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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 07-02-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,011
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
43
pDev:
15.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 22
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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of markaberrant
2.26/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - dark orange colour, clear. Pours a big head with large soapy bubbles due to excessive carbonation, recedes to a thin tan cap with carbonation continually pushing through. No lacing.

S - sweet caramel, slightly earthy, overly phenolic. I got a bit of sour when I first opened the bottle, but it has mostly dissappeared.

T - Slightly sour, totally lacking in malt backbone, some uneven roast at the end. The aftertaste is surprisingly decent.

M - Totally overcarbonated, prickly, completely ruins any decent malt flavour from coming through. I'm also getting some warm alcohol, which seems out of place for a 5% beer... especially considering that I'm not exactly chuggin it.

D - Uh... no.

This beer reminds me of "bad homebrew"... it has all the characteristics of poor fermentation/sanitation/malt extract. Not even close in terms of style, and full of flaws.

Cripes... it's still fizzing away like mad... and I poured it 15 minutes ago.

Thanks to Jpagewatts for the bottle!

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Photo of baseball636
2.37/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a small off-white foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of nutty caramel malt is a bit weak. Taste of caramel and toffee malt is dominant but a bit weak for the style. Body is a bit watery and carbonation lively. Overall, this is not something that I would seek again and it is pretty mediocre for the style.

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Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Triat00
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Molson2000
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of rale
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark red/brown colour with a large creamy light brown head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes it dissipated.

Smell - roasted malts, a rustiness, toasted nuts, a smokiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an okay mouthfeel; might need a little more carbonation. There is an odd flavour that I can't quite put my finger on, but my best description would be a rustiness mixed with lemon juice. There is also a strong toasted/roasted and smoky flavour with lots of malts and slight caramel. It finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Worth a try, not my favorite though.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to manaryp for bringing this west.

Not much of a looker, an opaque brown, with a half finger light tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacings. The aroma is a step up from the appearance, with scents of toffee, a peat like earthiness, floral accents, hints of wood, dark fruits, and cocoa.

Tasted much like the nose, toffee and some diacetyl, a slightly strange (for the style) twangy and mildly phenolic "smokey peatiness". Not sure if this is derived from fermentation byproducts or the use of peated malt. Slightly tart and finishes with what i can only describe as grape Kool-Aid.

Light to medium bodied, watery, yet finishes with a powdery feel. Some interesting flavours, and some that are slightly off, that dont quite come together to make a cohesive brew.

Fairly refreshing, but then again i have a soft spot for grape Kool-Aid, reminding me of my more or less carefree childhood. Since i can get around that aspect of this brew i would even find it sessionable, although the powdery grape Kool-Aid finish may be too much for some or even most beer drinkers.

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3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brown 341ml. bottle, the label changed 3 times.

A: nice brown colour, beige head very appealling to the eyes.
S: aroma of caramel, dyacetyl probably.
T: the mouth is full of caramel, lots of caramel with a hint of fruits in the finish.
M: medium-bodied beer, nice sweetness
D: very drinkable,

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some of the hardest to open twist-tops I've encountered.
Just noticed there's no mention of the brewery on the label, only the name of the beer.

A- Held up to a light, a deep, almost purple, ruby. Very light-beige head. Retention is not too good but I won't deduct too many points because I'm not 100% on my glasse's beer cleanliness.

S- Some peanut butter and jelly. Light alcohol. A bit of boiled beet. Roasted coffee as it warms.

T- Not as much flavour as most other scottish ales I've tried but it still tastes good. Light caramel and/or molasses. Cigarette butt smokiness in the finish and after-taste. A tad metallic. A bit too watery in general.

M- Good body but maybe a bit thin for the style. Medium to high carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- Good. I think I could do a 6 pack.

Wouldn't buy a 6 pack of it though.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice appearance, dark yellow-brown color. First scotch ale I drank so I'm not sure where this beer is when compared to other same beer style.

I would say this is not my favorite beer style. Drinkable. However, I would say that one drink is enough. Wouldn't drink two of those in the same night.

Not much head and sadly I can't remember the scent I got. That's why I gave it a 3.0 but will try again and get a piece of paper to write down my tasting experience!!

Will try it some other day since I do have 2 more bottles!

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Photo of rugene
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer slushie from this brewery. Interesting amber appearance with tons of foam that just won't quit. Initially a bit of stout taste and then nothing. Some sweetness. Taste like a weak watery beer you had in college from a big plastic cup. Fizzy. Dry sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Viggo
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of Electros
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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 VbolieuV
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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 dherling
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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 DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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L'Ecossaise from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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