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Nickel Brook Reserve D’Hiver

Nickel Brook Reserve D’Hiver
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Formerly brewed at Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Burlington, Canada


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Belgian Spiced Strong

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle from the beer mail. Pours a clear deep red with pretty much no head. Smell is slightly sweet, with a bit of spice, cinnamon, ginger, and maybe a tiny bit of grassy hops. Palate is medium bodied with good carbonation. Taste is a bit spicy at first before having a bit of sweetness, which gives way to the ever building spiciness and bitterness. Spiciness lingers for a bit in the aftertaste. Pretty decent, but there’s definitely better winter warmers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
Draught at Bar Hop. Deep clear ruby-amber with an average creamy beige head. Aroma of spice and diacetyl. Taste is pleasant - gingerbread, nutmeg and alcohol. Solid chewy body, spice-astringent, solid carbonation, a dry spicy finish and linger. Smells odd, solid otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7227) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
Draught at Bar Hop. Pours a murky dark copper with a small semi-lasting creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit, toffee, vanilla, sugar and light spices. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, maple syrup, spices, sugar, nuts, some alcohol and light hops. Syrupy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Much too sweet for my personal tastes but its well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
On tap. Dark amber pour, tight foamy tan head. Aroma is a little band aide, boozy, dark fruit, maple syrup and hints of raisins, clove and orange. Oily medium mouthfeel. Sugary up front with an acidic bitter medium finish. Not great balance, but otherwise enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
355ml bottle from the brewery. deep reddish brown with a small tan head that quickly reduces to a ring. spot on for a spiced belgian dark, but a lack of carbonation really holds it pack. would be a really nice beer if packaged properly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap at The Rhino Winter Fest. Orange bodied. Pumped up mouthfeel, with nutmeg and cardommon. Decent spices and drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle, pours dark brown, a bit hazy, aroma is very spice and so is flavour, it is quite full of flavour, and really quite enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle courtesy of matt7215, thanks Matt. Pours a clearish dark brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma is kind of dull considering it’s supposed to be a spiced ale, with only a tiny hint of coriander and some generic darker malts. Flavour is much better although again there is a total lack of any real spice character that couldn’t just be yeast aspects. I like it however as it seems a lot like a bock, and I love all things bock. There’s a tiny hint of dry cinnamon but I think I might just be hallucinating. Slightly chewy feeling although not too ’thick’. Finishes dull and without much going on but a little booze. Not horrible, but it doesn’t seem to have turned out at all as they planned, like a Beau’s product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 18, 2013
On tap at Volo
Aroma: plenty of sugars up front, funk, dry plum with refined , perhaps tad try alcohol. Spicy hints , cherry , vanilla and clove.
Look: fine haze on amber with medium plus sized creamy , mid beige cap.3+
Taste / Palate etc.: Medium bodied. Nutty, nutmeg, milder carbonation. Candy sugar , root, some alcohol dryness. Finishing with hint of cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1995) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle from brewery. Pours mostly clear and brown, with thin large-bubbled lacing. Aroma of pumpkin pie, raisins, and figs. Taste is full of pumpkin pie spices, some sweet malt and slight dried fruit notes, and vanilla. Dry finish, with a creeping alcohol warmth. Flat and medium-bodied. This was decent.

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