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


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 15/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle (341ml). Via trade with Viper666. Clear ruby pour, smallish creamy tan head. Mild aroma - peat, cocoa, tea and caramel malt. Taste follows, with dry leafy hop bitterness in the finish, not much alcohol at all - like a low ABV Old Ale. Sugary, slick mouthfeel, not much carbonation, very mild astringency, and a nice carbonized fruitiness in the linger. This is really easy to drink - I’d gladly have this again, a nice malty winter treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
Aroma:good nutty-caramel aroma... Appearance:dark redish-brown,good head... Flavor:good nutty caramel flavor,fruity....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2958) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Blankboy. Ruby red/brown with very little head. Mild aroma of fruit, some spice and some nuttiness from the malt. Good taste - full flavoured, lots of dark fruit, surprisingly bitter, even a little malty with a caramel hint. Warming. Nothing extraordinary, just a solid English Strong Ale here, nice one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
Clear dark rubis red with a dark beige frothy head. Aromas of prunes, chestnuts, licorice, red grapes, pomme granite, sundried raisins, yogourt?... Added apple / grape juice, toffee, chestnut taste. Great balance between sweet and bitterness. Average body and good effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1963) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
341 mL bottle. Dark ruby brown with a small head - just a film in the middle. The aroma contains spices, peach, pear (sweet, ripe fruit, basically), and caramel. Black licorice stands out in the flavour, along with hops, wheat (?), and candied fruit. Quite bitter finish, and body is, on average, medium to full. A complex enough strong ale, but somehow lacking in subtlety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
Brown bottle, 341 ml, best before March 7 2008, purchased at Le Grand Duc on November 12 2007, savoured on December 21 2007; eye: ruby, clear, good effervescence, good creamy beige head, no lacing; nose: plum, candied fruits, caramelized malt, light hops, light bread, dusty grains; mouth: soft, plum, caramelized malt, liquorice, a bit of hops which becomes more present as a result of the carbonation, nice balance, finale where the liquorice becomes more present with a bit of hops on the side, liqueur-like, creamy texture, medium to full body, light astringency, somewhat more "watery" close to the finale; overall: quite liked FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 341 ml, meilleure avant 7 mars 2008, achetée chez Le Grand Duc le 12 novembre 2007, savourée le 22 décembre 2007; œil : rubis, claire, bonne effervescence, bonne mousse crémeuse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : prune, fruits confits, malt caramélisé, léger houblon, léger pain, grains poussiéreux; bouche : tout doux, prune, malt caramélisé, réglisse, un peu de houblon rehaussé par la carbonatation, belle équilibre, finale où la réglisse se dévoile au côté d’un peu d’amertume, un p’tit côté aqueux plus présent en finale, liquoreuse, texture crémeuse, corps moyen-corsé, légère astringence légèrement sucrée, très légèrement houblonnée; en résumé : bien aimée

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Bouteille brune de 331 ml. Nez de pruneaux et de canneberges. Très belle robe bune aux reflets bourgognes. Peu de mousse. Goût de pruneaux et de caramel. On retrouve la même touche de caramel qui caractérise la Boréale cuivrée. En générale, une très bonne bière.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
In short: A pleasant but generic well malted English Strong Ale.
How: Bottle 341ml, barely 1 month old.
The look: Clear ruby body with a small beige head.
In long: Grainy toasted malts, caramel, cookies, barley candy and tire ste-catherine (if you know the English word for that please write me). Fruity notes kept to a minimum with only a light prune touch. Moderately sweet. A little spicy twist. Pleasant session beer but rather forgettable for 20th anniversary special batch. Nothing really special there. The day after I had already forgotten about it. Same with my own 20th anniversary, the day after I had already forgotten about it, although my drunkenness may have had something to do with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mart (211) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
Bouteille. Couleur brune-ambrée, mousse très mince, pesistente. Arôme de réglisse, de malt torréfié. Goût épicé et sucré, fruits confits, bel équilibre, présence d’alcool peu perceptible, amertume en finale, Corps moyen, effervescence moyen-faible. Très bonne. Bon 20e Boréale !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread dips into salted cracker territory as licorice and candied dark fruit draw a deeper picture. This is as good as most Boréale offerings, which to me means it’s solid, quenching, and humble.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy head of foam protects the clear garnet.
-The quiet finale continues the toasted malt theme, adding but a few supporting hops.
-The overall flavor profile is well structured and balanced.
-This does not feel stronger than most Boréale beers; it’s as drinkable and svelte.
-The toasted bread builds biscuits too.
-Carbonation is appropriate.

Bottle; best before March ’08.

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