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Benelux Cimonak (Double à lÉrable)

Benelux Cimonak (Double à lÉrable)
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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a reddish brown color with a small white head. The aroma is spicy notes, some heavy sugary sweetness. This is brewed with Maple Syrup and it certainly shows, some sugary sweetness, spices, like a Belgian Amber.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10467) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2009
A nice reddish amber ale with a thick creamy light moka head. Fruity esters melding with maple in aroma. In mouth, a nice caramel malt, with fruity notes, woody maple, a very nice ale. Medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, April 24 2009.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2008
Pours a copper color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of maple syrup with some malt. The maple is a bit less intense in the falvor and the malt is a bit more present. The palate is medium and oily. The maple is very present, but as a dubbel, it’s not great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Authentic maple syrup sweetness and wooden character is swept into slender toasted maltiness until clean hop bitterness tactfully closes each sip.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear brownish copper.
-The flavor profile is not as sweet as the had announced, and drinkability is enhanced.
-The body is leaner than I would’ve expected from a maple-flavored Dubbel.
-The Dubbel character is overtaken by the maple and so the beer becomes a decent maple-flavored ale, more than anything else.

On tap at the brewpub.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2007
En fût. Verre de dégustation à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales… aucune présence d’érable au nez. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel très doux avec une très légère pointe d’érable. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de sirop d’érable en arrière goût. (Rating #1011)

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3   Light Brown(1)->Dark(5) : 3   Ruby : 2   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: XX   Lacing : XX
Aroma:
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : 4   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Esters : XX   Banana : 3   Phenols : 4   Leather : XX   Perfume : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : 3
Malt : XX   Biscuity : XX   Toast : XX   Caramel : XX   Toffee : XX   Maple : 4   Molasses : XX   Nuts : XX   Candy : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : 4   Fruits : XX   Chocolate : XX   Coffee : XX   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : XX   Dates : XX   Cherries : XX   Plums : 2   Figs : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Spicy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : XX   Cloves : 2   Smoke : 1   Pepper : XX   Ginger : XX   Peach/Pear/Apricot : XX   Candi Sugar : XX   Anise : XX   Vinous : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : XX   Complex : 1   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 3   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: An interesting experiment, but the maple’s fermentation seems once again difficult to control. Rather woolly, ropey yeast finish and a generally stagnant sweetness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2007
Dark brown color, with a creamy beige head, yeasty nose, with notes of wineyness, faint toasted malt, some acidic berries fruitiness, not sweet maple accent in the aroma, follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity winey, sourness character, hint of sweet toasted malt, no maple syrup flavor here, with some pruney, date, and raisiny notes, with a faint floral hop, leading towards a fruity, malty alcoholic finish. This beer needs some works.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2007
(Batch brewed for 1rst anniversary 28 april 2007). Clear ruby body topped by a small beige head. Strong aroma of wet earthy. Not much of the advertised maple on the nose. In the mouth things get worse. The beer has a somewhat lactic taste, borderline yogurt. That lactic taste really doesn’t sit well with the other flavours which include watery caramel, nutty/earthy malts and a little fruity touch of berries. Weird and not very pleasant mix here. The expected maple flavour really takes the back-seat (which is not a bad thing to me). The hops are there but can’t seem to find a way to express themselves. Carbonation is a lot of soft small bubbles and is appropriate here. Overall I was left with a “wet cloth” feeling. A big disappointment considering how good the beers from this brewpub have been lately. Something went wrong. Ha well, accidents happen. I even owe my being born to one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quevillon (2550) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
Bu sur place en fut (10 oz). Rouge rubie, peu de collet. Arome très malté avec un peu de caramel peu sucré. Assez bon goût malté, sensation de caramel et de cacao avec des notes légères d’érable.


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