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Les Brasseurs du Temps Mea Magna Culpa
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Brewed by Les Brasseurs du Temps
Style: Barley Wine
Gatineau, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
Glass, 16-ounce, draught, drank on the premise, savoured November 13 2009; eye: brown with reddish hue, tiny ring of beige head, good lacing; nose: resinous hops, caramel, lots of malt, grapefruit; mouth: resinous hops, caramel, bitterness, dry finale in resinous hops with good presence of malt, rather bitter, not much carbonation, mildly sweet, good astringency, full body; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Verre, 16 onces, en fût, bue sur place, savourée le 13 novembre 2009; œil : brune avec des reflets rougeâtres, petit anneau de mousse beige, bonne dentelle; nez : houblon résineux, caramel, beaucoup de malt, pamplemousse; bouche : houblon résineux, caramel, amertume, citrique, finale sèche en houblon résineux avec bonne présence de malt, plutôt amère, peu carbonatée, moyennement sucrée, bonne astringence, corsé; en résumé : bien aimé

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (924) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
Verre de dégustation, à la brasserie. Arômes de sucre d’orge et de houblon résineux et herbacé. Robe orange foncé, légèrement trouble et effervescence assez faible. En bouche, on retrouve un beau malt qui rappelle le sucre d’orge, le miel et le caramel clair. Le houblon résineux, herbacé et aux notes d’agrumes est aussi présent et crée une longue amertume. Finale légèrement alcoolisée et sucrée.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (2851) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Chestnut brown body with a fair off-white creamy head. Good malty/hoppy aroma with fruity and brown sugar hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Rich, complex malty/hoppy taste. It carries sweet, fruity, and woody notes. Ends with a warming bittersweet finish. Good winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2010
In short: A highly drinkable rich fruity and hoppy barley wine. Well done.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by a long-lasting small beige head
In long: Nose of leafy hops and candied fruits. Taste is has a strong fruity complex character. Big thick fruit jam with all kinds of fruits, even ripe bananas. All wrapped in crisp toffee. Well balanced with leafy resinous hops. Dangerously drinkable. A second excellent beer from BDT and this was just my first visit. I’m happy that Dumdum (the brewer) found is true calling. I personally missed my true calling. Because my emotional apathy, complete lack of imagination, and inability to tell right from wrong could have been extremely valuable assets in the world of high finance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
En fut au BDT. Difficile de bien voir la couleur dans l’obscurité alors disont qu’elle est ambrée et surmontée d’une épaisse mousse affichant une bonne tenue. Un nez très généreux dévoilant un caramel intense accompagné de houblons résineux, ainsi que d’une touche légèrement fruitée et de quelques notes d’alcool. En bouche, elle offre un bon caramel gras, un profil de malt intéressant, une généreuse dose de houblons résineux et quelques notes de fruits confits avec une présence d’alcool assez limitée.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Pours a deep slightly hazy copper-red with a small creamy tan head. Aroma: Oh yeah, that’s nice: Lots of resiny hops, some dark fruit, caramel malt, light spiciness and light alcohol -- great stuff. Flavour: This is tasty and unique: Resiny hops, some Orangina in there (in a good way), a hint of wood, some spices, dark fruit, caramel malt and alcohol. Alcohol’s there but it’s still easy to drink. Medium bodied. Simply fantastic!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Strawberry jam sifts through caramelized cereals, while piney hops procure flavor and resinous bitterness to this portly Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy burgundy.
-The mouthfeel never feels too heavy, which tends to be the case with many Barley Wines. The bottle-conditioned version is a gorgeous, fluffy pillow of a mouthfeel.
-The coniferous hops actually match the malt flavors throughout; a nice show of balance in exuberance.
-This is not a caramel bomb of a Barley Wine, nor is it an overly-hopped example. It’s very flavorful, but remains elegant throughout
-The fruitiness is also akin to apricot marmelade.

Bottled and on tap at the brewpub.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7346) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
2009-11-17. Dark amber body with a beige head and lace. First sip is quite sweet, malt, honey like sugars, just enough bitterness follows to prevent it from becoming cloying. Light fruit undertones throughout. Aroma is more subtle than expected. Mild, light fruit touches, hints of toasty malt may be my imagination. smooth average to medium bodied palate. 3+ Interesting, enjoyable. On tap at the brewpub

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
Draught. At the brewpub. Lovely beer - not sure starting with a full pint of this was all that brilliant, but it was sure tasty. Hazy deep copper pour with a large, lasting fizzy-frothy tan head, lovely smooth lacing left behind (4+). Balanced and mouth-watering aroma of (medium) alcohol, orange zest, cereal grain with some fresh-cut Christmas tree sap tossed in. The taste follows - smooth, but fairly "big" - balanced alcohol, thick grain, conifer resin and citrus, really stays on the palate - reminded me of Double Bastard. Thick-bodied, quite lively on the tongue, a bit alcohol-astringent, with a long dry, resiny finish leaving some burnt leaf acidity on the tongue - this is a good example of a balanced full-on malt contrasted against pungent resin bitterness BW, and in my book is a terrific beer - tasty, sophisticated, and dangerously easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
A reddish copper barley wine with a thin lacing off white head. A pleasant intense treacle aroma, vinous, and smooth, light blue cheese and organic notes, dark fruits and a bit of star anise. In mouth, an intense hoppy barley wine with rather smooth British herbal hops, light grapefruits, a bit of warming alcohol, closer to a I2PA. On tap at brewpub, Nov. 3 2009.


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