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


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RATINGS: 58   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8611) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. One of the better ones, and showing how they took it up a notch this is the x-mas beer kept on because of demand. Sour aromas, cuvee, a workout for the nose. Above-average mouthfeel, very lacey dark colour. The taste comes through even when it was cold. Aggressively carbonated. Anise, liciorice, cinammon, corriander, orange peel, nutmeg and cloves. Sourish and most drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1294) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
Great winter beer. Tastes of spices and caramel, good deep flavour. Would try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4719) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
Tap: Poured a deep dark brown color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and lacing. Aroma of spices (maybe some liquorice, anis and some other s that are to distinguish in the mix). Taste is quite refreshing with loads of spices flavor though not overwhelming with some sweet Belgian style malt. Body is bit lighter then I was expecting with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on there style but fuller body would have provided even more enjoyment out of that one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
on tap at the brewery. cloudy dark brown with a thick beige head. aniseed, pepper, figs, raisins, wheat and belgium yeast spicyness. aniseed is really present, almost overwhelming. fun christmas belgium ale that sting a little bit in the throat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
Draught at the brewpub. Pours a dark ruby-brown with an average size semi-lasting beige head. Lovely aroma with lots of spices, malt, dark fruit and some sweetness. Flavour’s so spicy, I love it, along with malt, licorice and some fruit. Medium bodied. A very nice Xmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Sampled at Winter Warmer Montreal 2011. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is spices, malt, fruit cake, alcohol and herbal hops. Flavor is dark fruits, spices, herbs, toasted malt, caramel and alcohol. Medium body. Also sampled hot at the pub, but this doesn’t suit this beer very well as this lacks some acidity to be enjoyable when served hot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
Aroma of Christmas spices and potpourri. Has a jet black body with decent head. Flavour is dark coffee and Christmas cake. Wet finish. Its unique and rather nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bedainedebiere (501) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2011
Tap at Brouhaha. Like Jagermeister with two icecubes disolved in it. Harmonious body though. Certainly well-done but not very pleasant to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2010
On tap at Benelux.
Appearance : Pitch black. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Great spices with some raisins. Nice liquorice.
Taste : Liquorice with nice spices. Finish is quite dry and rather warm. Nice molasses.
Overall : Rather straight forward but really nice. Nice spices and nice sugar. Nice warmth. A great winter beer !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté chez Benelux (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’épices et de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de mélasse fruitée avec une pointe de clou de Girofles et de réglisse. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité. (Rating #3375)

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