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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Orangey dark amber body with a tiny beige ring of head. (3+) Interesting fruit aroma, sweet citrus and fruit that I want to call lychee but I dont think thats quite right, mild hops. (7+) Flavour has a similar fruit character over top a slightly sweet malt base finishing lightly tart and bitter. smooth average to medium palate. (3+) Pretty nice actually, different. On tap, Mondial, Montreal, 4T

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Beautifully floral and spicy hoppiness suffuse the honeyed cereals of this delightful, perfumy Belgian-style Strong Ale. One of Quebecs treasures.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick layer of foam covers the misty gold.
-A little alcohol heat is felt in the back.
-The crystallised flower petal notes are mesmerizing.
-Carbonation is prickly, perhaps not cozy enough to properly emulate authentic examples of the style.
-Coriander seeds are well integrated.
-The finish is full of herbal, floral hop bitterness.
-Bubblegum and banana notes are whipped up by the yeast.

On tap at the brewpub many times now.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. The cereals are very proheminent in the aroma, especially the rye and a pleasant biscuity maltyness, theres also hops, yeast and citrus in the aroma. The flavor has a pleasant blend of rye, biscuity malt, citrus, hops with a mild bitter finish. Although good, the flavor doesnt have the strong cereal presence that you find in the nose, theres also some sweetness I could have done without. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3311) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
Amber-orangeish color, with a small white head, and laving laces, yeasty, fruity nose, with a hint of sweet malty, rye graininess, with a nice aromatic floral hop, cloverleaf mintiness, with some pineapple, mango, peach, fruity accents, within a spicy coriander, tangerine peel aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, peachy character, with a bready dough, rye maltiness accent, with a good flowery hop citrusy, peppery, also it reminds me some piney and cedary and coniferous notes, with a hint of spicy coriander, within a mango, peachy, orange fruitiness, leading towards a fruity, dry, minty cedary, hop bitterness finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13284) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
An amber ale with a lacing thick white head. Sweet wheat and a light bubble gum in aroma, with spices and alcohol. In mouth, a ricjh spiced rye beer with lingering grains and light alcohol. Rye bread and pepper notes, with warming alcohol in final. Riche bodied. On tap at the brewery, Nov. 3 2007.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2007
On tap shared with Glouglouburp Pours amber orange with a tan half finger head. Nose is killer beglian with coriander, orange peel, yeast, it rockets into your nose, also a bit of nutmeg. Taste is spicy sweet, yeasty, full of spice. Nice extra kick as well overall good. Didnt really notice the rye.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
On tap at Benelux. The color is dark honey with a light beige head. The taste is a mixture of hops and malt, with just a small amount of bitterness. The aroma is of citrus fruits and also of herbes.This one is a good beer to warm you up on a cold evening.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6215) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Draught tulip at the brewery on 9/28/07
One-finger off-white head slowly fades to cover, leaving sloppy lacing. Brilliant orange-golden body has a slight chill haze.
Sweet doughy malts show traces of light caramel and sugary cookie dough, but are dried up by a moderate amount of citrus acidity, peppery phenols and light alcohol warmth. Grassy/leafy hops exude a fair amount of bitterness and plentiful aromatics, very much on par with Moinette Blonde. The yeast is Dupont, of course, and its clean and articulately represented. Some dry doughiness, acidity and light alcohol dull the aroma, over time, but its still very well-done.
Sweet and yet very dry on the end, though more on account of the malt breadiness and alcohol warmth than the actual attenuation. Not that its syrupy or overly-sweet, but it just seems a bit too much after having the elegant, mid-gravity saison clone before it. I honestly dont notice the rye, though perhaps it accounts for some of the malt dryness/breadiness. Caramel, oranges and moderate hop bitterness collect on the finish, with spicy hop notes (or is that the rye?) and a supple body, thanks to the malting. Low carbonation and its draught nature is really the heart of the problem here, not any actual problems with brewing. With a beer of such strength, its almost mandatory that it has tight, natural carbonation to help smooth out the rough edges and control the sweetness. Very good, nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7299) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
En ft. Verre de 10 oz. la brasserie. Arme: Odeur dagrumes et dpices avec une pointe de citrouille. Apparence: La couleur est orange voile. Prsence dun moyen col mousseux et dune large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got dpices, dagrumes et de seigle. Longue dure de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Prsence de seigle en arrire got. (Rating #1271)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
Dark veiled orange pour displaying a small, yet lasting white cover. Again, an enormously citrusy Benelux Saison, bursting with grapefruit notions. Zesty, lively palate with the lowest alcohol warmth. Still highly drinkable due to its relative dryness, acidity and bitterness. Freshly crushed grains quickly gets eaten by the floral, citrusy and spicy finish. Surprisingly similar to their other Saisons.


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