Le Bilboquet L'Archange | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

Le Bilboquet L'ArchangeLe Bilboquet L'Archange
32 Ratings
Le Bilboquet L'ArchangeLe Bilboquet L'Archange

Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phyl21ca on 12-27-2008

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by SFLpunk:
Photo of SFLpunk
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Freshly brought to VT via g.housen Dist. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle, no date.

Pours a golden amber with thin bone-white head that has moderately low retention. Nose is classic wheaty and feathery, clean linen comes to mind. Palate is sharp with an alcohol burn, which seems odd for 5%. There's a faint amount of bittering hops in there, and banana bread comes to mind for a flavor profile. Nuts, mango and "banana flavor (i.e. yellow flavor).

So-so. Not a great hefe. And I'm confused by the label as to whether it's a Hefe or a Wit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml brown bottle w/ no freshness date.

LOOK: Crackling head, hazy yellow

SMELL: Lemon grass, floral, yeasty, nutty grain, spicy, ripe fruit, banana taffy

TASTE: Musty yeast, fruity, earthy, phenolic, bread crust, nutty, lemon pith, vegtal, semi-smooth, mildly spicy, semi-sweet finish

Tastes like they need to use a more viable yeast strain, not crisp enough and too sweet and in the end it seems all a bit messy. Don't tag a beer a certain style and not totally go for it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml, solid-ass bottle. There's been snow on the ground here for over a week, so let's have a nice summery wheat brew, shall we?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some rising smoke layer lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy wheat malt, a lesser pale caramel character, underripe bananas, white grape juice, an estery yeastiness, some mixed earthy spices, and a very tame leafy and grassy hop bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy wheat malt, further pale cereal notes, sugary banana, fermenting white wine, coriander and black pepper spice, faint domestic citrus, and sort of phenolic yeast.

The carbonation is fairly robust in its swirling frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of yeasty intransigence taking the sheen off of things here. It finishes off-dry, with a wheaty, yeasty, spicy, and fruity flourish of sorts.

Overall, this is a well made enough version of the style, the vast majority of the points being hit hard, and in the yeast's case, perhaps a little too hard. Other than that, this is easy to put back, and enjoyable when you don't think too much about it.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark cloudy golden. Almost going on brown. Okay looking 1/4'' white head leaves a continuous line of lacing

S- Bottle sniff reveals belgian yeast. In glass: Apple/pear sauce. Peach juice. Smells sweet and very good. Artificial watermelon flavoring (doesn't actually smell artificial, it just smells like fake watermelon). Hop background. Belgian yeast. Marzipan.

T- Something creamy, milky even. Marzipan. Soft citrus. Hops. Kind of reminds me of an orange creamcicle with hops. Really good. Very little water taste but it still there. Wheat.
M- Thin but perfectly suited to the style. Medium to high dry finish. Pretty crisp.

D- High. You could probably drink this all day.

I would buy this again.

EDIT: For the last pour, I added the yeast. It didn't make it bad but I think it hid a lot of the subtle flavors and made it chalky. It also turned the brew an interesting but yucky grey.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly cloudy yellow color weizen with a nice size pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cloves and wheat malt are dominating. Taste is also dominated by some wheat malt with some distinictive notes cloves. Carbonation is quite good with a full body but lacking some banana ester. Quite good and somewhat surprise by the first offering from this fine brewery.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's been a long time since this one is out and I haven't tried many beers from Le Bilboquet...

Yellow color with some orange. Hazed. Head is formed of tiny bubbles that disappear quickly. Arome is all fruits (citrus and orange) with some yeasty notes behind. This aroma is making me thirsty. The taste is similar to the smell. Fruity but more orange than citrus here. Refreshing. Carbonation is present in the mouth. Easy to drink too. Very good.

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Photo of biggred1
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, apple cider colored with a tiny bit of white fizz that immediately burns off. Very underwhelming nose on this, faint wheat malt and lemon. Soft banana, clove and lemon zest with a mild citric finish. Seltzery carbonation seems a bit odd for the style. Pretty average stuff.

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Photo of papat444
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of nighthawk
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Undated 500mL bottle poured into tulip. Currently available at Premier W&S in Halifax.

Pours a cloudy gold that has orange hues. Touch of greyness to it. Head is an initial pillowy white fluff, but soon reduces to a thin haze. No lacing and only a few clumps cling to the glass.

