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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarnotingPete (740) - Montréal, Quebec, - OCT 26, 2012
Bière trouble, couleur bois de noyer où flotte un très léger col mousseux, traçant une petite dentelle au verre. Des arômes capiteux de cerises noires, de kirsch, de noix grillées sur un patron intensément herbacé. Elle est d’une amertume robuste avec quelques sucres résiduels. Elle est soyeuse, vivement effervescente, avec une infime astringence. Cette bière se termine sur la chaleur de l’alcool, sur des arômes élégants et un crescendo d’amertume. Vraiment une belle bière.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (42) - CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Found a bottle dated September 2012, which is a great date if you follow the history of this beer. Toffee, butterscotch, soft and roasted malt, some nuts and enough hops to create some counterbalance to the dark sweetness. Over the last year the brewery has introduced some confusing Belgian yeasts into this and some other of their higher octane Imperial IPAs, Barleywines, and nut brown ales. I’m not telling you what store in the Ottawa/Gatineau area I got this from. I am going back to buy out their stock!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Lots of caramelized malt here. Smell is a little off-putting, though aroma is fine. Some tang, citrus and hops in aroma. Pours orange with good head and lacing. Tap at brewpub.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle shared by me at Alan’s house. Given to me by Chad. Thanks Chad! Pours brown with off white head. Nose and taste of toffee, caramel malt, orange peel, butterscotch, light sherry and bready malt. Medium body. well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle... Clear burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is a mélange of apricot, caramel and resiny hops. Full-bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is elegant and balanced nicely by piney hops, caramel malts and an undertone of butterscotch. Finishes bittersweet with lingering roastiness. Bottle shared by the ever-generous MartinT!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2013
750ml bottle pours a clear, dark caramel amber with some thin, lacing, eggshell head. Nose is nice malty, orange, honey, cracker, some brown sugar, a little brown bread, pine, some cardboard. Flavor is very sweet, caramel, brown sugar, honey, bread crust, some orange, some lemon, some pine, a little soap. Full bodied, sticky finish, port. Needed some time in the air to open up, almost like a bottle of red wine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (985) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2013
Bottled 12/09/17 and consumed today. Pours a nice liquid caramel and is topped by a fluffy white head. Not bad looking at all. Aroma is caramel glazed hops, heavily balanced toward hops. Taste is sweet but not cloying with again a strong hops presence, it may be a bit harsh even. Mouthfeel is good, with ample carbonation. Not the best barleywine to come out of Quebec but I’m still happy to have sampled it at least once.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a resilient white head. Smell is light caramel, some fruits. Flavor is red berries, pears, cherries, caramel. Good herbal and roasted hop finish. Light to medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (920) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a cloudy copper/brown colour with huge initial off white head amounting to a fair ring around the glass leaving a bit of lace. Aromas of sweet malts, sweet dark dried fruits, and some grassy/earthy hops. Flavours are sweet malts, dark dried fruits, warming alcohol, and caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1062) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
Thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours a hazy reddish copper with a frothy off white head that dissipates into a ring. Aroma of booze, sweet malts, dark dried fruits, raw sugar and some earthy hops. Taste is caramel, sweet dried fruits and slight hop bitterness and alcohol warming on the finish. Decent barley wine that is nice to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VincentDamon (271) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Ce vin d’orge titrant 9% d’alcool se détaille à 12 dollars à Québec, ce qui en fait sans doute un petit luxe (bouteille de 750 ml). Parfum de caramel, d’alcool, de sucre brun. Couleur marron, voilée. Belle mousse blanc cassé. En bouche, l’amertume tient de longue secondes, sans qu’elle ne soit trop puissante pour autant ou dérangeante. J’ai bu cette bière dans le verre «Don de Dieu», qui me semblait s’approcher de la forme que suggère le brasseur sur l’étiquette au dos de la bouteille. Chapeau d’ailleurs au brasseur qui donne des informations intéressantes sur son étiquette (type, couleur, style, température, quelques mots sur la bière). Chapeau aussi au design des étiquettes en tant que telles : quelles belles images et quelles belles bouteilles! Contrairement aux autres bières de ce brasseur (que j’ai adorées!), je ne rachèterai pas ce produit qui est sans doute simplement moins dans mes cordes. En revanche, cette bière est de qualité et elle mérite d’être goûtée, indubitablement! Cheers!


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