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Benelux La Complice 2011
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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Official beer of the 2011 Fête Bières & Saveurs de Chambly. It is a Imperial Brown Ale style composed of 10 malts, 10 hops and at 10% alcohol. A strong, festive and intense beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2011
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden deep amber to hazlenut brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malty, dense toffee caramelish. Bitter, sweet malty, roasted and alcohol presence. Smooth dark malty and semi sweet yet also bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2985) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Glass, 5 ounces, during the 2011 Festibière de Québec, savoured on September 2 2011; eye: mahogany, clear, minimal effervescence, tiny ring of beige head; nose: malt, caramel, alcohol, spices, star anise, liquorice, brown sugar, light pepper, light hops, dark fruits; mouth: malt, caramel, alcohol, spices, alcohol warmth, light pepper, light hops, finale in malt with presence of smoked caramel, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly sticky and alcoholic texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Verre, 5 onces, durant le Bières et saveurs de Chambly, savourée le 2 septembre 2011; œil : acajou, limpide, effervescence minime, petit anneau de mousse beige; nez : malt, caramel, alcool, épices, anis étoilé, réglisse, cassonade, léger poivre, léger houblon, fruits noirs; bouche : malt, caramel, alcool, épices, chaleur d’alcool, léger poivre, houblon discret, finale en malt avec présence de caramel fumé, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement collante et alcoolique; en résumé : bien bon

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
[on tap at brewpub] Pumpernickel grain aroma with a touch of pine and grapefruit hops. Clear garnet under an off-white patch and ring. Cereal grain, pumpernickely flavour that is balanced by medium hops bitterness. Pine hops in the background, along with a little lemon and walnut. Balance is towards malt sweetness, but the significant bitterness does provide some balance. Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly lingering bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
Sample at Chambly fest.
Appearance : Clear amber with nice foamy brown head.
Aroma : Nice sugary sweetness with great brown sugar. Nice hops too.
Taste : Light alcohol with light spices. Brown sugar with nice caramel. Finish is quite spicy with caramel. Nice resinous notes, quite bitter.
Overall : Quite interesting. Definitely a big beer with lots of stuff going on. Great overcooked caramel notes. Nice hops too. Nice finish. I hope to see this in bottles so I can give it a more extensive review.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4362) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
on tap at cactus, quebec. dark brown, red tint, with a decent med-dark beige head, some retention/lacing. nose: woody, caramel and roasted malts, hint of sweetness, never cloying. taste is semi-sweet caramel malts greatly balanced by resin and big grassy hops, even very fruity. average carbonation, medium body, medium long grassy finish, tingling alcohol, pepper.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Caramel, chestnuts, berry pie and subtle smoke elegantly intertwine in this...uh... Smoked Brown Barley Wine. Yeah, that’s it.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A beige cappuccino-like head of foam decorates the mahogany-tinged dark brown.
-The silky roundness is smooth and lascivious. Another glass and scores might have gone sky high... and I might have been floored too.
-The nose was as developed as the flavor profile yet; a year from now, this might be simply heavenly.
-Hop resins balance out the residual sugars in the finish.
-This is not one of those gimmicky kitchen sink strong brews to wow neophytes looking for intensity. It is obviously a well thought recipe which was expertly carried out. One of their most memorable creations.
-If they don’t make this again, I’m going to throw a hissy fit.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
A copper ale with a thin moka head. In aroma, a nice nutty malt with light molasses, lightly vinous, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth licorice malt with vanilla, chocolate, nutella, very nice and beautiful. On tap at Bieres et Saveurs 2011, Sept 2 2011.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2501) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
Drank at Bières & Saveurs de Chambly 2011, on September 4. Burnt burgundy, thin head. Intense malt aroma, very raw, with hints of hazelnuts slightly sweet. Taste of chocolate and caramel sweetness and alcohol, with notes of sweet but hop scotch, good bitterness with little sensation of alcohol. In my opinion, the best of the Complice!


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