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Brewed by Brasseurs Illimités
Style: Smoked
St Eustache, Canada

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ode aux malts fumés. Sa spirale maltée sucrée, où s’entrecroisent caramel, tire d’érable et soupçon de mélasse, est fidèlement soutenue par l’apport de la fumée du bois d’hêtre.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Very dark brown red with an average foamy mocha head with average retention. Aroma is smoke, wood, peat, alcohol, roasted malt, nuts and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, smoke, wood, herbal notes and a long warm alcohol finish with some coffee. Full body, moderate carbonation and syrupy mouthfeel. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Sample courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours dark caramel brown with thin white head. The aroma is full smokiness mixing with rich sweet malts and chocolate creating a cool deep rich sweet smokiness with smoldering oak and cedar around the edges. The taste is rich with sweet malts, some rich dark fruity esters, a touch of dark roasted malts, some chocolate and plenty of smoky goodness. It ends with lingering nectar sweet malts and some lingering smoke. Full rich yummy brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2010
trade with Fred82-THANKS!-341 ml bottle-pours a tan head that reduces to a ring with dark brown color. Aroma is smoke, medium/dark malt, some band aid pheynols. Taste is smoke, medium/dark malt, 2nd earthy hops and some band aid pheynols still come through. Medium body. Even with the one drawback, an enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Wooden smoke and licorice-like fruitiness delve into molasses and dry roastiness for an elegant, strong smoked ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam recedes to a ring atop the ebony.
-The smoke is prominent, while never reaching levels of the Schlenkerlas of this world. This is also not as smoky as the Bièropholie Calumet Grand Chef, for example.
-Not much complexity is gotten from the malts (light caramel, no chocolate), apart from the smokiness, of course.
-This is not your typical Imperial Porter or Imperial Stout base brewed with some smoked malts. This is a creature all its own.
-Alcohol is masterfully hidden.
-The body is substantial while never being too sweet.
-This is clearly not the same recipe as the Bièropholie Calumet Grand Chef...

Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3036) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Le liquide est brun foncé. Le col mousseux est mince. Au nez, la fumée des grains apportent dans son effacement progressif des effluves doux de malt rôti, de caramel brûlé et de café praliné. Heureusement, aucun parfum de viande ne s’échappe de la concoction. Le goût est une suite logique et manifeste des arômes avec des grains rôtis et des grains fumés qui s’entrecroisent et qui laissent sur la langue une impression amère et sucrée d’une robustesse posée et efficace. L’alcool me semble bien intégré mais tout de même présent à travers une saveur florale et parfumée. En bouche, le liquide a une structure rondelette avec son effervescence tranquille et sa texture légèrement collante. En finale, des notes douces et amères se perdent dans une fumée massive somme toute asséchante. (Quelques bouteilles depuis ce premier rating et une autre hier qui me confirme que cette bière fumée n’est jamais égale à elle-même. Malgré tout, elle reste plaisante à boire mais, à mon avis, ne peut plus figurer dans les hautes sphères de mon trop court palmarès de ce style particulier.)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2010
Pours a deep black color with a thin brown head. The aroma has smoked malt, roasted malt, wood, caramel and nuts, it’s very appealing. The flavor is really solid, smoked malt with wood, roasted malt, caramel and nuts make for a complex, worthwhile experience. The body is medium with a slightly oily texture and soft carbonation. This beer is much more than about smoked malt, it’s about malt period and it’s an impressive achievement. Chapeau, René!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5641) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de fumée avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire avce une très faible densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût de fumée avce une pointe de chocolat et de café. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement aqueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #3408)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large shiny brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some smoked notes though not as dominant as expected. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt balanced with some lactic sugar and some medium smoked notes. Body is full with a creamy texture and some good carbonation. I was expecting a smoked dominant beer such as the Calumet but this is a more balanced affair. Definitely something I would buy again if I can find it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2010
Bouteille partagée avec Jcwattsrugger. Couleur brune, mousse légère moka. Au nez, pas mal de bon malt fumé et malt de chocolat tout en notant la légère présence de ce qui pourrait être du phénole. Au palais, cette bière correspond bien à l’étiquette, fumé à souhait avec un petit côté de grain et de chocolat. Douce au palais, ce malt fumé se marrie parfaitement avec le reste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (2865) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Very deep cola brown with a orange-tan head. Aroma: Rich meat and campfire smoke, some playful caramel/toffee, maybe a few ester notes, sweet chocolate, nicely balanced. Palate: Medium body, silky and fairly full effervescence. Flav.: More esters and almost Belgian ale sweet notes (honey), then plenty of smoked meat with some campfire, chocolate, a little black coffee, molasses, very nice; dry with decent bitterness and a fairly long, smokey finish with some molasses and dark malts.

Fumee balancee doesn’t have the same ring, but fits. Good job.


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