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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: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   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!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - 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 (6022) - 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 (6131) - 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 (1066) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
Bouteille 341ml. De couleur jaune pâle et claire. Nez de levures fruitées (citron) et épicées (gingembre), de grains de céréales fraîches, légèrement floral et léger de houblon herbeux (herbes fraîches). Plutôt mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture aux notes huileuses. Léger goût de levures fruitées (lime) avec un moyen goût épicé (gingembre, traces de poivre) et un léger goût floral (présent en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût de grains de céréales avec des petites notes de pain puis en finale l’on retrouve une très légère amertume de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillées et herbes fraîches). Post-goût long et aux notes sèches, composé d’un goût floral avec un léger goût fruité (zest de lime) et de faibles notes de houblon herbeux.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
Blond body with a thin white head. Aroma of malt with flowery and spicy hints( pepper ). High presence of floral and salty herbs. Dryness in mouth.Sweet bitterness at last. Well balanced at taste but not enough strong and complex.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTheRick (382) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Un bouquet floral très invitant déployant des notes de bananes, d’épices et de houblons terreux émerge d’un liquide de couleur jaune paille. D’innombrables bulles très fines forment un collet mousseux qui est malheureusement très mince. Crémeuse et pétillante à la fois, les épices, notamment le poivre, prennent d’assaut le palais. Tristement, cette bière est un peu trop aqueuse et mince, le côté salin typique à cette brasserie étant toutefois présent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3634) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 31, 2014
Golden body and small stable head. Pepper, aniseed, medicinal, crisp pilsner malt body. Light body, without much interest, quite clean for a Belgian ale, bit too sweet. Not great, but drinks okay. Expensive here, but that?s just the grey import. (341ml bottle from Paris St Bière)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2377) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2011
Pours a weak clear yellow with no head and no lacing. Aroma is faint herbs and floral grains. Taste is crisp, clean, floral and herbal. But lacking that dry bitterness. A little too delicate for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1348) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Piss (sorry but that’s the closest I can think of) colored brew topped by a fluffy white head, like soap bubbles really. Aroma is peppery, grassy, not bad at all. Taste has a lightly sour component and is bone dry. Flavors are herbal with pepper and/or other spices peeking through. Mouthfeel is light, with a good fizz. Overall a refreshing brew albeit not a complex one.


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