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Monday, May 9, 2011

Du Lievre IPA Review

Yes it is big and no it does not have a label. At first sight, this looks a lot like a 750 mL bottle, but it is actually 1 L. Yep, 1L. One litre of sweet, sweet IPA. I got this bottle from a nice "convenience" store on Rachel Street in Montreal for $9.99, $2 off the regular price.

On the way back the bottle shook a bit too much or perhaps it rolled around the trunk and hit a panel on an angle, because by the time I got back home, there was a bit of foam coming out. Good thing I was planning on drinking it right away.

The beer is deep amber in color and pours with a thick, creamy head which recedes within minutes to a thin, off white layer. There is some yeast residue most of which does not settle, but floats around. The aroma is very IPA-like, though not as strong as some of the ones I have had lately. It is biscuity, hoppy with sweet dried fruits, raisin notes and some pine. The taste is very hoppy with a burst of alcoholic tones at the start. Bittersweetness comes rushing in and covers up the alcoholic side of this 6% ABV beer. Bitter hoppyness, sweet dried fruits, with a lot of raisins, and roasted malt make up the flavor, parts of which linger well into the finish, which is bittersweet for most parts with touches of alcohol. On the negative side, the bitterness does build up and some may find it difficult to finish a 1 L bottle when there is so much of it. Overall this is a solid IPA in a fantastically sized bottle with tons of hops.

Cost - $9.99 for a 1 L bottle
Taste - 8/10
ABV - 6%

Overall - 8.1/10...0.1 for the extra large bottle

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