more, but I would almost certainly regret the decision in the morning. Delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of SebD
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, cloves, a touch of pepper, some breadiness and floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, faint pepper, some bread and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy chamomile color with tons of fluffy, white head with nice lacing and perfect retention. So "beery" looking it almost looks cartoonish.

Smells lightly floral with some hints of grass and a touch of yeasty sweetness.

Tastes unoffensive and lightly citrusy, generally crisp and refreshing. Bit of hops, bit of floral flavors, some tea.

Not a very impressive mouthfeel but crisp and bubbly with a little bit of sweetness and a clean finish.

Very good beer. A little like a saison and quite enjoyable on the whole. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A suggestion from my uncle on a recent trip to Montreal.

A - Pours a nice clear golden colour, solid thumb of fine bubbled head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by sweet floral hops, a solid clove and nutmeg scent alongside a sour citrus finish.

T - The cloves dominate alongside sweet citrus hop notes, bananas, hints of nutmeg, and a grassy finish. A sour citrus flavour lingers alongside the cloves and sweet yeast esthers.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly dry.

O - Overall a tasty example of the style, well worth procuring and I'm glad it was recommended to me. Would love to try this stuff on tap right from the brewery.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 14, 2011.

Beer is a light golden with a very large, snow white head. Head is thick and solid looking. Great retention. Good lacing.

Smell is nice. A bit reminiscent of Charlevoix's Blanche, there appears to be chamomile in the beer. Sweet malt, some spicy notes (coriander), lemon, Belgian yeast.

Taste follows the nose. Creamy, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, lemon, coriander. Again, has a lot of similarities to the Blanche, but with a different malt base. Spices come out particularly in the finish.

Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright light golden color with a fluffy, long-lived head that leaves gobs of lacing on the glass. Very pretty.

Full aroma dominated by lemon and coriander. Flavor is tart and crisp with lemon and fruity esters balanced by a dry finish. Leafy herbal hops balance out the profile.

Light to medium body with a fine carbonation that works with the dry finish to cleanse the palate and plead for another sip.

Very drinkable, balanced and tasty. I would rank it as a fine saison and recommend it any time. Drinks more like a 4.5% abv beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - from Marche Omni for around 4$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains mixed with malts. There is also some floral notes and it ends with a lemony tart aftertaste.

Overall - A well crafted beer that is well worth it's price. The flavours are well balanced and pleasant. The beer is very easy to drink and I'd have it again.

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Photo of NForr
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems that it's named after a alcohol bootlegger from the 30's in Charlevoix - this would explain the name as it translates to "Bootlegger". Also, looks like they made this beer specifically for a restaurant in the area.

Poured into my Microbrasserie Charlevoix flute. It's got a big Pillowy two finger head, tons of carbonation, beautiful bright golden blond color. Foggy, clearly unfiltered. Strong Aromas of Lemon, cloves, Belgian yeast & root beer. Smells fantastic.

Tastes of yeast, citrus, with some sourness. Less sweet then expected from... the nose. Spices. Hits the tongue and right away feels as if you are going to get a lots of sugar, instead there is a subtle sweetness followed by a sour bitter finish from the a yeast and the hops.

Great medium/heavy body, creamy. However, still goes down very smooth. I was excited to try this one as this brewery is my favorite in Quebec. It was extremely well balanced and just plain tasty overall. A prime example of how Quebec is taking the Belgian style to new levels.

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Photo of crusian
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle from awesome girlfriend in gatenoux.

pours a light yellow-orange color with a nice finger of head. carbonation retreats quickly leaving a nice ring of lacing around.
Nose is nice, a belgian yeast with a nice english hop presence... some nice light bready characteristics. Lemon comes out a bit on the back end of the nose as well. More complex nose than i expected. More of a saison style nose.
Taste is a let down based on the nose. I get a lot of soda water on the finish... trace amounts of hop and belgian yeast, a hint of banana, some brett on the finish too. I was going to rip this, because the first sip was all soda water, but the more I drink this, it is getting more complex and impressive.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and largely bubbled... but meh, everything else outweighs it. I like this.

