Brewer's Art Le Canard | The Brewer's Art

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Brewer's Art Le CanardBrewer's Art Le Canard

Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GeoffFromSJ on 02-02-2005

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 104
Photo of khiasmus
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours with TONS of head (a glass full if you're not careful) that lasts forever. A light burnt orange with slightly lacking clarity, otherwise the appearance is excellent.
In the aroma department there's honey, slightly biscuity, tons of caramelly malt, a bit of alcohol, and the slightest amount of grapefruity hops.
Flavor is intensely sweet-- honey and caramel again, but almost cloying with the very slightest bit of yeast and sourness. The overall impression is crazy sweetness and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is initially almost that of hydrogen peroxide because of the tons of carbonation... not a sharp carbonation, but fluffy... finish is a bit dry and sweet, of course.
Drinkability? If you care for liquid honey, then this is your glass of beer. As for me... this doesn't hold a candle to Duvel, for instance. It's simply too cloying. We split it five ways and I had more than enough. I like sweet beers (eisbock for instance), but this one just has no balance for the honey and caramel.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. Canard appears a hazed bright copper color with about five fingers of bone white foam. Too much carbonation here. Is this infected? Doesn't taste so. Sly Fox should be able to do better than this for their contract with Brewer's Art. Nose and flavor consist of fruits such as apples and pears, caramelized grain, lightly toasted biscuits, rather spicy yeast. Decent body, but a bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a big fluffy white head that went down pretty quick and left some lacing on the glass. The body was orange/copper with some real active tiny bubbles flying to the top . There is some peppery spiciness to the nose with some sweet maltiness and a little funky yeasty smell. The taste starts with the pepper and the bready malt comes in at the end with a faint orange flavor hiding with every other sip. Very active carbonation giving a light mouthfeel and also making this fairly drinkable. Overall ok, the muted nose holds this back a little for me.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Brewer's Art bottle sent to me from USCTrojanBrian.

Pours a pretty hazy orange, off-white huge rocky head.

S- really sweet. It's hard to get past the sweetness. The smell is almost exactly similar to Scaldis.

T- The sweet and alcohol are really all I get. My friend says stale prunes but I don't quite get that. It's obviously got some sort of Belgian yeast influence in it.

M- this was super carbonated in the bottle as it started to foam over upon uncorking, but it didn't feel ridiculously carbonated in the glass... it wasn't too bad.

D- This isn't my fav type of beer ever. Really reminds me of Scaldis but that was a bit more richer with the 12% ABV. This was a mini version.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark golden yellow, very cloudy with a big white frothy head, Great retention left the head around for most of the glass. Lots of sticky lace driped down the flass and left rings on the sides. Great visible carbonation could be seen bubbling throughout.

Smell was very intresting. Quite lively aroma with hints of sweet fruits, lemon and a touch of sugar. Bananas, figs, and pears could also be picked up as well as a touch of grapes as it warmed. First impression of the flavor was to be honest a bit of a shock. There was something in it I could not place right away, some other reviews have touched on a saltiness, and at first I thought it did have that too, but there was this other underlying flavor which I kept trying to pin down. Finally settled on something of a sweet lemon cake or tangerine and orange combination. Very pleasant and very sweet flavor, never had tasted it before in this style, quite intresting. very smooth delievery and great carbonation

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Photo of grub
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled dec 27/08.

the cork strongly resists, forcing me to employ a corkscrew to get it out - but once it starts to move it flies out with a hefty "pop". the foam immediately begins to rise, and forces me to take a break between pours to get it all out of the bottle. the body is orangey-red with just a touch of haze. the head is big and fluffy off-white, falling slowly and leaving tons of chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. some lighter fruit and a bit of citrus - orange peel, pineapple, bit of cantaloupe. touch of alcohol. light yeasty spice.

taste is good. light alcohol. sweet caramel and toffee. orange peel and a bit of the other fruit i got in the nose. white bread and biscuit. low bitterness level. touch of yeasty spice.

mouthfeel is ok. the carbonation is very high and carries a decent sting, too much in my eyes. the body is also closer to medium and doesn't include the expected dry finish.

drinkability is nice. once you get past the high carbonation and the lingering sweetness it's quite nice. definitely an american take on the belgian style, but a good attempt that stands well on its own.

