Formerly brewed at Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Official beer of the 2011 Fte Bires & Saveurs de Chambly. It is a Imperial Brown Ale style composed of 10 malts, 10 hops and at 10% alcohol. A strong, festive and intense beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (3024) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
Drank at Bires & Saveurs de Chambly 2011, on September 4. Burnt burgundy, thin head. Intense malt aroma, very raw, with hints of hazelnuts slightly sweet. Taste of chocolate and caramel sweetness and alcohol, with notes of sweet but hop scotch, good bitterness with little sensation of alcohol. In my opinion, the best of the Complice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Caramel, chestnuts, berry pie and subtle smoke elegantly intertwine in this...uh... Smoked Brown Barley Wine. Yeah, thats it.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A beige cappuccino-like head of foam decorates the mahogany-tinged dark brown.
-The silky roundness is smooth and lascivious. Another glass and scores might have gone sky high... and I might have been floored too.
-The nose was as developed as the flavor profile yet; a year from now, this might be simply heavenly.
-Hop resins balance out the residual sugars in the finish.
-This is not one of those gimmicky kitchen sink strong brews to wow neophytes looking for intensity. It is obviously a well thought recipe which was expertly carried out. One of their most memorable creations.
-If they dont make this again, Im going to throw a hissy fit.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5633) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
lhivernale des brasseurs de Montral: Caramel brl, vanille dans un corps riche. Belle complexit, belle prsence en bouche.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3953) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Glass, 5 ounces, during the 2011 Festibire de Qubec, savoured on September 2 2011; eye: mahogany, clear, minimal effervescence, tiny ring of beige head; nose: malt, caramel, alcohol, spices, star anise, liquorice, brown sugar, light pepper, light hops, dark fruits; mouth: malt, caramel, alcohol, spices, alcohol warmth, light pepper, light hops, finale in malt with presence of smoked caramel, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly sticky and alcoholic texture; overall: quite fine FRANAIS Verre, 5 onces, durant le Bires et saveurs de Chambly, savoure le 2 septembre 2011; il : acajou, limpide, effervescence minime, petit anneau de mousse beige; nez : malt, caramel, alcool, pices, anis toil, rglisse, cassonade, lger poivre, lger houblon, fruits noirs; bouche : malt, caramel, alcool, pices, chaleur dalcool, lger poivre, houblon discret, finale en malt avec prsence de caramel fum, corse, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucre, texture lgrement collante et alcoolique; en rsum : bien bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13525) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
A copper ale with a thin moka head. In aroma, a nice nutty malt with light molasses, lightly vinous, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth licorice malt with vanilla, chocolate, nutella, very nice and beautiful. On tap at Bieres et Saveurs 2011, Sept 2 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7563) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
En ft. Verre de 12 oz dgust directement la brasserie. Arme: Odeur de caramel et dpices avec une pointe dalcool. Apparence: La couleur est bourgogne avec une faible densit de bulle. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel fruit avec une pointe dpices et dalcool. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence dalcool en arrire got. (Rating #3975)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5762) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
On tap. Beautiful ruby-brown pour with whitish head. Aroma is laden with all kinds of sweets: toffee, caramel and barley sugar. English hops are present but slightly eclipsed by the malty aromas. Taste is sweet, moderately bitter finish, some herbal notes are present. Palate is heavy but drinkable, the alcohol is hidden. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Dguste en ft sur place. De couleur ambre fonce et voile. Nez de caramel toffee sucr et de malt sucr aux notes rties, moyen de houblon herbeux aux notes rsineuses et florales, moyen de fruits (agrumes sucres, traces dabricots), lger dalcool et de pain. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen-doux ainsi quune texture lgrement liquoreuse. Lger got fruit (lger dagrumes, notes dabricots, traces de prunes et de fraises) avec des traces de rglisse lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got malt de caramel toffee sucr, de grains de malt sucrs aux faibles noters rties avec des notes de sucre brun et de pain puis en finale lamertume de houblon herbeux aux notes florales et rsineuses domine avec un lger-moyen got dalcool lgrement rchauffant. Post-got moyen-long et aux petites notes sches, lger-moyen amer dalcool, moyen de fruits (lger dagrumes, petites notes dabricots, de prunes et de raisins vineux ) avec une lgre amertume de houblon herbeux. (8 janvier 2013)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2250) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
Sample at Chambly fest.
Appearance : Clear amber with nice foamy brown head.
Aroma : Nice sugary sweetness with great brown sugar. Nice hops too.
Taste : Light alcohol with light spices. Brown sugar with nice caramel. Finish is quite spicy with caramel. Nice resinous notes, quite bitter.
Overall : Quite interesting. Definitely a big beer with lots of stuff going on. Great overcooked caramel notes. Nice hops too. Nice finish. I hope to see this in bottles so I can give it a more extensive review.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
In short: Tasty sweet candies and wooden hops. A fine big beer.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear ruby body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Big rich nose with lots of barley candy, red liquorice candy, wooden hops. Taste is an orgy of sweet toasted malts, hard candies, burnt sugars, caramel, a light spicy sensation (like jelly beans), resinous wooden hops. Plenty of residual sugars but enough hops to balance it out. A very enjoyable big beer. This beer is another reason why I love so much going to the my local brewpubs, I start most of my Saturdays thinking I need to go to a brewpub, that Sundays hangover is not going appear by itself.

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