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Brewed by À l’Abri de la Tempête
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
L’Étang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Canada

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
À l’abri de la Tempête has drawn on the soil madelinot to concoct a beer with sweet floral accents. Delicately scented with a series of wild herbs gathered on the archipelago, La Belle Saison charm with its warm notes of citrus and flowers accompanied by a refreshing bitterness. A mouthful of sunshine!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2012
Pleasant and unique saison, new at St. Hubert trip. Very floral, with ginger being the only significant outstanding scent. Pours light yellow with a small lasting white head, and leaving lace dots throughout the glass. . Average mouthfeel, carbonation right there. Decent drinker and refreshing. The taste was mainly ginger, with other herbs including chamomile, and cardamom, pepper.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Citrusy petals, almost biscuity pils malt and sunflower oil-like aromatics dwell in a creamy mouthfeel, creating yet another unique brew from the mind of Jean-Sébastien Bernier.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the clear golden.
-I found this to be as enjoyable and different as his Terre Ferme. Both are idiosyncratic quenchers.
-It is not clear whether the mild bitterness comes from the herbs/flowers used or early-boil hops.
-Some of the herbs recall citrusy thyme.

Bottle and on tap at the Chambly festival.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle that I took to a small tasting with Max, Paul, and Andy. Pours a clear light yellow gold with a thin white head. Herbal and minty, soft musk on the nose. Medium bodied, herbal and slightly lemony. Finishes with a touch of crisp grain and a bit more herbal notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6162) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle, shared with my wife. Golden body of medium depth, average white head. Aroma is strikingly nutmeg, or fresh ground mace. In a blind sniff test, I’d guess this to be a pumpkin beer with complete confidence. On the palate, nutmeg spice is still there, but is combined with sweet pear, light honey, and delicate floral highlights. Very interesting, but not a Saison at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
Clear straw coloured ale wearing a gentle slice of white. Regular bubbles constantly climb up the glass.Herbal and almost perfumey nose that feels both green and floral, pretty idiosyncratic. Underneath, the yeast is very clean, making up for a lively, refreshing, almost crisp palate with engaging carbonation that fits the relatively small body well. Gets a bit soapy, especially after a few minutes when the carbonation starts to settle down a bit. A fair earthy bitterness quickly comes to swipe it all with a mineral, borderline saliness that resembles house character. Original and refreshing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
341ml bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Very pale clear gold with a small and diminishing white fizzy/rocky head. Aroma of Chablis, dried flowers, a hint of cinnamon and maybe a bit of bug spray. Taste - floral, grassy light golden ale with a dash of pear - clean but sort of dull. Light body, strong carbonation, quick finish with a decent if slightly gritty fresh grassy finish. Meh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
In short: A blonde ale full of flowers. Original thirst quencher.
How: Tap at Chambly beer Fest 2010.
The look: Partly cloudy yellow-blonde body topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose is full of flowers, the type of scented flowers I would offer my girlfriend if I was a romantic gentlemen. Burp, fart, scratch balls. Not gonna happen. Taste is like a pressed dandelions juice with cooking green herb. Oily mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. This is a fun different beer but I don’t think I could really session this. Not because of the intensity (it is a soft beer) but because I feel that its fun unconventional taste would grow old after a few pints. Don’t let the word “Saison” fool you, this beer is not a Saison. Saison is a french word that was borrowed from us by the brewing industry using the usual tactic of “sorry, I forgot my vocabulary home, can I borrow your Saison word until tomorrow?”. We’re still waiting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle [341ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly cloudy very pale gold with an average size lasting frothy white head. Odd aroma of lemon, ginger, sugar, grain and floral notes. Watery flavour of herbs, ginger, honey, floral notes and lemon. Light bodied. Not bad but nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2010
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au Festival Bières et Saveurs 2010 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur floral avec une pointe d’herbes. Apparence: La couleur est blonde pâle avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût floral avec une pointe d’agrumes et d’herbes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement aqueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement floral. (Rating #3256)

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a small fuzzy head with limited retention. Aroma consists of weak malt with very subtle notes of herbs. Taste is also a mix between some weak malt notes with some very subtle herbs notes. Body is light with medium to low carbonation. Quiet disappointed with this one since I was expecting a bigger malt backbone and more presence form the herb mix.


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