Hopfenstark 7 Sisters / La Pléiade: Maïa
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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
L’Assomption, Canada


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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First of a special series, this is another uncommon beer from Hopfenstark. True Belgian esters from Abbey yeast, a lot of malt and body without any alcohol taste and some grape flavor from New World hops.

Quevillon's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2587) - Boisbriand, Quebec, - JUN 3, 2013
Drank on tap at the 20th Mondial de la Bière, May 30, 2013. Honey dark, small head. Barley fruity aroma, notes of alcohol. Fruity alcohol taste, slightly spicy notes, bitter alcohol. That is a sister that I don’t want to tap (again)!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (900) - - MAR 8, 2015
Draught at brewpub. Nice belgian yeast aroma, pear, tart, raisin, tropical, hops, dry finish. Solid belgian style brew, quite warming without much trace of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Unique in it’s fruitiness as far as belgian strongs are concerned. Don’t know that i would have been able to specify "grape" without it being in the description, but that’s it. Slight grape flavor on top of subtle hopping, and a sweet and spicy belgian yeast. not a standout, but a pretty nice brew."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
draft at Hopfenstark Station Ho:ST. tropical fruits, grape juice, fruity yeastiness, somewhat boozy. raisins. nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3860) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Station ho. St, Montreal tap: Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is full of various kinds of fruit (look at some of the ratings below for what some people sense in here), some spiciness, and a surprising amount of malts. It is sort of winy, but not exactly in a grapy way, if that makes any sense, which I am sure it doesn’t. This was kind of sweet and malty with some tastes that I find quite difficult to describe. It was interesting and unique, but it did not exactly float my boat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2466) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Pours a hazy amber color with a eggshell foam. Big toasted malts, honey sweetness and layers of molasses, walnut bitterness and chewy grain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
tap on the premises. hazy yellow with a nice white head, good retention and lacing. tropical goodness, white grapes, slightly dank, belgian spiciness, wheat, fresh pear juice, hint of booze. moderate carbonation, light to medium body, some sweetness - a tad yoo much for my liking, ends with a grassy-fruity-spicy finish. interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlainG (1364) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
Bière ambrée avec des reflets rougeâtres qui est garnie d’une mince mousse qui laisse une dentelle en étage. Un nez fruité par la poire, l’orange, houblonné et quelque chose qui me semble herbacé. Un goût d’alcool et d’épices. Ça goûte les raisins noirs qui poussent chez mon père, avec des clémentines par-dessus. Sensation sèche en bouche. Je ne sais trop quoi en penser? Elle me semble plus près d’un jus tropical alcoolisé. (858-171013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3353) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
On tap @ Station Ho.St (Montréal). Hazy golden/amber with a medium off-white head and heavy lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, liquorice, light spices, malt and light alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet with yeast, Belgiumness, fruity notes, liquorice and a touch of alcohol. Medium body. Light carbonation. Dry finish. Interesting beer. The description I made of it doesn’t sound particularly unique, but the beer was definitely "outside the box". I would love to try one of the wine barrel-aged version of this beer... I really think there’s a good fit here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
On tap at the montréal location, dark amber-orange color, with a thick bubbly beige head, nice tropical fruit, lychee, green grapefruit, citrus peel nose from the new world hops used, with some spicy floral herbal, peach, leafy, grassy hoppy accents, and some orange marmalade, panettone cake, faint mint leafiness notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good flowery citrus, tropical fruit, green grapefruit, lychee, leafy, grassy hoppy character, eith some candied orange, lemon, grapefruit peel, faint lemongrass spiciness, lemon marmalade flavours, within a faint grainy toasted, biscuity, carmale, bread malt, lemon, lime lollipop, green grape tannin undertone, leading towards a warmth, leafy, grassy, herbal, tropical fruit hoppiness, candied citrus peel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3544) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2013
Un verre sur la rue Ontario. La robe est ambrée. La tête est relativement petite mais tenace. J’observe la naissance d’une dentelle. Le nez est bien satiné avec des arômes de réglisse rouge et des parfums bien épicés. L’alcool vient chatouiller mes narines. Sur mes papilles s’installent des fleurs poivrées, de la muscade, de la cannelle et une douceur chaudement maltée. En bouche, j’ai la sensation d’un liquide structuré à la belge. En finale, l’amertume semble provenir à la fois des houblons et d’un alcool fruité.

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