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McKenzie Irma La Douce

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
bottle... super dark mahogany (what’s the base here, very dark for a saison), light tan head rises about two fingers, decent retention but not a big fan of the compactness of the bubbles, decent lace... a very sweet sour, pineapple, lactic, sweet sourness, but a bit boring, slight bandaid finish, alcohol is supremely hidden, this is the type of beer that could get you in big trouble real fast, too easy to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this at a small tasting last night. Bottle 114/480. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip. Pours a nice muddied deep reddish-brown color with a good off-white head with a slight pinkish hue. Body is a bit hazy. Great retention and lacing. The nose starts out with some red wine and honey, along with loads of fruit. Quite a bit of cherry as well as a bit of raspberry and accompanying must. Fairly earthy. The red-wine character comes through pretty strongly, though there’s a bit of the brandy there as well. Mild funk. Flavor really shines. Everything from the nose is intensified and goes together incredibly well. Very complex. Notes from both the brandy and red-wine barrels make their way through, and there’s a nice tart cherry component throughout. Slightly funky and dry throughout; crisp carbonation and light acidity. Very, very well done. Glad to have tried this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
A: The beer pours a hazed amber color with a tall off-white head. S: Starts off with just a light sourness. There’s lots of straw and grass notes with some oak and a really damp feel to it. Some tart strawberries and lemon start to come through as it warms. T: Really quite fruity. Strawberry, lemon, apples, and a touch of raspberry all seem to be there. There’s some oak, wet grass, and a bit of straw to go along with the tartness. A hint of vinegar and maybe even some peach. M: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. O: McKenzie puts out some solid beers and this was another example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7911) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
UPDATED: APR 4, 2012 Bottle as Irma La Douce. Pours with a hazy golden hued body and a white head. Aromas of orange, light funk, a bit grassy and grainy, medium esters. Flavors are bready and quite yeasty. A bit sour. Some apricot and vinous notes. Grainy and fruity. Dry with medium carbonation. 7/4/7/4/15:3.7

Re-rate thanks to hophead22. Bottle listed as Irma Extra 4/480. Pours with a hazed light brown body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are of fruity esters, stone fruit, tannin, acidity, wood, light funk, grapes and mild caramel. Flavors are tart, tannin, fruity, lots of grapes, earthy, tobacco. Very lively bubbles, medium dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of herbs, wood, vanilla, and citrus. Flavor of brett, herbs, grass, peach, and citrus with a soft mouthfeel and a somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
750ml Bottle (#165 of 480): Aroma of Brett, fruit, oak, light sour cherry, light acetic acid, and some barnyard. Poured orange/brown in color with a small, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and medium tart. Tastes of malt, Brett, fruit, slight acetic acid, barnyard, slight funk, and light wood. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Fruit, Brett, light acetic acid, barnyard, slight funk, finish is lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Deep pale golden amber pour thin off white head ... was a gusher and a bit over carbonated so open this one over a sink .... aroma was of sour cherry and brett with barnyard as well .... taste was of light vinegar, sour and sweet cherry, fruity and tart with some oak .... very dry and oaky finish ... not bad stuff little too carbonated though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2011
In short: A strange, dry, rustic, dusty, rusty amber ale of some kind. Fun experimental beer.
How: Bottle 750ml (called Irma La Douce), shared with a few friends at the brewpub. One of the RBSG 2011 bus-trip pit-stop
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is dusty attic, rust and acidity notes. Taste is extremely dry, dry bread crumbs, rust, rustic yeast, acidity, dust, young red apples, dry wood, a bit of caramel. Leaves a very dry mouth, you’ll want a pint of water to drink a whole bottle of this. Kind of a strange beast. A co-called Sour/Wild ale that will only please the dusty-uber-dry Saison lovers. Not sure if what I drank is what the brewer had in mind (I’m willing to bet it isn’t) but I liked it. Sharing the bottle during the RBSG bus trip and looking at the our group made me realize that some people drink more than I do. These people have a serious drinking problem. And as for the rest of group who drink less than I do, they are a bunch of wussies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

Unclear medium amber orange colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nectar, moderate hoppy, fruit flowers, moderate yeasty, leather, peach. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity, peach. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110612]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12501) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
75cl bottle, RBSG bus tour, thanks willblake. Medium off-white head, murky amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, some wood, acetic acid. Taste is medium sweet, acetic acid, some cherry, light wood. Medium body, some acidity.

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