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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
pours unclear burnt orange with a small light beige cap, some retention and lacing. molasses and caramel, spicy dried fruits, freeze-dried strawberries, woodsy toasted specialty malts, sweet bread, belgian yeast and spices, bubblegum. average carbonation, light body - oily; semi-sweet treacle-spicy-woodsy finish. demerara spread on a thick slice of belgian bread or a caramel coulis-topped spicy fruitcake. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9041) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Amber color with a medium size head. Malty and sweet. Taste of caramel coffee and small fruits. Not really spicy. A little bit roasty. Nice - sort of dry- finish. That’s one of Boréale’s best ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3228) - 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 14/20
Eructoblaster (3476) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sseb69 (1700) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Bouteille 341 ml. 6.9%. Couleur brune au reflets orangées/rougeâtres, mousse beige mince. Arômes de prunes confites, raisins et épices. En bouche, notes de fruits noirs, gâteaux aux fruits, alcool, raisins secs, anis. Finale avec une légère amertume et alcool. Originale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiereLuc (1170) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Je me souviens avoir adoré cette bière lors du premier brassin il y a quelques années. J’ai donc célébré son retour avec l’achat d’un 4-pack. C’était Noël dans mon coeur. Mais... hmmm... Il me semble que ça ne goûte pas comme dans le temps. Nouvelle recette? Chose sûre, c’est encore réussi et très bon, mais ce n’est pas la même chose. Un doux mélange d’épice des fêtes sur un lit de malt légèrement grillé nous mène vers une finale vanillée. Rien de grandiose, mais une bonne bière de Noël à bon prix, ça se déguste sans broncher. À conseiller aux adeptes de la Grivoise de Noël (TDD) ou de la Messe de Minuit (BDT).

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