Le Bilboquet
from Canada (Quebec)
270th highest rated brewery (of 635)
Highest RatedMacKroken Flower (75 / 100) Average score53 / 100 (OK)
Lowest RatedLe Bilboquet L'Archange (26 / 100) Number Tried12
MacKroken Flower
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 23.08.10 on tap
Overall:
65 / 100
(Solid)
Pours a nice reddy-brown colour with nice ochre head, dense bubbling but thin overall, with a nice creamy look to it. Slightly dark body but mostly clear. Lace is moderate, not very sticky. Good otherwise.

Nose is very malty and creamy. Has that great Celtic character I like, hints of Irish cream on there. A lot of English toffee as well with nice vanilla cream characters. I'm aware that in an assessment of a Scottish style I've mentioned Irish and English but not Scottish. Nutmeg and cinnamon appear at the back. Smells like a great crème brûlée.

Taste... okay, so that smell I liked? Sweetness x 10. This is a hugely syrupy, dessert-style beer. Massive toffee, custard, crème Anglaise and dessert wine with a strong brandy alcohol hit at the back and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg for spice. It's pleasant enough though, and way too sweet for my taste. Could see this working very well paired with a good custardy dessert. Nice character but overblown.

Smooth and pleasantly full mouthfeel. Syrupy texture adds to the vibe as a dessert beer. Definitely suits the flavour.

Frankly a sample size is all I could really stomach of this treacly affair. It's good but definitely one for sipping.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 3.0
L'Affriolante
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 23.08.10 on tap
Overall:
50 / 100
(Not Great)
Pours a burnished bronze colour, head that is pale white, decent but sinks to leave virtually nothing. Lacing is thin, unimpressive. Nice colour, but otherwise pretty unimpressive.

Nose is sweet. A lot of redgum-style honey to it, sweet but with a nice tart edge. Very floral, with light sweet berry character and apple notes on there as well. Some nice clove character at the back all underlined with some cakey malt. Yeah, a nicely constructed sweet aroma.

Taste is a bit bland. Meak honey with slight rose notes, hints of English toffee and lots of malty notes throughout the palate. Caramel malt underlies it all. Nos pice though, and palate pretty much drops off midway, leaving a weakly sweet finish. Not particularly nice and certainly not impressive.

Fairly viscous feel, decent body but kind of sticky without much texture.

The beer is weak enough to drink - and I guess kudos for smoothing out a 7% ABV beer - but not enough to enjoy.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0
Le Bilboquet L'Archange
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 23.08.10 on tap
Overall:
26 / 100
(Nasty)
Pours a very pale straw colour, mild haze but mostly clear through. Head is white, retaining a decent film with nice but small trails of lace around. Not bad, not great.

Nose is really oddly phenolic. A barnyard saisony character to it with big rubber and leather and a fair corporeal sweat character. Slight citric fruit, but otherwise, while it's tolerable, there's no classic hefeweizen character on this at all so I'm obliged to call it poor.

Taste is nothing like the smell but instead it's overly sweet, with insipid lemon notes and a faint whisper of banana. Stays sweet towards the back with an icing sugar/saccharine flavour on the back. Watered down and thin. This is a hefeweizen so let's run through the checklist. Banana? Not check. Clove? Not check. Insipid, watery, dish detergent flavour? Check, in abundance. A big disappointment.

Feels thin, bland, watery. Unimpressed.

It's lacking in flavour, but even as far as drinking goes it's a bit beyond me. Too sweet and just unpleasant.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 2.0 | drinkability: 2.0
La Metayer Brune
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 19.08.10 on tap
Overall:
65 / 100
(Solid)
Pours a clear brown, with a slight orange tinge to it. Head is slightly off-white with nice sheet of lacing that doesn't quite cling to the glass. Clear, very light bead. Not bad.

