L'Affriolante | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

very good
28 Reviews

Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Veiled dark copper color with a bit of activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with light legs and poor swirl activity. Flavors of toffee, roasted grains, honey, apples, berries, nutmeg, ginger, peppercorn, herbal spices. Nice bready sugary feel, but quite sharp and spicy, very dry and a little astringent, with a sensation of mead. Light creamy and slick medium to full body with pleasant consistency, a good crisp and some prickly carbonation. Strong finish, some burnt butterscotch, smoky barley, with dry red ale spices and leafy flowery hops. Slightly vinous, with a dash of Belgian yeast I think because it's quite bold but still decently fresh. Good taste and a satisfying body. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a light brown/dark amber in color with 1 finger of off white foamy head which faded fairly quickly. I see a few specs in the glass also and im not sure if its yeast or protein. Carbonation look lively!

Aroma - Bread and honey up front followed by plum, some light caramel. coriander, peppery spices.

Taste - Coriander and peppery spices tickle the tongue first followed by honey on white bread, plum and finishing off with a spicy bitterness.

Feel -Lighter end of medium body with tingly fresh carbonation sweet up front with a dry finish.

Overall - This is one of those rare beers that gets the same rating across the board. It's a fairly decent beer but could have been executed better in my opinion, At times it feels to spicey and other moments the honey seems to dominate. I want one flavor to take control here and the other one to be submissive and light but otherwise a very interesting beer. Cheers!

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden color with coppery undertones, and slightly yeast hazed, this is a mellow looking beer! Mild carbonation lumbers to the top of the brew, and the head is thin but sticks around....it is caramel colored. The lacing is modest, with patchy spots that stick to the side of the glass.

S- Dry, biscuit like aromas, that lean almost slightly tart or spicy, and a hint of honey blended in....wild honey! Slightly bitter finish with the hop presence...this smells like a well balanced!

T- Well balanced in flavors for sure....there is an initial malty, honey like sweetness that gives way to Earthy spice....floral, woody, soil, grassy....nothing that I can put my finger on, but it's all with a malty undertone. There is also a small citrus grapefruit rind flavor happening....the finish is rather clean....

M/O- Medium/Heavy bodied, and reasonably smooth in carbonation, this would be a good meal beer....I could drink this all night though but would probably get full soon after. I think it's decent but not quite what I expected, but nothing bad about this brew! I would probably get this again and think it's worth a try!

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a murky ice tea brown color; a rather limited head forms and then fades quickly; just a few spots of foam stick to the side of the glass

Smell: Bread slathered with honey; plum, pear and coriander tones round out the aroma

Taste: Bread and honey, up front, with the plum and pear tones developing; after the swallow, the subtle impact of the coriander emerges though the finish is very sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is an interesting beer that I wish was a bit less sweet; there are a lot of flavor elements but, ultimately, the sweetness wears out the palate before they all can be contemplated

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Photo of Gmolleur
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Poured quite cold, around 6-8 C. 29/10/2014

Smell : Floral ! roses, marguerite, orange and grapefruit, fresh hop and caramel malt.

Taste: floral hop comes first to me, citrus, primary grapefruit juice and orange skin flavour, then some raspberry touches and spices, mostly fresh ground pepper and pink berries in the end. Caramel and sweet malt along with some fresh bitterness at the end.

Feel : Very fizzy and acidic at the beginning, followed by sweetness, then bitterness and at the finale some alcohol warmth. Very balanced from the beginning to the end.

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Photo of spense727
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Cloudy and copper colored. This beer looks like a dirty penny, but only a slightly dirty one.
Smell- This beer smells like a barleywine. Hints of brown sugar, molasses, and raisins.
Taste- There are an array of flavors here - apricot, raisins, pepper.
Mouthfeel- Very lightly carbonated. It coats the mouth well without being overpowering.
Overall- Many spiced beers are overpowering and don't mix the spices well. This is smooth and light, not overpowering. It's the best Canadian beer I've had.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, spice, herbs, earth, peat, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, hay, bread, honey, spices, subtle dark fruit, caramel, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overal this was a pretty decent brew. There really was quite a bit going on in this one, but nothing seemed to mix together to make it a standout brew for the style but rather just everything hit you separately. Really wish that would not have been the case as this brew had potential.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Tall froth, hazed reddish amber

SMELL: Candied orange, nougat, yeast, doughy biscuits, ripe pears, mustard seed

TASTE: Smooth, slick, medium body; malty, caramel, hay, earthy, nutty yeast, citric pith, spice, esters, dark honey; dry, grassy finish

So very rustic, which is sort of expected being that the label states “Beer on lees” (“beer on yeast,” aka “bottle conditioned”). More spice than honey, but what is the yeast to do, not ferment that beautiful sugar? Playful, but more of sipper, as with each sip a new flavor opens up.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened the bottle and the foam came out rather quick, Glad I had my glass ready to catch it. The beer was a reddish brown color, with a big foamy white head on top. The retention was solid and left some lacing on the glass as well. The taste of the beer is sweet, there are some subtle herbal/spice notes in there but nothing too dominant. The mouthfeel was a little high on the carbonation, gave the beer a sharp feeling to it. Overall it was a nice beer to try, not sure if I'd go out of my way to try it again. A decent brew at best.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$7 bottle from New Beer. Ommegang chalice sorta thingie.

