Microbrasserie Le Castor

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American Black Ale
Ranked #65
Ranked #8,827
4.12 | pDev: 6.8%
Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 33 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jrenihan:
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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some green hoppy notes is pretty satisfying. Taste is a mix of dry roasted malt with some green, citrusy and resinous shops notes with well-balanced bitterness level. Body is little bit thinner then I was expecting with good carbonation. Solid example of the style but fuller body and creamier body would have been even better.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large, off-white head which leaves patches of lace on the glass. The liquid is dark but light does shine through the center.

Buttery, lightly toasted bread is the predominate aroma. There's a bit burnt toast in the background.

The flavor starts off like the smell but quickly becomes darker with burnt black patent malt coming to the forefront of the swallow. That, along with some bitter hop, gives one a good idea of the finish and aftertaste. The body is thinner than most in this style, but still within parameters. The carbonation is slightly elevated.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L'Éclipse is exactly that: ain't no sunshine here. The white foam that encircles this dark liquid does in fact resemble an eclipse. But the seemingly pitch-black beer looks rather different when held against the light; clarity is revealed by way of a blend of pecan- and nearly cassis-coloured highlights.

The Quebecois, like the French, are damn good cooks, in part because they don't shy away from butter. Indeed, this aroma has the usual leafy herbs, tree resins and everything else you'd forage from the forest but it smells as though it's been sauteed in butter. That creamy quality works with the malt too.

Who doesn't love a little sweetness in their coffee? Heck, it's hard to find a chocolate bar without added sugar. This flavour captures that "bliss point" by balancing heavy-roast espresso and pure, dark cocoa beans with underlying hints of vanilla and lactose. There's also nutmeg shavings and citrus zest.

The amateur, wannabe chef in me is dying to know how this pairs with balsamic glazed onions and sauteed mushrooms, or perhaps alongside a chocolate-rosemary crème brûlée. This one gets the gastronomic juices flowing (sounds appealing when I put it like that, no?).

Anyone studying for their BJCP, here's a little tip when it comes to Black IPAs: it's only this one style that can resemble the likes of garlic scapes, spruce tips, woodsy porcini and fiddleheads, especially when those impressions are blended into fudge brownies or Mexican drinking chocolate. It should stand out...

And Le Castor has ensured their recipe does exactly that; just as a lunar eclipse occurs only if the moon, sun and earth are perfectly aligned, so too a Black IPA requires a harmony between its herbal, roasty, and bittersweet elements. L'Éclipse distinctively, superbly blends earthy hops and creamy-rich malt.

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Photo of papat444
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle.

Pours a black body with a thin head though glass does have some nice lacing. Nice roasted feel with some bittersweet chocolate. Nothing to reinvent the style but tasty.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super fresh bottle, bottled 6 days ago. Also, this is my favorite genre.

A: The beer has a nice fluffy mocha head with solid retention and good lacing. Body is a dark brown color with definitely some translucency. It's just as good looking as the other beers from the brewery.

S: The smell is just amazing, the grapefruit, lemon rind, peaches just melds so well with the licorice and light roasted tones of the beer. This is definitely closer to an IPA in smell than a porter, which I suppose was the base of the beer. It smells very juicy and fruity. Very much Vermont like in the hops profile.

T: It's glorious man. It has a lot of hops in it: solid amount of unsweetened red grapefruit juice, lemon rind, tiny bit of peach and tangerine. Still very juicy. But the malts are also there, strong. Lots of chocolate malts, a little bit of smoke, some roasted and licorice like notes. I still feel the base might be a porter but not 100% sure. Still great.

M: One of the very best mouthfeel I've ever felt that was from a bottle. Extremely creamy without much stickiness. Medium to heavy weight.

O: I might be over-hyping this one, but this is one of the best beers made in Quebec right now. A fantastic rendition of this genre that I love so much. Very little flaws, extremely well executed and easily the best beer from a great brewery. Also, considering the low price of this, I cannot recommend this enough if you like the genre.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VbolieuV
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a nice creamy head and good retention. Smell of fresh hops on a background odor of roasted malts, smells really good. Sometimes with Black IPA you get an unbalanced flavor of roasted malts and bitterness. But this one is really well crafted, you really taste the hops at first with some dark chocolate and espresso in the background. A really pleasant bitterness, really really good.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola, thumb of light mocha head with some retention and sheeting lacing. Nose is toasted grains and leafy green hops. Flavor profile is nicely balanced, toasted grains, chocolate and coffee notes alongside a solid dose of earthy hops and lingering leafy bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness. Solid rendition of the style.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 10/2015; Poured: 12/2015

Pours dark, dark brown with 2 fingers of sudzy, tan head with good retention and really nice lacing. The nose has a nice citrus punch (grapefruit and oranges), lemon rind, a bit grassy and some roasted malt character. The hops come through first on the taste as well featuring grapefruit, orange s and some pine tar hops with a nice roasted malt and bittering hop finish. On the palate, the beer stays light and lively but is still round and nicely balance. Overall, one of the best local BIPAs I have had.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheDoctor
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Nov-7-2015

Pours cola brown out of the bottle, sits black in the glass with a big, persistent three fingers of beige whipped cream that drops to easily roused clumps. Good retention; lots of sticky lacing arches. (4.25)

Light roast with green citrus. Citrus pith, grass, cocoa, coffee, hard water, light medicinal hops. (4)

Bright citusy mocha. Light hop flavors and chocolatey malt blends seamlessly into a roasty finish with dry sappy hops lingering on the palate. (4)

Medium bodied and creamy, with medium carbonation, a lingering roast/resinous dryness, slight aftertaste. (4.25)

Really tasty 'mild' Black IPA.
This is a tasty, drinkable, roasty, juicy beer that is very well-balanced and very restrained. It looks great and the smell is like a chocolate orange (only very subtle on the orange part). It drinks great and though both the roasty and hoppy sides are there and noticeable, neither one over-asserts itself or overwhelms you.
Very nice beer. Will have again; worth a shot if you see it. (4.25)

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Photo of Whatup14
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Niceroad77
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Poljazz22
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very tasty Black IPA. Chocolate, toast, coffee with citrus and noble hop notes.Carbonation is well dosed. The alcohol disappears in the lovely mix of flavors.Paid $ 7.00 can. for a 660ml bottle. Made in Dec 2015, tasted in late June. Would buy again as I like dark ales.
Tried again dated 16-11-16
Just a great beer. See it get it!

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Photo of Socialiste
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BakaGaijin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatChar
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mademers
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L'Éclipse from Microbrasserie Le Castor
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 33 ratings