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Photo of joe1510
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


I got this one from my man Dyan awhile back, thanks buddy! La Canard is a slow gusher with the pop of the cork. A tarnished copper liquid fills half my snifter while the other half is chunky, dirty white head. There's enough haziness to make seeing through the body a little difficult while carbonation shoots from nearly every surface of the glass. The hefty head sticks around for long periods of time and leaves chunky lacing behind as the beer disappears.

Right off the bat all I can think of is mulled cider but that quickly segues into a caramel maltiness with unidentified spices. A touch of gritty pear comes along on the backside and adds even more fruitiness to this already fruit laden concoction. The nose is crazy spicy and malty but they all seem muddled, unfortunately.

The flavor is also loaded with a good deal of caramel maltiness and a handful of surprising spiciness. Coriander is one of the spices I can pick out and it goes well with the gritty pear fruitiness. The fruit isn't near as forward as the nose suggested which is a good thing in my book. The spiciness is still a little muddled but manages to come together better than the nose led me to believe.

The mouthfeel is down the center of the spectrum with a carbonation that's on the lower side of moderate. The finish shows some stickiness with the mild lingering sweetness and fruity qualities. The spices stick around for awhile.

La Canard is a sipper with the higher than average spiciness and the caramel sweetness on the swallow. With that said it's an enjoyable bottle to crawl into on a lazy evening. The spiciness keeps me from drinking this one faster though.

This is my second offering from Brewer's Art. I like what I've come across so far. Now I just need to get my hands on some Green Peppercorn Tripel and I'll be all set. If you see these guys around give 'em a dance. Thanks again, Dyan!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Grant for letting me try this bottle. Pours a pale orange with good clarity and a huge head. A gusher- the head fades completely. Smells of sweet orange, mango, grapefruit, and grapes. Tastes sweet and fruity with light spice. A bit too carbonated in the mouth. This bottle clearly has the beginnings of an infection, but it hasn't affected the flavor as yet, and I believe in reviewing quality control- especially with no dating.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two plus fingers worth of lively effervescent tan colored head with a faint orange tinge that is comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles that is slightly fluffy overall... Minimal retention... Once settled, there is a thick rich creamy lacing that is very inviting... The color is a deep dark resiny amber... A cyclone of small bubbled carbonation swirls in the middle of the glass...

S - Brown sugar... Raisins... Honey... A bit of melon... Sweet oranges... Caramel... Candied sugars... A hint of fig... Very sweet, put never overpowering or cloying...

T - A bit boozy to start... A lot of the sweetness alluded to by the nose is absent on the palette... Slightly medicinal... A hint of orange zest... A bit of honey... Fruit cake... The booziness returns on the finish and lingers for a while...

M - On the heavier side of medium bodied... A bit dense... A bit thick... Moderate carbonation... A little stickiness... A slightly dry boozy finish...

D - A definite sipper... Boozy and bit overpowering at times... Not a bad beer by any means, but a bomber is a lot for one individuals... Lots of strong flavor that could stand to be mellowed out a bit... This Brewer's Art offering has lots of good things happening, but there are just enough rough edges to make this one nothing more than decent...

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Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: westmalle chalice, orange-amber in color with a thin head, the thick cake on the bottom produced a floater slurry despite a careful pour

s: musty grape juice body with a blend of pale malts and heavy candied sugars, dried apple and a touch of date date, not very complex and a little skewed towards the fruit sugars...I'd like to see some more yeast and papery hop influence

m: carbonation on the full side of medium, medium body - a little slick or syrupy

t: sweet apple juice and white grape malt presence, some moderate honey, maybe a touch of fig, on the sweeter side, mild aged hops, nice flavors but it's too sugary and finishes a bit heavy for the style, booze only hits in the stomach

d: easy enough to split a bottle, but a full 750 may be a little trying

bottle from The Perfect Pour in Elkridge, MD, my first week on the job...cellared nearly a year now

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Photo of mikereaser
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my east end brewing pint glass

A - pours a murky copper color with plenty of whispy orangish white foam that slowly disappeared

S - Very citrusy aroma of apricots and tangerines, mango, pineapple

T - as expected a nice citrus flavor along with piney malt flavor and an unexpected spice from corriander

M/D - way way overcarbonated for me. Other than that, its not a bad beer, a bit too spicy though.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle thanks to Carl (sleepnbballrlife). Back label read 371 3/2/13.

