Atlantic Au Pineau | Brasserie des Gabariers (L&L Cognac SA)

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Atlantic Au PineauAtlantic Au Pineau

Brewed by:
Brasserie des Gabariers (L&L Cognac SA)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biegaman on 04-11-2007

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by CrazyMike:
Photo of CrazyMike
3.02/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a very typical golden yellow, although it does have a fluffy head. A bit of a fruity, malty smell.

The taste is very (sometimes overwhelmingly) sweet. Slightly malty and fruity (grape) but the taste is dominated with sweetness. The aftertaste is dry but a bit stale.

Overall, it seems this was aiming to be a fruit beer but to unballanced. Definatly not a beer you would drink all night. If you want to try something different, give it a shot, but it's not for everyone.

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Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had meant to pass this one up as I am not into fruity beers, etc. Sugar sizzles out of the body and gives it a good initial head. Not much colour in body. Taste is sugary fruit punch. A couple of sips and I fed the drain. Other notes: thin mouthfeel. There is a segment of soft drinkers that may go for this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a nice big bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma is very sweet and almost disgustingly so. Taste is quite sweet with some Pineau characteristics. Interesting mix but I think I will keep on drinking my beer without Pineau and my Pineau without beer.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a mostly clear golden amber with one-finger white head and avg retention.

S-Malt, apple, grape, liqueur (cognac, armagnac aromas).

T-Sweet and malty with heavy grape juice presence, faint bitter hops in the finish, herbal notes. It's a little sweet for my taste for beer, but pineau is sweet, so it's normal.

M-Moderate carbonation, light-to-medium body.

D-I like it, but not all that much. I like pineau too, but as an aperitif it gets too sweet too fast, and this beer has a similar effect. It's good for the first couple sips and then becomes a tad cloying. Good as an aperitif just like pineau, with peanuts, sausage, etc.

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Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden-bronze, white head, very little retention, initially leaves a little lace. Swirl the glass & it'll leave more leg than most wine (quite a bit of residual sugar here).

S: Sweet booze, toffee, cotton-candy fruity esters, hints of floral character.

T: Sweet booze up front (the first sip was a little shocking... I initially thought it was aweful). There's a little floral hop character, but overall it's not very beer-like. I guess that's to be expected. They've added alcohol and it's still only 5.3% (at most). The alcohol really isn't very warm... but that sweetness is a little much.

M: A light body, but it's a little syrupy. Carbonation is slightly higher than moderate.

D: While interesting, I couldn't drink much of it.

The ingredients include sugar. I assume they've added that after pasteurization?

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Photo of crwills
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Single bottle purchased at the LCBO about a month before.

Yuck. Looks fine, smells like beer (maybe a bit sweeter than usual). Taste is bizarrely sweet and vinous, with sour grapeskin notes mixed with something mildly rancid. Gets even ickier as it warms up and loses its initial carbonation a bit - I guess because the flavours stand out more. I had trouble finishing the bottle.

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Photo of Viggo
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden, fluffy white head forms, disappears very fast, leaves a few lace spots. Smell is sweet, sugary, some floral, almost skunky, honey, nothing too interesting. Taste is nasty sweet, very sugary, some citrus, bit of butter, more sweetness, sugar bomby, somewhat unpleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of pootz
3.27/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from LCBO

Served at 48 deg.F there is no haze...just a crystal clear golden ale with a reasonable tight-pored white cap...moderate retention and lacing.

Very pungent aromas of carapils malt, light fruityness, some wet hay.

Up front this is relatively sweet... some from the bready malts, some from another adjunct source (this is the white Pineau I presume) there is some weak hopping to off set but it takes a back seat to the sweet malt and sweet fruit tastes which really develop mid palate. The finish is strangely drying and the mouth feel slick turning to sandy in the finish.

An interesting and unique beer, probably good instead of a fruit sprizer on a hot day or with cold buffet deserts...but certainly too sweet to consume more than 2 in a sitting by itself.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.97/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark gold color with a crackly smallish head and just a little lace. The aroma is overly sweet with some boozey sherry or cognac flavors and a whisper of malt. Some rancid butter smell is also there in the background. The taste is sweetish with a floral, melon feel with some raw honey. Some spicey alcohol is also there. A grainy malt base is a little too overshadowed by liquoresque flavors. Hopping is inadaquate. The mouthfeel is fuller than a regular lager, with light carbonation.

