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Benelux Armada Spéciale

Benelux Armada Spéciale
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Formerly brewed at Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Brown Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Blend of Armada et Grande Armada Réserve, released for the first time for Cheval Blanc 25th anniversary cask event.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (1287) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2015
Dégustée en compagnie de Ju-Lo à l’île de Garde. La bière est brune et très mousseuse. Dès que celle-ci finit par s’estomper, le simple fait de remuer mon verre suffit à la ranimer. Beaucoup d’acidité au nez et une curieuse odeur mentholée. Un peu de grains chocolatés mais l’acidité prend constamment le dessus. En bouche je ressens une curieuse saveur qui me rappelle le dentifrice. Grande pétillance et plutôt sèche, cette bière n’a rien du bourbon annoncé, une acidité rare pour une bonne brown ale mais une se boit tout de même assez bien.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12778) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
A clear brown ale with a thick frothy lacing brown head. In aroma, superb sweet chocolate malt with light bourbon barrel notes, woody notes, light vinous character, very nice and complex. In mouth, a nice sweet caramel malt with light bourbon barrel notes, woody character, light Brett, warming alcohol, light licorice, well done. On tap at L’isle de Garde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
(7,5% - 40% bourbon barrel-aged) on tap at le cactus, qc. clear medium dark brown pour with a creamy light beige cap, some retention and lacing. caramelized brown maltiness, lots of red fruitiness - red grapes and their astringency/light tartric acid; bourbon, spices, hint of acidity, resin, soil. light carbonation, medium body - oily, harsh boozy and earthy-piney finish. overdone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
In short: A dry-hop orgy over a creamy toasted nutty malt backbone. Fun tasty beer
How: Cask at Cheval Blanc, special cask for their 25th anniversary cask event. This version was described as 7% dry hop Amarillo
The look: Dark brown body topped by a very small beige heard
In long: Nose is dominated by hops essential oils, this is a dry-hop bomb, a bouquet of flowery juice with a citrus twist. In mouth the regular Armada shows up a bit (creamy nutty maltiness and all..) but mostly it is the dry hop that overwhelms the beer. Description at Cheval Blanc said it is a blend of Armada and Grande Armada Réserve but I suspect regular Armada makes most of the blend. Carbonation was exactly what I expect from a cask. Anyway I liked this special version of this beer, not as much as the regular Armada, but this over-the-top dry hopping over a creamy nuttiness made for a unique experience. And after years of going to my local pubs I’ve finally realized that discussing politics with a beer in my hand is not as satisfying as discussing politics with other people.

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