Wee Heavy Bourbon
Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
3.93 | pDev: 9.92%
Jul 10, 2021
Dec 02, 2012
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Rated: 3.9 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Jul 10, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Aug 17, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by zotzot from Vermont

Jul 21, 2017
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Le Castor Wee Heavy looks none the worse for wear despite spending time in charred bourbon barrels. You won't see your finger on the other side but transparency is different from translucency; the deep Morello cherry complexion may be a bit shadowy but still shows glowing amber highlights. Even its soapy white head made it out intact, lacing and all.

The aroma is a little reserved at first but both the sticky-sweet malt and effects of the bourbon barrels gradually show more and more with warmth. There's a great deal of dried fruit flavour, enough to remind me of a health food bar (though I doubt there's any on the market with this kind of alcohol presence). By and large, caramel and peat still steer the ship.

Le Castor Grande Réserve satisfies both your sweet tooth as well as that part of you that had a long day at work and just wants to unwind. It is strong and satiating but not out of proportion; the creamy caramel, nutty honeycomb and fig/raisin paste flavours of the malt not only stand up to the vanilla, butterscotch and baking spices of the barrel but flatter them.

Despite the use of bourbon, the similarities to Port are irrefutable: there's nuances of fig, apricot, blackberry and raspberry doused in caramel, cinnamon spice, milk chocolate and roasted hazelnut shavings. Of course there's also singed oak splinters and mineral-y, mossy, vegetal peat flavours related to the base beer. It's a real neat - and very chewy - combination.

Le Castor is undoubtedly one of Quebec's finest microbreweries and offerings like the Grande Réserve Wee Heavy Bourbon really underline that point. Bourbon barrels are dangerous when in the wrong hands, but in this case they were used responsibly and ingeniously - scotch meets bourbon and the result is a smooth, drinkable 'thunder and lightning' tandem.
Sep 27, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by jaydoc from Kansas

Sep 23, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Aug 23, 2016
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Purchased at Depanneur AS in Montreal for $12.49 for a 660ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip letting it warm as required

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/4" white head that is gone in seconds. Very dark brown colour and unfiltered.

S- Fruity with little bourbon barrel scent. Sweet

T- Bourbon shines though along with sweetness and malt. Very little scotch here as it's been taken over by bourbon. Nice malt and almost no hops to be seen. Very nice well rounded brew.

M- Sticky and syrup like. Very nice

O- Very good brew. I like this one a lot. Has great balance and super sweet which I typically do not like but this one is very good. Wonder why this one is not rated higher. Price is a bit of consideration but this is a fine brew so I did not rate it down in the overall department because of price like I do for other over priced brews.

Food Pairing

This wonderful full brew went well with....... Osso Bucco. The shank with thyme, rosemary, bay leaf on a salt and peppered beef shank and stock just opens up the brew..... and the beef!

Mar 21, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by mademers from Canada (QC)

Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by rspauldi from Texas

Feb 10, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by DanGeo from Michigan

Jan 04, 2016
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Reviewed by TBonez477 from Vermont

4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I have no idea why this beer isn't rated much higher overall. This is extremely comparable to Backwoods Bastard. Aroma is oak, leather, vanilla and brown sugar. Taste follows with a great warmth from the alcohol to carry the sweetness as well as complexity from the barrel aging. Body is smooth and velvety, lower carbonation allows the flavor to carry itself. I thought this was overall an excellent beer and would definitely seek out again.
Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Beerbom from California

Dec 08, 2015
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Reviewed by CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This one almost gets a 3.75 across the board for me, It got a 4 for feel because its smooth and drinkable for an 11 percent beer. All things considered the 12$ price tag per bottle should warrent mid 4s.

Appearance - Poured from a 660 ml bottle into a tulip, poured a deep clear amber with very little off white head which faded quick. not much going on in the way of visible carbonation.

Aroma - oak, whiskey, grape sourness, vanilla.

Taste - The flavor profile is oaky with whiskey flavors throughout, Grape, figs, dates, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, vanilla. Lasting oak taste after you swallow.

Feel - Feel is fairly light bodied without much carbonation almost feels still. the bitterness isnt strong although you get a little out of the oak.

Overall - This is an interesting beer and had potential to go a long way, if the flavors mixed better I may have felt differently. Its still a very good beer but Its missing something considering how expensive it is. Because of that it got a lower rating. Cheers!
Nov 17, 2015
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Reviewed by VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice ruby color with a small head that disappear quickly , almost no carbonation. Nice whiskey smell, there's also vanilla aromas, caramel, dark fruits and black licorice. In the mouth you really taste the dark fruits and black licorice. There's a subtle whiskey taste and it definitely doesn't feel like an 11% beer. I expected more of a bourbon taste from it, but otherwise it's not bad at all.
Nov 11, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by KJ2013 from Pennsylvania

Oct 21, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Oct 16, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by BakaGaijin from Canada (ON)

Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by Antilochus from Canada (ON)

May 24, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

May 19, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Apr 28, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by SSS from Canada (QC)

Apr 18, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by kwjd from Canada (ON)

Mar 23, 2015
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Rated by Malenkimol from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Good beer, premierr gorgé raide mais tres bonnr par la suite
Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by MatChar from Canada (QC)

Feb 03, 2015
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thanks BlogueDeBieres for this!
660 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep red/burgundy with a two finger off white head.

S- Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, dark fruits, kind of boozy and a little weak for 11% ABV.

T- Dark fruits, cherries and figs, vanilla, bourbon, oak, sweet malts, nicely balanced.

M- Light to medium body, carbonation is very high.

O- Smells like it is going to to be too boozy and would be like drinking bourbon, but taste is much more balanced. Worth try if you get the chance.
Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 4 by _morandi_ from California

Dec 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by belleisa_losteo from Canada (QC)

Nov 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by chickenm from Canada (BC)

Nov 12, 2014
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Got this one from Rutager out in BC. Fitting that a brew from QE would end up in BC before landing in ON only to be drunk in The Netherlands.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy and crackly off-white head with okay retention. Head fades to a full cap and hugs the sides of the glass. A clear dark maroon brown body with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some foamy lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Oak, bourbon, vanilla and coconut on the nose. Lots of other malty and barrel notes with caramel, toffee, butterscotch and hints of red fruits as well. Bold and candy-like. Enticing for sure.

TASTE: Oak, caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with some bourbon and vanilla flavors through the middle into the swallow. A big and bold finish of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toffee and butterscotch is sweet and flavorful. Lots of nice flavor but could use a bit of bitterness to balance it just a touch more. Still, that is a minor issue, as all the sweetness is actually really well done and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No burn at all.

OVERALL: This was really nice. The feel could be a touch creamier, but that’s a minor complaint. This is really good all around, and while I might like a touch more bitterness as balance, all the sweet flavors work really well and never become difficult or challenging. A good malt bomb that I would very much enjoy drinking again. Thanks again Rutager! Good stuff.
Nov 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by videofrog from Texas

Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by Holland from Illinois

Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 5 by Urik from Canada (QC)

Sep 21, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Socialiste from Canada (QC)

Sep 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Aug 24, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by thegerm87 from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by yankeej13 from Florida

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania

Jul 08, 2014
Wee Heavy Bourbon from Microbrasserie Le Castor
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 75 ratings