L'Affriolante | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phyl21ca on 12-10-2009

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
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 DannyBaldoni
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -chii-
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDell
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mademers
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Max8787
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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 byronic
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Gmolleur
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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 Howlader
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Socialiste
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of spense727
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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 GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jordantb313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +1.9%
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 Mack
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -13.3%
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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L'Affriolante from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 49 ratings