Brewed by Microbrasserie de l'Île d'Orléans
Style: Weizen Bock
Sainte-Famille, Île d’Orléans, Canada


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Une bière de blé forte et ambrée pour l’histoire d’Antoine Pépin dit Lachance de Sainte-Famille. Pépin: il se retrouve dans l’une des premières poursuites judiciaires au Canada pour avoir enlevé un orignal. La chance: tout se règle hors cour. Il porte bien son nom!

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Eructoblaster (4455) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle - 500ml. Pours a hazy dark brown body with an average beige frothy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with grainy, yeasty, and brown sugar hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Robust, complex malty/hoppy taste with plummy, anise, yeasty, and some subtle woody notes. Ends with a warming bittersweet finish. Good stuff.

probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
500 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 08OC11.

App.: Very deep mahogany with a nice tan head. Aroma: Strong, rich malts and bread dough, wheat and yeast, stewed raisins, light minty herbals, kinda boozy and fruity, some hints of dark rum, some apple and pear notes. Palate: Medium+ body with full, elegant effervescence. Flav.: Apple juice, old apple juice, apple seeds and skin, some dark dried fruits, a little brown sugar, some alcohol, hints of yeast and bread dough, a bit messy here; sweet with sufficient bitterness for balance, some warming alcohol, the finish is more apple and a little bread crust and a touch of brown sugar.

The nose had promise; the flavour had problems.

Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
500 ml bottle v at Peluso (Montreal) on September 24, 2011. Cola brown, small beige head. Malted wheat aroma, notes of caramel and chocolate. Sweet taste of wheat, a lot of alcohol with notes of licorice, aftertaste of spicy alcohol. I will not say it’s a lucky (la chance) beer, but it’s good!

sseb69 (1980) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
Bouteille 500 ml. 8.5%. Couleur brune très foncé. Arôme de malt et un peu de caramel. En bouche, malt grillé, un peu de bois, alcool, blé. Finale avec une très légère amertume et un peu de levure. Excellente.

AlainG (2410) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
Bière brune très foncée avec des reflets rougeâtres. Des odeurs de raisins secs et de caramel en émanent. Un goût très discret de noisettes nous titille le palais, accompagné d’épices et d’une fin alcoolisée, qui passe très bien de par sa texture sirupeuse.

Sammy (13013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
Very decent for style, bang on though highly carbonated.Bottle from Gatineau. Served at just under room temperature in an Ithaca Excelsior! glass.Pours medium brown with initial great head, retained a head of about one quarter of an inch, plus some lace droplets. Aroma is yeasty. Moutheel is slightly above average but carbonation slightly in the way. Good but not great drinkbility. Still solid and nice for first beer in 9 days.

Fred82 (2332) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2011
500ml bottle from Peluso. Age unknown.
Appearance : Deep dark mahogany with small bubbly head. Short retention. No lacing.
Aroma : Cheap grain with light toffee. Light raisins. Rather mineral. Light wheat. Alcohol.
Taste : Some wheat with grain and toffee. Light raisins and light almost-roasted malt. Some alcohol on the finish. Light wheat too.
Overall : Well this was quite bad. I presume it’s past it’s prime but it was sold to me saying it was in top shape a few weeks ago. Nose is the most disturbing. Almost no traces of wheat but lots of nasty grain with big mineral notes. Taste is not very good either but you can still find some wheat at least. Very dry finish. Body is borderline thin. Drain poured half way through.

Diogène (1214) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
Very dark brown and ruby beer with an average foamy beige head with ok retention and nice lacing. Aroma is dark malt, wheat, banana, cloves, spices, alcohol and some caramel. Flavor has a nice malt backbone with a lot of sweetness, banana, cloves, burnt caramel and some cherries. There is some nice warming alcohol and quite a bit of residual sugar with some yeast in there also. Full body with a creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. I am very impressed with this one, Microbrasserie d’Orléans used to be a very average brewery but they’re beers are getting better and better!

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2011
That’s one dark Weizenbock, its dark brownshade closing onto black. A fair light tan foam mostly lasts above it. More roast than I’m used to in its burnt nuts and dark chocolate nose coupled with vague fruits that include excessively ripe banana, prune and raisins in a slightly syrupy, very sweet ensemble. Its clovey phenols border on liquorice and frankly, there is not a whole lot of brightness in there, the whole thing being pretty yeasty and not particularly clean, being more of a complex ensemble you have to dig on than a forward aromatic ale that focuses on the essential. The bready, slightly dusty yeast is a bit cumbersome, especially when paired with the roasty nature. Meanwhile, the rather thick, sweet palate brings a certain fatigue over the palate despite the constantly renewed bubbly palate. Hops are a non-factor. Not Orléans’ best integration effort - the yeast does provide some of the typical estery/phenol Weizen combo, but it’s like there is too much grain in there and especially specialty, darker grains that bring a slight clash between roasty, brash yeast and an underlying acidity.

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Dark cloudy dirty dark amber with a thin lasting foam. Thin chocolate and faint banana scent. Dusty cocoa and sourish banana liquere flavour. A cool cocoa sweetness in the finish and aftertaste.

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