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


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Imperial Brown Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel légèrement fruité. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe de chocolat et d’houblons. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #3323)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bedainedebiere (516) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap at brewpub. When I received my glass, my first thought was: this looks so much like a scotch ale. Aroma was discreet, just a little nutty and hoppy, not revealing the powerful flavors of the brew. The first sips seemed awfully intense in the citrusy hoppiness, but it seems like my mouth quickly adapted to the harsh hopping attack and all the rich nutty maltiness then became fully perceptible. Very discreet notes of caramel, alchool and some fruityness also present. Really well done and quite memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
In short: A decadent, caramelized, fruity, nutty and hoppy big beer of some kind. Excellent
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear dark ruby topped by a medium beige head with good retention
In long: This beer smells “big” with a nose showing plenty of toasted caramel cereals earthy fruits, and leafy hops. Taste is downright decadent blending the thick dark fruits flavor of an Abt, the nuttiness of a brown ale, the rich caramel and resinous bitterness of a hoppy barley wine. And as if it wasn’t enough, it is relatively easy to drink. Crazy beer. This brewpub has been improving steadily since it opened a few years ago. Any beer geek should visit this brewpub while time is on your side and not a colostomy bag.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2010
First of all, I don’t fully understand why a brewery called Benelux would be located in our near north neighbor, rather than in Belgium, Netherlands or Luxembourg. But anyway, this one has a reddish brown color and a tan head. Aroma has smoke and malt, with a hint of Butterfinger. Taste is smooth chocolate malt. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Imperial Brown Ale’s voluptuous body is mostly built by deep caramel malts and their nutty edges, while earthy connotations link the second half’s citrusy and piney hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the dark brown with some reddish flashes of clarity.
-Imperial Brown Ale? Brown Barley Wine? In any case, it is a beautifully idiosyncratic brew for the malt lover, aka me.
-The resinous bitterness and aftertaste is hard to predict from the aroma; these hops are quite poignant!
-The fruity angles are rather tropical; again, unexpected after having perceived mostly caramelized notes.
-Both balance and cohesion are achieved.
-Alcohol warmth is present but well camouflaged in piney, resinous hop bitterness.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Tap. Poured a dark copper/clear brown color with a creamy, small head. Aroma was malty, nutty, earthy hops. Flavor was caramel, malts, nutty and just all around wonderful. Touch of alcohol in there, but certainly hidden compared to the actual ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
Drank on tap (12 oz) at their brewpub, on September 25, 2010. Hazelnut brown, small head. Aroma of malted barley slightly fruity, sweet nutty notes. Robust sweet taste of barley, bitter toasted malt, dry aftertaste with a small alcohol sensation. If you liked the original, you’ll really like this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Draft. Maybe the best brown ale I’ve ever had. Super creamy & caramel malty. Thick head & muddy brown; not much in the way of aroma. Just enough hop bite at the end to even the whole thing out. I’m not a huge brown ale fan, but this one definitely had me rethinking that stance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Dégustée en fût sur place. De couleur brune-ambrée et claire. Nez malté de sucre brun, moyen de caramel sucré aux notes rôties, fruité (prunes sucrées, léger de raisins rouges) avec des notes de houblon herbeux et d’alcool doux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement sirupeuse. Goût fruité sucré (raisins et prunes, traces de cerises) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de caramel toffee assez sucré et aux petites notes rôties avec un goût de sucre brun et des traces de biscuits puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère-moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux aux faibles notes terreuses avec des notes de noix ainsi que des traces d’alcool. Post-goût moyen-long, composé d’un résiduel sucré avec un moyen goût fruité (raisins, notes de prunes) ainsi que des notes de houblon herbeux avec des traces d’alcool. (8 janvier 2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5091) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Une tulipe de ce liquide à 8.5% plutôt rouge surmonté par un col mousseux tenace. Un début de dentelle sur la paroi du verre. Au nez, un malt expressif rempli par les noix et par un caramel chargé par des notes fruitées. Des traces chocolatées qui apparaissent ici et là. Des houblons qui sont eux aussi bien bavards et prennent des angles vifs en feuilles, en terre et en notes boisées. Sur les papilles, l’alcool est surprenant et vient appuyer les houblons qui percent les malts grillés et caramélisés. Les fruits qui sont foncés naissent dans les replis du liquide et apportent une profondeur intéressante. En bouche, le liquide montre un corps moyennement constitué avec une douce infiltration de bulles. La texture montre les signes d’une certaine épaisseur. En finale, la force des houblons amérisants qui poussent sur des notes chaudes d’un caramel bien foncé.

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