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

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RATINGS: 62   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (2297) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2499) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1554) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 En fût au BDT. Couleur noire, mousse beige-brune. Arôme explosif de café, plein d’épices, muscade, cannelle et un peu de fruits. En bouche, un peu de chocolat, fruits mûrs, malt et épices. Finale épicée et douce. Très bonne. En fût au Festibière d’hiver de Gatineau 20 janvier 2012. Cuvée 2009. Froide ET chaude. Plus d’épice chaude, presque un grog. Froide, plus d’anis. Bonne.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8912) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1431) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
Great winter beer. Tastes of spices and caramel, good deep flavour. Would try again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4856) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4678) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6263) - 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.

3.6
   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.


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