L'Érabière | Ferme Brasserie Schoune

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Brewed by:
Ferme Brasserie Schoune
Quebec, Canada

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by JOaikido:
Photo of JOaikido
4.15/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle of L'Érabière.

A- Cloudy pale beer. Looks like a witbier. White head that goes down a bit too fast. Good effervecence.

S- maple odour noticeable. Pale malt. Fits the beer.

T- A lot like a witbier with yeast and sour citrussy undertones but with this maple flavour floating above the rest.

MF- Light refreshing beer. carbonation a bit high, like many bottle conditined beers.

D- An interesting light-bodied beer. I would happily go for this in warm weather. Think of it as a witbier with a maple twist.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of yael6666
3.87/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Opaque yellow, with an amazingly white foamy head, (considering the style) that doesnt last too much. Good lace too

S:Sweet, surprisingly good, maple syrup (not a fan of lambics and spiced beers).

T:Strong character for such a light and sweet beer. Maple syrup and a good sweet aftertaste.

M:Refreshing carbonation and a little bit watery.

D: This is the best condition of the beer. Maybe comparable to a belgian witbier (only in this heading). Great for hot days.

Such a great surprise as i been trying other Ferme Brassiere Schoune beers, and let me down.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.1/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured an orangy colored beer with minimal head. Aroma is overpowered by maple syrup. Taste is even more overpowered by maple syrup. This beer is just too sweet for me and drinking more then one at the time could give you some heart burns. The only positive aspect to it, is that compared to other supposed maple syrup flavoured beer, this one actually does contain some real syrup.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is pale yellow color which surprise me in a way. I was expecting some reddish notes. The beer is clear and there is a lot of carbonation. The aroma is fruity. Some cherry and little notes of maple syrup. On the taste, I get some faint notes of maple syrup and way more cherry... it taste more like a fruit beer than anything else. A lot of carbonation in the mouth, it feels like cream soda... Below average mouthfeel IMO.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose of apple on the edge of the expiry, for more acids, pectins are released. The mouth is strangely strong acid for a beer of this type and category. It was a little difficult to see what's inside, it still feels the same apple, those acids. The question is to know where is the maple syrup, a sugar default. Because all that we feel of maple, it might be a rotting old trunk and that's it. Not really disgusting but really surprising in the wrong direction, unfortunately.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.45/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy very pale orangish beer with a good foamy head, very carbonated body, quit active.

Smell is fruity, spicy with hints of coriandre, hints of orange and banana flavours mixed with a shy maple syrup smell, actually the smell is the only pleasant aspect of this beer.

Taste is sour , shy hoppy flavours with fruity esters, no characters at all, watery, very shy beer. Smooth, boring.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with a large white head, prominent lacing, and profuse, fine carbonation.

Aroma: Very pronounced maple aroma, almost cloying, with perfume -like notes.

Taste: Very dry maple notes throughout, with light fruit flavors, and very mild herbal and floral hops. The finish is very dry.

Mouth feel: A bit thin and champagne-like, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Unique among any beers I have tried, more like a champagne, or mead.

Many thanks to BA HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

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Photo of spinrsx
1.53/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance -The beer pours a hazy pale straw colour with a tiny fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some very faint lacing. The head never had a chance to hang around, because there was never one to begin with.

Smell - maple syrup, wheat, citrus notes, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - There is a fair amount of carbonation, but honestly I had trouble keeping the beer in my mouth long enough to fully sample. The maple syrup taste simply doesn't work for this beer. (or possibly any beer) It is extremely over powering and it seems like I can even taste butter.. It's like I'm having a glass of pancakes.

Drink - Couldn't get past my 3rd sip, I had to drain pour this one. Dreadful beer.

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Photo of MsNitch
1.61/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Murky golden mustard with a huge fizzing head that leaves lots of sticky bits on the glass. At the finish of the bottle there comes out small brown floating pieces about the size of the bubbles, which dance around in the rushing upward currents of the fizz.

S: Maple syrup and sweaty feet

T: All sour and tangy then a slight maple syrup sweetness at the end that lingers but isn't more powerful then the punch on the face of warheads. There are citrus notes that float in and may account for all that tang.

