Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Wild Ale
Ranked #868
Ranked #13,039
4.08 | pDev: 6.62%
Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by LanceH:
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 27, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - seems that this one is sort of an amateur white whale for the sour-head set around here.

This beer pours a glassy, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves some minor and random splattered sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of robust, if difficult to pinpoint tropical fruit, bready caramel malt, a lesser pale cereal graininess, some rather easy-going wild Brett-like funk, subtle table-top ground pepper dust, and a tame leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitterness. The taste is funk-forward, with the wild yeast pushing around the grainy and doughy caramel malt, gentle biscuity toffee, floral citrusy notes, ethereal pepper spiciness, and more grassy, weedy, and piney hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly involved in my palate's day, via their pricking and probing frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that feral yeastiness tries hard not to mess this up, is the feeling I'm getting here. It finishes trending dry, the funk and the muddled West Coast hop character trading knowing jibes into perpetuity.

Overall, this is certainly a brew for the sour/funk fiends out there, with a minor nod to we Left Coast hops aficionados, but, in the end, the former wins out. I can say when something is very well made, even if it's not my thing - and this one is just that.

Oct 26, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a nice large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry Brett notes with light funky ester is quite nice and enticing. Taste is a great mix between some dry Brett notes with some funky ester and some refreshing dry floral hoppy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Loads of complexity while retaining appreciate level of drinkability.

Nov 18, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

brett and wild ale with some farmhouse and a touch of tart. nice drinker. lots of lace.

Aug 17, 2017
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 26, 2017
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HopBacchus from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours an opaque pale amber, with sudsy bubbles which cling too the edges of the glass.

Smell: Faintly sour (what you'd expect from wild yeast), along with citrus and salty almost sweaty scent that you get from good chardonnay.

Feel: Smooth, slightly sticky and foamy as opposed to the sharp effervescence you can kind in IPAs.

Taste: Sweet malt, the most pronounced sensation being the sharp tang of wild yeast and citrus.

Along with DDC, Le Castor is probably Quebec's premier producer of American style ales.

May 15, 2017
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know this isn't very optimal since this one is supposed to be dry hopped quite a bit and I drank it 3 months after bottling.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a pure white fluffy head. Very solid retention and lacing. From the appearance it looks like a solid Belgian strain for this brew.

S: This is quite interesting. Like they say on the label there is quite a bit of fruity esthers in this one: granny smith apples, green grapes, mangoes and clementines. There are a bit of cloves and cinnamon in the back from the belgian yeast and even some funk. Pretty good overall.

T: There is too much residual sugars in this for the style. This truly is a problem with Castor's attempts at wild ales. The fruits are still there but there is a weird herbal bitterness from the old hops mixed in with the usual dry nature of bretts makes a weird mix. This is ok, but nothing much.

F: Mouthfeel is too heavy for the style, which fits the amount of residual sugars in this beer.

O: This is alright at best with 3 months in. From what I can read of the other reviewers that had it much younger it used to be a great beer. So, moral of the story, don't drink a beer that is dry hopped a lot 3 months in.

Dec 18, 2017
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2017
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 25, 2017
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goalie35 from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 19, 2018
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EspressoGuy from Canada (BC)

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. The aroma is nothing special (yeasty grapefruit rind) but that taste: rich, tropical fruit and melon with a tangy backbone holding it together in beautiful balance. Long enjoyable finish. It was the perfect accompaniment to my rich grilled cheese sandwich.

Sep 27, 2017
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schopenhauerale from Arizona

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2017
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groleau from Canada (QC)

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 30, 2016
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JonnyBeers from Canada (BC)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 28, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Mar-15-2018 (Consumed July-19)

Pours a crystal clear brass with 3.5 fingers of billowing white head. Great retention; spider web lacing. (4.25)

Spicy, musty, earthy, sage, light tartness, barnwood. (4.5)

Earthy with a big dose of bitter woodsy hops, citrus potppurri, earth. (4.5)

Light-plus body with active carbonation and a funky finish. (4.25)

Really great. Two facets on display: tart, funky aroma with hoppy, funky flavor. It has none of the tartness I assumed would be in the flavor based on the smell. But more bracing hoppines in the flavor than the smell let on. I'm surprised with how well this one aged with as hoppy as it is and I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for fresh bottles in the future. (4.25)

Jul 22, 2018
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Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aug 30, 2016
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Simon212 from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 03, 2018
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byronic from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 24, 2017
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Jotora from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 05, 2016
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Beervana from Canada (BC)

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 06, 2016
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500ml bottle, undated - there’s a space for a date stamp on the label but it’s blank. Served in a tulip.

Pours a cold-hazed, bright, cheery tangerine color with a finger-plus of loose, bubbly head. Retention is pretty good, leaving a bubbly cap o’ suds and a thick foamy collar.

A soft and subtle nose of baking soda biscuit and sweet orange oil with just a hint of bretty yeast.

The taste is more-or-less in line with the nose but with the emphasis flipped, initially the baking soda biscuit and sweet, spicy and floral orange but immediately followed by a tsunami wave of barnyard funk totally engulfing the palate and sinuses. Earthy and funky as the dickens, I expect to find little clods of dirt, punky wood and bits of hay and straw in my mouth.

Feel is dry and medium-light bodied with fine, tingly carbonation. There’s a comfortable warmth in the gullet which seems disproportionate to the stated 6.2% abv.

Overall, if I could rate just the first half-second of the taste I’d probably go much higher but, when the funk hit my sinuses, I swear I could hear the horses nickering in their stalls. Still an enjoyable beer but I’m thinking it’s not the same as when it went into the bottle - whenever that may have been.

Dec 31, 2018
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Veiled golden color with low activity. Cloudy as more yeast poured. Thick foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with good legs and strong swirl reaction. Flavors of sweet barley, green grapes, peach, wheat, wild ale, and floral hops. Saison cross Wild Ale style. Slick and smooth medium body with sharp crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, cheesy yeasty and fruity feel, slightly funky and flowery. Great balance and intensity. Highly fresh and pleasant to drink. Overall superb quality craft.

Mar 14, 2018
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Supergenou from Canada (QC)

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 24, 2017
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Sam106 from Canada (QC)

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 27, 2018
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