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


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bière saisonnière au sirop d’érable de l’île. Spring seasonal maple-flavored beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11173) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2011
Good sweet aromas, that’s where I got more maple than in the taste. Above average mouthfeel, buffeted by the maple. Decent drinkability and darkish colour.Bottle from marche Atwater.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2012
2012-02-07. Hazy dark brown body, small quick beige head. 3+ Sweet aroma is malty and sugary with a bit of tangy maple. Flavour is similar, fairly sweet overall, plain sweet malty core has light bitterness and tangy sugary maple accents. Finish is a bit dry, ligtly alcoholic, this actually reminds me a bit of something that I can’t quite place. Almost quad like with a fruity not quite yeasty character to go with the sugars. Smooth average bodied palate has a modest carbonation but its almost champagne like in terms of the bubbles. Relatively simple, but pretty enjoyable. Much better than expected, alcohol starts to show more as it warms. Sugary sweetness gets slightly more cloying as you go as well. Bottle from Dépanneur Tout-Près, Levis

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9319) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
[4284-20120207] 500mL bottle. Cheesy yeast malt grain aroma. Hazy, dark brown amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet heavy grain bark malt flavour has a hint of dark maple syrup in the finish. Medium-full body has quite a fizzy mouthfeel. Interesting balance. (6/3/7-/3/13) 3.2
(w/ jerc)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (7711) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
pours hazy dark copper with a medium-size light beige head, some retention and lacing. very spicy yeastiness, some earth and soil notes, natural maple sweetness, never cloying, some caramel, toasted and spicy malts, pepper. average carbonation, light body - a tad thin although maple gives a little bit of body, decent grassy-spicy finish. a more than decent maple offering but nothing overly complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy copper-orange with an average size frothy tan head. Aroma of ’bottle’ or ’metal’ that I get in most beers with maple syrup, along with maple syrup (of course), caramel malt, some sugary sweetness, alcohol and just a bit of spice. Sweet and yeasty flavour along with sugary malt, maple syrup, light hops and some alcohol in the finish. Average bodied. I found this just O.K.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: peppery , slightly alcoholic nose with clean smooth maple feel. Good aroma.7+
Appearance: slight haze, clean amber brown. Mid tanned fine top. 3+
Body/Flavour/Palate: Mid full bodied. Sweet sugary, syrupy but not cloying. Profile of maple syrup was well presented. Balancing dryness of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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.

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