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Photo of francisfilion
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with my brother in law, we split a 500 ml bottle into two pints
Smelled like a Belgian beer, (belge yeast) very floral and sweet
The appearance was gold and hazy with a nice head
The taste was right on for the style, Belgian yeast with nice residual sugars
Mouthfeel was nice and it had a good texture in mouth ( not watered down)
Overall I love Microbrasserie du Charlevoix and this beer is defiantly worth trying from them!

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Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over, picked up on a recent trip to montreal. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. bottled on 2010 AOU 24. sampled feb 26/2011.

pours orangey amber, mostly clear until the bottom of the bottle when it got a little yeasty haze. a small cap of bright white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is great. bright floral hops. belgian yeasty spice. caramel and toffee. honey. white bread and cracker. touch of grain. light alcohol. faint ginger and coriander.

taste is good. floral and slightly perfumey. caramel and honey. light buttery toffee. coriander and ginger and belgian yeasty spice. lightly warming alcohol. low bitterness level. a little flatter than the aroma, but still quite nice.

mouthfeel is nice. slightly prickly medium-high carbonation level. light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is nice. pretty good balance. nice depth. a solid BPA.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a recent trip to Montreal.

Pours a very lightly hazed orange/amber, clear before yeast went in, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spirals stick everywhere, looks nice.

Smell is neat, pretty pungent, very fruity, peach and apricots, some floral hopping, lightly yeast, sweet, some sugar and candi, mango, lightly buttery, very neat aroma on it, a bit of spice, I like it.

Taste is really nice, very fruity, a bit of wafer, some sugary sweetness, candi, a bit of peach and apricot, light alcohol spiciness, quite yeasty in the finish, lightly bready, pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, with a bit of warmth going down. A pretty neat Belgian pale.

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Photo of kwjd
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow colour with huge white head. Mild lacing on the glass. Quite a funky smell, there is citrus and yeastiness to it. The flavour has an almost sour element to it, yet I wouldn't call it fully sour or anything. Either way, I'm enjoying it. Really big carbonation, I'd prefer it it was toned down a bit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up from Lubiere, cellared only bit a few months and well within the fresh by period. Yellow with carbonation bubbles and a soapy white head. Hoppy and yeasty aromas. A very decent yeast, perhaps two, is used. Very good drinkability. IBU but 12 yet tastes more pronounced. A good mouthfeel. Very good rep of the underappreciated Belgian pale style. Another well crafted by this brewery.

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Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden colour with yeast streaks all over creating a nice hazy effect. Lot's of carbonation and a one finger, rocky white head.

S - Tons of Belgian yeast aromas manifesting as sweet baking spice and lot's of banana.

T - That sweet baking spice and banana are there again. Some orange is there too with some possibly biscuity notes. Nothing overly complex but still quite nice.

M - Really good carbonation keeps this lifted off the palate but not difficult to down. A good medium body compliments that.

D - I could have a few of these if needed. I don't think I'd go back for a second or third but I'd have no trouble finishing this and taking another if offered.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L brown glass pry-top bottle. Thanks to Dany (glouglouburp on RB).

Pours a crystal-clear orange gold with thick white head. Nose is bright orange and fluffy white cotton notes and some spicy white pepper notes. Reminds me of Fin du Monde. Palate is crisp and clean. High carbonation and is creamy/spicy. Flavors are of hay, orange peel, white pepper and fruity Belgian yeast.

Notes: A decent brew, lots of flavor and very clean on the palate and finish. $5 is more than fair!

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

So I've heard a lot about this one. Finally getting to taste it since the first one I bought, my brother decided to pick out my beer fridge.

A- A whole lot of fluffy white head that doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Hazy, dark but kind of bland gold.

S- Smell reminds me of La Fin Du Monde but with a strong banana aroma which also makes it all softer. Guava as it warms.

