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MacKroken Flower | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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BA SCORE
88
very good
52 Reviews
MacKroken FlowerMacKroken Flower
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 04-17-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
101
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
16.2%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 101
Photo of CanadianBacon
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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%
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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Photo of kculrich
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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 biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +2%
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 Poljazz22
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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 ZorPrime
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 TippedMixology
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavier ale, high alcohol content, but very tasty. Crisp notes coupled with a scotch up-front and more sour finish.

Appearance - dark brown and woody

Smell - Scotch, smoke, chocolate, and dark berries

Taste - Even without leaning too far towards either scotch or a crisp ale--somewhere in between a porter and a dark ale

Mouthfeel - Leaves you wanting another sip, possibly too much alcohol present, but coats the tongue nicely. Slightly thick.

Overall, very pleasant. Would share because of the ABV. Eat with a salty snack... possibly pretzels.

- Adam from Tipped Mixology

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Photo of bcm75
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at random at a newly-opened bottle shop.

A - Quite nice. Minimal head but nice lacing. Caramel color.
S - Lots of sweetness and dried fuits here.
T - Almost cloyingly sweet. Raisins, prunes, caramel. Malt in the backend but it's having trouble coming through the sweetness.
M - slightly more thin than I would like for the style, but not bad.
O - Not bad for random choice off the shelf, but this brew doesn't quite make it.

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Photo of seanlanefuller
2.3/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

My review may sound a bit like I am slamming this beer but I am trying my best to be truthful while at the same time having a bit of fun with a beer that truly disappointed me.

Carbonation is flat as hell. I even tried to enhance it by pouring from on high at the end. I think you could pour this stuff from a step ladder and not get any head. There is more fizz in a glass of water from the tap.

Mouth feel is watery and filmy at the same time. It has a bit of film that lingers for quite a while.

Too sweet. An overwhelming taste of watered down honey and maple syrup.

The smell is like somewhere between medicine and a melted Bunny Bread sack.

After taste is somewhere between lime and old whiskey barrel.

Overall, I would give it a score of about 60.

Will I drink it? Yes, but only because I spent $12 on it.

On second thought, I think I will dump it and drink a Lattitude 48 IPA from Samuel Adams.

Maybe I don’t understand what a Scotch Ale is.

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Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honey Scotch Ale served in a small snifter.
Very dark reddish amber with a fairly good, durable, light brown head.
Wonderful aroma, suggestive of a fine Belgian dark ale. Very fruity, with dark ripe fruit including dates, figs, raisins. Only a light touch of peat smoke. A tad too sweet?

O: Very tasty and enjoyable. True to style? Not exactly; rather sweet for one thing and too fruity. But wonderfully fruity and not too sweet. Just leave your preconceptions behind.

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Photo of ssmack
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle brought home from Gatineau.

A very dark brown with an inch and a half thick cappuccino-coloured head. The heavy lacing covered the glass from top to bottom.

A mild aroma of sweet cake with a whiff of flowery perfume.

Strong taste of cloying sweetness of malt and honey. A very heavy malty brew. There is an alcoholic after taste but it was not overwhelming. I was not impressed at first but the taste grew on me as I sipped.

A heavy oily feel.

Overall this ale is more sweet than it is malty. There is a lack of the bite of hops bitterness. Enjoyable. I will look for this flower again.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Very dark burgundy. Some ruby highlights. Thick tan head. Messy lacing that recedes pretty quickly. Handsome brew.
smell: Very nice nose. A rich buttery honey malt.
taste: The taste doesn't disappoint. Quite mellow. Honey and malt.
overall: Never had this before (or anything from this brewery I could never pronounce). Very nice surprise. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with tan head on top of a sweet caramel malt smell with hints of roasted and bitter chocolate and of course some honey and floral hops. Medium to thick bodied, passes smooth and creamy with a good balance of sweetness (honey, caramel, dark fruit?, then something akin to chocolate) and dry ,roasted malt, something like bread or toast and coffee and the alcohol kicks it up a notch and it's a slightly boozy but rewarding finish. Good balance and a very enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of brureview
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a class act Scotch ale. My friend brought it from Canada.

I disagree with the BA serving temp- it actually should be warmer about 55-60+ F.

The color is a very dark attractive caramel color.

The aroma is honey-butterscotch, which remains with the warming of the beer.

The mouth feel is very smooth, unlike other scotch ales.

The finish is delicate and smooth, and the body is a lighter than other scotch ales I have tasted.

Overall, very distinguished and one of the best scotch ales you will drink.

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Photo of ditch
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up because I have never seen it before and I love a good high gravity Scotch Ale!

Pours a murky dark red, nearly brown into an Imperial pint glass. Nice 2 finger head that slowly fades to a thin ring of bubbles along the outside of the glass. No Lacing that lasts longer than falling back into the foam ring.

Aroma is boozy raisins and chocolate. Figs and prunes come to mind. Caramel as well.

Flavors of boozy dark fruits, cocoa and sweet malt. Finished a tad bit bitter to balance the sweetness.

Mouth is slightly chewy with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling slick.(a la Ten Fidy) Finish is surprisingly dry for all the thickness and sweet flavors.

