L'Ecossaise | Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
Quebec, Canada
lalchimiste.ca

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 07-02-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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1
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Photo of waughbrew
4.77/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh, lord, this goes down way too easy. I could not get enough. This is beautiful. Clear auburn with a creme-colored head that is not big, but laces well. The smell is awesome and strong - molasses and all kinds of nuts and caramel and toffee and earthiness. Very appealing. Medium body comes across so smoothly with just a hint of slickness and sweetness. Again, very nutty in a wonderful way, but not weighed down with too much going on - remains open and bright without overhopping. Even a little alcohol comes across at 5%! This is awesome, and, for me, leads this style.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.34/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear tawny body with a nice amount of light tan head. The scent brings up great malty tones with dark fruit and other perfectly roasted characteristics, and bittering hops coming through. The taste continues with a faint fruitiness and crisp bitterness, leading for a smooth, balanced finish. Overall an awesome Scottish ale beer, I am pleasantly surprised by it!

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Photo of Iz-GOod
4.08/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bloberglawp
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 3 pistoles chalise at somewhere around 12-14 celcius.

Nice brew from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste. Light stottich caramel flavor. Fair aroma, not overwhelming. Good carbonisation. I hope my atemps to homebrewing this type of beer will yield similar results. Low ABV makes you want to keep another handy.

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Photo of fostachild
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark red/brown colour. okay amount of light tan head - decent lacing.

smell was actually really good. malt, caramel, and roasted aromas.

similar roasted feel in taste. also malty and sweet. carbonation a bit thin, but still good drinkability - session-able.

overall a good, enjoyable scottish ale that also happens to be very reasonably priced - definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A- Good orange tinged head that slowly settles to a thin foam and some lacing. Good bubbliness. Nice dark coppery red colour with slight purple highlights. Very attractive beer.

S- Caramel and roasted malts. Butterscotch. Touch of fruit (raisin).

T- Malt dominates with caramel and some dried fruit. Could be stronger flavoured. Butterscotch starts to come through a bit as the beer warms.

MF- Good bodied malty ale. Carbonation a bit high.

D- Very easy to drink but would benefit from a stronger flavour. Good beer overall.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in CANBIF 2006. Thanks, Matt!

An inviting beer from the start, pouring a nice deep brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Brown sugar and a nice bready malt aroma greeted my nose and I was looking forward to my first sip.

The taste built on what I smelled moments earlier. It started malty and caramel sweet but ended slighty — only slightly — bitter. It had nice carbonation and a medium-bodied feel.

I don't think this is strong enough to be Scotch ale as the label described it, but if we're calling it a Scottish Ale, it fits well. I could see myself putting back a few of these in a session.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 341ml bottle

A: Brown with reddish tinges when pressed against light. Small one finger head that died down at a moderate rate leaving some lacing.

S: Mostly toasty malts with really no hops.

T: This beer is a malt bomb. Mostly a toasty malt sweetness. Hop bitterness is very low and next to non existent. A little bit of dark caramelized fruits, earthiness, and nuttiness are available on the palate as well. For the most part the beer relies on the toasted and caramel malts though.

M: Carbonation is fairly low but that makes it even more drinkable. Maybe a little bit of a thinner body then I would like too but this might feel like its amplified because the carbonation is lower then average.

O: Pretty good beer. I liked it and would consider buying it again. It would be no problem drinking a few of these. It seemed extremely similar to one of my brown ale home brews .Tasty but nothing astounding.

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Photo of Boo-urns
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefelf
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not too familiar with the Scottish ale style but this was an enjoyable beer. It is a reddish-brown color with not too much head. It has a nice roasted flavor and is not too heavy on the carbonation.

It was a nice beer. My only recommendation is that they put more information on the labels of their beers. The name of the beer is listed but no information about the brewery. Someone would have to do research to find out who brewed it.

I think they're a new brewery so I'm sure they'll iron out those kinks in the future.

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Photo of MetalCath
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goldorak
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this Beer in it's new format, 12oz regular bottles.

Appearance: Black Cherry cola red, with only a microfilm of white head.

Smell: Malty sweet, subdued alcohol overtone (not surprising as this one clocks in only at 5%ABV) with a dash of citrusy hop to close it off.

Taste: Nice round caramel malt flavor that really pops at first, it almost comes off as maple toffee. Pretty rich and round flavor, the aftertaste is chocolatey, it reminded me of Yoohoo or chocolate Ovaltine. I liked it! The bottle says scotch ale, but it's way too lightweight for that, but it certainly is a smooth and sessionable scottish ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was looking around the Marché Des Saveurs in Montréal, I wanted to leave with something to show. I looked around and my eyes shouted "Hey, look! A scottish ale from an unfamiliar brewery!" The rest is history. The label is bilingual, and the price tag from the store remains on the back. On to the beer:

Too late, but I used a bottle opener. So? But it's a twist-off top. Oh. The beer pours a ruby brown into my pint glass, the body mixing in orange hues. Good two-finger head on top. Aroma...sweet, malty with an undertone of smoke. Okay, and now to taste this Ecossaise-Québeçois beer...interesting to say the least. Body is medium, a little dash of coffee here. Some toffee and diacteyl on the side. Fruity flavor starts to gain momentum along the journey. Hops are light, providing a tea-like flavor and a sizzle on the tongue. Solid balance, and good drinkability.

Not every Québeçois beer can be made by Unibroue, Dieu du Ciel, or McAuslan. This was a good "reality check" beer.

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Photo of DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jpworld
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NDG07
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dherling
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a chocolate brown, murky, with tan lacing and head. The nose is big malt, with a bit of unexpected fruityness to it. the taste ismore like a brown ale to me. It's missing the big alcohol and ragin malt that I expect from a scotch ale. Mouthfeel is good, medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable, and an enjoyable beer, but it's wrong for the style.

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scotch/Scottish Ale is one of my favorite style but this one just comes out short. Nice ruby color, but the taste is too weak for my palate. Not a bad beer, but definitely not an impressive one.

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Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, coppery-brown, quite clear, topped by an off-white head that thins quickly. Fair lacing. Straight-up grainy malt sweetness in the aroma with just a hint of earthy hops, along with a bit of toffee. Low bitterness, sweet caramel maltiness and a light roasted flavour. The finish has some hop character and the bitterness comes out a lot more. The body is on the thin side, but doesn't fall completely away. Overall, not a bad offering, just not much too bring me back again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Metro Johanette while in Montreal for Mondial!

Pours a clear red/brown, very thick tan head, settles down to a thin layer, nice lacing, looks pretty good. Smell is very sweet, floral, almost perfumy, caramel notes, bit of roast, sugary sweet, very fruity. Taste is sweet and fruity too, caramel, floral, some toffee roast in the finish, lingering sweetness, almost cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, almost astringent in the mouthfeel, carbonation is a little high, and too sweet in the finish. Pretty drinkable though.

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L'Ecossaise from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
3.43 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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