Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #17
Ranked #21,237
3.78 | pDev: 9.52%
Dec 18, 2021
Dec 10, 2009
Very Good
Notes: None
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Reviewed by kyrk

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Nice caramel flavours but not really too many different flavours to me. The smell seems very mild. Does not taste of alcohol even though it has a fairly hight alcohol content. I had the canned version. Not sure about freshness. I got it in St-Etienne du Bolton in December and it had been brewed in march so its possible this one sat for a bit too long. Not much carbonation and I like that.
Dec 18, 2021
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Reviewed by ShoeIn-BrewWin from England

4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A fantastic beer! Absolutely fantastic brown-red, cloudy pour. The mouthfeel is fantastic as well. But the taste reigns supreme: bursting with ginger, pepper, honey, and prunes! This is one of my favorite Quebec beers.
Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Dec 15, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by -chii- from Canada (QC)

Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by MrDell from Switzerland

May 04, 2016
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Reviewed by CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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!
May 01, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by mademers from Canada (QC)

Mar 03, 2016
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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!
Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by Max8787 from Canada (QC)

Jun 03, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by BrunoPettipas from Canada (QC)

Apr 01, 2015
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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
Mar 24, 2015
Rated: 3 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Nov 21, 2014
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Reviewed by Gmolleur from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.
Oct 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 17, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Socialiste from Canada (QC)

May 30, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Dec 29, 2013
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Reviewed by spense727 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.
Dec 18, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by GABrew from Georgia

Jul 07, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Jordantb313 from Colorado

Jun 11, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Apr 17, 2013
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Reviewed by thagr81us from South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.
Feb 17, 2013
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Reviewed by BeerAdvocate from California

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.
Feb 14, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by Mack from Canada (QC)

Jan 29, 2013
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.
Nov 07, 2012
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Reviewed by PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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.
Sep 22, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 13, 2012
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.
Jul 24, 2012
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.
May 28, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by Mattgruv from Canada (QC)

Apr 14, 2012
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.
Apr 02, 2012
Rated: 4 by MeisterSmudge from Indiana

Jan 16, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by brystmar from Texas

Dec 30, 2011
Rated: 3 by oldp0rt from Canada (QC)

Dec 18, 2011
Rated: 4 by OregonHopmonster from Oregon

Nov 25, 2011
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Reviewed by Brad007 from Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.
Aug 19, 2011
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Reviewed by peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.
Aug 06, 2011
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Reviewed by SFLpunk from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.
Aug 03, 2011
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Reviewed by Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.
Jun 27, 2011
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Reviewed by Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.
May 15, 2011
L'Affriolante from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 50 ratings