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


on tap


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2387) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (1349) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Rousse tirant sur le rouge, elle est coiffée d’une mousse beige qui se résorbe rapidement. Les arômes sont sucrés, fruités et épicés de toutes sortes. Le goût se situe aussi du côté sucré, avec un effet, ou plutôt des saveurs de punch aux fruits avec une forte effervescence. Une douce texture soyeuse malgré tout. Plaisante sans être remarquable. M.A. 07 juin 2015 (1343-091214)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1960) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2953) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2240) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
In short: A pleasant but generic well malted English Strong Ale.
How: Bottle 341ml, barely 1 month old.
The look: Clear ruby body with a small beige head.
In long: Grainy toasted malts, caramel, cookies, barley candy and tire ste-catherine (if you know the English word for that please write me). Fruity notes kept to a minimum with only a light prune touch. Moderately sweet. A little spicy twist. Pleasant session beer but rather forgettable for 20th anniversary special batch. Nothing really special there. The day after I had already forgotten about it. Same with my own 20th anniversary, the day after I had already forgotten about it, although my drunkenness may have had something to do with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (6689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
[1077-20080201] 341mL (c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, jerc, mds). Aroma of toasted malt and wafts of alcoholic chocolate. Clear, dark wine red body with a quick creamy off-white head. Generic toasted malt grains flavour also hints at butter. Medium body. Average.

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