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L'Affriolante | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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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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Reviews by SFLpunk:
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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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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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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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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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3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep bright amber color ale with a large enough foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spices and honey is quite wonderful - I can't say what spices are used (coriander? And something else) but the mix is very interesting. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must admit to being quite surprised - the spice mix is wonderful and the honey smoothed out everything else.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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