Pop! Pours with much gusto, a medium-amber body, slightly hazy with thick fluffy off-white head. Nose is a bit soapy, in the floral category.

Palate is crisp and biting with lots of carbonation dissolved in there. Flowers, botanicals, and a taste like Cava come together to make a rustic farmhouse ale-like palate. Long, striking finish that's not necessary appreciated.

Notes:'s ok. Not as good as the green pepper corn triple.

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Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big coarse foam on the initial pour in the wine glass. Clear amber color.

Quite a fullsome Belgian flavor with the sweet yet bitter yet dry complexity. Fruity with mango quite distinct, some peach, and a pomegranate finish. Quite dry after some sipping. A mineral aftertaste. Some bitterness as you sip. A pleasant, interesting brew with plenty of Belgian character and that tart, darkly tinted fruitiness.

From the 750 ml corked bottle bought at Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom. I don't know if this is a 2013 bottling or older, but label says #82 with a (best by?) date of 4/10/15.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautiflul amber golden color, very clear. not too much head. taste was similar to a mountie red and a wheat beer, but the crisp taste was surprisingly pleasant, the 8% alcohol helps as well. delicious, one of my favorite house beers from brewer's art, might be better than the resurrection

-notes from 02/05

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Photo of gford217
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of lackenhauser shared at the Brick Store.

The cork nearly decapitated a couple of folks and we had quite a gusher. After getting it under control, it poured a hazy golden amber with a (needless to say) massive white head that receded slowly and left good lacing.

The aroma didn't impress me all that much and smelled a bit like stale apple juice. It had hints of candi sugar and spices as well, but nothing that really jumped out at me.

I thought the taste was much better but did have plenty of the aforementioned apples as well as other light fruits, pears and some tart lemon up front. The sweetness of the yeast and candi sugar formed a solid backbone to the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and probably a little too carbonated. Not terribly distracting though.

This one was imminently drinkable and outside of a sub-par nose I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a delicious beer, despite some flaws.

Pours hazy amber with huge, even excessive head. In fact, it tends to front over slightly The head falls quickly, however, to a soapy surface with no lacing. The aroma is rich and spicy, with hints of apricot and almond. The taste is malty with traces of apricot, lilac, and honeysuckle with just a little hop bitterness. There is a bit of spice, perhaps caraway, on the tongue. The mouthfeel is thin, but intensely tingly from the sharp carbonation. This is a drinkable, balanced beer, despite the high ABV.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“What is it again?”
“Canard. Carnard! It’s a new beer, just drink it already”
Some stranger behind the crowd mumbles, “I fart in your general direction, you stupid English kaniggit.”
We ignore him and move on
The goblet is filled to the rim with a very dark golden colored brew. My friend’s isn’t topped off and has a thick off-white head

Smells very sugary, with fruit and malts
Flavor was immediately malty. It was made more complex with Belgian yeasty flavors, a little pepper, and hard candy sugar. A light bit of hops on the end added some bitterness.
Smooth and drinkable, yet another fine concoction from the folks at Brewer’s Art

We sat by the window and people watched both inside and out

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery golden color-huge head on top that resmebles whipped cream. Some of the largest bubbles foam wise I have seen. Sulfury, somewhat malty aroma. Nowhere near as spicy as the OZZY from Brewers Art. Very solid malty flavor. Has a slight metallic taste, though not in an "off" way. Mildly spiced. Somewhat lemony hint to it. Good body-the lack of astringency that I found in the Ozzy seems to make this a bit more full. Very nice beer. Standing side by side with the Ozzy I think I prefer this one. Another very solid, solid beer from Brewer's Art.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a huge head that leaves copious lace

Smell: Pound cake, candi sugar, stone and tropical fruit along with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Cakey, up front, with some peppery spicing and a developing tropical fruit character; throughout the progression, there are some funky bitter medicinal flavors, followed by a sweet candi sugar influenced aftertaste that persists, although the predominate flavors are dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; very fizzy

Drinkability: This beer didn't thrill me and it is hard to pinpoint why; it has a lot of complexity and hits many of the style points, but there is something about the sweetness and the herbacious medicinal flavor that I didn't enjoy

