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Boréale Brassin Festif

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


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2325) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
Deep mahogany in colour with a very quick to dissipate tan head, very light patchy lacing. Aroma is quite sweet, lots of chocolate, christmas cake, dark cherries, some molasses and corn syrup. Flavour is sweet, more christmas cake but this times its a little burnt, black cherries. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. FInishes with some black forest cake, long.

A couple of years old but this is still pretty much the same as it was fresh. Not bad at all.

341ml bottle purchased at La Trappe a Fromage in Gatineau, Quebec.
Opened on April 11, 2010.
Vintage 2008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2372) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
Originally rated January 2008. Bought a 12-pack of Boréale to get this one as a freebie. Later, at a different store, I noticed that you can buy this one as a 4-pack. Come in a single box, and says limited edition. Pours a deep brown-red with a big beige creamy-fluffy head with quite good retention. The lacing left is pretty solid too. Nice red ale malt scent with some decent hop aromas, and some notes of nuts and caramel (toffee). Medium-bodied with a little stick, a little syrupy but not much more. Sweet flavours, but not too strong. Mild plum, roasted malt, caramel, grain and a beautiful soft hoppy finish. Nothing too crazy here, as all Boréale beers, but always right for a comforting night or session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle from miketd, thanks Mike! Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and an inch and a half thick, fluffy beige head that slowly receded to a thin bubbly layer while leaving some spotty lacing. Powerful aroma with hints of toffee, brown sugar, rum, plums, grapes, dried citrus fruit, and an array of spices including cinnamon and anise. Smooth, lightly sweet entry leads into a sweet maltiness with hints of toffee, brown sugar, and biscuit that transitions into a dry, spicy dark fruitiness with hints of plum, grapes, and apple that linger into the finish with some undertones of rum cake. Low carbonation and smooth, slick mouth feel that finishes moderately dry. Overall, the taste couldn’t quite hang with the aroma, but it was still a solid beer if you are looking for a sweet, malty drink. Thanks again Mike.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2009
Nice beige head toping a dark purple/brown liquid. Wow. Great nose full of spices, caramel, plum and licorice. The taste is a great continuity of the aromas. Toffeeness, chocolate, dry fruits with a touch of rhum and anis. Tasted it several time at the DRAGON ROUGE, ( Lajeunesse Str., Mtl ) and at home,before, after and almost a year after the peremption date and it’s better as it’s getting older.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin21 (155) - Quebec city, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
Gouts de fruits confits et foncer. Caramel et melasse peuvent etre detecter. Bon cote malter. Taste of dark and candied fruits. Caramel and molasse can be detected. Good maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
Bouteille 341ml. De couleur bourgogne et claire. Nez malté de caramel toffee aux notes rôties, moyennement fruité (raisins, léger de prunes et traces de dates) léger de chocolat, de noix et de houblon herbeux avec des petites notes de sucre brun et de réglisse noire. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture légère-moyenne crémeuse. Goût moyennement fruité (raisins aux petites notes vineuses, léger de prunes, notes de dates, traces de pommes) accompagné d’un léger goût de réglisse noire et de traces d’épices (muscade) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût moyennement amer de malt du genre caramel léger-moyen rôti (faibles sensation de brûlé), léger de chocolat noir et de sucre brun ainsi qu’avec des traces de pain grillé et de biscuits puis en finale vient également se joindre une amertume de houblon herbeux ainsi qu’un léger goût asséchant de noix et des traces d’épices (poivre). Post-goûr moyen-long et un peu sec, moyennement amer de rôti et de houblon herbeux, légèrement fruité (moût de raisins, pelures de prunes) et avec des notes de noix et de chocolat noir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle- Deep mahogany liquid sits beneath a frothy, long lasting off white head. Good lace. Nose of candied malts, smoke fire, plum and other dark fruit, a touch of dark rum. Sweet, toasty malt flavour alongside prunes and plums leading into a toffee-esque bitter finish. Nice bite to this one. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3084) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle - 341ml. Dark copper body with average carbonation and a thick beige/rusty foamy head. Good malty aroma with hoppy, brown sugar, caramel, and fruity hints. Well balanced malty/hoppy taste with oaky notes. Ends with a decent bittersweet finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2008
Bouteille 341 ml. Mousse abondante au début qui diminue mais qui reste jusqu’à la fin. La bière est de couleur rubis profond, semblable à une scotch ale. Au nez des effluves de toffee, caramel brulé, beurre, fruit confis, canne à sucre et raisin sont présents.En bouche la bière est ronde et moelleuse. Elle possède un goût de beurre caramélisée et de fruits rouges confits. On découvre aussi des notes boisés. J’ai bu cette bière après la date de péremption et elle est vraiment meilleur que lorsqu’elle était plus jeune. cette bière me fait pensée un peu à une scotch ale. Bravo Boréale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
[1077-20080201] 341mL (c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, jerc, mds). Aroma of toasted malt and wafts of alcoholic chocolate. Clear, dark wine red body with a quick creamy off-white head. Generic toasted malt grains flavour also hints at butter. Medium body. Average.

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