This raspberry-flavoured beer from Brasseurs de Montréal in Québec pours a light golden colour with a light peach pink hue in it. A foamy tan-coloured head survives as a collar until the end of the glass and leaves very minor lacing. Coeur Brisé really does smell a lot like raspberry, not drinking box grape juice or canned vegetables. It has a sort of wet hay backing to it and starts to get musty as it warms up.
Coeur Brisé tastes like a raspberry soda or raspberry ginger ale sweetened by honey. There isn’t a heck of a lot of beer taste aside from a yeasty tone coming through, but it’s not too sweet or tart. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, but light-bodied. The beer has a medium carbonation with a puckering sour bite on the finish, but isn’t overly dry.
The packaging of Coeur Brisé would likely appeal to Gothic or vampire fans. A black, pink and purple-splattered background has the sketchy image of a sewn up heart on it. A description of the brewery and an ingredients list that includes both real raspberry and raspberry flavour are printed on the label.
Coeur Brisé would be great with more of a malt backing, but is still a very serviceable flavoured beer. Most raspberry-flavoured beers I’ve tried have been too tart or too sweet, but this one manages to strike a decent balance. I could have a few of these on a patio with something grilled and a salad any time.
Coeur Brise can be found at select LCBO stores, is distributed throughout Quebec and the brewery welcomes visitors to its downtown Montréal location seven days a week.
Type: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Region: Québec, Montréal
Brewery: Brasseurs de Montréal
Format Purchased: 341 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.5%