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


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (4251) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3888) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3763) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3375) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours a medium brown with a thin and fizzy head that disappears almost as fast as it appeared and leave zero lacing. Nose is of caramel, toffee and cloves, christmas-y. Some licorice, too. Taste is moderately sweet, offers more caramel, fruits and salted toffee. Alcohol is hidden pretty good but it’s not like it is 12+% ABV, yo. Body is pretty much full, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel oily and lightly creamy even. Overall a good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Minderbinder (3297) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle 341ml. Pours brown with medium creamy beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of bannanas, belgian yeast (?), roasted malt, dark fruits, coke. Taste is of lots of fruits (dark), heaps of sugar, caramel, candies. Palate: Full bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. Overall: Very sweet. Somewhat cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, 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 14/20
rederic (3256) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3214) - 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.

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