Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
A "double-brown" ale based on our famous Armada (American Bronw Ale)Aged 8 months+ in Boubon Whisky barrels, blended with a fresh batch. (last version was "cask strangth") Available in bottles for a limited time and at the pub, on tap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2648) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Thanks Dominic! This is spectacular. Pours a deep maroon with fizzy tan head. Great vinous and sherry aromas. Sour grape notes on the palate. booze, oak, and vanilla too. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
On tap at the brewpub, dark hazy amber-brown hue, with a beige head, with a fruity yeast, mild spicy herbal, bourbonish, grated coconut, oaky nose, with some dried dark fruit, burnt caramel, toffee, light sweet port wine, vanilla, spicy notes, and a candied red berry, black cherry, faint chocolate accent in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a mild warmth boozy, fruity, yeasty, gratred coconut, vanilla, woody, oaky, brandyish, bourbonish, dried dark fruit, sponge toffee character, with a light flowery leafy, grassy hop, faint candied citrus peel, raisiny, barley sugar flavour, leading towards a warming, fruity, brandryish, vanilla, oaky bourbon barrel, faint lingering citrus hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2667) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle. Heavy roasted aroma fo the malt, moderate cooked orange for the hops, and dough fo the yeast, with background notes of toffee, date, aisin, brown sugar and port wine.Head is tiny, wispy, off-white with a spot or two of lacing and good legs, and is almost fully diminishing. Color is murky dark red/brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and faintly bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with a soft carbonation, and finishes sticky on the lips.This American Strong Ale aged very well in the bottle.lasting aromas and lingeing flavors with nothing off in the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTheRick (929) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
Mes attentes étaient très élevées envers cette offrande embouteillée qui est très rare. Un nez d’alcool fort (bourbon), de vanille et de caramel brûlé émane d’une robe brune aux reflets rougeâtres qui ne mousse aucunement. Très (trop) sucrée en bouche, des notes boisées, de fruits rouges et de houblons citronnés à la fin rendent cette bière un peu discordante et ça m’a agacé un peu. Ce n’es pas mauvais pour autant, mais je m’attendais à mieux.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Bourbon rides this Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale’s hazelnut-flavored caramel, as light oxidation and earthy bitterness seal each sip.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of frothy foam sits atop the dark brown.
-Bourbon barrel flavors are still quite present even though this vintage is blended with fresh beer.
-Mouthfeel is slick and the carbonation soft.
-At over a year-old, this brew is staying the course, but it is not foreshadowing great moments of aging. Drink it now, I say.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4209) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
Bouteille de 341ml. brassée chez Brasseurs Illimités. Bue avec Slovaksniper. Bière cuivrée foncée avec une mousse beige. Un nez de caramel, vanille, boisé et de whiskey. La texture de cette bière est crémeuse, pas trop chaude, pas trop sucrée, une belle touche de caramel. Le whiskey est discret mais jamais il écœure. Surprenante digestibilité pour ce type de produit. 7+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2013
341 mL bottle in trade from tom10101 - Merci beaucoup Tommy! Benelux is one of my favourite places in the world, but this is the first time I’ve ever had a bottled offering from them. Pours dark cola brown with very little head. Lots of vanilla in the nose, along with caramel, booze, maraschino cherries, and a touch of mocha. Lovely, and the barrel is not overwhelming. While the flavour is lacking in similar depth, but the barrel flavours up front are balanced by earthier flavours in the second half. Body needs to be a little bigger up front - it finishes well. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5090) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
Une petite bouteille oubliée dans la chambre froide. Une robe brune acajou qui est scintillante. Un col mousseux beige qui laisse quelques traces sur le verre. Un nez qui, ma foi, est très invitant. Un bourbon qui transpire la vanille et qui est admirablement touché par des fruits secs, du caramel brûlé et de la tire d’érable. Des saveurs qui sont belles et bien rondes. Le travail autour des malts me plaît énormément : cette richesse est bien accompagnée par le fût et ses attributs. Sur mon palais, un liquide qui est de moyenne densité. Une texture qui est bien huileuse et un pétillement qui est plutôt lent. Une finale qui s’étire longuement sur des notes boisées qui sont bien caramélisées et doucement vanillées. Une belle surprise. Supérieure, il me semble, à la version antérieure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Pours dark somewhat murky brown with a decent beige head. Aroma brings some barbecue, sweet and smoky notes balanced well with the barrels noticeably there, but not hot. Flavor brings a complex brown ale sweet and tangy malt flavor, smooth notes from the barrel as well like in the nose are nice on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (796) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Verre au Benelxu (Montréal). Une bière costaude: arôme et gût de chêne, de bourbon, de malt, de vanille et d’alcool. Lourde, mais relativement bien équilibrée. Bien content de l,avoir enfin essayée.

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