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Brewed by Microbrasserie Le Naufrageur
Style: Belgian Ale
Carleton-sur-Mer, Canada

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
La Swordfish est une brune hybride aux céréales d’une bière anglaise et à la levure belge, ce qui lui donne un goût à la fois malté et léger. Les goûts de caramel et de chocolat sont prédominants, alors qu’une touche d’épices reste en bouche.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
A dark brown ale with a thick moka head. A light nutty aroma, a bit muddy. In mouth, a nutty malt, with lightly oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. On tap at Brouhaha, July 25 2009.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (9424) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 26, 2014
from Mondial de la Bière 2013, Mulhouse - dark brown beer with a rubish hue under a solid creamy beige foam; nice lacework; biscuity maltiness with hints of nuts and marzipan, toasted; full-bodied, quite thick, some malt sweetness and a decent earthy bitterness; ; light dry and long malty hazelnutty finish with gentle unwanted vegetables notes and cacao as well

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
A little gem courtesy of Diogene. This growler was bought at Peluso. It pours yellow with lots of white foam, that leaves abundant lace dots. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Taste is creamy and is a sweet stout with Belgian yeast. Very easy drinking. Chocolate malt, a little roast, citrus hops, all held together in the creamy yeast. Unique and worth seeking out if you like any of the above styles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012
The nose is softly worty with a little bit of toasted grain character. A little bit of roasted/toasted malt flavour. A little bit of soft fruit and toasted cocoa graininess. A little bit of light yeasty flavour. The fresh malt character comes out as it warms.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8068) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Joes. Slightly unclear red color, medium to full sized beige head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, leaves, iron, overripe fruits. Tastes the same: malts, leaves, iron, overripe fruits, nuts, a hint of toasted malts. Decent body and carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This hybrid of a Brown Ale establishes earth, chocolate and nuts in the flavor profile, finishing in a dryish surge of wooden hop and roasted malt bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown gown with mahogany highlights.
-A touch of oxidation bothers the flavor profile. After reading the other ratings, I’m starting to wonder if this keg at Brouhaha was not in optimal form.
-The nut profile is reminiscent of almond skins.
-Light fruit esters are present throughout.
-The prevalent earthiness is almost smoky at times.
-The body is well rounded, on the verge of being drinkable.
-This is different, perhaps strange, and definitely not conclusive in this form. I’ll have to try from one of their counter-pressure growlers.

On tap at Brouhaha.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2011
2011-08-02. Very dark brown body with a nice foamy tan head. Dusty dark malt, bit tangy, touch of a strange not quite peanut buttter like character. 6+ Flavour is similar, dry roasty malt over a malty core, dusty notes, a bit tangy. Average plus bodied palate. Odd but okay. Bottle from Dep Peluso, Montreal

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle, purchased fresh from the brewery after their tap had run dry. Pours a beautiful deep garnet-brown with a bubbly tan head that shows respectable retention. Aroma is dark caramel and heaps of raisins and dates, with some spicy nuances. Sweet fruity profile, again raisins, some plum, nice dark caramel with chocolate and rummy undertones. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel. Very nicely done!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2011
500 ml bottle from Au Coin Duluth. A small beige head tops the cola coloured pour. Abundant yeastiness, bready and fruity meets biscuity, toasty malts in a fairly hoppy context where spicy, herbal hops serve more than a support function. The roasted malts blend in nicely with the Belgian yeastiness whose phenols are just restrained enough and tartness remains limited. For such a recipe, I’m actually pleasantly surprised by the balance, the roast serving as a counterpart for the milk chocolate sweetness, making for a caramelly latte malt profile that quickly turns toward more serious chocolate and nuts. Finishing earthier and with a powderiness that grows on the palate and feels at its place. Original and pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
February 11, 2012 - with JoeMcPhee, blankboy, jercraigs & mabel. My 500ml bottle. Deep ruby with an average diminishing tan creamy head. Smells slightly nutty, mostly fruity, a bit floral (7-). Taste follows, it’s pungently sweaty, boozier too. Average body, mild carbonation, a fairly long back-palate slightly metallic bitter finish.


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