T- Vanilla. Tiny bit of boiled veggie. Lots of alcohol. Clove, nutmeg and a bit of anise in the finish. Tastes good.

M- Close to a full feel but the very high carbonation blows up in making it an extra full feel. Dry.

D- Quite good. I would like to drink more and it's fairly late in the night. Light enough in taste so you can drink lots (enough flavor though) but the abundant carbonation makes it all very filling.

So it's a good beer. Better than average. I recommend it. I may drink it again.
Although not exactly the same as some Unibroue beers, I'd have a La Fin du Monde or a Don De Dieu instead (cheaper for a similar experience).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden yellow with a super huge pure white foamy head with great retention and super good lacing. Aroma of sugar, light warming alcohol and fruity ester such as apricot. Taste is very refreshing though still complex enough with warm alcohol notes and fruity ester with nice residual sugar notes as well. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation and alcohol is somewhat detectable. Well brewed and enjoyable as most beers from this brewer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

What the hell is it with the carbonation of this beer? Second time I've had it and exactly the same result on the pour, with four fingers of aggressive white head spilling to the lip of the glass. Below it sites a cloudy golden beer that ultimately looks beautiful once the head drops to manageable proportion leaving behind a spider's web of lace. Way to aggressive carb, though, and it needs a few swirls to fix it.

Big yeasty aroma with tonnes of esters and spice, mingling with floral elements. Kind of reminds me of a simpler, more subdued version of their Lupulus beer. Much the same is found on the first tingling sip, with pale malt dominating, and lovely accents from the esters and spice. Actually very pleasant once the carbonation settles slightly, and it makes me yearn for them fixing it off the bat.

Not one of Charlevoix's best beers, but perhaps one of the better BPAs available in Canada.

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Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped at a random depanneur in Montreal and was surprised to find this one. I've been a Charlevoix fan for a while now and have never encountered Flacatoune before. It seems to be a rarity, with their Vache Folle and Dominus Vobiscum lines taking centre stage (Flacatoune is neither). Bottled May 19, 2010, so it seems it's still in active production.

I'll attempt a little translation of the label description, since I don't know if I'll be seeing this one again:

"Intelligent blonde beer representing the image of bootlegger women of the '30s. La Flacatoune allows us to appriciate our old French, since this word meant "beer" in ancient times.

La Flacatoune is a beer made of pure malt, brewed with yeast of Belgian origine which emports a strong fruitiness to this tasting blonde. The generous aroma hopping and the abundant carbonation makes this beer an excellent apertif!"

Typical explosive Charlevoix head, though this one is a lot more airy and dies down faster than others. A nice finger hangs around to cover the surface. Light-golden body and almost clear, with lots of visible carbonation. Adding the yeast makes it considerably less transparent.

Pretty nice refreshing Belgian-style nose. Lemon, candy malt, spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of spicy herbal hops, astringency, general fruitiness. Smells like the real thing (ie. from Belgium).

Charlevoix really know their Belgian brews; I wouldn't doubt anyone who told me this is from Belgium and not Quebec. It really almost comes off as more of a triple than of a Belgian pale ale; quite similar to their own triple if I remember correctly (I have always had some confusion about the style distinction, however). Light, refreshing and hiding its alcohol well at 7% ABV. Some alcoholic harshness does show up a little as it warms, and on the finsh as well. Lemon, herbal hops, light candy malt, subtle coriander and other trace spices. Probably not as complex as the other stronger Dominus Vobiscums but still nice.

It was a little on the thin side but after pouring the yeast sediment in the body thickened up a bit. Solid medium body with an appropriate lively carbonation.

It's all good! I was surprised to see this one getting less than average reviews for Charlevoix; I can't say that I agree. I think it would fit right in amongst their Dominus Vobiscum line in terms of quality (though maybe it's a little too similar to their Triple). I always have a hard time finding anything bad to say about Charlevoix and am not doing any better here. I'm enjoying this one and would pick it up again if I saw it. A solid Belgian pale/triple.

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Flacatoune from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 74 ratings