M: Dry with a medium body

O: If there were hops in that bottle, as it states, then they were used primarily to keep the beer from going off. I can see how this would be lovely for a second, I enjoy a sour beer myself, but this is all tart. Once again, we find people talking about maple syrup and then covering it with another flavor for fear of over sugaring. I wouldn't intentionally drink this again nor would I gift it to anyone, as nothing short of a rancid lemon sucker would enjoy it.

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Photo of jmtpi
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Obtained this bottle as part of a Canada-themed gift pack at a food and wine fair in France. Not labeled "Schoune" anywhere on the bottle, but comes from St Polycarpe, Canada. Called "Érable biere blonde" on the label here in France.

Yellow/Golden in color with a bit of cloudiness. The maple aroma is really prominent in the smell. First taste and the maple is also quite pronounced. So they aren't kidding about the name. Overall it tastes like a not excellent pale ale mixed with maple syrup. I can't get over the fact that it seems like a strange flavor combination. I can see the maple working well with a dark Belgian strong ale, but with this golden ale it just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of brentk56
1.76/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Looks like cloudy lemonade; huge head; lots of lacing

Smell: Bubblegum predominates the nose

Taste: Sweet, bubblegum flavor; to call it maple is more due to the power of suggestion from the lable rather than from actual taste; sweetness offset by bitter hops, and the two flavors duel each other to the bitter end

Mouthfeel: Very thin, predominated by a metallic taste

Drinkability: Been there, done that; won't go back

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Photo of shamus
3.79/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is meant to be "L'Erabiere" a play "Erable", maple in French. maybe Schoune changed the name at some point. I dunno.

having never seen this before I expected that it would pour a lot darker than it did. t's an odd almost pond green/yellow, with huge bubbles and a thin head. It really truly smells of Maple Syrup. Real maple Syrup not corn syrup disguised as Maple Syrup (notice I capitalize it out of RESPECT)

I'm afraid to taste it. what if it sucks as I expect? ok here goes.Mmmmm that's the best maple Syrup beer ever. Damn this would be so good with pancakes. I am not disappointed. This will never be a beer I will drink on a regular basis but it's very well done. They managed to take the concept of Beer and Maple Syrup and retain the essence of both without the end product tasting forced.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.82/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy pale gold colour to the body. Some frothy, almost creamy head, that may or may not stick around (It did on my 2nd bottle but not on the 1st). Good lacing.

S - Not a very intense smell. Some malts, some slight tartness and a pretty solid maple syrup aroma.

T - Some maltiness and a bit of floral hops. A bit of a grainy taste to it. The finish is full of maple syrup, but is not too lingering nor sweet.

M - Light-bodied. Some moderate carbonation. A little watery but quite pleasant.

D - Very high. The ABV is low enough and the taste is inoffensive enough for it to be enjoyable.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Great label has the girl next door, if you live in Canada.

Aroma: Light maple candy with a floral note.

Appearance: Murky yellow glass holds a frothy head that left solid tide marks.

Flavor: Gentle flavors let the maple really come through and shine! There is a light spice note, but that just might be the maple.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable beer! Good use of natural maple flavors, inspired me to try to use maple in homebrews. This is why I got into BA reviewing in the first place!
Highly recommended!

Hand carried back from Quebec.

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Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +45.1%

Photo of BeboThoughts
1.5/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of rodenbach99
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this maple beer twice with different experience. The first one the beer was good, with a nice touch of maple syrup, nice equilibrium, not too sweet. The second time the beer has the same clear golden colour, the nice maple syrup nose has a bit faded but wrost of all the taste was complety transformed into a tart maple puke beer. probably too old. The notes are from the first tasting.

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Photo of bobsy
3.69/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. The predominant aroma is maple and not much else. Mmmm...nice sweet maple! The flavour isn't quite what I expected. The character of the maple becomes more akin to allspice when it is mixed in with the beer, and although there is a brief taste of the flavour in the aroma, it is only passing. Carbonation and body is medium. A very decent offering.

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L'Érabière from Ferme Brasserie Schoune
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 20 ratings