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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: 17   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   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 (30689) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9752) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
Had this in a bottle with Tico the brewer. It is also available now in small bottles, as I saw it at Rahman. It was brewed as the Official beer of the 2011 Fête Bières & Saveurs de Chambly, which I did not attend this year. This is a big beer and a sipper. A thick mouthfeel and lots of malts, like a regular American brown on steroids. Brown colour with good retained head, malty aroma. I could not drink so much of 500 ml. so shared it with a BA from Boston.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7677) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
2013-06-01. Hazy dark brown Body modest beige head. 3++ Aroma is sweet and malty, molasses, lightly tangy. Flavour is quite malty, earthy dusty touches, caramel, whispers of soy sauce in the secondary, molasses. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, modest carbonation. Enjoyable, simple, big. Bottle at Benelux, Montreal

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
In short: Tasty sweet candies and wooden hops. A fine big beer.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear ruby body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Big rich nose with lots of barley candy, red liquorice candy, wooden hops. Taste is an orgy of sweet toasted malts, hard candies, burnt sugars, caramel, a light spicy sensation (like jelly beans), resinous wooden hops. Plenty of residual sugars but enough hops to balance it out. A very enjoyable big beer. This beer is another reason why I love so much going to the my local brewpubs, I start most of my Saturdays thinking “I need to go to a brewpub, that Sunday’s hangover is not going appear by itself”.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et d’épices avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est bourgogne avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’épices et d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #3975)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4110) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3013) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
(Un verre de 10 oz à Montréal le 23 février dernier) Un liquide à la robe brune acajou. Un petit col mousseux. Un nez de réglisse et de bonbons belges avec une fumée latente et des parfums boisés. Un goût malté à souhait avec des saveurs franches de réglisse et des fruits qui ont peine à s’affirmer. Un alcool qui ne fait pas son âge. Une présence des houblons qui coupent l’abondance des céréales maltées. Une fumée qui frôle la surface de mes papilles. Un corps bien portant qui est sauvé par un pétillement vivifiant. Une texture riche et agréable. Une finale davantage maltée qu’amère avec de belles notes chaudement posées.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2918) - 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


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