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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: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6972) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1807) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2015 Blonde très pâlotte avec pratiquement aucune effervescence. Les odeurs d’herbes et de fleurs sont tellement sublimes, qu’on s’attends à boire un élixir de choix. Ça se gâte au goûter, qui est très discret, et surprenamment, assez pétillant en bouche et c’est à peu près tout. Par contre, j’y détecte un léger, très subtil arrière-goût de "papparmane" blanche, ou plutôt d’un fond de poudre de plat de "papparmane" blanche. Trop cher pour si peu. ---Mise à jour --- Le manque de mousse est toujours aussi frappant. Le nez est tout aussi sublime. Le goût m’est beaucoup plus agréable. C’est floral et herbacé d’une façon plus qu’apréciable. J’avais , peut-être, une mauvaise bouteille la première fois?(M.A. 20 fév. ’16)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
341 ml bottle shared by jsprime. thx jeff! pours clear light yellow with a white head. aroma of herbs and light malt. clean and complex flavour. light and crisp in the mouth. fun beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9100) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4650) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2011
Clear pale yellow in color with almost no head. Lemony breezes, mild spices, mostly ginger, beach grasses and starflowers seem to be swept by the ever-present winds of the archipelago. Taste is also quiet, certainly fresh and herbal, pure maritime air flavors, mostely like others offerings from this brewer. Body is on the light side with average carbonation and kind of watery texture. Finishes with delicate kisses from flowers and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10572) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2130) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
Sample at Chambly festival.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow. No lacing.
Aroma : Herbal and quite spicy. Lots of herbs. A bit like algae.
Taste : Herbal with algae. A bit fruity and grassy. Maybe a bit salty also. Finish rather dry.
Overall : A bit unilateral. Too much spices and herbs. Not my type of saison (and it’s not even classified as a saison here...)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6166) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Diogène (1142) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle. Crystal clear pale golden with a thin white head with below average retention. Aroma is very herbal and floral with some pale malt, honey and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is also herbal and floral with sweet malt and a dry finish. Pretty mineral. Fizzy carbonation with a thin to medium body. Not overly complex but a nice very drinkable beer with fresh herbs aroma.


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