Thanks to brewandbbq for the chance to re-visit

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Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, during the bears-peckers and giants-ravens

shipped by the darkness

appearance: contents under significant pressure...a gushing wave of le canard jumps out of the bottle to meet me. eventually poured into a hopleaf tulip. This brew has a nice golden-orange body and a fluffy beige crest with strong retention

smell: very yeasty aromas, brown sugar and honey, a touch boozy, floral but a bit musty

taste: this is a nice sweet belgian but it seems very disorganized for a normally very tight style...Canard is extremely sweet with an 8% abv that doesnt hide very well. Brown sugar, yeast, apricot and other fruit

mouthfeel: thick and spicy

drinkability: good, but lower than average for the style

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from todd1 in a trade a little while ago. Thanks!
After a bit of wrangling, I managed to break the cork in half. Some quick work with a corkscrew removed the rest. It immediately started foaming, to the point of just cresting over the lip of the bottle. A very gentle pour yielded a big fluffy off-white head that fell very slowly. It was a bit rocky and left clumpy chunks on the glass. The beer was a bit hazy and was closer to orange than amber in colour. Very bready in the aroma, white bread crusts, biscuits, wheat crackers, a bit of caramel. Fruity too, with notes of pear and apple skin, apricots. There was a light citrus element as well, with a hint of yeast that appeared as it warmed. The flavour fell mostly into the malty/fruity combo too. Bread, toast, and more caramel sweetness than in the aroma. Pear and apple with stone fruits, ripe. Alcohol flavour hit mid-palate and there was a faint grassy and floral kick towards the end. The finish was lightly spicy with lingering fruit and caramel. Medium bodied with carbonation that was a little too high and too coarse for my liking, but it didn't turn me off completely. Warmth from the alcohol and off-dry. Pretty tasty overall. My only issue was the carbonation.

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Photo of qchic
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Carefully poured to avoid disturbing the sediment, it appears amber in the glass. Head dissipates to a layer atop the surface. The aroma reveals fruits (apple, pear, banana), clove, and alcohol. Those all come through in the flavor, but they blend well with the earthiness and Belgian yeast. Also some lightly roasted malts and candi sugar. Starts sweetish but finishes dry and bitter with hints of minerals. This beer is a little heavy, but to be expected for the style. I've preferred the rest of Brewer's Art's lineup more, but this is worth checking out, especially with a friend to split the bottle with.

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Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Dark Lord Day 08. Thanks Todd1!

A. The sea-foam head is massive and quite Duvel. Explosive (literally, it overflowed from the bottle) bubbles leave lots of foam as the head quickly settles atop this gorgeous, hazy copper-red beer.

S. Quite sweet, with pale malt dominating things. Honey, light caramel and a slight yeasty bread note (alas!) are blended with a bitter hop twang, grass, white grapes and a pleasing indeterminate floral note.

T. Again, sweet as expected, could use a little more attenuation. Mild flowers / fresh grass help disguise the yeast and vitamin B note here. Hops finally show up in the finish. A crisp, not entirely clean sweet American take on a classic Belgian style. Might not win any awards but I liked it. A little rough around the edges.

M. Crisp, bubbly, finishes mildly dry and grape-honey sweet.

D. Pretty good, overall. If I had made this, I'd be ecstatic, but it's not as refined as it could be. I would very much like to try more beers from the Brewer's Art.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle by way of beachbum25.

pours a hazy rich iced tea color with some floaties of yeast. it's capped by a gigantic airy sandy tinted off white head. lots of pillowy lace clings to the inside of the glass.

aromas of honey, malty sweetness, orange, grassy hops, florals, bruised fermenting red apples and cider spiciness.

fairly sweet on the palate but not cloying... caramel apple, grainy sugar, a bit of spice and a touch of yeast before a somewhat dry mildly bitter finish. spices and fruit linger around in the aftertaste. more than medium body with a smooth rich mouth feel which is cut up by prickly carbonation.

solid. just a bit too sweet for my liking...

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Photo of flexabull
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of todd1, thanks again for this one as an extra!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a HUGE white head. This beer has one of the biggest heads I have seen on a beer, and it took forever to settle down.

Aromas are spicy, floral and very yeasty. There are some creamy malt notes, and hard candies as well.

Taste is classic Belgian Strong Pale, with a little extra kick. There is an underlying banana, clove, and bubblegum flavor. Beer also has a spicy yeasty like quality, a bit floral with an overall creamy malt sweetness to it. Finish has a zesty and crisp lemon like flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with well done carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice interpretation of the style. I like this style to be a bit more clean and crisp tasting, but this still has some nice flavors, and is well worth trying and drinking.

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