Nose is sweet, quite malty, with pleasant caramel toffee notes. A fair hint vanilla provides shades of light, while a mild chocolatey character adds a darker note. Quite milk chocolatey really, maybe slightly too sweet, but nice for sure.

Taste is sweet, perhaps too sweet. Lots of caramel and vanilla on the front with milky character underlying and a hint of cocoa at the back. English toffee comes through late with an interesting red ale character, and there are hops apparent, but not very distinctive in flavour. Pleasant enough flavour but feels very thin on the body and has a slight bitterness which is unwelcome bacuse it is not well-matched by hop flavour.

Lacking in parts on the palate, but quite pleasant drinking.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 4.0
La Metayer Brune
Reviewed by Jez on 16.08.10 on tap
Overall:
59 / 100
(Decent)

On tap at the Local Taphouse's Canadian SpecTapular in Sydney.

Pours amber and bright - definitely more amber than brown, with a lightly frothy head of white foam. Lacing is excellent, however. Carbonation is languid and pleasant. Pretty nice looking beer.

Slight notes of grain on the nose, with a little bit of caramel backing it up. Minimal hops. It's pretty light all up - not a huge amount to it.

Taste is grainy with a little roastiness coming in. Some bitterness on the back that comes as a surprise -- it doesn't really feel like a roasted grain bitterness. Feel is quite thin; it needs a lift somewhere and doesn't really deliver one.

Drinkable enough in its way, but the bitterness on the back is annoying; it comes from nothing and doesn't have a lot of body to warrant it. It's alright, but nothing particularly exciting.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.5
MacKroken Flower
Reviewed by Jez on 16.08.10 on tap
Overall:
75 / 100
(Excellent)

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Really lovely deep ruby red colour, with a thick head of off-white. The colour is beautiful, and it matches nicely with the heavy and rich body. Nice.

Rich and sweet nose, giving off hints of spicy nutmeg, with something crushed and organic, slightly vegetative to it, giving an almost salty twang to cut through the heavy sweetness. Not bad.

Very boozy characters on the palate, evoking bourbon and chocolate liqueur. Big boozy notes, even giving characters of phenolic banana, vanilla and kirsch. Really very pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and rich.

Yeah, it has some really interesting complexities to it that leave it slightly at odds with a standard flavour profile. Very nice, and drinkable for its ABV.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
L'Affriolante
Reviewed by Jez on 16.08.10 on tap
Overall:
56 / 100
(Decent)

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse SpecTapular.

Pours an orange amber colour, quite clear, with a reasonable thick head of white foam - surprisingly light. Some carbonation making its way through the body. The head gets a little filmy after a while, and doesn't leave much lacing. OK though.

Lots of spice on the nose, which clove coming through quite stridently. Surprisingly, there's a hint of fresh resin to go with it. All up, it's pretty light on, however.

Taste takes the thinness and runs with it; depressingly thin. Some phenols and a light sweet honey/malt character, but little else. There's maybe a hint of roasted grain on the back, but not much. I've had far better tasting beers, especially spiced ones.

Drinkable enough, and quite approachable for a beer that clocks in at 7% alcohol. But there's not a lot to it, and flavourwise it's a let down, especially for a beer that is supposedly spiced.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.5
Le Bilboquet L'Archange
Reviewed by Jez on 16.08.10 on tap
Overall:
43 / 100
(Not Great)

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Extremely pale -- indeed the palest beer I had on the day including two Witbiers. Light hazed pale yellow with a frothy head which leaves some pretty reasonable lacing. So light though, almost tending to colourless.

Seltzer water and lemon acidity on the nose, very thin and watery, and just giving up faint hints of pine. Not so great. I can't say I'm a big fan.

Taste is a bit better, with some roundness and less of than thin reedy acidity. Bit weak though, and the finish is very bready. It's still thin in the body and really quite average all up.

Not a fan. It's not a great beer and far from a great hefe. It's just too thin, too underwhelming and too devoid of flavour. I had better from this brewery.

appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.0