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


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RATINGS: 61   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2009
A dark brown ale with a thick moka head. An intense mix of dark fruits, fruity esters, cinnamon, ginger and warming alcohol. In mouth, a very sweet candy sugar, with nice hopping, loads of spices, cinnamon, ginger, licorice, nice winter warmer, in the league with Gouden Carolus Noel, Guden Drak, and others. Perfect x-mas ale. Also served mulled in a scotch snifter. On tap at brewpub Nov. 30 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9040) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Generous raisiny malts lift portentous star anise and its licorice-like angles as peppercorns play hopscotch with coriander, orange peel and vinous fruitiness in this celebratory Christmas brew of Belgian inspiration.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam protects the cloudy reddish-brown.
-The spicy nose might be a little too much at first, but it nicely emulates the intensity and warmth of the glühweins one finds in some European Christmas markets.
-The body is soft and round, teased by alcohol only in the finish. Nicely polished.
-The spices are better levelled in the flavor profile, as the brew amazingly reaches high drinkability despite its size.
-This ages beautifully; a 1-year-old keg proved to be even more cohesive and delicious than a younger version.
-The bottled version provides a livelier but smoother effervescence than the kegged version. It also needs some time to tone down the spices, but it’s mighty aromatic and flavorful right off the bat. A year from now, it should be world-class.

On tap at the brewpub and from bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
2010-03-08. Dark brown body with modest tan head. 3+ Strong aroma of licorice, spice, with fruity undercurrents, aroma is lovely but becomes a bit much after a while. Flavour is similar, lots of spices over licorice, but more sugary malt in the flavour balances it a bit more than in the aroma. Dry spice and light bitterness in the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate. Very interesting but the flavour becomes a bit intense as the glass goes on. My preference would be to enjoy it in small quantities. On tap at the brewpub, Gatineau

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6307) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6133) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
December 6, 2012 - on draught at Les Brasseurs du Temps. A full glass served cold, plus a smaller glass heated up. It’s a deep cloudy red with a solid lasting creamy tan head. Aroma is amazing - cherry, pungent dry Christmas cake spice, a little herbal bitterness for balance; fruity, some alcohol. Taste reminds me of DdC Rigor Mortis - strong alcohol, pungently bitter and spicy - just with tons of cherry; again, strongish alcohol, sweet caramel, extremely yeasty, cattily bitter - but with cherry; great. Thick, syrupy, decent low-level carbonation, starts fruity-syrup sweet, then lush yeast, then it finishes herbal. When hot, it’s not as sweet (unlike Quelque Chose, whick is very sweet)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2010
In short: A big, thick, sweet and VERY spicy christmas-style belgian dark ale.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy dark amber topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is dominated by the traditional array of Belgian Christmas beer spices (cloves, anise, etc.). Taste is graham cookies, dark caramel, liquorice, chocolate notes and whole lot of spices. The beer is actually very sweet but the enormous amount of spices cover it up. Very well done although I would have personally cut-down the amount of spices by half. The beer is called The Midnight Mass. I’ve never been to one of these games but I think it’s some kind of annual competition that the Catholic team from each city are holding in their amphitheatres.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6088) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5290) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2012
750ml bottle via trade with Boutip. Thanks Phil. Pours a translucent deep brown with some lacing off white head. Nose is like a super fragrant candle, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, Malibu rum, sun tan lotion, birch sap. Flavor is very sugary, ginger snaps, rum raisin ice cream, chai tea, carrot cake, some toasted malt at the end. Full, sweet, spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4917) - 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.

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