A real gem of a find! Probably the best Scotch Ale I have ever had. At 12.99 it is a bit steep to drink on a regular basis, but is well worth the treat every now and then! You have to try this!

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Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle w/ no freshness date though I am sure this one will be able to cellar for a little while a do just fine.

LOOK: Dark brown with garnet highlights, thick lather of foam on top

SMELL: Caramel, treacle, hint of coffee, booze soaked raisins, earthy honey, alcohol, cacao nibs, figgy

TASTE: Slightly smooth, very creamy, dark bread, sweet, mild char, carob, faint chicory, modest bitterness, kiss of honey, toasted grain, grassy, dried plums, warming alcohol, slightly sweet charred finish

Excellent balance here, sweet but there is enough dark malt character and alcohol to push it back so it does not become cloying at all. Seriously ... one of the best Scotch Ales I have tastes to date.

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Photo of Kacid
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: head receded, quickly, strong carbonation, dark brown resinous amber, as if a VERY dark whisky
Nose: light alcohol burn, some metallic twang, bright notes of malt and sweet, bready honey, slight sweetness, when drank burns nose slightly, some fig in the nose, some leather. Upon pouring smells like lavender (from honey i presume)

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy (very delicious and syrupy)
slight alcohol, very sweet, very bread, strong bitterness that recedes quickly into a sweet bitterness, notes of grassyness and white vinous notes , some fusel alcohol but it is not so overbearing to be unpleasant, finishes with some honey notes, some leather finish, also finishes with some dark berries and chocolate
warm (16c) stronger dark fruit and dark brown sugar. more flower notes, much stronger spice notes when warm

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Photo of NForr
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost black. Nice 2 fingers of head that dissipates pretty fast. On the nose i get Banana bread, alcohol, honey, and caramel. Also a musty smell from the head, which seems to be common in a lot of Quebec craft brews.

Sugars up front, spicy, I get that banana taste again. Lots of alcohol on the tongue, but given that it's just shy of 11%, its to be expected. Finishes with a nice bitter punch that lingers nicely. Great winter warmer.

Enjoying it quite a lot but I don't think the percentage needs to be this high, the alcohol taste gets a bit overpowering. But overall a well balanced beer.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper color with almost an inch of light brown head.

The smell is wonderful. It includes very fragrant tropical fruits, similar to fruit punch mixed with ginger ale. As the head settles the aroma darkens and becomes more like that of dark sweet fruits, cola, caramel, and just a faint hint of coffee. It's like chefs are facing off with desert in the same kitchen. Wow.

Flavor fits well with the smell. one of the more flavorful beers that I have had recently. It's kind of like an alcoholic breakfast. There are notes of dark dried fruits like figs and raisins, a bit of french toast, a bit more coffee than is present in the smell, and some alcohol, like a bourbon. The alcohol has a stronger presence than I would like it to have.

Medium high tingling in the mouth and a hint of tannic character comparable to what you would find in tea.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It appeared in my glass to be leftovers of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, that's how dark it is. Small chocolate milk looking head, it smelled of booze, scotch, coffee, some sour notes but not much. It tasted of booze but once the beer warmed up a bit,it diluted away. I got dark bitter chocolate aromas, some butteryness it seemed. I don't think it has anything to do with a wee heavy definitely on the scotch ale side. Mouthfeel was a full bodied, needs some aging. Overall a great beer with time, it could be a top notch beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper-ruby-brown with a decent, lightly off-white head. Good, lightly smokey malts, floral hints and a nice dose of honey. Very light bitterness.

Definite honey taste. Toffee malts, flowery, nectar-y tastes. A little too sweet in the aftertaste. Hops are quite light in the flavour. Smokiness isn't present in the flavour, and the malts are actually quite subtle. This comes off as more a honey beer than a scotch ale. I detect that same dry honey characteristic in this as I do in St. Peter's Honey Porter. Alcohol is well hidden.

Really low carbonation, and not too thick. Not thin, almost the right substance to this, but the carbonation needs to be a bit bigger. Just a bit. Still no real trace of the alcohol. A decent beer, but not something to have everyday.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a cool looking 500ml bottle

Pours a light brown color – very thin. A thick light tan head tops the beer. Smells of bready yeast, dark ripe fruits, and booze dominate the nose. First sip is unique as there is plenty on honey sweetness left that the yeast did not eat. There some other flowery things going on here too – very herbal. I am not sure I like that. Mouthfeel is good and well carbonated. Glad it is a 500ml and not a 750. The 10.8 ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of leaddog
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black in colour. Zero transparency. Decent amount of head (about one finger-width).

Smell: Notes of honey and scotch, subtle hints of licorice. Sweetness is detectable by the aroma.

Taste: Surprised to detect chocolate/toffee flavours on the tongue. Sweetness of honey comes through. Some styles of beer with high ABVs disguise the alcohol taste - this one does not.

Mouthfeel: Strong zing from the ABV. Leaves a lingering bitterness at the end, which is surprising considering the sweet honey notes.

Overall: It's a beer to be sipped and savoured, not pounded back. There are some nice flavours to enjoy over time. I would buy it again, perhaps for the cold winters, but not regularly.

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MacKroken Flower from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
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