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Benelux Noël 2009 en Fût de Chêne avec Brett

Benelux Noël 2009 en Fût de Chêne avec Brett
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Formerly brewed at Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
A Barley Wine aged in red wine barrels with brettanomyces.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4170) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Now this was really interesting! Sweet malts up front with some sweet semi-citric hops, with some funk. Flavor was slightly oaky with some tinges of vanilla, mixed with some vinous red wine funk, and some more sweet malts, and sweet hops. quite interesting, and very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
In short: A rich fruity barley wine dried out by brett and wood. Kick-ass!
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Beautiful dark red body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is very bretty with strong notes of red fruits (berries and such). The attack has a lot of caramel, fresh red fruits, moderate leathery bretty notes. Very rich and nourishing. Then wham! By magic the beer totally dries out leaving a woody and leathery saliva sucking dryness. And you have not choice but to immediately take another sip. Also a mild tartness/sourness that resembles sour grapes or cherries. This beer is really something else. The idea of a brett barley-wine seems risky but it can be done. Wow! Totally unexpected original creation. And I pub-crawl a lot so I am rarely taken by surprise by a brewpub beer. Except those thrown in my face by girls I’m trying to talk to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie lors du party 4e anniversaire. Arôme: Odeur de sûrette et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons, d’épices et de sûrette. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’amertume d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #3017)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2143) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 On tap at Benelux anniversary
Appearance : Deep amber, small head, some lacing.
Aroma : Lots of brett and a bit tart and sour. Awesome nose !
Taste : Bitter with lots of brett. A bit too much alcohol. Spicy and hoppy. Finish is spicy and warm.
Overall : Very nice nose. Nice bretty and sour taste but a bit too much spices. A bit too hot also. Still a great beer ! 9,3,8,3,15;3.8

110503. On tap at Benelux 5th anniversary.
Appearance : clear red with light lacing.
Aroma : Awesome vinous caracter with nice oak. Notes of fruit jam coming from the brett. Lots of brett.
Taste : Vinous wood with great fruits. Rather dry and well attenuated. Awesome brett.
Overall : Impressive beer. Much better than what I remember from last time. I think the brett became more prohiminent and the beer attenuated a bit further. This was surprisingly highly drinkable while being very rich and complex. Wood adds a nice complexity as well as the brett. Very well balanced. I don’t always like the brett beers at Benelux but this one was a masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2010
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Within this tantalizing Wild Barley Wine thrives brettanomyces, dried red fruit and lenient caramel, a harmonious flavor profile tickled by prickly effervescence throughout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the darkened mahogany.
-The nose and finish are heavy on the brett and fruit. It seems this yeast is slowly taking over the wine barrel notes, on top of eating into almost all of the dextrins.
-Mild tartness accompanies the finishing dryness.
-This is a very classy sipper made for the Wild Ale lover. Something we don’t see often enough in Quebec.
-The aroma has become incredibly complex and appealing with time.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bedainedebiere (516) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
"Il en reste un petit peu seulement"... Tap at brewpub, on may 7th. The aging turned this one into a brett-bomb as the yeast invades the flavor in an incredibly dominant way, leaving barely signs of hops or malt, no jokes! Really Orval-like, with more body and less dryness. Out of the ordinary but a little out of balance. A few months less of aging would probably be the way of achieving this better balance.

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