While waiting for this frozen lake of a head to settle, I guess I'll start to review it.

Micro-beaded, incredibly dense custard foam. Dark, cloudy amber body.

Smells of condensed milk & sticky spilled beer.

Tastes of lightly burnt sugar/marzipan & black tea. Light ale fruitiness, crusty bread. Semi-dry finish. Carbonation is on the low side, but at least the body isn't too heavy.

Thought it be better.

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Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a nutty brown with a finger width of foamy cream head.

Smell- honey, caramel, cinnamon, plum, vanilla.

Taste- Sweet honey to start. Followed by the plum, caramel, and the spices. Has a bready finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall- A nicely crafted spiced beer. I enjoyed the sweetness from the honey and other aspects of the taste. I would have preferred to have a little more spice in the aroma and taste but otherwise glad I picked this up.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, aged on the lees, with honey and spices. 'L'affriolante' generally refers to something which is alluring, or which excites the appetite. I don't have to explain 'double entendre', now, do I?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium brassy amber colour, with one fat finger of thickly foamy beige head, which leaves some nice breaking sea wave lace around the glass as things ebb southward.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, honey crackers, mild dark fruit, a twinge of clove and nutmeg, and a hefty leafy and floral hoppiness. The taste is more big biscuity, toffee malt, an earthy honey sweetness, mild winter spices, too muddled and subtle to individually spotlight, with those same sassy leafy and dusty hops. The elevated ABV does well to stay in the shadows where only fools dare to tread.

The carbonation is average - not lacking, not interfering - the body within sight of a solid middleweight, and smooth but for a wee astringent incursion on the palate. It finishes sweet and, yes, biscuity, the honey still providing its sugary complement, among a plucky noble hoppiness.

A rather decent English-style strong ale, with the addition of the honey and deftly restrained application of spices altering things to a very limited degree. Maybe the well-elevated ABV makes this something less than an ideal quaffer - but the flavour make a strong case to the contrary.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $8.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, deeply hued amber body with one-third of an inch of creamyish, lace-inducing head the color of a manila envelope.

Smell: Sweet-scented malty nose with notes of spiced caramel, bread, toast with additional varied fruity accents.

Taste: A deep opening maltiness of caramel soaked lightly toasted bread, and it's goodly sweet. A sprinkling of cinnamon and coriander. Small, stay hints of fruitiness giving tastes of apples, sweet orange, and golden raisins. Mild hop character, medium-light bitterness. Drying finish with some lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A fairly enjoyable Bilbo.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Hard to make out the style as it's not listed, etc. Looks good though.

I can't make out the spices either but there is a subtle touch of sweetness, likely from the honey in the nose.

Now, that's more like it. Sweet with a good mix of light, grassy hops with a touch of honey and spice. Kind of like a belgian strong ale or something.

Lingering spice and honey for the mouthfeel. Chewy. Nothing harsh.

Hard to define but it is very drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of peensteen
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber/ruby red colour, one finger of tan/off white head, some lace left behind. Smell is of raisin, dark fruit, honey, notes of rum come through and more so as it warms, sugary sweetness, lots of malt present, caramel with cinnamon and spice. Taste is fairly malty off the bat, spice and dark fruit roll in, raisin, honey, moderatley bitter, slightly sour when it was cold but not as it warmed. Med-high carb, lightish feel, light to medium body. Pretty good stuff, much better as it got warm, nothing spectacular, well spiced, interseted in trying other offerings.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly delivered to VT via g.housen Dist. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Label stamped "L1102AFF4."

Pours a deep brownish-red with 1.5 inches of frothy light brown head. Nose smells like a red ale at first, then gives way to cream and sweet syrup. Palate is like a sweet flower meets a red ale. The honey character is there for sure, with a little waxy honeycomb flavor too. Amber malt, and maybe a whisper of toasted/smoked malt. Nice length finish and great balance.

