Brewed by Brasseurs du Nord
Style: English Strong Ale
Blainville, Canada


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed in limited quantity, Brassin Festif is a specially crafted, full-bodied, flavourful winter ale will surprise you with aromas of plum, licorice and grapes that will surpirse you with its festive appeal. We take pride in offering you this celebratory brew - with its shimmering shades of ruby red - as we mark twenty years of our passion for brewing great authentic beers. Thank you for sharing all these years with u. Cheers!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2008
A dark reddish brown ale with a thick moka head. Pleasant aroma of licorice, ginger, dark fruits, and brown sugar. In mouth, sweet burned caramel with light cloves and licorice, toasted notes, light coffee, and raisins. Medium bodied. One of Boreal’s best. Bought at Jovi, Gatineau, Dec. 2007.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
2008-02-01. Bottle. Very dark brown body with a modest tan head. (3+) Muted flavour, sweet malt with some toasty roasty accent hints. Light sugary notes in the finish linger. Similar aroma of sweet malt, dry toasty notes. Average palate. Not a show stopper but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread dips into salted cracker territory as licorice and candied dark fruit draw a deeper picture. This is as good as most Boréale offerings, which to me means it’s solid, quenching, and humble.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy head of foam protects the clear garnet.
-The quiet finale continues the toasted malt theme, adding but a few supporting hops.
-The overall flavor profile is well structured and balanced.
-This does not feel stronger than most Boréale beers; it’s as drinkable and svelte.
-The toasted bread builds biscuits too.
-Carbonation is appropriate.

Bottle; best before March ’08.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
[1077-20080201] 341mL (c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, jerc, mds). Aroma of toasted malt and wafts of alcoholic chocolate. Clear, dark wine red body with a quick creamy off-white head. Generic toasted malt grains flavour also hints at butter. Medium body. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (8311) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
pours unclear burnt orange with a small light beige cap, some retention and lacing. molasses and caramel, spicy dried fruits, freeze-dried strawberries, woodsy toasted specialty malts, sweet bread, belgian yeast and spices, bubblegum. average carbonation, light body - oily; semi-sweet treacle-spicy-woodsy finish. demerara spread on a thick slice of belgian bread or a caramel coulis-topped spicy fruitcake. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very deep bubbly ruby with an average size creamy tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, fruit, light spices and nuts. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, light hops, a hint of nuts and a bit of sugar. Average bitter finish. Medium bodied. A decent Winter Ale and a good effort from the often mediocre Boréale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7186) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2008
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée chez Métro Joanette (Verdun, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est bourgogne avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de petits fruits et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de raisins en arrière goût. (Rating #1443)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle (341ml). Via trade with Viper666. Clear ruby pour, smallish creamy tan head. Mild aroma - peat, cocoa, tea and caramel malt. Taste follows, with dry leafy hop bitterness in the finish, not much alcohol at all - like a low ABV Old Ale. Sugary, slick mouthfeel, not much carbonation, very mild astringency, and a nice carbonized fruitiness in the linger. This is really easy to drink - I’d gladly have this again, a nice malty winter treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
In short: A pleasant but generic well malted English Strong Ale.
How: Bottle 341ml, barely 1 month old.
The look: Clear ruby body with a small beige head.
In long: Grainy toasted malts, caramel, cookies, barley candy and tire ste-catherine (if you know the English word for that please write me). Fruity notes kept to a minimum with only a light prune touch. Moderately sweet. A little spicy twist. Pleasant session beer but rather forgettable for 20th anniversary special batch. Nothing really special there. The day after I had already forgotten about it. Same with my own 20th anniversary, the day after I had already forgotten about it, although my drunkenness may have had something to do with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6084) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with some notes of sweet toffee/caramel malt is very enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some dry fruits with note of toffee and caramel. Medium full body with a somewhat creamy texture and some average carbonation. Well done and something I am likely to buy again.

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