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Graincheuse | La Voie Maltée

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Brewed by:
La Voie Maltée
Quebec, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Goldorak on 01-04-2005

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Reviews by Molson2000:
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeast and lemons with a little bit of orange mixed in. This is a very citrusy smelling saison.

The flavor is oranges, yeast and toffee with some assorted, unidentifiable spices mixed in. Very nice. Fairly dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Loved la Polissonne and enjoyed la Criminelle. Hope this third try of la Voie maltée is on par. Bottled on July 22nd

A- Slightly pinkish copper/gold. White, pretty ordinary looking head. Tons of tiny bubbles.

S- Right out of the fridge all I got was some cold steel but it starts to get interesting as it warms. Alcohol is strong but nice. Saison yeast spiciness. I managed to find a little passion fruit and hops underneat all of this.

T- Different. Caramel nutmeg. I like it.
I don't know saisons all that well but this seems very malty to me. Alcohol does not stand out in the taste at all.

M- High carbonation which attacks the tongue. Dry finish especially for how sweet it is. Full feel.

D- Very good but not particularly drinkable for a saison. A bit too sweet.

If I remember Criminelle and Polissonne well, extra malty seems to be a recurring theme with la Voie Maltée. Now that I think about it... their name is La Voie Maltée, probably a play on ''La Voie Lactée'' (milky way, malty way) so I guess lots of malt taste is to be expected.
Good beer. Fun to try. Enjoyable drink. I'd buy it again if it was cheaper (bought the 500ml bottle for 4.99+taxes+deposit)
I recommend it.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque, orangy, with a thick, lacy head.

Smell: Hallertau/czech hops, a perfect match with a fresh, young Orval.

Taste: Light acidity and tartness, excellent hop bitterness to match, it's as close to the trappist ale as I've ever tasted. The carbonation, the smell, the mouthfeel, aftertaste, a near perfect match. Maybe the head wasn't exactly right, not rocky and strong enough but then again, it was served in a pint glass so that could have been a factor.

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Photo of kylesobrien
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an somewhat opaque orange yellow, with a small white head. Aroma smells strongly of honey and orange peel. Carbonation is relatively low for a beer of this strength. Attractive appearance.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, with a slight sourness. Flavor is very fruity; I'd guess a LOT of honey was used in the recipe. Relatively limited bitterness from the hops to balance out the sweetish citrus-like zing.

I realize many beer fans believe one merit of saisons is the variety of interpretations that may be found within the style. Personally, dark and malty saisons, and sweetish farmhouse ales are the least enjoyable interpretations of what is my favorite beer style. Graincheuse falls solidly in the latter category. If, like me, you appreciate hoppy, medium gravity saisons, steer clear of this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light fruity ester and spicy yeast with nice malt backbone. Taste is a well balanced mix between some spicy yeast with light pepper notes with some lightly sweet malt and some light fruity ester. A bit too straight for the style but enjoyable nonetheless. Body is average with good carbonation with no alcohol showing.

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Photo of Supergenou
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZorPrime
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking their beers at the brewery is so good, I'm very happy that they have started bottling their stuff since I'm not in the area to grab a growler.

Drank this one during a very hot and humid day of summer 2010 (my notes says September 1, 2010).

This beer is copper color with some orange in it. Nice head formed up, however it disappear quickly. The aroma is fruity (citrus, mango) with some yeast. It is refreshing in the nose. On the taste, I get some oranges. The finish is all yeast. Slightly bitter but dry finish and refreshing. The taste is actually very good. Highly carbonated which is good during a hot summer day. Dangerous beer since this one drinks like water and it is 8% ABV. The alcohol is present on the back of the mouth.

A very good beer.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml, bottled Dec 6/2011. Served in a tulip.

A - Beautiful dark wheat gold. Thick creamy head that sticks around, nice lacing.

S - Light funky barn, floral hop, some wheat

T - Rounded wheat, some funk at the end, with hop bitterness. 8% is very well hidden.

M - Effervescent carbonation, maybe a little too much. Medium-thin body, characteristic of the style

O - Pretty good. Would have again, but not my first choice. But very nice for a thirst quencher on a warm day.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden amberish cloudy with a thick head. Good carbonation and I must say she looks very sexy.

smell is spicy, yeasty with Banana hints and some butterscotch that tickles in. Sucre candie present.... not sure.

Taste is fruit, with banana touch and clove. Very carbonated with feels a bit out of touch. Herbal finish with a soft feel.

not bad

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle split by Colin, cheers mate! Pours a medium golden with a good bit of head - pretty standard for style.

