MacKrokenFlower | Brasserie Bièropholie

very good
15 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Brasserie Bièropholie
Quebec, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Goldorak on 03-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fisherman34 for this bottle of retired beer. A little research and I think this bottle is about 2 years old, let's see how it held up! Poured into a snifter for maximum aromatics.

Pours with a lovely 1/8 inch tan head that ends up being a nice swirling lace. Thick and syrupy body, a nearly opaque brew, but not quite. Carbonation (if I could see it) would likely be mild but enough to keep a nice lacing. Smell is of dark roasted malt, caramel, demerara sugar, molasses and a bit of milk chocolate with a pinch of alcohol to send it to the pleasure centre of the brain.

Taste is very rich and enjoyable, with chocolate being the most obvious touchpoint here, but a light smokiness and cherries and plums make an appearance as well. It's sweet, but not overly so, there's the cherry sourness to keep things in check. Alcohol isn't all that well hidden, and I found the finish a little harsh. Mouthfeel is very thick and rich and creamy, like sucking on a cherry-filled chocolate, and carbonation is quite mild. Drinkable in an after dinner slow sipper sense. A well done straightforward Scotch Ale with nothing to hide.

 1,136 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a barleywine with dark colour and more than scotch in flavour. Malt and caramel ameloriation of scotch. On sweet side, like a liquor, and alcohol is felt. Well carbonated and fresh from Montreal. Love to try a bottle in a couple of years. Radekfest #9.

 257 characters

Photo of Goldorak
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This Beer is based on the winner of last summer's 4ième de 1000, a Québec homebrewer's contest/party. Congrats to my buddies M_Heine and Thierry for cooking up this monster with the ridiculous name...

Appearance: Very dark red, almost opaque, with a thick, cligny ring.

Smell: The first whiff tells you right away that this Beer has got a massive alcoholic punch. After your nostrils get saturated the caramel and dark honey flavors become more evident.

Taste: Very round, warming alcohol, with tons of sweet caramel malt. Nice long aftertaste that gives you those "alcohol shivers". This is a dessert Beer for sure, and not to be taken lightly. I took a good point off drinkability because even though I loved this Beer, I wouldn't be able to drink more than one per session, and I only get sporadic cravings for this style. Fans of full bodied Loch Ness monsters will definitely enjoy.

 898 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a huge foamy dark head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma of strong roasted malt with some lingering sweetness. Taste has a strong toffee taste bordering on molasses, which is more or less interesting. Body is about average with a slight alcohol burn at the end. Good but nothing to really write home about.

 360 characters

Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a bottle with a tartan backdrop for the label and gold foil around the neck. Pours out with a loose spongy tan head that fades out shortly. A deep russett-tinged burnt umber colour, nearly resembling root beer when held to the light. The nose is thick and chewy with sweet toffee malts, cherries and dates, with light nuts, my mouth feels sticky just inhaling it. The mouthfeel does not discredit what the smell forewarns of, this is the texture of drinking a fine torte, creamy and chewy and full, large gulps would only lead to choking and suffocation. The flavour quickly grows on me, and reminds of torte in this aspect as well. Thick, rich caramel malt laced with capuccino, dark chocolate sprinkles, and a quick dash of sour cherry syrup. Lingering in the middle is a full jar of rum soaked dates and raisins contributing to the boozy swagger that underlies the entire flavour profile. The finish then comprises of roasted malt and strong Turkish coffee, a grainy bitterness to reflect upon through the aftertaste, with light milky highlights of toffee and espresso, making one feel that they are on the end cusp of a fine meal and have gotten the pleasantries of dessert and the like related beverages out of the way, and are already within the throes of digestion and the satisfaction of a pleasant gastronomical experience. Granted that I am no where near being a coffee drinker, nor one to fully comprehend the finer points of that appreciation/vice, yet I can still thoroughly enjoy the essence of it that liberally sprinkle and greatly contribute to the overall flavour and journey of this Scotch Ale, to the point where it and the contributing factor of the alcohol content has practically made me maudlin after only one glass. After another one I could see myself singing traditional songs and pining for the good old days, which unfortunately would be the early 90's in my generational gap case, and I'm not sure if the Pixies and the Pogues have made it to the folk music archives of the 20th century yet. Maybe in a couple more decades. Yet I still pine for another one of these, so distantly available in Quebec, and although in all honesty this would make a very dangerous session ale, it's done a phenomenal job in raising my spirits. A humble bow to Goldorak for his fine taste and insight for including this in his BIF to me.

 2,356 characters

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice burgundy beer with a great beige head. Smells of some cherry flavours, alcohol, fruity and malt, when at the end of the drinking experience a strong coffee smell emerge very purgeant followed by the malt.

The taste is weird, a strong note of alcohol hits you at first with a sourness and some sulfuric taste. Not that I dislike but it is odd, then a malted roasted coffee taste follows. This beer reminds me more of a Barley Wine than a scotch al but a great warmer I tell you.

 487 characters

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark brown with a nice red hue and a tan head with streaky lacing. Fades into a light film.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, cocoa, smoked peat, fruity alcohol presence with some hop aroma.
Taste is of sweet whiskey malt with a smokiness that is rich.
Mouthfeel is rich, syrupy molasses, and chocolate all resounding on the front of the tongue and slowly fading to the back.

 413 characters

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2e Brassin (Batch) - 2005***

Second of three Bieropholie beers that i'm reviewing before this brewery is marked as closed.

A legend in it's own right that has spawned TWO different beers by the same name (from Loup Rouge and Le Bilboquet).

