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Les Brasseurs du Temps Mea Magna Culpa
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Style: Barley Wine
Gatineau, Canada
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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metalchopz (2197) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
Wow... what a lovely brew !! Pours a hazy amber-brown colour with a big creamy beige head that stays a long, long time and creates thick, chunky, patchy lacing all over. At first pour, a nice sweet aroma stands out, with notes of pineapples and coconuts. After a while, the hop shows up with some hints of roasted and caramel malts. After a long time, dark fruits come out... so lots of different layers of smell. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with some light stickiness and a bit of dryness in the finish. A nice starting taste of roasted malts and dark fruits leading into the hoppy bitterness with a touch of caramel, butterscotch, lingering burnt malt and let’s just leave the rest at awesomeness. Being made since August 2009... its seems that they have very well-balanced this brew. Nice from the bottle and cannot wait to try the barrel-aged versions of this ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
02-03-12 Bouteille 750ml: Belle couleur rubis-rouge, sans effervescence, avec un gros collet de mousse blanche-beige crémeux. Puissant arôme de houblon, avec des notes de fruits rouge muries et une touche de caramel. Sucrée, avec une bonne amertume asser bien balancée et une petite note surette en gorge. Corps asser puissant avec une texture relativement mince, mais huileuse et légèrement épaisse. Forte carbonisation et finale amer, fruitée et longue. Une des meilleurs barley wine québécoise que j’ai eu l’occasion de déguster. Très forte en alcool, réconfortante, fruitée, définitivement de style américain.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3013) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
(11/08/01#10) Une robe orange surmontée par un mince anneau. Un nez affolé par les houblons fruités et piqué par la résine. La base maltée me semble être bien éloignée. Une impression de humer le bouquet d’une double india pale ale. La bouche est aussi soumise aux agrumes et, plus largement, à diverses flaveurs fruitées. Cet aspect me plaît bien. Les céréales caramélisées et habituellement riches qui sont propres à ce style n’arrivent pas à se signaler de façon confortable. Encore une fois, la ligne est mince ici entre le DIPA et le BW. L’alcool se fait sentir mais avec une belle politesse. En bouche, le liquide est plutôt de moyenne densité avec un pétillement modéré et une texture légèrement huileuse. En finale, l’alcool accentue les notes amères des houblons et le sucré des malts est définitivement perdu. Pas trop convaincant pour moi, j’imagine.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rodenbach99 (3063) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Bouteille de 750ml. Merci Patrick. Barley wine cuivré avec mousse brune. Le nez est à prime abor sucré, il y a du sucre d’orge, un alcool fruité, des fruits, de la noix de coco et des oranges. La bouche est piquante et sucrée. Les goûts d’agrumes sont aussi présents. Agréable sans plus.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 Sample tray rerate. I’m not big into retrates but the aroma alone demanded it. Strong enchanting spicy nose. Flavour matches nose as before but instead of imperfection I get warm caramel and alcohol underneath. Bottle. Big thick foam on dark copper. Warm spice nose with light booziness. Tastes the same with more booze. Seems a little flat in character with a hint of an imperfection underneath.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lanchester (182) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
Pours a cloudy, bronze hue topped with a foamy light tan head; nice cresting of lace around the glass. Aroma is invitingly fresh and incorporates notes of resin, cereals, and caramelized sugar. In the mouth, abruptly bitter and floral hops vie for attention against caramel malts, gradually tapering down and making headway for light candied apricot and bitter orange peel. Just a faint trace of heat and astringency lingering after each sip. Very foamy and smooth on the palate, owing to a prominent and pillowy carbonation. I liked this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1940) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
Marmelade aux abricots, caramel et houblons se mêlent doucement. En bouche c’est soyeux avec une bonne amertume terreuse teinté d’agrumes. Agréablement surpris par l’équilibre.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at the Ottawa Wine and Food show. Not all that familiar with Barley Wines. From what I gather this would be an excellent candidate for cellaring. Sweet and fruity flavours but with a boozy backbone that reminds you that this aint no pussy cat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2011
From tap at La Succursale. Pours amber with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight caramelish. Toasted malty and caramelish. Smooth malty and quite bitter. Ends dry, roasted dense malty and alcohol. Lasting bitter impression.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tielord (49) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2011
On tap at Le bateau de nuit. Orange-brown color with subtle herbals aromas. Bitter taste up front of hops and little barley taste. Difficult to find alcoholic taste in this beer even with a 9% ABV. A good barley wine, only not my type. (Rating # 9)


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