MacKroken Flower | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

MacKroken FlowerMacKroken Flower
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MacKroken FlowerMacKroken Flower

Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phyl21ca on 04-17-2009

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3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcotom
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CanadianBacon
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer pours a beautiful dark brown color, its almost blakc but the brown shines through the edges in the light. It poured with a 3 finger mocha colored head which has now faded after 6-8 mins but left a nice ring of bubbles

Aroma - Honey is the first thing that hits your nose and it does so magnificently, It is followed closely by rich sweet caramel than decadent toffee and a rich creamy coffee note. This has to be one of my top 3 scotch ale aromas.

Taste - Again I get that honey up front and its the same honey flavor you get when your mother would give you honey and tea as a kid when you had a sore throat. Than I get that rich sweet caramel again, Like a werthers original has been dropped into my glass. the toffee is the same as the ones you get on halloween, and that rich milky coffee finishes the flavor with a light bitterness to balance the swreetness. This is a sweet beer none the less!

Feel - This beer is medium bodied and has a mixed feel of luscious velvet and soft cream on the tongue. wow.

Overall - This stands out as one of the best scotch ales I have ever tried. The only beer I am considering close to this is the 2015 st ambroise scotch ale and it was a limited run. This is definitely the best year round scotch ale I have yet to try. It is extremely sweet but not overwhelmingly so and all the flavors come together to offer an experience next to godly. Cheers!

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is dark ruby brown. Light passes through the edge of the glass. Small had that settles to rim bubbles. Some spots for lace.

Sweet dark pale malt aroma.

Thick, rich sweet start to the taste. I'm reminded of molasses and straight sugar to this beer. There's little hop, naturally, which makes the finish rich and candy-like. Lots of toasted notes. The aftertaste is short lived but full of flavor. The body is very thick, and without much carbonation, comes across syrupy.

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4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 500ml bottle, undated.
L: Pours a rich caramel with crimson hues. A lush (fat) finger-and-a-half head of whipped foam slowly subsides to leave thick lacing around the glass with wandering puffs of creamy froth.
S: Raw sugar and flowers, grass and orange peel.
T: Honey cakes, caramel and dried fruit, whiskey and dark chocolate. Starts honey-sweet-raisins and ends with earth and wood smoke.
F: Round, mouth-coating lushness stops just short of being syrupy.
O: Nails the style dead-on! The high abv is completely obfuscated by the sweet, musty, earthy malt and complex, fruity top-notes until you try to stand up. Hits the spot on a raw November evening in front of the wood stove.

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Photo of darktronica
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

MacKroken Flower is pretty enough to be award show arm-candy. Fetching shades of ruby and auburn blend seamlessly with absolute dazzle and resplendence, and are showcased against a backdrop that is pristinely clear and animated by tiny, well coordinated bubbles that swim like schooling fish. Head is off-white, abundant, and leaves a mess on the glass that requires a mop to clean up.

Scotch ales typically have a distinguishing caramel sweetness, something accentuated here by the addition of wildflower honey. It makes this already rich and aromatic bouquet that much more so. The intricacies also include a fruitiness (plums or figs), carob, as well as a subtle, earthy hint of peat (whether real or imagined). There's a slightly metallic note but it doesn't distract from anything.

As much as I love the smell, the taste is even better. The palate becomes caramelized in a way confectioners would kill to learn how to do; notes of nuts, honeycomb, treacle, and maple fudge abound. There's also flavours of fig jam and chutney that, combined with the honey, would make the perfect accompaniments to a cheese or charcuterie board. And yet, curiously, the beer doesn't finish sweet.

When I decided to begin my night opening this bottle I didn't realize it was 10.8% alcohol! There's nothing in the actual beer itself to tip you off - I only noticed much later glancing back at the label. Regardless, awareness of the double-digit strength isn't changing that I can and am drinking full mouthfuls at a time. Anyway, with a flavour profile like this one it's hard to limit yourself to sips.

While it won't destroy your palate, MacKroken Flower is so rich, complex, and satiating that it may well ruin your appetite for other beers. Approach this offering as you might a Port: an after-dinner treat to be slowly savored and thoroughly enjoyed, an ideal note on which to end a fine evening. More than just a sublime drink, this is also a clear standout as one of the best in the Canadian craft landscape.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice caramel color with a small head. Boozy smell with lost of honey and caramel in the nose. Really sweet beer, with big hints of honey. I find it way too sweet to be honest.

Though it feels like I've got an old beer, there's no "bottled on" date so I can't know for sure, so maybe it's overly sweet because it's been a long time it's on the shelves. Because of the good reviews by other I guess I'll have to try it again if I find it somewhere that I know it's fresh.

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Photo of dcrilly
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of little_star
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Poljazz22
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a hint of red
A smokey peaty caramel. A hint of coffee.
Imagine a brown Leffe on steroids. Lots of sweetness hides the 10.8% alcohol.
There is a silky feeling on the tongue from the honey.You have to watch out not to drink this too fast.
A beer for a cold winter evening. And a steel at $7.00 can for 500ml.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer os no my still

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is brown, quite dark, in color. The head is creamy and light brown to beige. Effervescent. The beer smells is dominated by honey. Burnt caramel and sugar too. In the mouth, its intense. Very complex. Full body beer. Creamy. Burnt caramel with traces of honey. The hops are present in the finish. Warmth. Wow, superb. This is a true winter beer for cold days like today. Perfect!

The alcohol is well hidden but its presence is there by the warmth the beer provides in your belly. Love it.


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Photo of byronic
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Smell of porto barrel, red grapes, honey, alcohol and butterscotch. Taste of caramel, red berries with aromas of black liquorice. Nice final of nuts, honey and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, round. Medium carbonation and high abv is discrete. So well-balanced. Mild bitterness of honey and black chocolate. Great personnal interpretation of wee heavy style. One of the best i've drunk.

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Photo of hube79
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of sebas642
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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MacKroken Flower from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Beer rating: 74.8% out of 100 with 103 ratings
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