Brewed by À l’Abri de la Tempête
Style: Premium Lager
L’Étang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Canada
Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
The best barley of all grows on the Magdalen Islands. We harvest the windblown, salt-kissed grains and use them to concoct a malt with a maritime accent that gives our beers their unique character. Come to our microbrewery À l'Abri de la Tempête, relax by the sea shore and dip your lips in a brew as fine as spindrift.

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Lubiere (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Golden lager with a good white head.. Faint sulfur notes over an otherwise crisp malt aroma. Good crisp malt with good clean german hops. Salty notes. Rich bodied for a lager. Quite nice.

Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
Drinkable lager,medium gold colour. Passable, with some sea-salt, hops, malt, graininess in texture. Overall sweet, drying finish.

j12601 (11796) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle from a trip to Canada about a year and a half ago, and bottled in October of 2008, so I’m doubting this will be very good still. Pours a hazed gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Old cardboard and sweet oxidized malt. Big carbonation, sweet and grainy with a slightly menthol like flavor. Really just empty and at least not as much of a papery mess as I had anticipated. Finishes with a little bit of grain and some more vague hints that maybe once this was a decent beer. Just a lot of disappointment now.

DuffMan (10425) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bright clear golden with a lacy white head. Aroma of clean grains and hints of fresh pineapple. Flavour is all clean grains, slightly sweet, with a low grassy hop note in the finish. A clean, well made lager.

jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle from Joanette, after RBSG. Pale golden yellow, small white head. Cidery vegetal aroma. Mild bitterness, distant floral hops. Thin, watery, poor. Bah. Looks like they may have some quality control issues based on the variability of the ratings.

JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2005
Deep golden beer; small whitish head. Slightly smoked (pale) malts nose, bit grassy and drains water. Malt, malt cookies and grain. Warming up, a peanuts taste arrives. Rather sweet overall. A bit watery. The isles have much wind and good barley, but a lot of rain too, it seems. It’s not the most exclusive beer in the world, no doubt - but surely one of the most elusive. not any longer to me - thanks to a great Lubière!

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 The Lure:
On a filtered bronze-tinted gold lingers a sumptuous head. A freshly malted cereal aroma mingles with subdued grassy hops and a light lactic drop.

The Festivities:
Soft carbonation leaves way to a hoppy hay and a fast-fading finish. A very cleanly-brewed lager offering a nice malt husk crispness and a wooden hoppy dryness. Reaching for the macro crowd, its familiarity and humility could sway the Gaspésiens and Madelinots to the micro world with proper marketing. Addendum: if only we could get fresh bottles faster in Montreal. We are often stuck with 6-month old bottles, or even older...

Far out in the country, simplicity is the root of pride.

JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Pale straw golden pour. The aroma is quite fruity and estery with a touch of light diacetyl and more butterscotch. Slightly sweet with a bit of light fruitiness on the back. Not great.

czar (9066) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 pours ultra pale yellow with a decent head, good retention, no lacing. grainy, little salt indeed, light tartness, herbal, resinous hops. strong carbonation, very light body.

TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
Bouteille de 341 ml obtenue par une collègue de travail qui était en vacance aux Iles-de-la-Madeleine. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de céréales. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement pâle ambrée orangée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’ananas et d’houblons. La durée de l’arrière goût est moyenne. Palette: Le corps est mince et la texture sont mince. L’effervescence en bouche est forte. Présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #349)

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