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Brewed by Brasserie Dunham
Style: Old Ale
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Une de nos 4 bières du 2è anniversaire. Ale forte brassée dans la pure tradition britannique, vieillie plusieurs mois, finition en barrique de Brandy. Brassée en collaboration avec Ça Brasse!


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (11040) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, merci beaucoup Julien_Huxley! Brown color. Slight gusher. malty, caramelly, slightly herbal aroma with oak and farmhouse brandy. Olives. Herbal notes, caramel and vanilla in the flavor. Dominating farmhouse brandy. Olives. Warming alcohol. This is indeed a very special one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9437) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
malty but drying . Lacy cream beige head on mahogany brown. The brandy is on the finish, and more brandy taste and more sweet malt as it warmed. A little hop bitterness added to the complexity.Booze in the aroma. Decent drinkability.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Fruit jam, vanilla, brandy and green wood leap from this Barrel-Aged Old Ale’s bouquet, leading to caramelized raisins and alcohol warmth.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy purplish brown.
-The brandy notes are perfectly in tune with the chosen grain bill.
-Alcohol is present, but that might also be an illusion created by the barrel profile.
-For now, the flavour profile is a bit muddled and intense; a few more months of relaxation in a cellar might make everything feel more cohesive. Really looking forward to trying it out next winter!

On tap at the brewery taproom.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté lors du party 2e anniversaire de la brasserie. Arôme: Légère odeur d’alcool et de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de confiture de fruits avec une pointe de vanille et d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #5011)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2013
A long-lasting beige foam settles above the darkish caramel. Grapey, almost juicy Brandy is very much to the forefront at this stage - the bottle is now a little more than one year old. It sits on a bed of caramelly, toasty malts, supple and undeniably sweet - yes with agreeable and spicy woodsy tannins that manage to balance it. Underneath it all, spicy hops make a timid appearance. Plenty of alcohol in there, probably as much because of the Brandy barrel than the actual 8.5% ABV. I don’t like that high a alcohol presence in a beer whose ABV is not over the top, but I truly dig some other traits the barrel brought about, for instance the very clear woodsy spiciness and chocolate reminiscent barrel toastiness. Not an overly complex creation, but one with a good focus and that acts like a good and relatively reasonable sipper one can get over with over the course of an evening.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (5549) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
on tap at bateau de nuit, qc. hazy light brown reddish with a small light beige head, some retention. spicy caramel, earth and dirt, pine, very boozy, pepper, brandied-soaked fruits, fruitcake-like. moderate to low carbonation, medium body, boozy and harsh piney finish. complex that is.. but this one was clearly not ready..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with light Brandy notes is quiet pleasant. Taste is also mostly dominated by caramel malt with some residual sugar notes thought they are very well balanced overall with light Brandy notes kid of rounding out the rough edges of this beer. The body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable beer but still a little bit rough around the edges – I would have like better drinkability even thought I understand this is a big beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4117) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with lasting creamy white head. Aroma of brandy, raisins, dates, pretty typical strong dark ale aromas with a heavy brandy smell. Taste is a tad boozy, rich boozy dark fruits with strong oak brandy finish, alcohol is not overdone, but makes the whole thing a little one-dimensional. Palate is sweet with really good carbnonation (medium). Quite enjoyable, a bit straightforward and a tad boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3811) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
Une bouteille partagée avec rodenbach99. Une robe rougeâtre et sa mousse généreuse. Une dentelle qui trace les grands continents. Un nez marqué par le fût. Des effluves de bois et des notes fruitées de brandy. De bons malts grillés dans lesquels se développent des parfums caramélisés. Un goût encore une fois marqué par la barrique. Un effet tannique. Une sensation épicée. Un fond chocolaté. Une eau-de-vie tentaculaire. Des parfums volatils d’alcool. Des saveurs nettes de raisins. Au palais, je note l’existence d’un corps légèrement gras dans lequel s’installe un pétillement modéré. En arrière-goût, une composition intéressante de caramel foncé, de cacao, de vanille et de bois exotiques.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3773) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
On tap @ Le Bateau de Nuit (Québec). Clear copper with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of brandy, sweetness and boozy notes, toffee, vanilla and light spices. Taste is moderately sweet with brandy, toffee, herbal notes, vanilla, spices, light alcohol warming and light bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. This one is not as complex as I thought it would be. Maybe it will come together with more age on it, but it may as well stay an average Old Ale with a nice brandy touch and nothing more.


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