Le Petit Abeille | Relic Brewing Co

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Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co
Connecticut, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nebula1999 on 07-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Light copper, orange honey hue. Not clear. Rocky white head with average retention for pale Belgian, slightly below for strong pale. Not much lacing which is disappointing (3.25/5).

S: Extremely dank, perfumy, and floral bouquet. Wintergreen, rosemary, lemon candi sugar, clove and ginger spicing from yeast compliment what is an overwhelmingly lavender smell- Not necessarily subtle at first sniff, very brash when cold. Softens with warmth and develops a complexity that requires some contemplation. (4/5)

M: Soft, medium body with moderate carbonation (3.75/5).

T: Four main components in this beer. 1 is a really good biscuit malt base with some Pils graham cracker malt. 2 Darker vegetal sweetness. 3 Lemon citrus and zingy ginger from yeast. 4 Prominent addition of lavender, bordering soapy. These engage in a four way tug of war. Sometimes one gets the best of the other, which can make for a less stellar experience, but in harmony this is a very good beer, but it lives and dies by the lavender. Really nice malting in this one though. It would rank a little bit higher if it didn't have the flavor swings (3.75/5)

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

A somewhat cloudy tea colored ale with a decent white head that settles but stays steady and yields a decent lace profile. The aroma includes a chalky lavender clove with a hint of mint freshness. A uniquely clean smell that is very intriguing. The flavor adds a green seaweed herbal quality but includes a sweet clove with fresh evergreen nuances that finishes in lavender and vague honey. Uniquely tasty! Overall a clear winner with medium body and a lively feel through a moderate carbonation. Very nice, once again.

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Photo of CTBeerhunter66
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 32oz Growler into a belgian tulip glass, hazy golden orange, small head formation

Smell - This was the best part of this beer, first a massive hit of perfumy lavender, but then clove and a hint of floral hops

Taste - First taste was definitely lavender and some malt sweetness and a little spicyness, second and subsequent tastes, included a lot of complexity from the belgian yeasts (assumed), which I really enjoyed, the more I drank of this beer the more I liked it, though two pints of this kind of specialty beer is usually enough

Mouthfeel - nice, medium light even, enjoyable in summer

Overall - I just started visiting this brewery and love the 32oz growlers, this beer for me was a huge hit and according to the brewer and audience of people at the brewery, it seems to be generally well liked, though it is not for everyone, I loved it!!

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Photo of sailorastro
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of nebula1999
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Summer 2012 Experimental Series #3, Le Petit Abeille, which is a Belgian-style golden ale, brewed with local honey, floral hops and then finished with fresh lavender from brewer's garden".

Unfiltered and pours a light copper color into Relic pint glass. Thin head, dissipates quickly.

Aroma is medicinal, flowery and sharp. Almost a clinical smell to it.

The initial entry onto the palate is a different experience, to be sure. The lavender is a bit overwhelming for my taste. The honey brings some smoothness, and a slightly sweet effect. But there is a somewhat unwelcome medicine/vapor rub quality to it that thankfully gives way to some hop bitterness. Leaves you with a sweet-tart mouthfeel long after the last sip. Almost makes my eyes water.

2014 release: Much Much better. Lavender is there but not a in-your-face. No medicinal or clinical qualities at all. Outstanding.
Lavender can be very welcome in brewing, and I have had some decent examples which tend to smooth out the beer making it more delicate, and are more subtle than this offering.

Not sure about this one. "Experimental", indeed. I was hoping for a more delicate beer with the addition of lavender on top of Belgian yeast, but overall I think this one misses the mark. Needs more tinkering.

....After finishing the growler the next night, my opinion has softened. It is somehow more drinkable on the second day. Still getting the medicinal quality, but also some soapiness (unwelcome) and fennel (interesting)? For sure, it is a complex brew that might be worth trying again if the brewer revives it.

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Le Petit Abeille from Relic Brewing Co
3.71 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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