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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (29687) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9438) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8542) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
Enjoyed on tap at the BDT brewpub. Hits the style though not extraordinary. Barleywine aroma. Average mouthfeel. Lacey.

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 (7348) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7118) - , 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 19, 2010
On tap at Brewpub
Aroma perfect clean malt feel here , slight hint of vanilla and plums.7+
Appearance amber with light haze. Lighter top.
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. mellow , friendly feel. Low carbonation goes fine with rich malts. Long smooth streak of good refined alcohol. Solid ale.

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.

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.


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