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Townsite Bičre d’Hiver Winter Ale

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Brewed by Townsite Brewing
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Powell River, Canada

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Townsite’s brewmaster made 60Kg of candi sugar by bringing sugar and water up to 300 degrees and then added this sugar to the boil creating a winter warmer that is spicy and plummy in flavour.



3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2601) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 13, 2016
A decent dubbel. Pours a dark maroon. Aromas of dried fruit, yeast and bread. Tastes like it smells. Fruity and malty with a bit of a tangy finish. Nice.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5529) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Deep brown body with a vibrant ruby tint and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, malt, earth and a bit of english hops. Medium-bodied; Strong caramel and malt flavour at first with a big earthy and nutty flavour that persists throughout and only shows a touch of sugar at the tail end. Aftertaste shows some malt and funk with a lot of mushroomy flavours, but also a lot of sugars. Overall, a pretty typical beer with some good flavours, some bad ones and a decent finish. Not too much complexity and the flavours were decent at best, so this is probably worth passing on, especially if you have to bring it across country lines and all the way across the whole of the country. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Legacy Liqour Store in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 08-June-2015 for CA$10,65 sampled at home in Washington, on the other side of both countries on 16-December-2015.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3768) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2015
Chestnut, tan head.Malt nose. Lightly yeasty malt palate,notes of brown sugar. Light alcohol and hops.1 of their best but that isn’t saying much

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1682) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Rating #1401 24.12.2014 Xmas Eve Beers @revolutionyeg. Might have to be an annual tradition. Pours a dark mahogany, coppery colour with a tan foam that bubbles away slowly. Aroma is roasted malts, oak, butter caramel, and toffee. Taste is quite smooth, lightly hopped and rich in roast malt flavour. Finish is quite sweet, honey, toffee, and that oaky tinge as you swallow. Delicious winter ale.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4267) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle generously donated by the brewer and obtained via my colleague Marie, thanks very much for this one! A gentle and sunny afternoon in late September is probably not the time to have a winter ale, but I was too curious about this to wait for three more months... From a 65 cl bomber with nicely decorated label. Light gushing, but fortunately not too violently so. Pours a deep hazy burgundy brown-red colour, warm and attractive, under a lacing, medium sized, light yellowish white, moussy head with good retention. Aroma jumps into the nose with a truckload of melting brown sugar and cocoa nibs, along with hints of cinnamon, medlar, warm toasted bread, plum brandy, banana liqueur, sweet sherry, hazelnut paste, ruby port, marmelade, thin gooseberry sourness, clove- and slightly varnish-like phenols - the sweet and spicy, seductive bouquet of a rich, English style winter ale indeed. Some maderisation is already setting in too, but only to add complexity; this is clearly a beer which ages graciously. Rounded, sweet onset, residual brown sugar but not cloying at all, counterbalanced with a light fruity tartness (brambleberry, passionfruit); banana and candied orange flavours are there as well. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, with medium carbonation. A smooth, oily, caramelly and nutty but also notably oxidized maltiness ensues, adorned with spicy hints and leading to a finish which brings some drought to further balance the initial sweetness; there is an earthy, lightly peppery hop bitterness doing its work, as well as a very light kind of lactic tartness, but too subtle to call it infected. Warming alcohol balances on the brink of astringency in the end and spicy phenols finish it off retronasally. A lush, elegant winter warmer, in which the ’overdose’ of sugar has fermented out very well, leading to a well-controlled sweetness with delicious liqueurish effects here and there, accentuating its English old ale affinities. Lovely example of the style!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (3124) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 13, 2015
Dark plum coloured body. Malty aroma. A bit of a tart tang. Taste is sweet malty dried fruit. Almost belgiany. But also roast and cocoa. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4847) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 25, 2015
tons of caramel malty with raisins and cherries. Easy drinking. Lingering cherries and toffee finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Spicy beer with a noticeable alcohol heat. Very sugary with lots of fruit flavours. Not bad, but as far as seasonal Christmas brews go I like mine a lot darker and less sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (1355) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Reddish brown. Aroma of dark fruits, some spice i cant identify. Rich caramel and fruity flavour, quite nice for a beer style i dont tend to enjoy much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (11085) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle - Tart. Plum, light raisin and soured malts. Deep clear Amber with a rich light brown head. Light soured malts, light perfume, plum and some raisin. Tart, medicinal and interesting.


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