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


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RATINGS: 59   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Minderbinder (1860) - 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 (2297) - 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 (2926) - 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 (183) - - 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 (903) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2017) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
750ml bottle. Hazy dark brown with a creamy mocha head that leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Huge spice right off the bat - cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg - mild anise, some alcohol, sweet malt. High carbonation, moderate but fluffy on the palate, alcohol is definitely present, spice continues through, anise becomes more prominent as does the overall flavour profile - almost becomes too much, or at least not as well balanced as it is initially. Finish is also more on dimensional - curious if maybe this could benefit from some time, or if that would just make it a sweet mess. Worth trying, definitely worth sharing over the holidays with some friends or family.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (2082) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
Gâteau aux fruits, anis, cannelle, cassonade, caramel avec une amertume d’agrumes sucrés. La finale poivré rehausse également l’assaut d’épice, beaucoup de caractère. Ce que j’attend normalement de ce type de bière mais qui, rarement, est aussi efficace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
on tap at the Ottawa Wine and Food Show. sampled a small amount for comparrison. Excellent description that was accurate, something I was pleased to see. Spicy aroma, plums, currents and christmas cake. some malts on the nose to but not too roasted. Slightly sweet and syrupy flavour but the christmas spirit washes over your mouth and warms your belly. Not sure how i’d feel about a pint or even a half but a mouthful was certainly very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2377) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
Pours black with a slight off-white head. Aroma is rich with roasted malts, black licorice, orange and corriander. Taste is a great mouthfeel, loads of black licorice that burns the mouth long into the aftertaste. Light spice and roasted malts in a nice balance. Orange and corriander lighten the palate.

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