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: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bedainedebiere (506) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
Bouteille, 3,89$ pour 341ml. Arôme de foin coupé, de gazon, de fleur. Les saveurs mèlent une touche, caractéristique de la maison, de foin et de céréales, rappelant leur Terre Ferme, à une prédominance fruitée évoquant la banane. Houblonnage sec, herbeux, moyennement intense mais très complet en bouche. Texture plutôt aqueuse mais agréable. Différent mais, comme toujours avec eux, désagréablement trop cher... Mais c’est bien fait et plutôt agréable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2011
341ml bottle, out of the breweries marked Jar Glass. pours a rather boring pale yellow, with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. there is something very unique in the bouquet. notes of cloves and fresh herbs are dominating the aroma. the hops bring out a nice citrus smell. in the mouth it starts off with herbs. rosemary, sage, thyme. then an acidic, citrusy taste comes along. finishes with very mild bitterness. medium bodied, average carbonation. this beer is very, very refeshing out in the sun. a pleasure to drink. when i bought the beer, i was expecting a Saison. this is totally NOT a saison. i figure its name is more a dedication to the beautiful season of summer. very well done, on par with if not better than Terre Ferme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
Bouteille de 341 ml. Arômes très citronnés, floraux et herbacés (thym citronné ?). Robe blonde très pâle et limpide, légère mousse et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, les fleurs et les herbes sont bien présentes, mais tout de même moins qu’au nez (ce qui est bien). Le malt demeure discret, mais apporte tout de même de délicates notes de grains et de paille. Bien que mince, la bière montre une belle texture soyeuse. Finale relativement sèche, présentant une très délicate amertume. Une belle bière de soif, avec une touche originale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGolem (748) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2012 Bottle 341 ml. App: Pours clear yellow. Frothy white head, quickly diminishing. No lacing. Aroma: strong earthyand flower, along with yeast, citrus and spices. Taste: Strong citrus, along with yeast, flower, malt. Mostly sweet, with slight bitterness. Good balance. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Refreshing and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
341 ml bottle. Pours a slightly veiled straw with a nice white head. Smells like grains and orange. Taste is citrus (orange, mostly), some pear and a hint of herbs. Light herbal/floral bitterness. Some spices in there. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Good, simple beer. A bit pricey, though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HippyHop (446) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
Pour is pale gold with a clean white cap that’s gone in a flash. Notes is lots of steeped flowers/tea, lemon, hay, faint bread dough. Taste is light and crisp and refreshing. The flowers/herbs are dominant, but in no way overpowering. and there’s a nice bitter, peppery kick on the finish. It’s February, but this is a great summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5689) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2011
pours a bright golden with a decent white head, some retention and lacing. cereals, malt structure is ok. again that saltiness in the malt. blends very well with the complex herbal, floral bouquet - not coming from the hops. hops per say are light - mainly citrusy, lemon tartness. hint of sweetness, never cloying. soft to average carbonation, light body yet a silky feeling. refreshing and good. just way too expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7859) - 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.

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