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Benelux Bière de Nöel 2009

Benelux Bière de Nöel 2009
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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
On tap at the "Off Mondial de la Biere" in Montreal on June 5th, 2010. Amber copper colour with a small tan head. Nice "funky", "bretty" and wet oaky noze with some leathery, fruity, cherrish accents, with a faint toasty maltiness aroma follow on a medium bodied palate with a nice "funky and bretty", sour and fruity caracter. Nice earthy banyard, earthy dustiness, with mild sour cherriest fruitty souerness, leading towards a funky faint malty fruity sourness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est rouge-bourgogne avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité et de cannelle avec une pointe de gingembre. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité et épicé en même temps. (Rating #2792)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
In short: A good spicy boozy sipper.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear brownish-ruby body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose of a spicy alcoholised dessert. Taste is rather spicy, hard-candies sweetness, some dried fruits, a bit of caramel, alcohol apparent. Very little sweetness sensation because of the spiciness. Spiciness reminds me of those spicy hard-candies that I buy and come in the shape of a red fish. A good sipper even if a bit too boozy and spicy for me. Still, a good way to kiss 2009 goodbye and its “%/# recession. May 2010 start with an economic boom! A cheap bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
A reddish brown ale with a thin white head. In aroma, spicy cinnamon, orange, warming alcohol. In mouth, a nice sweet candy sugar, cinnamon, curacao, warming and smooth, spiced. On tap at brewpub, Dec. 5 2009, No Habs no.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Fieldberry and orange peel fruitiness scents this seriously festive Christmas brew’s lightly roasty and caramelized malt structure, creating a harmonious sipper coloured by alcohol splashes.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the deep mahogany.
-The hybridization of English Barley Wine and Belgian-style Kerstbier works very well here.
-The spiciness is so well levelled and integrated it is rather hard to decipher everything clearly. Star anise? Cinnamon? Curaçao? Coriander?
-I’d like to have a go at this in a more relaxed setting, that’s for sure. Fun stuff all around!
-The body is really not too hefty for this kind of brew. It almost feels dry in the finish!

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
Drank at the brewpub in the evening No Habs No, December 5, 2009. tap (12 oz). Red Mahogany, little head. Aroma of dry ripe fruit, spicy and pleasant. Taste of sweet herbs, spices, especially ginger, well malted, bitter and sparkling. Effervessent beer Christmas!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap at Benelux No Habs No event. Pours clear deep amber/red. Nose if red fruits, some spices and some alcohol. Taste is spicy with some alcohol. Quite warming. Finish is fruity, spicy and sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2968) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2009
[on tap at Benelux] Fruity and herbal notes accent a subtle cereal grainy malt aroma; star anise and Grand Marnier orange. Almost clear dark red-brown with a lacy, light brown ring. Christmassy clementine orange flavour with a good citrusy bitterness sort of reminiscent of the white part of a grapefruit between the pulp and peel. Grainy malt comes in after the citrus and is moderately sweet with some nuts and in balance with the bitterness. Balance is on the orange side but it works. Medium to full body, smooth and slightly warming, slight bitter grapefruit finish.

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