This was an underwhelming beer experience. Way too one dimensional and alcopop-like. Whatever Pinau is it reminds me of brandy. Ive never had a 4.5% beer with this much alcohol flavor.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden colour with a milk-toast head, good lacing. Effervescent on opening, lots of bubbly carbonation. The label says that this beer is blended with Pineau de Charentes AOC grapes and cognac, so I presume a little wine-speak is permissible. The bouquet is akin to a reisling with a hint of gewurztraminer - but not even spice - it reminds me of a Muller Thurgau grape, a hardy white wine grape grown on the hills overlooking the Rhine. Both the grape (juice as it turns out) and the cognac are very well pronounced with flashes of wine and liqueur in the mouthfeel. There is a sauterne sweetness to begin with that is smooth with no hard edges. This is followed by a brandy-like aftertaste that wasn't overly sharp but hit a hot spot just the same. What was lacking was the bitterness to tell me this was really a beer underneath it all. As it warmed, it was distinctly sour and a bit syrupy.

One of the things I've grown to enjoy about beer is the chance to sample something a bit out of the ordinary, and this is a good example of thinking out of the box. Thanks to biegaman for the opportunity to get back to my wine roots before my first hundred reviews.

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Photo of biegaman
3.31/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imported 341ml bottle found, by surprise, at a local LCBO. An LCBO lab sticker indicates the abv at 5.2%, while the cases on the shelf read 4.5%. Label registers this as a "harmonious blend of beer and Pineau des Charentes". Ingredients read:
"beer, pineau des charentes AOC (grape juice, cognac), and sugar. yum, ok let's find out...

Beer pours with generous two finger minimum of head, flawlessly white in colour. The body itself a bronzed golden with a dense storm of bubbles twirling throughout. Really dense lacing. Aroma comes across on first impression as being less than favourable. Stale (almost adjunct like) notes of corn and malt. A touch of sweetness but far from appetizing. The body carries a low carbonation (wouldn't assume so given all the bubbles/head) and an near syropy like mouthfeel. Almost sticky, I suppose the influence of the cognac. That flavour is only lightly suggested on the palatte, this beer carries itself not too distant from any old Euro swill really. Most prevalent are the notes of honey and muscat grapes. Might accompany certain cheeses nicely, and while the drinkability is on the whole rather good, this isn't something I'd recommend.

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Photo of shamus
2.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An oddball beer treacle sweetness and an interesting pine after taste.(or is that just auto-suggestion because of the name?) Appears highly carbonated but the bubbles are very fine and do not give a fizzy texture to the beer. Rather it is syrupy almost like a molasses was poured into it.

I've never encountered this type so i have little to compare it too. I prefer hoppier brews but this is palatable if not to my preference.

The scent is nice and the flavour would be fine if it weren't so sugary.Very smooth in a butterscotch way. This would be the perfect beer with vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : notes of armagnac, alcohol presence.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, added armagnac is present.
Drinkability : an average beer in the French style "bière de garde".

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.63/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Beer is different, but it should not be hated on for that. It does have it's place. It is an occasional, after dinner type of Beer.

Aromas of candy apples, and mangoes.

It was golden in colour, with a lofty head that dissipated quickly. There was no lace.

Flavours of grapes, icewine, honey, granny smith apples. Not much "Beery" flavours coming out of this "Beer" though.

Mouthfeel was crisp, medium bodied. Felt syrupy.

Overall, as I have already said, this Beer has it's place. However, I wouldn't be able to drink much of this Beer and I could not drink it very often. It would be good for an after-dinner beverage paired with a fruit based desert.

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Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is just an ill conceived novelty beer of some sort. It is a mixture of beer and Pineau des Charentes, which is itself a mixture of grape juice and cognac brandy. And there's a dose of sugar to boot.

I've had cognac based beers before, but this is a non-starter. Its too sugary and what ever is in there for cognac or beer is hopelessly lost. The result has a nasty syrupy finish and a bloated mouthfeel that leaves behind a sticky feeling.

Average looking beer, clear golden colour with a big head that settles to a heavy partial film, no lace. Smell is sugary and doughy. Not appetizing at all. Comes across like a bad white wine.

You can safely pass this one by. Drink for educational purposes only.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear gold with a solid head and constantly rising bubbles. Foam looks more substantial than your average macro.

S - Mmmm beery. Some graininess and sweet malt coming through with a slight tinge of citrus peel.

T - Very sweet - almost sugary. Quite fruity as well with only a minimal balancing bitterness. Odd sweet aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is fleeting in the mouth. Light bodied.

D - Not bad I guess, but a novelty more than anything. Dessert beer I suppose.

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Atlantic Au Pineau from Brasserie des Gabariers (L&L Cognac SA)
2.86 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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