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Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2010
750ml

I got this one from my man Dyan awhile back, thanks buddy! La Canard is a slow gusher with the pop of the cork. A tarnished copper liquid fills half my snifter while the other half is chunky, dirty white head. There's enough haziness to make seeing through the body a little difficult while carbonation shoots from nearly every surface of the glass. The hefty head sticks around for long periods of time and leaves chunky lacing behind as the beer disappears.

Right off the bat all I can think of is mulled cider but that quickly segues into a caramel maltiness with unidentified spices. A touch of gritty pear comes along on the backside and adds even more fruitiness to this already fruit laden concoction. The nose is crazy spicy and malty but they all seem muddled, unfortunately.

The flavor is also loaded with a good deal of caramel maltiness and a handful of surprising spiciness. Coriander is one of the spices I can pick out and it goes well with the gritty pear fruitiness. The fruit isn't near as forward as the nose suggested which is a good thing in my book. The spiciness is still a little muddled but manages to come together better than the nose led me to believe.

The mouthfeel is down the center of the spectrum with a carbonation that's on the lower side of moderate. The finish shows some stickiness with the mild lingering sweetness and fruity qualities. The spices stick around for awhile.

La Canard is a sipper with the higher than average spiciness and the caramel sweetness on the swallow. With that said it's an enjoyable bottle to crawl into on a lazy evening. The spiciness keeps me from drinking this one faster though.

This is my second offering from Brewer's Art. I like what I've come across so far. Now I just need to get my hands on some Green Peppercorn Tripel and I'll be all set. If you see these guys around give 'em a dance. Thanks again, Dyan!

Reviewed: 7/4/09

Served In: Pint Glass