Brewed by Les Brasseurs du Temps
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Gatineau, Canada


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Following the trail of strong Belgium Christmas beer, this one is very similar to a five spice cake only liquid form. Seven delightful spices blend themselves to the alcohol and sugar, enabling a warming and joyful feeling for the festive season. Strong liquorice, orange and grape flavours create an explosion of creamy foam.. The lasting mouth feel is one of comforting alcohol, liquorice and orange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (3485) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
Huge aroma of chocolate orange, fruit cake, plums and candi sugar. Quite malty, medium bitter finish with a load more fruit. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3812) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
(Un liquide embouteillé le 28 novembre 2011. Lot #1151) Un regard brun, à la limite acajou. Une mousse foncée qui laisse une belle dentelle. Un nez dominé par les épices. Une tonne, véritablement. De la muscade et du girofle pour les fous et les fins. De délicates volutes remplies d’anis. Agréable sans être renversant. Un fondement malté doux sur un alcool bien caché et sournois. Des saveurs qui n’évitent pas le débordement des épices. Mes sens qui sont piqués par le secret du maître brasseur. Le girofle et l’anis qui ne manifestent aucune subtilité. Une simple pensée maltée et une attente houblonnée. Mes papilles qui vivent un véritable vertige. Un déséquilibre? C’est selon. Une corpulence qui se démarque. Une impression fortifiée. Des bulles qui font un honnête travail. Une texture soyeuse, véritablement. Une finale qui marche sur la route des épices : un débordement de poivre, de clous de girofle, d’anis et de muscade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (1491) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
Liquide brun aux reflets rougeâtres ayant une généreuse mousse en guise de col. Des arômes tout en fruits; de bananes, de cerises et en épices; de cannelle, de muscade, s’entrechoquent allègrement entre eux pour le plus grand plaisir des papilles olfactives. Les saveurs sont un complément des senteurs. Le zeste d’agrumes, l’anis étoilée, la cannelle, le clou de girofle et les grains de coriandre se frottent les uns sur les autres pour créer un amalgame des plus intéressants et surprenants. Toute une surprise. Embouteillée le 28-11-11 Lot #351 (172-250212)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Dark ruby/brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is "Christmas Spice." Licorice, orange, citrus, mulled wine. Flavor was the same. Spices overpower any other character the beer might have. Not bad but pretty one-note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Minderbinder (2470) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle. 750ml. Pours dark brownm with nice tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is of sugar, candy, anis, liquorice. Taste is of anis, sugar. Refreshing feeling on the tongue, with heavy bitter finish. Ill balanced. Lack complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2590) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Purchased at my local Métro store. Huge beige head that stays a real long time, with foamy lacing. Its colour is really dark red, which is seen through the highlights. Huge anise nose overpowering the roasted malt, with lots of spices reminding me of Jägermeister. Smooth mouthfeel with no burning at all. The anise is not as strong in the taste, blending the black licorice with some fruits (oranges, citrus) with hints of coffee and chocolate in the finish. A real easy drinking strong ale for those who like anise and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
Aroma:Anis and spicy.... Appearance:Dark brown, light lacing head... Flavor:spicy,light nutty flavor.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jool (198) - - FEB 18, 2012
Bouteille 750 mL. Brune opaque. Nez et bouche de gateau aux epices. Une bonne persistance et une bonne intensite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 750 mL bottle; bottled on 11/28/2011. Pours cloudy and dark brown with a small, off-white head. Nose is gingerbread, anise, caramel, cinnamon, cloves, cordiander, dark fruits, and orange; reminescent of Unicum or Jägermeister with the herbal character. The taste is much like the nose: anise, black licorice, gingerbread, plums, caramel malt, orange peel, cloves, coriander, and a bit of yeast funk. The finish is long and bitter, leaving lots of spice. Mouth feel is chewy with medium carbonation. Gingerbread and anise dominate here like many holiday beers, but the orange, dark fruit, and coriander really round this one out. A deliciously spicy brew that is sweet enough to balance the spice, but not overwhelm it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkska101 (1205) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
bottle shared with dad. A: nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel. App: dark brown with lasting beige head. T/p: body is thin with a medium long bitter finish. O: Nice like the spiciness on that one. Only thing that I don’t like is the bitterness. I think its a bit too much.

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