Claire Blonde | Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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Claire BlondeClaire Blonde

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Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by francisweizen on 03-01-2005

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of fdrich29
3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Depanneur Peluso in Montreal on Wednesday, August 6, 2008. Drank Saturday, August 9, 2008.

Bottle is different than the picture on BA. Alchimiste is printed in the middle of the label with Claire below resting between two symbols, the top being a golden Fleur de Lis and I am unsure what the bottom symbol is. Top left of the label reads Biere Blonde, top right Blond Beer. Bottom left Joliette, Queec, bottom right 5% alc./vol.

Poured a hazy, cloudy straw yellow. Bubbly head disspipated quickly and lacing clung to the side of the glass for mere seconds. Smells fruity, ciderish. Taste is very sweet and reminiscent of Granny Smith Woodpecker Cider or turned wine. Mouthfeel is clean, minor alcohol vapor, but very light. Very easy to drink, but not something I'd particularly like to drink much of. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer when I opened the bottle, but it was all downhill from there.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - Beer pours with a solid white fluffy head, about 2 fingers. The beer is a clear pale ale with minimal carbonation. Some decent lacing that stayed over the course of the bottle.

Smell - pretty simple straight fwd smell, some hops and grassy scents. There really is not much else.

Taste - Ok tasting beer, again, a simple taste. Some minimal hops with a decent grassy/earthy undertone. There is a slight aftertaste as well, nothing too bitter.

Mouthfeel - Decent amount of carbonation brings out a citrus hint and little more bitterness. Beer maintains its light feel during this stage.

Drinkability - I am not sure this is a beer i would go find and stock, overall its just a simple beer. Nothing special but nothing horrible.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a corner store in Quebec- Montreal for $1.80 341ml bottle

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that id gone in seconds. Very light gold colour and filtered clear.

S- Not a lot but some hops and malt

T- Watery and weak. Very much a corn beer. Not a good one at all

M- Watery and weak

O- Not a fan. Don't like it and will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This corn brew would go well with........ anything you pair a Corona with has this brew is just like a Corona but a tad more flavor.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: Poured a clear light golden color lager with a small white fizzy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes is quite bland. Taste is also dominated by light bland cereal notes. Body is about average for style. Not much to report here as this is a pretty standard light lager with maybe a tad more cereal notes than usual.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a clear light gold w/thin white head off a mildly aggressive pour--head quickly faded, but left ring around the edges. Small strings of tiny beads visible rising within.

S-Malt aroma is rather strong w/toasty notes dominating. There is also some red and green apple, and light hops.

T-Lightly toasted malt backbone supplements light malt bitterness, and there is a bit of apple. Faint hops in finish. Aftertaste is both lightly sour fruit and bitter hops/toastiness.

M-Light but supple for the style. Carbonation is light-to-moderate. Balance favors light bitterness, but still a fairly balanced drink.

D-Highly sessionable. Nothing noteworthy or particular, but a quaffable brew with a pleasant flavor.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours yellow light color. Not much head. Taste is not bad but I do taste corn which is more pronounce at the end and in the after-taste.

This is more a session beer and it is definitely better than macro. Not bad but not great. Just simple. I keep some in my fridge for my friends who prefer what they call "normal" beer. :)

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bloberglawp
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass, 10-12 celcius. Pours nice golden with a moderate haze, carbonisation is fine, head retention is very good. Nice lacing too.

Taste is well balanced, dry, and bitter. Hop aroma is light, well balanced. Not a overwelming beer. I could sip it all night. Perfect session brew.

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Photo of papat444
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle.

Pours a sickly yellow body that seems listless and lifeless. Not much head and lacing. Flavor isn't much, has a malt base but lacks anything interesting. Nothing offensive about this but it's boring and offers nothing amongst a plethora of well craft low ABV beers.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour with a small fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There isn't much lacing and the head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - vinegar, hops, breads/grains, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - There beer actually have a fairly nice mouth feel. A nice amount of carbonation and the bubbles are fairly large in size. The most noticeable flavours are breads/grains and a slight rustiness or vinegar. I can also taste citrus zest and light hops. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another average beer from this brewer. It's not awful; but it's not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kevofficiel
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L alchimiste Claire Blonde Micro Beer.

The look of it: Not much to say: Golden yellow color. Very light with lots of carbonation but not head to it.

The smell of it: A smell of apple. Very pleasant !

The taste of it: Grassy hops with a punch of apple to it. Once again very pleasant. But the aftertaste is awful, like what the hell. It just destroy the nice smooth taste that u had in the beginning. It takes a good 2 minutes before you are getting a pleasant taste inside your mouth.

So overall would i recommend it ? Sure, there is nothing wrong with that beer, expect this after taste. I mean if you eat something with it, you won t even notice it but for a Micro Beer I personally think there is better. But as a regular beer, this beer is worth trying !

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Photo of rale
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrenihan
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a clear, very light blonde. Small white head. Retention mediocre, some lacing.

Smell is malty, toasty. Light grassy hops. Pretty simply, not great.

Taste is light. Toasty malt flavour is most prominent, as in the nose. A bit grassy. Dry cereal. Aftertaste not very pleasant. Balanced with a very slight bitterness.

Beer is very light bodied, rather watery. Moderate to low carbonation.

Overall, not particularly good. Very simple. Not unenjoyable but certainly not something that begs to be drunk.

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Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of VbolieuV
2.94/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JOaikido
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Rosy-yellow-beige colour. Kind of strange actuallyé Good effervescence. Not much head.

S- Pleasant floral hops and fruity apple notes.

T- Not at all what I was expecting. Tastes like weak apple cider. Very little hops, though there is a slight floral touch and some bitterness in the aftertaste.

MF- Light and effervescent. Thin.

D- Easy summer thirst quencher, but I can't make sense of the style.

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Photo of chefelf
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from a recent trip up to Montreal. Looks like a blonde ale (not surprisingly) with little to no head. A nice smell with a very faint creamy flavor at first, almost vanilla. After it subsides there is a light lemony or sour taste.

The finish reminds me a lot of the Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale in that it is slightly sour. I have the party mix of the L'Alchimiste beers so I'm looking forward to trying the other three varieties as well.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noyt
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wizo
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Triat00
2.07/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of francisfilion
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got the mix pack of l'Alchimiste's 4 basic kinds of beer after at least one year of ignoring them as I walked by. By now my choices have gone down when I walk in a store therefore I decided to give them a chance. The reason I have walked straight past them for so long is there unattractive labels and lack of information on there bottles.

The beer pours a clear and pale blonde with medium effervescence and minimal head. It dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.
It smells like sweet cereals and a faint earthy hop background. The first taste comes from the sweetness of the grains but is quickly balanced by the earthy hops. It is crisp and refreshing with no aftertaste. It is very light bodied.
Overall it is quite drinkable but there are many better fall back beers than this one. It is good but not anything I would go back to buying again, unless the choices are very limited.

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Claire Blonde from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
3.16 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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