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MacKroken Flower | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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88
very good
52 Reviews
MacKroken FlowerMacKroken Flower
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada
lebilboquet.qc.ca

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:
103
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 103
Reviews by mrmanning:
Photo of mrmanning
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, reads 10.5% ABV- A decidedly deep and murky pour, of the copper persuasion. Decants a frothy beige cap that laces the glass nicely. Pretty stuff. In the nose, potent caramel malts come equipped with peat smoke, prune, caramelized sugars, and lots of alcohol. Tastes of very sweet caramel and butterscotch malts, toasty, smokey, of burnt sugar too. Comes off a bit peaty/mossy towards the end, with the alcohol there as well. Finishes strong, boozy, warming. The alcohol makes itself known, turning this into a sipper. Not for beginners. Quite good overall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye.

Thie beer pours a dark cloudy brown. The aroma is caramel with some peat smoke as well as a floral quality. The flavor is more of the same with caramel, toffee and possibly some chocolate. A very flavorful beer. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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 biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml, dark, very Scottish looking bottle - brewed with honey, and no indication if they are forgoing the hops, as is subtly implied.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and chunky beige head, which leaves some nicely tiered rocky lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of grainy caramel/toffee malt, butterscotch, earthy and floral honey, raw brown sugar, and some nose hair-tickling warming alcohol. The taste is rather sweet toffee malt, more booze-steeped caramel candies, sort of vinous red fruit, clover honey, and some faint musty floral character, which may or may not be borne of hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its stoic frothiness, the body pretty much a square-on medium weight, a tad sugary in its tacit smoothness, and kind of airy from the density muckraking of the alcohol. It finishes off-dry and musty, mostly, a slight warm taffy character lingering on into the Gaelic-inspired evening.

Overall, MacKroken is a cracking good example of the style, and a decent enough fire-starter from the Scottish diaspora in La Nouvelle-France. However drinkability suffers somewhat, though, when the weirdness that is no offsetting hop bitterness eventually sets in.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice experience, thanks Mathieu. A lovely aroma, malty with some honey. A little smoke. Yes, carbonation there, but also unfiltered in-face yeast experience. Rather cross-style Belgian/Scottish.On tap later in the year, boozy aroma but nice creamy head on dark body. Decent for th style.

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Photo of sbluerock
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again a random offering on tap at Bottlescrew Bills
A - dark red woody colour, thin head and no real lacing
S - sweet toffee, honey, spices of clove and pepper, some fruitiness, light woody
T - very sweet up front with the toffee maltiness, fruitiness builds with hints of raisin and pear, spiciness and alcohol heat on the finish
M - medium bodied for a big beer, generally smooth without the high ABV bite, with s sticky finish
O - props to Bottlescrew Bills for being advocates of beer and bringing in new and interesting offerings, this was a very easy drinking high octane brew, and it was nice to see the looks on some of my swill sipping colleagues when I told them it was a 10.8% brew

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Photo of eat
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy, thick tan head. Opaque and dark brown in colour. A little bit of lacing.

Lots of real scotch smell with sweet caramel. Pungent, metallic and musty. Buttery...scotchy...butterscotchy.

Very sweet; too sweet. Lots of scotch flavour, some honey. I do taste the port wine like the bottle describes but do you really want a pint of port wine? Still, the flavour is quite nice. For being almost 11%, this is incredibly smooth. The alcohol is present only in a warming feeling, absolutely no harsh bite. There's a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. Lots of malt (though not roasted), not really any noticeable hops. Let this one warm a little before drinking; the flavours come out a lot more at a higher temperature.

Fairly creamy with a light carbonation, both in a good way.

I wouldn't want any more than a glass of this at a time; this pint bottle should be shared between two people if not for the 10.8% ABV, then because of the overwhelming sweetness. I would drink this again but it's not something I would want often. I'd buy a glass of this to sip on for a while if I saw it at a bar. At $6.99 for a 500ml from the depanneur, it's a little steep.

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Photo of Beercarrier
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mattgruv
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of nicpetit
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Cloudy dark brown with a long-lasting light brown creamy top. Lot of carbonation. Overall good looking.

S: It does smell honey but I couldn't get any scotch at all. Also caramel and fruit aromas.

T: Tastes what it smells. Very fruity, sweet enough.

M: Creamy enough, as you would expect it, lot of carbonation.

D: I would definitely love to drink one by the fireplace on a cold winter's day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with good carbonation and not much lacing. Aroma of honey and sweet malt with some lightly fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by some dry fruits with notes of honey and a well balanced sweet malt backbone with some very interesting fruity ester. Body is full with very limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and very interesting take on the style with some well balance sweetness.

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Photo of Wulfkvlt
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kacid
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Hazy
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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 dcotom
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoliestGoat
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dark translucent brown, with a tall spongy beige head that slowly settles. Thin lacing.

Sweet aroma, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, mild grainy malt, a faint spicy character that seems to allude to the higher abv%.

Sweet flavour of raisins and brown sugar, molasses and licorice, with the honey adding a cloying character throughout. A little bit of alcohol warmth in the aftertaste that offers a slight reprieve from the relentless chewy sweetness.

Medium-full, but also thick and sticky, with a low amount of carbonation.

Fairly contained for a Scotch Ale of this high alcohol which is pretty impressive. The only major fault I can pick out is lack of a stronger malt backbone to hinge it all together a lot better. Perhaps the malt fermented out with the honey, thinning things out to reach the higher alcohol content.

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MacKroken Flower from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
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