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Benelux La Complice 2011

Benelux La Complice 2011
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Formerly brewed at Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40833) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12958) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11230) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9872) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
[5461-20130601] 341mL bottle. Toasted fruity grainy aroma. Clear, dark amber orange body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Toasted fruit grains flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/7/3/16) 3.6
(@ Benelux, Montreal, QC)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7876) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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”.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
On tap. Beautiful ruby-brown pour with whitish head. Aroma is laden with all kinds of sweets: toffee, caramel and barley sugar. English hops are present but slightly eclipsed by the malty aromas. Taste is sweet, moderately bitter finish, some herbal notes are present. Palate is heavy but drinkable, the alcohol is hidden. Good stuff.

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