Located in downtown Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Le Bilboquet was formed in 1990 and has been selling their beers locally from their brewpub for over twenty years. In 2011, they began distributing some of their beers to other parts of Canada and the U.S while keeping the rest of their inventory either back at their cozy home base or sold exclusively in the local region.
Today’s sampling includes two of four of their most widely distributed beers: Le Bilboquet’s oatmeal stout, La Corriveau, and their scotch ale, MacKroken Flower. Like all of their beers, both are unfiltered and bottle conditioned.
Named after the hanged 18th century murderess that, legend says, killed all seven of her husbands, this oatmeal stout pours blackish-brown, much like La Corriveau’s heart, and tops off with a creamy, sudsy head. Aromas of syrupy chocolate and cherry waft up, with hints of stout-like charcoal and even a tinge of savory soy sauce peeking through. Smell carries through into taste like the swift thrust of a knife, exhibiting roasted chocolate and cherry syrup, backed by a full, thick body.
Unfiltered and uninhibited, this high-ABV scotch ale lets loose without exhibiting much of its 10.8% booziness. Pouring a reddish-brown like Cheerwine, MacKroken Flower looks to be deceptively on the lighter side, not too thick or syrupy. The smell weaves boozy raisins, burnt sugar and cherry syrup together with a taste that shows off the same drunken raisins and burnt sugar. A full-bodied mouthfeel and an alcohol presence only slightly peeks its head out. This one would be lovely in a beer-based pecan pie or as part of a steak marinade.
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