Thursday, 28 January 2016
The brewing scene in New Brunswick is starting to get pretty interesting. One of the newer players is Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault, an outfit from Edmundston. While home in my birth province over Christmas, I had occasion to try a couple of their brews, including La Buckdjeuve. Sold in stubby 341mL bottles, this little number was billed as a "dark strong ale". It contains a potent 7.3% alcohol, 29 IBUs, and is made with "mythical spices." According to the label, La Buckdjeuve is a rarely seen forest-dwelling critter that lives in the Madawaska Forests--sorta like an Acadian jackalope.
The beer poured with a nice mahogany colour and a layer of fairly thin off-white head. It packed a punchy, warm nose, replete with clove notes and heavy maltiness. The flavour, too, was malt-powered and full of warm spice notes. Alongside were some slightly nutty elements, and a modestly bitter, chocolatey finish.
To my mind, La Buckdjeuve made for a delightful winter ale--strong, seasonally-spiced, and tasty.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10.