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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!


3.6
   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 !

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7859) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2007
The pour reveals a reddish dark amber color with a thin tan head that leaves averages lacing on the glass. The aroma has a spicy and sweet feeling to it that reminds me of sucre d’orge and licorice, there’s also a toasted malt presence and plump fruity notes. The flavor is very interesting, very festive dare I say, plump, ripe fruits mingle with sucre d’orge and licorice on a bed of toasted malt, it feels like a fruit cake, but this fruit cake isn’t as good as the one my mom makes, sweetness lingers in the finish. The body is light and I would have liked it more full, the carbonation is moderate. Well, Boréale, you surprise me, I didn’t know what to expect from your anniversary beer, but you delivered a competent brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 341ml, bouteille obtenue gratuitement avec une caisse de 12, belle couleur brune-rouge, goût de chocolat ou quelque chose comme ça, bonne amertume, belle longueur, très bonne bière.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2510) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
Bouteille de 341 ml, acheté au IGA Extra Daigle (Boisbriand, Québec). Couleur ruby rouge, mini collet. Arome de fruits mure malté avec une touche de réglisse sucré. Goùt de fruits amère, alcool un peu présant, sensation de malte épicé un peu doux. C’est comme un vin d’orge atténuer, assez bien, bonne fête Brasseurs du Nord!


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