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

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
2008-02-01. Bottle. Very dark brown body with a modest tan head. (3+) Muted flavour, sweet malt with some toasty roasty accent hints. Light sugary notes in the finish linger. Similar aroma of sweet malt, dry toasty notes. Average palate. Not a show stopper but quite drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle shared with jerc, mabel, blankboy & mds - courtesy of blankboy. Ruby-amber with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and dried fruit. Medium bodied. Flavour is quite sweet to start, with lots of brown sugar and raisins, and starts to dry out in the middle, with a fairly short and mildly spiced finish. Not too bad at all.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10730) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2008
A dark reddish brown ale with a thick moka head. Pleasant aroma of licorice, ginger, dark fruits, and brown sugar. In mouth, sweet burned caramel with light cloves and licorice, toasted notes, light coffee, and raisins. Medium bodied. One of Boreal’s best. Bought at Jovi, Gatineau, Dec. 2007.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours deep amber with a fine, tan head. fair bit of lacing. Aroma is malty with a backing of hop. Flavor is chocolate and caramel flavors. Malty. Moderate mouth feel. Thanks to radiomgb for the beer!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6270) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2008
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée chez Métro Joanette (Verdun, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est bourgogne avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de petits fruits et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de raisins en arrière goût. (Rating #1443)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6412) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very deep bubbly ruby with an average size creamy tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, fruit, light spices and nuts. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, light hops, a hint of nuts and a bit of sugar. Average bitter finish. Medium bodied. A decent Winter Ale and a good effort from the often mediocre Boréale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2983) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
Aroma:good nutty-caramel aroma... Appearance:dark redish-brown,good head... Flavor:good nutty caramel flavor,fruity....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2988) - 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...

3.5
   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.


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