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

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfrancis (2698) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours reddish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is spicy malt with light hop. Taste is caramel malt with spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2661) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2605) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
Originally rated January 2008. Bought a 12-pack of Boréale to get this one as a freebie. Later, at a different store, I noticed that you can buy this one as a 4-pack. Come in a single box, and says limited edition. Pours a deep brown-red with a big beige creamy-fluffy head with quite good retention. The lacing left is pretty solid too. Nice red ale malt scent with some decent hop aromas, and some notes of nuts and caramel (toffee). Medium-bodied with a little stick, a little syrupy but not much more. Sweet flavours, but not too strong. Mild plum, roasted malt, caramel, grain and a beautiful soft hoppy finish. Nothing too crazy here, as all Boréale beers, but always right for a comforting night or session.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Minderbinder (2592) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2503) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
Deep mahogany in colour with a very quick to dissipate tan head, very light patchy lacing. Aroma is quite sweet, lots of chocolate, christmas cake, dark cherries, some molasses and corn syrup. Flavour is sweet, more christmas cake but this times its a little burnt, black cherries. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. FInishes with some black forest cake, long.

A couple of years old but this is still pretty much the same as it was fresh. Not bad at all.

341ml bottle purchased at La Trappe a Fromage in Gatineau, Quebec.
Opened on April 11, 2010.
Vintage 2008.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a copper-red body with a soapy white head. Aroma has anise, sugar, dark bread, and butterscotch. The flavour is nutty with misc. spices and dark burnt toastiness. Finishes toasty with some light spice. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (2174) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2164) - 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.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
341 ml bottle. Pours a veiled ruby reddish brown with a resilient beige head. Aroma is prunes, spices, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, red licorice, pepper, spices. Finish is mint, black licorice, plum, some vanilla. Lingering fruits and chocolate. Medium body, velvety mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.


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