Wheat aroma is soon overtaken by phenolic character that's a bit medicinal and banana. Light lemon zest.

Bit of wheat tang, some strong clove and coriander that lingers. Bit of fruity esters in the background.

Mouthfeel is crisp with good carbonation.

I don't love the way the phenolic character overwhelms this beer. Much less inviting and refreshing than I find most hefes to be.

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Photo of abcdmichel
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Classic blond taste. Blond color.

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Photo of Moe55
4.92/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw yellowish color. Nice white head with lacing along the glass. Smells fresh with hints of citrus and a bit of belgian yeast. Tastes crisp, clean and refreshing. Can taste the coriander which adds a nice spice flavor. Not a heavy hefeweizen, but not watery by any means. Easy drinking. I found myself with an empty glass rather quickly. I would buy this again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brown-yellow color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, fizzy, creamy, bright white, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A unique (for the style) smell of wheat, spices, and yeast.

T: Tasted of wheat, coriander, Belgian yeast, and a little bit of malt. Definitely a different taste. Very vibrant and pretty tasty all around.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An unusual style of beer that I didn't think would work, but turns out to be very drinkable.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a hazy, golden color with a nice white head. Not much of a smell. Taste is quite nice. Crisp, Pleasantly, mildly bitter. A hint of yeast and grapefruit. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is excellent. It's well carbonated and very drinkable. All in all, a very nice blanche. It's a straight ahead, good blonde beer.

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Photo of MattPS
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer pours a slightly hazy straw color, with 3 fingers head that dies down quick leaving a thin film over the top of the beer.

Aroma - Oddly enough wheat stands out, followed by corriander, banana, and bread.

Taste - Wheat, medicinal pheynols, some banana, corriander, orange peel.

Feel - Medium bodied with sharp carbonation, not bitter at all, almost a dry tarty finish.

Overall - For me this is an odd one, The medicinal taste over powers everything and it just doesnt cut it for the style. It is drinkable but I dont think ill buy it again.

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Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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

Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale straw colour, mild haze but mostly clear through. Head is white, retaining a decent film with nice but small trails of lace around. Not bad, not great.

Nose is really oddly phenolic. A barnyard saisony character to it with big rubber and leather and a fair corporeal sweat character. Slight citric fruit, but otherwise, while it's tolerable, there's no classic hefeweizen character on this at all so I'm obliged to call it poor.

Taste is nothing like the smell but instead it's overly sweet, with insipid lemon notes and a faint whisper of banana. Stays sweet towards the back with an icing sugar/saccharine flavour on the back. Watered down and thin. This is a hefeweizen so let's run through the checklist. Banana? Not check. Clove? Not check. Insipid, watery, dish detergent flavour? Check, in abundance. A big disappointment.

Feels thin, bland, watery. Unimpressed.

It's lacking in flavour, but even as far as drinking goes it's a bit beyond me. Too sweet and just unpleasant.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale hazy hay color with a big white foamy head of three fingers. Not much retention to speak of and no lacing.

Smell - Iconic wheat beer aroma, doughy yeast, pale malt, spicy and peppery notes with a touch of phenolic banana and coves.

Taste - a tart and spicy beer, excellent representation of the style. Very fresh doughy yeast and sweet wheat and malt contrast nicely with the slightly sour, tart finish. A damn good hefeweizen but subtly distinct from normal german examples of the styles. Its tart sour and somewhat dry finish is more reminiscent of a dutch witbier than a german weissbier.

Mouthfeel - light to medium bodied and highly carbonated, chewy feel

Drinability - a very drinkable style and a very drinkable beer. Perfect on a hot day and a fantastic alternative to a light lager or pils. If you've never tried this brew grab a bottle a tasty and interesting hefeweizen.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Extremely pale -- indeed the palest beer I had on the day including two Witbiers. Light hazed pale yellow with a frothy head which leaves some pretty reasonable lacing. So light though, almost tending to colourless.

Seltzer water and lemon acidity on the nose, very thin and watery, and just giving up faint hints of pine. Not so great. I can't say I'm a big fan.

Taste is a bit better, with some roundness and less of than thin reedy acidity. Bit weak though, and the finish is very bready. It's still thin in the body and really quite average all up.

Not a fan. It's not a great beer and far from a great hefe. It's just too thin, too underwhelming and too devoid of flavour. I had better from this brewery.

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