Orléans Louis Gaborit
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Brewed by Microbrasserie de l’Île d’Orléans
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Sainte-Famille, Île d’Orléans, Canada


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Bière saisonnière au sirop d’érable de l’île. Spring seasonal maple-flavored beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
500ml bottle shared with blankboy and biegaman. Cloudy deep orange-red with a smallish off-white head. Aroma - initial bottle metal fades to sweet syrup and yeast, decent roasty caramel malt; a little burny with the alcohol. Taste - ehh, sweaty, pungent, boozy, sweet - the maple flavour’s there, it doesn’t help ... some spicy dry yeast. Average body, a bit syrupy, lively but not so carbonated, boozy and dry in the finish. Meh - don’t really need this. * Update - give this a little time to work, the sweetness and yeast really smooth it out by the bottom of the bottle - not great, but decent after all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5655) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’érable et de caramel avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’érable avec une pointe de caramel et d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #3080)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur brune et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (cerises, notes de petits fruits et de prunes, traces de raisins), moyen de caramel légèrement rôti, léger d’alcool et de sirop d’érable avec des notes de houblon herbeux et terreux ainsi que des traces de fumée de bois et de réglisse noire. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture aux petites notes sirupeuses. Goût de levures fruitées (léger de prunes, notes de raisins et de petits fruits) accompagné d’un léger goût de réglisse noire et des notes de fumée de bois lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût malté de caramel légèrement rôti avec un léger goût de sirop d’érable, des notes de pain et de sucre brun puis en finale l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool (petites notes réchauffantes) ainsi qu’une légère amertume de houblon terreux et légèrement herbeux (herbes mouillées) ainsi que des traces de noix asséchantes. Post-goût long-moyen et un peu sec, moyen amer de rôti, d’alcool doux, léger de houblon herbeux et terreux avec un léger goût de levures fruitées (pelures de prunes) et des traces de noix.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2010
An off-white irregular cover promptly departs from the dull clear brown. Earth and liquorice complement the toasty malts where maple is a fair hint, but not necessarily the most fitting flavour component. Nutty, slightly mineral palate displays plenty of small bubbles that cleanse the sweetness away, but bring the soft minerality close to a metallic feel punctuating the finish. Tame fruitiness feels simple while the toastiness is quite raw, almost grainy, not particularly refined. Its 9% alcohol is well-contained and never bothers, but for a beer of this magnitude, it feels quite thin, both in terms of mouthfeel and flavour range.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
The pour reveals a cloudy, brownish dark amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is mostly about maple syrup, there’s also some caramel and fruity esters. The flavor is sweet, as I would expect from a maple-flavored beer, there’s a maple presence along some caramel and fruityness. The body has a light to medium thickness, but the texture is boring. Overall, it’s an interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
31/03/2010 500 ml Bottle. Low to no head. low carbonation. Color is red / brown. Aroma is alchool, caramel. Flavor is definitly maple sirup, caramel, spicy. A nice warming beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3091) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
Bouteille de 500ml. Bière brune orangée, nez sucrée, la bouche est lourde, pesante, sucrée, lourde. trop pour moi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Maple flavors almost tangle with the chosen Belgian yeast, yet alcohol heat, inherent fruitiness and earthy hop bitterness manage to sculpt a pleasant sipping experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A great sheet of foam covers the cloudy brownish red.
-The tiny but effervescent bubbles are fine for this type of potent brew.
-Wooden notes appear in the finish, perhaps from both the maple and the bittering hops.
-I guess I’m still stuck on the lack of harmony between the Belgian yeast and the maple syrup. A more neutral yeast (and/or cooler fermentation temps?) might have produced a more satisfying maple experience.
-This is still a well executed Strong Ale, but it is nothing to write home about.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lanchester (182) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2010
Poured a deep amber hue with quickly receding tan head. Aroma is sweet and boozy with maple and smoky notes interlaced. Taste is quite sugary and yet slightly acidic as well, maple flavor is subtle and hides beneath a prominent alcoholic heat. Body is thin, and the brew finishes with a lingering sticky sweetness on the tongue. Overall not bad, but I’m not head over heels for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (2947) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. Dark very murky brown pour with a nice thin head that recedes quickly though. Good not overpowering maple aroma, definitely belgian yeast and some smoke. Taste is quite sweet, yeasty, with strong alcohol presence. Palate is a bit harsh but not bad.

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