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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 236   ABV: 7.87%
A Belgian-style brown ale with a complex spiciness and a delicious finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
A deep dark reddish brown ale with a thick moka head. A wonderful Brett and horseblanket aroma, with light lactic points and light chocolate. In mouth, a dry nutty malt with strong earthy Brett notes. A bit short overall but interesting. On tap at brewpub, Nov. 29 2008, Alchemist’s 5th Anniversary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2007
on tap-pours a minimal off white head and dark mahogany color. Aroma is vinuous, dark/medium malt, sour dark fruit. Taste is vinuous-cherry, dark/medium malt, sour dark fruit, brown sugar/cocoa powder, some yeast, hops bite, some alcohol not to the style of a Bruin, towards a Flemish sour ale style. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
Verre de dégustation à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’épices et de pommes (?). Apparence: Couleur ambrée foncée. Mince col blanc cassé. Faible densité des bulles. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et d’agrumes avec une légère pointe d’alcool. Court arrière goût. Palette: Corps moyen avec une texture légèrement astringente. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de fruits en arrière goût. (Rating #140)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Cloudy mahogany body topped by a beige ring of foam. Grainy malts, dough, apples, no hops noticeable. 8% well hidden. That’s all the non-spices notes I have. Cooking spices totally take over the beer. Cloves, ginger, curacao and all kinds of herbal spices. Wouash! I like spicy beer as much as the next guy but this was gross. After half a glass (thankfully not served in pints) I was totally grossed out. The Alchemist brewer is too skilled to have screwed up like this so I assume this was the intended result. However I’ve got to give it the below 1.0 drain-pour rating because I couldn’t drink even a single glass of it. And me not being able to finish a glass of beer at The Alchemist is like Rosie O’Donnell not finishing her first plate at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Update: after a quick beermail exchange with the friendly brewer it seems as if I was served a glass with a certain amount of yeasty sediment from the dish shaped bottom their serving tanks. The staff should have picked it up and not serve me the glass. It was a very very busy Saturday night (1 hour wait for a dinning table) which would explain the mistake. Also I didn’t bother checking with the staff to see if it was normal that my beer tasted like that because it was a very very busy night. I’ll make sure to try it again next time I’m at The Alchimist. So for now this rating should be taken with a grain of salt. I won’t change it for now because I always rate what I taste, not what I should or could have tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5860) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
On draught at the brewpub 4/16/05. Dark milky brown colored beer, hazy and very unfiltered, with a small but fairly well-lasting light beige head. Aroma of cardamon, ginger, light earthiness, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and light dough. Flavor is lightly spiced up front, transitioning in to a creamy malt and yeast profile that sticks to the palate. Perhaps more simple than some from the motherland, but no alcohol is noted, little to no astringency and just a fantastic body that gives a wonderful mouthfeel and solid medium-full body. Light nuttiness, hints of dark fruits and more spice round out the finish. Much like Watch City Biere de Bordel was on tap (though more dry and phenolic).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Tap at the brewpub - beautiful burgundy/purple pour, with a lasting tan head - earthy, cellared aroma, with faint whiffs of wild yeast way in the back, underneath thick, dark fruits (plum, date) and light peppery notes - wonderfully complex flavor - dark fruit sweetness and some wine grape vinous character up front - the sweetness is tempered by a mild wild quality that will probably make this beer quite funky with age - the thyme really comes through in the finish, complimenting the earthiness really well - wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4837) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2005
Draft and cask at the brewpub. Dark yeasty caramel, small but lasting very creamy off-white head (almost no head on cask version)...anise, nutmeg and sour yeastiness in the nose, bitter orangepeel arises late...fruity, thick malty body with light alcohol warmth throughout, sour cherries and orange marmalade sugariness spar towards the end, only to both be overcome by old sherry. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Aroma:light lemon,apple... Appearance:Redish brown,small head.... Flavor:A lot of fruit,lemon and caramel....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Draught pint at red bones. Pours a muddy dark brown color with a small brown/red head. Nose is lightly spicy with some nice brown sugar notes, dough, light yeast notes. Palate is chewy and creamy. Flavor is again lightly spiced with some ginger notes, some milky notes with sweet malt and dark fruits. Some apple like notes are found as are a few dark fruit notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2005
Draft at Pub (Not the Cask version) - Described as very complex and this holds true. Pours a quite dark brownish amber with a whitish head that stayed around. Sourish yeast aroma with some maltiness and faint orange peel. Flavor is clasic Belgian yeast with a quite strong maltiness and some alcohol apparent. Finish is of malty Belgian yeast and some fruity aftertones. Really good... my favorite of the session.

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