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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Goldorak on 01-04-2005

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 18
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 liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of mathieuc
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 Melomanemusher
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 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 wizo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of clesius
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 oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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 rtepiak
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

and a big thank you to flipper2gv

for a high abv saison not bad. a bit off on the color coming in at almost amber... darker orange and outside of the fact of the end well agitated clear. with that said the end of the beer was better than the beginning. the sugars without a backed breadiness and remains of hops is sort of one dimensional. straw and honey nose with a hint of beligian sugar qualities. and a distinct cereal underneath. palate is candy sweet, caramel and toasty subtleties. toastiness doesn't give way to any husky grain. toffee and rather nice palate actually. but a would question the saison easy drinking nature of it. just about the only thing that makes me think of saisons is the subtle floral notes.

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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 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 bobsy
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers Colin! I love me a good saison, just not sure this is it.

Hazy light gold pour with a good finger or two of white head. Good retention and lace. Fruity nose has mango, pineapple and lychee along with sweet orange. Huge fruit flavour is sweet, juicy and tropical. Certainly no apparent funk or dryness going on, though there is a peppery finish in the yeat. A grainy body supports this, and 8% alcohol is hidden amazingly well. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation (and not a gusher, thank God, like others I've had from these guys.

Seems more like a Belgian Strong Pale than a saison, but it is a blurry line. A decent beer, and nicely drinkable, but at the pricepoint Voie Maltee position themselves, not one I would recommend buying.

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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 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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Graincheuse from La Voie Maltée
Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 31 ratings
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