Liked this more than I thought I would. Very tasty indeed.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky chestnut color with a somewhat slight head. Lovely floral aromas with some warming spices on the back end. Sweet smelling to start, but drys out quickly. The taste is even a bit more integrated with clean floral honey notes, the same warming spices of cinnamon, clove, and allspice found in the nose. Also starts slightly sweet, but quite dry by the finish- almost too much so. Quite pleasant. I'm impressed enough to try some more of their stuff.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is not strong but is fruity, rather sweet, with a malty undertone, and inviting. It pours a nice clear mahogany with a fluffy beige head. Mouth filling flavor is malty and fruity - mainly apple - with a bitter hoppy undertone and a hint of caramel. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly, leaving a nice fizzy and slightly fruity finish.

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Photo of biggred1
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber with a dense foamy tan head that leaves some sliding lace on the glass. Cinnamon, coriander, orange peel and honey in the aroma. The flavors mirror the nose with well balnced spice and honey notes. Orange blossum and honey with coriander spice. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. A different and enjoyable drinking experience, the honey and spice don't overpower each other and work nicely together.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany flecked with amber and garnet hues. Beige colored head of about one finger which subsided quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - hops is the dominant smell augmented by pepper, citrus, molasses, toasted malt, and dark dry fruit.

Taste - the dried fruit is much bigger in taste than it was in the nose. The fruitiness and dark caramelized sugar are absolutely massive in this beer. Cherries, plums, molasses, brown sugar, toasted grains, allspice, mace, cinnamon comprise the majority of the beginning and middle while the finish is dry from both a small hop presence and a astringent burnt sugar/cocoa taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and heavily carbonated with an abrasive mouthfeel

Drinkability - not a very drinkable beer due to its sweetness and body but a good spiced beer. Not my favorite style but a good representation of the style if this is one of your favorites.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, long-lasting, foamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A sharp smell of honey, malt, and some spices.

T: Tasted of malt, something sugary (caramel, perhaps), spices, and a big shot of honey. A very interesting flavor that's not nearly as thick and cloying as you might think.

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

D: An unusual beer that is oddly drinkable.

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Photo of Moe55
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit of a burnt orange color. Off white foam head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus, spices and honey. Very refreshing. Taste is light, smooth and unique. I would not guess that this is 7% alcohol. Minimal carbonation allows for the honey and spices to be a bit more pronounced. I could easily have another 500mL bottle of this.

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Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice orange/amber/redish colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderalty with minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of honey, fruity notes, hops and light spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice carmaly/toffee/malty taste to it but ends with more of a sweetness. The spices are however bearly present.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with alot of sweetness.

Drinkability: It's a very drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours but has a somewhat light taste given its a 7% ABV beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer's striking, graceful, resplendent chestnut colour has a rash of reds, browns and all tones in between and contains an almost majestic luster. It is brilliantly clear but only the shadow of a finger to be visible on the other side. Although no head forms it's colour is elegant and transcendent enough to overlook all other shortcomings.

The beer contains both honey and spices but it's its malts that I noted first; a lightly roasty, underlying sweet scent reminiscent of chestnuts roasting on an open-fire. Add to that an ambrosial honey nipping at your nose and a Yuletide carol sung by a choir of holiday spicing, gingerbread, maple syrup and cranberry. Light alcohol esters make it truly special.

The tastes of raisin and chicory are complemented by hints of orange peel and cinnamon spice, a thick and resinous honey and a sweet, nutty maltiness. A faint zing of coriander peppers the tongue like a light snowfall. An earthy, earl-grey tea-like flavour and bitterness does battle with the sweet, molasses-like taste of the honey - the two dual to a draw.

Alcohol fails to factor in except by way of some fruity esters that serve to thicken the already dense plot of sweet honey, nutty malts and assorted spices. L'Affriolante is definitely well suited to a late night tipple by the fireplace and, I'm willing to wager, a good many of Quebec's characteristically rich and hearty meat and cheese-filled dishes.

Le Bilboquet is by no means a great brewery but they clearly know a thing or two about something. This is clever and well balanced. Coast to coast, Canadian brewers love to use honey in their beers but, like most everything gastronomically related, the Quebecois simply do it better. Another unique and intriguing beer from La Belle Province.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnished bronze colour, head that is pale white, decent but sinks to leave virtually nothing. Lacing is thin, unimpressive. Nice colour, but otherwise pretty unimpressive.

Nose is sweet. A lot of redgum-style honey to it, sweet but with a nice tart edge. Very floral, with light sweet berry character and apple notes on there as well. Some nice clove character at the back all underlined with some cakey malt. Yeah, a nicely constructed sweet aroma.

Taste is a bit bland. Meak honey with slight rose notes, hints of English toffee and lots of malty notes throughout the palate. Caramel malt underlies it all. Nos pice though, and palate pretty much drops off midway, leaving a weakly sweet finish. Not particularly nice and certainly not impressive.

Fairly viscous feel, decent body but kind of sticky without much texture.

The beer is weak enough to drink - and I guess kudos for smoothing out a 7% ABV beer - but not enough to enjoy.

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L'Affriolante from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
3.75 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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