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

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

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (7411) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
En ft. Verre de 12 oz dgust directement la brasserie. Arme: Odeur de caramel lgrement fruit. Apparence: La couleur est brune fonce. Prsence dun moyen col beige mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel lgrement fruit avec une pointe de chocolat et dhoublons. Longue dure de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Prsence de caramel en arrire got. (Rating #3323)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bedainedebiere (532) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 wasnt 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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23364) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2010
First of all, I dont 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Imperial Brown Ales voluptuous body is mostly built by deep caramel malts and their nutty edges, while earthy connotations link the second halfs 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7710) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Tap. Poured a dark copper/clear brown color with a creamy, small head. Aroma was malty, nutty, earthy hops. Flavor was caramel, malts, nutty and just all around wonderful. Touch of alcohol in there, but certainly hidden compared to the actual ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (3013) - 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, youll really like this one!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Draft. Maybe the best brown ale Ive ever had. Super creamy & caramel malty. Thick head & muddy brown; not much in the way of aroma. Just enough hop bite at the end to even the whole thing out. Im not a huge brown ale fan, but this one definitely had me rethinking that stance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3281) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Dguste en ft sur place. De couleur brune-ambre et claire. Nez malt de sucre brun, moyen de caramel sucr aux notes rties, fruit (prunes sucres, lger de raisins rouges) avec des notes de houblon herbeux et dalcool doux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen-doux ainsi quune texture lgrement sirupeuse. Got fruit sucr (raisins et prunes, traces de cerises) lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got de caramel toffee assez sucr et aux petites notes rties avec un got de sucre brun et des traces de biscuits puis en finale lon retrouve une lgre-moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux aux faibles notes terreuses avec des notes de noix ainsi que des traces dalcool. Post-got moyen-long, compos dun rsiduel sucr avec un moyen got fruit (raisins, notes de prunes) ainsi que des notes de houblon herbeux avec des traces dalcool. (8 janvier 2013)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5393) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Une tulipe de ce liquide 8.5% plutt rouge surmont par un col mousseux tenace. Un dbut de dentelle sur la paroi du verre. Au nez, un malt expressif rempli par les noix et par un caramel charg par des notes fruites. Des traces chocolates qui apparaissent ici et l. Des houblons qui sont eux aussi bien bavards et prennent des angles vifs en feuilles, en terre et en notes boises. Sur les papilles, lalcool est surprenant et vient appuyer les houblons qui percent les malts grills et caramliss. Les fruits qui sont foncs naissent dans les replis du liquide et apportent une profondeur intressante. En bouche, le liquide montre un corps moyennement constitu avec une douce infiltration de bulles. La texture montre les signes dune certaine paisseur. En finale, la force des houblons amrisants qui poussent sur des notes chaudes dun caramel bien fonc.


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