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 14/20
HippyHop (604) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
Pour is reddish brown with a finger of tan cap. Nose is prunes, liquorice, and what smells kind of like vanilla coke, along with some Christmas/mincemeat spices. Label says 6.9% alcohol, and it hides it well. Good stuff, for a once-a-year-beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dandeman (833) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
Un olfactif épicé et fruité (cannelle, réglisse, prunes, jujube, avec une touché d’anis) Puisant et élaboré. De couleur brune aux notes rubis; la mousse effervescente demeure à peine quelques secondes. L’attaque est chaude et réconfortante avec des notes de prunes caramélisées, de raisins secs et de fruits séchés. Légère présence également de vanille et de jujube. En bouche, elle est définitivement réconfortante et rafraichissante à la fois. Une bière grand public. Dans la tradition des bières d’hiver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2923) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread dips into salted cracker territory as licorice and candied dark fruit draw a deeper picture. This is as good as most Boréale offerings, which to me means it’s solid, quenching, and humble.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy head of foam protects the clear garnet.
-The quiet finale continues the toasted malt theme, adding but a few supporting hops.
-The overall flavor profile is well structured and balanced.
-This does not feel stronger than most Boréale beers; it’s as drinkable and svelte.
-The toasted bread builds biscuits too.
-Carbonation is appropriate.

Bottle; best before March ’08.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very deep bubbly ruby with an average size creamy tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, fruit, light spices and nuts. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, light hops, a hint of nuts and a bit of sugar. Average bitter finish. Medium bodied. A decent Winter Ale and a good effort from the often mediocre Boréale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2008
The color is a dark red with a beige head. The aroma and taste is of a mix of malt, sweet caramel, spicies and raisins and at the end a nice bitter finish. This was a very good one from Boreale I hope they bring it out again next year.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin21 (155) - Quebec city, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
Gouts de fruits confits et foncer. Caramel et melasse peuvent etre detecter. Bon cote malter. Taste of dark and candied fruits. Caramel and molasse can be detected. Good maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle from miketd, thanks Mike! Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and an inch and a half thick, fluffy beige head that slowly receded to a thin bubbly layer while leaving some spotty lacing. Powerful aroma with hints of toffee, brown sugar, rum, plums, grapes, dried citrus fruit, and an array of spices including cinnamon and anise. Smooth, lightly sweet entry leads into a sweet maltiness with hints of toffee, brown sugar, and biscuit that transitions into a dry, spicy dark fruitiness with hints of plum, grapes, and apple that linger into the finish with some undertones of rum cake. Low carbonation and smooth, slick mouth feel that finishes moderately dry. Overall, the taste couldn’t quite hang with the aroma, but it was still a solid beer if you are looking for a sweet, malty drink. Thanks again Mike.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - 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.

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