Brewed by À l’Abri de la Tempête
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
L’Étang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Canada


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
À l’abri de la Tempête has drawn on the soil madelinot to concoct a beer with sweet floral accents. Delicately scented with a series of wild herbs gathered on the archipelago, La Belle Saison charm with its warm notes of citrus and flowers accompanied by a refreshing bitterness. A mouthful of sunshine!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
Clear straw coloured ale wearing a gentle slice of white. Regular bubbles constantly climb up the glass.Herbal and almost perfumey nose that feels both green and floral, pretty idiosyncratic. Underneath, the yeast is very clean, making up for a lively, refreshing, almost crisp palate with engaging carbonation that fits the relatively small body well. Gets a bit soapy, especially after a few minutes when the carbonation starts to settle down a bit. A fair earthy bitterness quickly comes to swipe it all with a mineral, borderline saliness that resembles house character. Original and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
In short: A blonde ale full of flowers. Original thirst quencher.
How: Tap at Chambly beer Fest 2010.
The look: Partly cloudy yellow-blonde body topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose is full of flowers, the type of scented flowers I would offer my girlfriend if I was a romantic gentlemen. Burp, fart, scratch balls. Not gonna happen. Taste is like a pressed dandelions juice with cooking green herb. Oily mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. This is a fun different beer but I don’t think I could really session this. Not because of the intensity (it is a soft beer) but because I feel that its fun unconventional taste would grow old after a few pints. Don’t let the word “Saison” fool you, this beer is not a Saison. Saison is a french word that was borrowed from us by the brewing industry using the usual tactic of “sorry, I forgot my vocabulary home, can I borrow your Saison word until tomorrow?”. We’re still waiting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (5962) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle (341 ml). Clear and pale yellow/golden with a small white head and almost no lacing. Aroma is of floral/herbal notes along with salty notes and slight citrus. Taste is slight sweet and about the same as aroma... pretty floral. Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Easily forgotten.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5931) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2014
Golden body and small stable head. Pepper, aniseed, medicinal, crisp pilsner malt body. Light body, without much interest, quite clean for a Belgian ale, bit too sweet. Not great, but drinks okay. Expensive here, but that?s just the grey import. (341ml bottle from Paris St Bière)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JulienHuxley (5772) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle. Very, very pale yellow pour with a thin film of white foam. Aroma is very weird at first, something meaty and smoky like bacon or breakfast sausage. After some getting used to, it turns more into light lemony aromas with lots of flowers - chamomille and the like. Taste is very light, lagery, some herbal notes, pepper. Palate is thin. Lacks body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5516) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2011
Clear pale yellow in color with almost no head. Lemony breezes, mild spices, mostly ginger, beach grasses and starflowers seem to be swept by the ever-present winds of the archipelago. Taste is also quiet, certainly fresh and herbal, pure maritime air flavors, mostely like others offerings from this brewer. Body is on the light side with average carbonation and kind of watery texture. Finishes with delicate kisses from flowers and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rodenbach99 (4547) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Bouteille de 341ml. Bière de belle couleur dorée claire, elle est translucide. La mousse blanche se fait discrète. Le nez est très frais. Les épices sont bien présentes, les fleurs aussi et le citron aussi mais par dessus tout le gingembre domine. La bouche est piquante, rafraichissante, facile et bien sur les goûts de gingembre sont bien présents. Un espèce de twist shandy de luxe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eructoblaster (4137) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle - 341ml. Pale blond body with heavy carbonation and a thin white bubbly head. Fresh malty/hoppy aroma with flowery, honeyish, and spicy hints. Taste is refreshing and well balanced, but it lacks strength and complexity. Ends with a short bitter/herbal finish. Decent summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3905) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Piss (sorry but that’s the closest I can think of) colored brew topped by a fluffy white head, like soap bubbles really. Aroma is peppery, grassy, not bad at all. Taste has a lightly sour component and is bone dry. Flavors are herbal with pepper and/or other spices peeking through. Mouthfeel is light, with a good fizz. Overall a refreshing brew albeit not a complex one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear bright golden with no head. Aroma: Fairly strong and assertive lemony ginger, earthy, very slightly funky, quite intense fruitiness and citrus, lots of earthy coriander, a touch of bitter herbs, a touch of esters?, a little dusty/musty, not bad for this brewery. Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: Another big hit of citrus and slightly peppery ginger, biscuit, minerals, more watery than the nose suggests, still some decent earthy coriander, light herbal notes, hints of esters and funk (perhaps), drinkable; dry with modest bitterness and a fairly clean, lemon-biscuit finish.

These guys are hit and miss. This one wasn’t defective, but also wasn’t a great success.

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