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Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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La gamme Barnstown (seul nom propre) provient du nom d’un vieux canton des Cantons-de-l’Est. Elle est la gamme qui fusionne le savoir-faire ancestral et la vitalité de notre terroir. Elle est le reflet de notre région et de notre créativité. Par extension, nous incluons aussi les produits hors-normes ou inclassables. Elle regroupe les recettes qui inclus des matières premières régionales. La Barnstown brune épicée est brassée avec des pousses de sapin et d’épinette.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MXD (303) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, - FEB 16, 2012
Pours reddish-brown. Extremely murky. Aroma is somewhere between muddy and fruity, no much spices going on at this point but there is a TON of yeast in that one. TAste basically confirms this : just enough cloves, nutmeg and cinnanmon to be noticeable, and not to much so it doesn’t have a purely medicinal taste. But otherwise... I don’t if it’s me who has a problem with the yeast this brewer use, or if they just use too much yeast, but the esters are overwhelming -- and I just don’t think it feels appropriate with this one. It tends to HIDE flavors -- I suspect caramel and licorice here. It’s really spices and yeast at the front, and everything else gets left behind. Drink this one at room temperature -- This is my grade for room temperature, and it was really lower at "out of the fridge" temperature.


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
JulienHuxley (2553) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2013
On tap. Brown pour with foamy off white head. Aroma of booze, soy sauce, mint and fennel. Taste is equally vegetal and bad, bitter chlorophyl and boozy sweetness. Ugh, good thing this was only a taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur brune foncée et voilée. Nez fruité (prunes, dattes, notes de raisins vineux, traces de cerises sûres), malté de mélasse et de caramel terreux aux notes rôties, moyen d’épices (notes de clou de girofle, de poivre et de cannelle) et légèrement boisé. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse et aux notes petites notes huileuses. Goût de levures fruitées (dattes, pruneaux, notes de raisins vineux, faibles traces de cerises sûres) et légèrement épicées (clou de girofle, cannelle, traces de poivre et de pain d’épices) accompagné d’un léger goût boisé (bois humide) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de mélasse légèrement terreuses avec des notes de caramel rôti, de pain et de chocolat noir puis en finale l’on l’on retrouve de faibles notes de houblon herbeux et d’alcool très doux. Post-goût long-moyen, composé d’un goût aux notes aigres de fruits (pelures de prunes, traces de moût de raisisn et de fruits confits) avec des notes rôties ainsi que quelques traces d’alcool et de chocolat.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
probstblueribbon (2766) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2012
500 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 25AL12.

App.: Brown sugar, toffee, minty herbals (cola, rootbeer), a bit of barf?, brightness, a little funk, Belgian Dubbel with attitude...or infection. Aroma: Very deep brown, fair light mocha head. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: Nice brown sugar and molasses with an awful basement mildew/mold flavour. Giving up now.

This ain’t right.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5552) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de mélasse avec une pointe de sapin et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de mélasse avec une pointe de torréfaction et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence mélasse en arrière goût. (Rating #4175)

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkska101 (806) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
500ml bottle shared with seb A: chocolate, cacao App: clear dark brown lasting beige head t/p: full body initially sour then switch for a sweet finish. O: Ok nothing extra

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4509) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt base with light notes of spruces and spices. Taste is also a unique mix of some solid semi-sweet malt with a Belgian touch and also some spruce notes which becomes more and more pronounced as the beer warms up to room temperature. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A pretty unique take on the spruce beer style which while being interesting doesn’t necessarily wants me to drink this one regular basis.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (1040) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
Bière brune aux reflets rougeâtres, coiffée d’un beau col de mousse compact et persistant. Au nez, on perçoit tout d’abord le côté sucré, par le miel, le caramel et les dattes séchées, ensuite son statut bucolique se présente avec un bouquet champêtre et de levure. En bouche, les épices ouvrent la marche, accompagnées d’une palette limitée de céréales. Il y a une certaine acidité qui se fait remarquer. (130112)

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
Bouteille de 500ml. Bière brune sale avec une mousse beige, elle est très trouble. Le nez est acide et suret, vineux, les épices se font discrètes. La bouche est vineuse comme le nez, les fruits sont surets. Cette bière n’est pas pour moi, dommage.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
The bubbly off-white head quickly dissipates from the sedimented ruby tinged brown pour that looks a bit lonely, cola-like once the head is gone, but the bubbles aren’t. Interestingly complex nose in which the very diverse ingredient list does not feel like a fraud. Indeed, beneath the honeyed, molasses and maple-like malts, various spicy, earthy, barky hints can be found. What’s interesting is how most of the ingredients can be found, but only if thinking about them. Maple, honey, spruce... you can figure them out only if you concentrate, yet you can: an unmistakenly good hint at the cohesive and subtle balance nailed by the brewer. Another interesting point, perhaps due to the honey is how it feel lighter than it is, in colour as much as in alcohol and body. We’re far from a syrupy sipper, while there is plenty of dextrinous material, the spicy background, soft acidity and spritzy nature encourages drinkability nicely. As it warms up, the spruce and spicy, leafy, herbal hops become more and more noticeable, enhancing drinkability furthermore by pushing through a notion of green freshness. I’m not a huge fan of ingredients medley, am disappointed by the looks and don’t generally like beers that are without a clear purpose of being either a drinker or a sipper, but I see lots of elements that I like here. I don’t dig it enough to buy many more bottles, but I seriously appreciate its execution and will systematically seek everything the brewery puts out.


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