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Boréale Brassin Festif

Brewed by Brasseurs du Nord
Style: English Strong Ale
Blainville, Canada


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewed in limited quantity, Brassin Festif is a specially crafted, full-bodied, flavourful winter ale will surprise you with aromas of plum, licorice and grapes that will surpirse you with its festive appeal. We take pride in offering you this celebratory brew - with its shimmering shades of ruby red - as we mark twenty years of our passion for brewing great authentic beers. Thank you for sharing all these years with u. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5543) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
pours unclear burnt orange with a small light beige cap, some retention and lacing. molasses and caramel, spicy dried fruits, freeze-dried strawberries, woodsy toasted specialty malts, sweet bread, belgian yeast and spices, bubblegum. average carbonation, light body - oily; semi-sweet treacle-spicy-woodsy finish. demerara spread on a thick slice of belgian bread or a caramel coulis-topped spicy fruitcake. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cargo150 (997) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
Couleur ambree avec un col qui se dissipe rapidement. Arome de caramel, fruits rouge epices. Interessante!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (1205) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
341 ml bottle left by brother-in-law when visiting A: red fruits, dark caramel, licorice, spicy app: reddish brown no head . t/p: med body with average long sweet finish. Moderate carbonation. O: OK. Not super festive but less boring than the usual Boreale offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dandeman (642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
Un olfactif épicé et fruité (cannelle, réglisse, prunes, jujube, avec une touché d’anis) Puisant et élaboré. De couleur brune aux notes rubis; la mousse effervescente demeure à peine quelques secondes. L’attaque est chaude et réconfortante avec des notes de prunes caramélisées, de raisins secs et de fruits séchés. Légère présence également de vanille et de jujube. En bouche, elle est définitivement réconfortante et rafraichissante à la fois. Une bière grand public. Dans la tradition des bières d’hiver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (2054) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours a medium brown with a thin and fizzy head that disappears almost as fast as it appeared and leave zero lacing. Nose is of caramel, toffee and cloves, christmas-y. Some licorice, too. Taste is moderately sweet, offers more caramel, fruits and salted toffee. Alcohol is hidden pretty good but it’s not like it is 12+% ABV, yo. Body is pretty much full, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel oily and lightly creamy even. Overall a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippyHop (430) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
Pour is reddish brown with a finger of tan cap. Nose is prunes, liquorice, and what smells kind of like vanilla coke, along with some Christmas/mincemeat spices. Label says 6.9% alcohol, and it hides it well. Good stuff, for a once-a-year-beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Minderbinder (2470) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle 341ml. Pours brown with medium creamy beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of bannanas, belgian yeast (?), roasted malt, dark fruits, coke. Taste is of lots of fruits (dark), heaps of sugar, caramel, candies. Palate: Full bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. Overall: Very sweet. Somewhat cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiereLuc (1122) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Je me souviens avoir adoré cette bière lors du premier brassin il y a quelques années. J’ai donc célébré son retour avec l’achat d’un 4-pack. C’était Noël dans mon coeur. Mais... hmmm... Il me semble que ça ne goûte pas comme dans le temps. Nouvelle recette? Chose sûre, c’est encore réussi et très bon, mais ce n’est pas la même chose. Un doux mélange d’épice des fêtes sur un lit de malt légèrement grillé nous mène vers une finale vanillée. Rien de grandiose, mais une bonne bière de Noël à bon prix, ça se déguste sans broncher. À conseiller aux adeptes de la Grivoise de Noël (TDD) ou de la Messe de Minuit (BDT).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
341 ml bottle. Pours a veiled ruby reddish brown with a resilient beige head. Aroma is prunes, spices, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, red licorice, pepper, spices. Finish is mint, black licorice, plum, some vanilla. Lingering fruits and chocolate. Medium body, velvety mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sseb69 (1638) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Bouteille 341 ml. 6.9%. Couleur brune au reflets orangées/rougeâtres, mousse beige mince. Arômes de prunes confites, raisins et épices. En bouche, notes de fruits noirs, gâteaux aux fruits, alcool, raisins secs, anis. Finale avec une légère amertume et alcool. Originale.

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