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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3057) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2937) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2008
Bouteille 341 ml. Mousse abondante au début qui diminue mais qui reste jusqu’à la fin. La bière est de couleur rubis profond, semblable à une scotch ale. Au nez des effluves de toffee, caramel brulé, beurre, fruit confis, canne à sucre et raisin sont présents.En bouche la bière est ronde et moelleuse. Elle possède un goût de beurre caramélisée et de fruits rouges confits. On découvre aussi des notes boisés. J’ai bu cette bière après la date de péremption et elle est vraiment meilleur que lorsqu’elle était plus jeune. cette bière me fait pensée un peu à une scotch ale. Bravo Boréale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2009
Nice beige head toping a dark purple/brown liquid. Wow. Great nose full of spices, caramel, plum and licorice. The taste is a great continuity of the aromas. Toffeeness, chocolate, dry fruits with a touch of rhum and anis. Tasted it several time at the DRAGON ROUGE, ( Lajeunesse Str., Mtl ) and at home,before, after and almost a year after the peremption date and it’s better as it’s getting older.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10294) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2371) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3244) - 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (951) - 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.

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