Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Imperial Brown Ale

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Travlr (26406) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2010
First of all, I don’t fully understand why a brewery called Benelux would be located in our near north neighbor, rather than in Belgium, Netherlands or Luxembourg. But anyway, this one has a reddish brown color and a tan head. Aroma has smoke and malt, with a hint of Butterfinger. Taste is smooth chocolate malt. Good stuff.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
In short: A decadent, caramelized, fruity, nutty and hoppy big beer of some kind. Excellent
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear dark ruby topped by a medium beige head with good retention
In long: This beer smells “big” with a nose showing plenty of toasted caramel cereals earthy fruits, and leafy hops. Taste is downright decadent blending the thick dark fruits flavor of an Abt, the nuttiness of a brown ale, the rich caramel and resinous bitterness of a hoppy barley wine. And as if it wasn’t enough, it is relatively easy to drink. Crazy beer. This brewpub has been improving steadily since it opened a few years ago. Any beer geek should visit this brewpub while time is on your side and not a colostomy bag.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Draft. Small beige head, cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, spicy/alcohol, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, melon, some alcohol warming. Medium body, light acidity.

BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Tap. Pours clear brown with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), average hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (berry) with notes of Brettanomyces and lactic sourness. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, nutty), average hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (berry) with notes of lactic sourness. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.

TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel légèrement fruité. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe de chocolat et d’houblons. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #3323)

bedainedebiere (544) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap at brewpub. When I received my glass, my first thought was: this looks so much like a scotch ale. Aroma was discreet, just a little nutty and hoppy, not revealing the powerful flavors of the brew. The first sips seemed awfully intense in the citrusy hoppiness, but it seems like my mouth quickly adapted to the harsh hopping attack and all the rich nutty maltiness then became fully perceptible. Very discreet notes of caramel, alchool and some fruityness also present. Really well done and quite memorable.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Imperial Brown Ale’s voluptuous body is mostly built by deep caramel malts and their nutty edges, while earthy connotations link the second half’s citrusy and piney hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the dark brown with some reddish flashes of clarity.
-Imperial Brown Ale? Brown Barley Wine? In any case, it is a beautifully idiosyncratic brew for the malt lover, aka me.
-The resinous bitterness and aftertaste is hard to predict from the aroma; these hops are quite poignant!
-The fruity angles are rather tropical; again, unexpected after having perceived mostly caramelized notes.
-Both balance and cohesion are achieved.
-Alcohol warmth is present but well camouflaged in piney, resinous hop bitterness.

On tap at the brewpub.

Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
Drank on tap (12 oz) at their brewpub, on September 25, 2010. Hazelnut brown, small head. Aroma of malted barley slightly fruity, sweet nutty notes. Robust sweet taste of barley, bitter toasted malt, dry aftertaste with a small alcohol sensation. If you liked the original, you’ll really like this one!

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