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Benelux Armada Reserva
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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Brown Ale
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Barrel Aged Armada


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (1323) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Brune foncée surmontée d’une mince couche mousseuse. Ça sent très fort le houblon résineux qu’on dirait pratiquement qu’on se met le nez dans un sapin, ou encore lorsque l’on passe dans un champs, après les récoltes. Des effluves boisées par des copeaux. Elle est très amère en bouche, c’est assez surprenant, ça nous rentre dans les joues immédiatement et ensuite, le houblon nous laisse un goût de savon en arrière-goût, ou encore une impression de nappe de vinyle. Dégusté en fût (420-120711).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
On tap at Bénélux. The color is a dark brown with a thin beige head.THe taste is sweet of malt raisins and added to that is a certain bitterness that comes from the hops. The aroma also very sweet . This a very pleasing beer that gives off a pleasant taste in your mouth probably because of the aging condition.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Peppery wood, coniferous hops and caramelized almonds move into a lingering resinous bitterness in this compelling Barrel-Aged Brown Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy brown.
-The peppery barrel character is engaging, but there is too much of it in this brew to keep me interested for the duration of a full glass.
-The prickly effervescence and relative dryness make this surprisingly drinkable (well, if you like a lot of barrel character, that is).
-The chosen hops are harmonious with the barrel.
-This is a lot hoppier than I had expected.
-This may not be complex, but it is intensely flavorful and as well executed as any other Benelux creation.

On tap at the Chambly festival.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4604) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 tap drank at quebec city beerfest. dark brown, nice beige head, excellent retention/lacing. fresh floral hops, fresh dark malts, oak, a certain funkyness. some sweetness, but not cloying like grande armada reserve. soft carbonation, syrupy, medium to full body, semi-sweet and nutty-grassy-spicy-woody finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at the Brew Pub. Was also told dry hopped. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, floral, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of wood, vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and lighter roast.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (3341) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2011
On tap at Cactus. Muddy brown pour with whitish head. Aroma is hoppy, lots of honey, I get strange notes of pickles too - maybe because of the barrel-aging, a bit of a strange one here. Taste is better, very nice hop bitterness, but also lots of sweet, vanilla like flavors and caramel. Full body, good carbonation. An ok strong beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2539) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
Drank on tap (12 oz) at the brewpun, on July 23, 2011. Hazy dark brown, thin head. Sweet barley aroma, with notes of cocoa spead on tost. Barley raw but taste light, fruity malt, slightly bitter. More attenuated than the other version, but it is good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
Draft. Pours a dark bruin body with an off white head. Nice oak tones, toasted malt light caramel and coco bitterness. Cream y body with a lightly sweet vanilla and oak well hopped earth y bittering finish. Solid offering. Medium body with a faint warming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3239) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
Une pinte sur place, le jeudi cask. Mélange de l’Armada et de la Grande Armada. Bière brune foncée, très foncée. Nez de houblon, de noisette et de malt. En bouche la bière prend beaucoup de place, mordante, les houblons sont présents, elle a de la poigne. Très bonne bière.


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