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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle acquired from Phyl21ca many moons ago poured into a snifter. Pours a dark mahogany that shows through as a clear deep copper when held up to light. The head was a massive off-white crown that lingered as a one0inch cap for the duration leaving tons of lacing. The aroma was very surprising and dominated by spices and a yeasty sweetness - definitely some coriander, ginger and a candi apple sweetness. There is bits of dark fruit with figs and some caramel, but the spiciness was the most striking feature. The taste follows the aroma and has the interesting spicy yeast flavor that dominates with figs and red apples playing a part as well. There was lots of caramel malts underpinning everything else but the melding of the spices with the Belgian yeast and fruit sweetness was very good. The mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy with lots of carbonation and completely coats the palate. This is one of the more interesting Belgian strong ales I’ve ever tasted and the spiciness made it very complex and very original. The alcohol was nearly non-existent so drinkability is pretty high given the size of the beer. Worth a try if you can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
martin21 (155) - Quebec city, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
2007 vieillie 1 an. Bouteille partager avec Jean-Nic. Nectar ambre a 10%, sirupeux, malter sucrer et epicer. Delicieuse. 2007 aged 1 year. Splited the bottle with Jean-Nic. Amber syrupy nectar, 10% abv, malty sweet and spicy. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Huge thanks to glouglouburp for this. 750 ml bottle. Beautiful amber with huge cream like head. Tastes of wonderful spice, clove and mild sweet fruit. Another great brew sent to me from Dany.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2008
750ml from Glouglouburp. Thanks, Dany, from a trade a few months back. My initial impression of the beer was that this is a jumped up version of the truly fine dubbel this brewery produces. A fairly viscous dark pour with a sizable head, this is a highly spiced strong ale, with the complexity of a quad but the drinkability of a milder dark ale. Dangerous. The nose is very rich and appealing, filled with spice, quirky fruit characteristics, and an unexpected chile note, like ancho rub or something close to that. As the beer settles in, it is the fruit and hops that tend to come through the overall thick beer. The finish is lengthy, with just a trace of dry funk in there to make it quirkier than you thought. All in all, yet another example of how fine this brewery is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle at Paul’s Gathering: Pours effervescent hazy amber with a thick tan head. The aroma is interesting- coriander, herbal notes of lavender, Belgian phenols, and a soft Belgian malt presence (fig). Fluffy mouthfeel with a softly sweet flavor which is balanced by a complex herbal spiciness. Honey and candy-sugar sweetness is there, yet it remains soft along with toasted coriander and mild herbal suggestion to spice things up. The finish has residual herbal notes along with slim toasted Belgian malt character. Very unique and complex. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
22oz bottle courtesy of Beerlando at the Solan’s Mom Throwdown. Pours a super dark red, almost blackish brown with a thick foamy beige head. Nose is tons of apple and spicy yeast. The taste of this one really knocks you over with its sweetness. Its maybe a little too sweet. There is some spices in there in an attempt to add some balancing spiciness (ginger maybe?) but its so sweet. Only at the end do the hops make a fleeting appearance for a rather rough dose of bitterness. Bit of a hazelnut praline finish thats quite tasty. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2544) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
Deep ruby in colour with a long lasting beige coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is yeasty, lots of dark fruits, plums, raisins, some caramel sweetness, a bit musty. The flavour is very smooth and creamy, lots of plums, yeast, excellent sweetness, well balanced with just a bit of alcohol. Creamy and lightly warming mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes very long, sweet with just a bit of alcohol.

This is very refreshing. Charlevoix has always made good beer but this one sort of came out of nowhere. The future is exciting with this brewery.

750ml bottle from the Marché Jovi in Gatineau, Quebec.
Opened on May 8, 2008.
Vintage 2007.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 12, 2008
750 courtesy of Glouglouburp. Pours brown with a red tint and a thin tan head. Smells spicy and earthy with some fruity hints. Tastes sweet and of fresh spruce with a spicy finish. This brewer makes some impressive beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Sampled at RBSG. Brownish read pour with nice fluffy head. Aromas of sweet yeasty malts and some dark fruits. Flavors were more fruit and sweet sugar and spice. Yummy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Much thanks to Dmac for sharing this one. Pours out a dark brown, slightly copperish with a large foamy white head. Aroma is a bouquet of roses, peach, brown sugar, nutmeg and some yeasty notes. Taste is complex with a very nice mouthfeel. Floral notes with fruit, yeast and some nice spice going on in there too, very well hidden alcohol content and extremely well balanced with many different flavors going on, and they all work. Well done

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