Big thanks to z, a local ''bierophoux'' who hooked me up with this rarity via the message board on

Enjoyed last night with my wife.

Poured out of a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Poured first into my snifter with virtually no head but a harder pour into my wife's pint glass revealed a 1 finger foam. Weird and not what i expected. The color reminds me of cola without the fizz. What little foam i have does cling to the glass.

Smell: Wow, very strong. I couldn't find the word until my wife said it: tootsie roll. Lots of sweetness, caramel, toffee, plums and molasses. It also has a brandy-like aspect hidden in there. Multifaceted, complex and a delightful pleasure to smell.

Taste: Not as strong as i would have liked. Dried fruit, candy (or sugar cane) with some caramel though its presence is not strong. Ends with a slight pinprick of spices and bitterness. Tasty albeit not as complex as i would have been led to believe.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy at all and quite smooth actually with a medium body. Age shows in the finish as it ends a BIT thin. Nothing overly worrisome though as it has a nice warming feel to it. Carbonation is quite low which isn't too bad.

Drinkability: I would have pegged this as more of a chore but the truth is it's a very good drinker. I'd have another if it was at all possible.

Overall: I was fairly pleased with it. Not AS good as i would have thought but very tasty nonetheless. Too bad this won't be made again by this brewer because i would have liked to taste it fresh. I guess i can try the other two MacKrokens.

 1,818 characters

Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired in a trade.

Poured a dark and clear mahogany color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of peat, toffee and some smoke. Earthy. Tastes of toffee, bourbon, caramel and some dark fruits. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 11/11/05

 263 characters

Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice dark brown colour with a light brown head that left solid sheets of tiny bubbles on the glass. The foam was really creamy and the head retention was superb. It had a big, malty aroma with lots of the expected toffee and caramel. This was complemented by figs and light alcohol. Traditional maltiness was dominant in the flavour as well, with the addition of a bit of chocolate and cherry character. Moderate bitterness lingered well into the finish, providing some balance. Alcohol warmth was also evident at the end. Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this was quite smooth with a grainy dryness that wasn't overbearing. An above average scotch ale, very enjoyable.

 683 characters

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To quote Kramer in Seinfeld "I suck it down like Coca-Cola"
I mention this quote not only because it's a beer reference, or because this particular one is tasty enough to suck back like Coca-Cola, but also because 'Coca-Cola' would best describe it's appearence. Small bubbles, ruby in the light. A very sweet, sweet mouthfeel. Sticky as well. Excellent flavour, scotch taste present and alcohol absent. The way it should be! I let it warm a little but prefered it a little better cold. I would not have guessed this 9.5% Good malt for certain. Scotch notes come through in a sweet, nectar like aroma. A damn fine beer

 620 characters

Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift from our friend Martin. Thanks!

As good a scotch ale as i've had recently, it reminded me of the one at the Metuchen Uno. Anyways. This is a very dark brown brew, that nears black in shade. The head is tan coloured and quite thick, it remains and settles to a fine collar, that does leave some nice lacing as well. The aromas are all about the sweet boozy malts, and they are here in abundance. Floral hops keep things in check, but this is a sweet, malty show, make no mistake. The taste is sweet, malty, and big but not too harsh or overly alcoholic, which is great. The hops are in the background, but this could use a bit more hopping, imo. Mouthfeel is a bit thin considering this style of brew, but drinkability is very good, especially for the 9.5%abv that this is packing. A great brew, but certainly not a session contender.

 843 characters

Photo of Tim2000
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 mL brown bottle with no freshness date.

Dark brown, crystal clear brew with shades of red when held to the light. Decent tan head that quickly dies down to a thin collar.

Smoky, roasted aroma. Hints of alcohol.

The first thing I noticed is the rich, syrupy maltiness. Molasses and caramel dominate, accompanied by a pleasant roasted, nutty flavour. Smoke and bitteness come in at roughly the same time and slowly fade into a lingering sweetness. Alcohol is very present but smooth and warming. Hops play a supporting role, balancing out the malt without being overly noticeable. Mouthfeel is very thick and the carbonation is light. Leaves the lips sugary and sticky.

This is an excellent example of the style. Delicious.

 737 characters

Photo of Beersignal
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here's a welcome addition to the Québec beer scene. A scotch ale with a strange name is something we don't often see around here, let alone one that is locally brewed.

This brew is closer in colour to a burgundy wine with its crimson hue and seductive deep stained wood highlights. Initially, a generous light brown cap of fluffy foam adorns the beer and stays on it for a respectable amount of time. Not much lacing though.

I found this beer to have a wonderful complexity in aromas. Waves of fruity malt rise out of the glass accompanied by notes of juicy ripe orchard fruits and yeast. A hint of butterscotch (appropriately) in the final soothes the olfactory and beckons another whiff.

Through a fine and delicate bead one discovers a full bodied, malty and comforting brew. The tastes are fully malty with gentle notes of caramel and chocolate up front. Traces of tart fruits finish off the taste experience and the entire package is neatly tucked into a rather brash alcohol bitterness, what I found to be the beer's only failing. This characteristic is tempered as the beer gains in warmth but still somewhat detracts from its drinkability.

 1,157 characters

Photo of fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in colour with slight hints of red. Malty aroma with notes of caramel and alcohol. It has a complex flavor profile: strong malt, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Good amount of carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable for such a heavy and alcoholic beer. Well done!

 292 characters

MacKrokenFlower from Brasserie Bièropholie
3.99 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.