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

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RATINGS: 57   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Acheté chez Brouhaha. La meilleure bière de Noël que j’ai consommé à vie. Excellente. Noël en bouche. Arôme et goût de bonhomme en pain d’épice. Dense et brun foncé.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
A FANTASTIC beer! Dark brown with some small tan head. Smells like a christmas spice cake, cloves, star anise, a bit sweet. Palate is medium-heavy with some smooth good carbonation. Taste is spicy, some candied fruit. I feel like I’m drinking a spice cake. Just fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rwgould (328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
750ml bottle courtesy of Guillaume! Cheers! Served in a chalice. Appearance: Opaque brown, tiny beige head that dissipated very quickly. Aroma: Like an amazing gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, licorice. Smells exactly like the Scandinavian Christmas beers that I love, but even more well balanced. Palate: Thick bodied, fairly fizzy, short finish. Taste: very savoury. Not as sweet as expected, but still a bit sweet. The short finish makes the beer quickly drinkable. Really really really nice. Better than any other North American winter beer I’ve had by a mile.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpkinhead2 (236) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
Bière brune foncé aux reflets rougeâtres, voilée au point d’en être opaque, bonne effervescence, et surmontée d’un col brunâtre à l’épaisseur moyenne mais très mousseux, compacte et persistant. Arômes principalement épicés (anis, cannelle, clou de girofle, gingembre, muscade, piment de la Jamaïque…), avec des esters de fermentation (banane, bonbon aux fruits, gomme balloune…), de l’alcool et un malt qui se présente sous la forme d’un mélange de pain frais et de pain grillé avec des effluves de cola, caramel ou cassonade. On pourrait dire que ça sent pas mal le pain d’épices avec des traces de fermentation et une touche plus caramélisée. C’est agréable, le nez est intense et présente une complexité intéressante. En bouche, le pétillement est moyen sur la langue, la bière est plutôt mousseuse et présente une belle rondeur, une bonne onctuosité au palais. Au goût, les épices sont présentes, mais moins qu’anticipé, les esters de fermentation et l’alcool dominent davantage qu’au nez. Des saveurs terreuses et herbacées rappelant un peu les feuilles mortes, provenant probablement du houblon, apparaissent en bouche alors qu’on ne les avait pas décelées au nez. Le malt prend principalement des saveurs de pain grillé, de caramel/cassonade et de fruits foncés confits (raisin, cerise, prune…). L’entrée en bouche est principalement sucrée alors que la finale apporte une amertume de modérée à forte. L’équilibre des saveurs est intéressant. Cette bière est très intense et sa complexité explose en bouche! Excellent produit!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (22) - - MAR 17, 2014
Appearance: Pours a near black. Held up to the light it resembles coca-cola quite a bit. Off-white head that dissipates to a thing layer. Leaves light lacing on the glass. Nose: You can definitely smell the alcohol coming off this one. Some bourbon undertones to it. Prunes, raisin, spices and gingerbread round out the very intense aromas. Palate: Pretty much everything from the nose repeated. It’s like gingerbread soaked in booze. A bit of orange peel on the swallow.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9427) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2407) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
Drank on tap (12 oz) at the "La Route des Grands Crus de la Bière" Book Launch + Cask Night at Bénélux (Montreal), on November 13, 2010. Dark brown, small head. Aroma of candied fruit, licorice, spice and chocolate malt. Very spicy malty taste, licorice and nutmeg, slightly sweet, alcoholic aftertaste. It’s Christmas in advance for me, but too much for a midnight mass, I guess?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (2876) - 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!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (1743) - 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.

4
   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.


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