It's difficult to make a bigger saison and this one does not hit the target. Generous doses of honey sweetness, bready malt, light fruity esters, some lemon and orange, just a hint of dryness, touch of cloves. Much too round and sweet without the dryness to balance it out. Perhaps more of BPA but even then it doesn't hit the mark. It's not a terrible beer and easy enough to put down but certainly nothing worth seeking.

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Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled June 22, 2010.

Appearance: Label says a red beer but this is nowhere near that. Body is a light orange-gold with lots of tiny bubbles racing up. 3-4 fingers worth of head that gradually take time and coat the glass.

Smell: Sharp lemon, bread, cloves, orange peel and yeast in the back.

Taste: Nice spices, citrus with a strong orange presence and some mild breadiness. Lightly sweet and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Feel lasts long from start to finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Worth grabbing.

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Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of Belgian yeast, nice citrus, lemon, some peppery spices and some bready notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice citrus character to it along with some lemon zest, bready yeast, caramel and peppery spice.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Melomanemusher
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Intrinsic
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off I'd like to point out that the beer's name is Graincheuse, which is a play on the real word 'grincheuse'. It says it's a rousse on the bottle, but I agree with the originator's decision on the style - its definitely a Belgian pale ale. And its a good one at that.

I was a little worried that it was brewed almost a year ago, but my serving is still good. It pours a cloudy orange colour with a healthy head and good retention.

There's quite a bit of spice in the smell, although it lacks many of the qualities I enjoy in pale ale's, notably the hops. It is still better than average despite this.

The taste is quite surprising. Very sweet up-front, with great malt characters throughout and finished with a dry, hoppy bitterness to balance it all out. There are some fruity esters in there as well, although I can pin it on any particular fruit.

Overall its a dry beer, but there's an oily quality that lingers and detracts from the experience. Great carbonation though. Yeah, La Voie Maltée did a great job with this beer. Since I travel to Saguenay quite often, I'm sure I"ll be having another one of these soon if they make them on a yearly basis.

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Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of clesius
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kmat10
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of flipper2gv
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber color, translucent. Good amount of pure white head with quite superb retention. Lacing is ok.

S: Great amount of spices. Cloves, peppers, coriander. Good amount of malty sweetness: brown sugar, honey. Very fruity: pineapple, green apple skin, passion fruit, orange zest. Good level good grassy hops. Ultra good smelling. Very surprised.

T: Lots of yeasts. Again, lots of pepper, nutmeg, cloves and coriander (maybe even a little basilic). Sadly, much less fruity than the smell, hardly noticeable except for slight pineapple. Good malts too: multi grain bread, caramel and honey. Some earthiness too, not much of the grassiness though. If it would have been like the smell, would have gotten a much better score. This is "meh".

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Meh...

D: The alcohol is noticeable and the taste is not as balanced as it could be.

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Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NForr
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this is my first "Saison / farmhouse ale." I've seen a couple of Quebec breweries make this style, but not many.

Poured into my giant Tripel Karmeliet tulip. At first view it has amazing carbonation, three fingers of bright white head on a deep Cooper orange body.

Aromas of Sugars, yeast, floral notes, caramel, banana, citrus fruits, some apples.

Lots of Belgian yeast, fruity, big alcohol taste, but not too overpowering. At first it tastes quite a lot like a tripel or any other high alcohol Belgian. But The aftertaste has a certain sourness that's different that I'm used to. As it warms, the fruit comes out more, little to no sweetness whatsoever.

Body is full and slightly creamy from the never ending carbonation.

This one blew me away, will pick it up
again for sure. Apparently it won best seasonal ale at the world beer awards and this doesn't surprise me as it was something special.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two finger white, fizzy head in my Duvel glass fades to a half finger cap and later to a small island. Tons of carbonation streaming up the sides and up the middle. Hazy yellow/golden in colour, leaning more towards yellow.

S - Yeast is faint. Mild alochol. Orange, lemon zest, maybe some pineapple too. Really fruity and inviting.

T - Yeast is much more present in the mouth. Huge orange there too mildly backed up with the other fruits present in the aroma. Some earthiness is there too. Alcohol kicks you in the finish but blends well with the fruity flavours. Quite sweet as well.

M - Medium to full bodied with tons of carbonation. Possibly too carbonated.

D - Pretty good but the booziness in the finish makes this seem sort of like Grand Marnier and the carbonation is a bit over the top. Aside from that this is a good saison I could see myself drinking again.

The limited experience I have with saisons has always left me refreshed. Fresh is the best way I've been able to describe them and this fits the bill nicely.

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Photo of groleau
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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