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

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RATINGS: 50   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2787) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3272) - 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.

3.8
   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

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (7048) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle shared with Marc Bélanger of the Brouhaha, merci Marc, dark mahogany hue, with a small beige head, sweet toffeeish, toasty, caramelized, fruity nose, of dried fruits of raisin, date, plum, fig, with a faint biscuity dough accent, a chocolatey, spiced fruitcake aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a toasty, faint roasty malt character, with some sweet dry fruits, and nutmeg, liquorice spiciness, some chocolatey, toffee, cookie accents, leading towards a sweet malty, spicy anise, clovey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (721) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2008
The color is a dark red with a beige head. The aroma and taste is of a mix of malt, sweet caramel, spicies and raisins and at the end a nice bitter finish. This was a very good one from Boreale I hope they bring it out again next year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
Nice light fruitiness conjures raisins and plums along with a healthy dose of brown sugar and caramel in the aroma. Clear, deep copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled tan head that recedes to a lasting cover with some patchy lace. Flavour has plenty of the same fruitiness and sweetness as the nose suggests and is balanced by a light whiff of alcohol and some decent offsetting bitterness. Dry medium body with lightly pointy and long lasting carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Le Gobelet, Jan-08).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5031) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with some notes of sweet toffee/caramel malt is very enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some dry fruits with note of toffee and caramel. Medium full body with a somewhat creamy texture and some average carbonation. Well done and something I am likely to buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Amber color with a medium size head. Malty and sweet. Taste of caramel coffee and small fruits. Not really spicy. A little bit roasty. Nice - sort of dry- finish. That’s one of Boréale’s best ...


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