Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
L’Assomption, Canada


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, - DEC 18, 2012
Bière couleur de mélasse, probablement limpide, mais sans aucun col digne de ce nom. Des arômes torréfiés de cerises noires et d’épices. Belle amertume soutenue, passablement de sucres résiduels et une légère pointe d’acidité. Elle est costaude, finement effervescente et se termine sur des arômes capiteux et une belle amertume.

AlainG (2318) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
Bière brune opaque, ayant une mousse veloutée qui reste longtemps en place, tout en se collant au verre pour laisser des traces d’écumes. Un nez de racinette artisanale, avec des arômes de vanille, de muscade, de cannelle et de miel. Un goût de pelures d’orange qui auraient macérées avec toutes ces épices. L’alcool est fort et fort agréable. L’arrière-goût se forge autour de l’anis, ou peut-être le clou de girofle et de houblon. Elle est, et de loin, supérieure un coup vieillie. Mais, il faut aimer les bières épicées. Édition 2012 (865-211013)

Lanchester (196) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
Pours a dark ruby hue with hardly any head; a thin ring forms around the glass. Aroma of earthy spices; cinnamon and nutmeg comes through, perhaps ginger as well, interlaced with candied fruits. Woody and musty notes from the spices up front in the flavor, gradually tapers off to a boozy, alcoholic warmth with hints of brown sugar and raisins/plums. Feels a tad flat on the palate, lacks the liveliness that a festive beer should have. Certainly not their best offering, though worth a try if you’re into the style...there are better Christmas beers out there (TDD’s Grivoise de Noël, LTM’s Réserve de Noël)

mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
Drank cold, well, straight out of the cellar temperature. Pours dark brown with red highlights (dark ruby?) and a dirty offwhite head. Nose is a spice bomb, mostly nutmeg. Taste is sweet but not cloying with no observable bitterness. Flavors evoke nutmeg again with cinnamon making its entrance. Not bad, but drinking a whole 750 of this would be dead boring I think. In fact I’d rather not try. I’ll heat up a glass (as per brewer’s instructions) and maybe edit this rating later on. Hot rating (around 155-160F): quite strangely spices are enhanced while everything else goes away. Pretty sure I’d enjoy it more after a long trek (or after some skiing) in cold weather as a winter warmer but now this just feels weird. I’m standing by my original rating though since I cannot reproduce an optimal "hot condition" at the moment. Pretty sure this one is one and done but maybe next Christmas I’ll give it another go.

czar (9266) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
at first drank cold then relatively hot. hazy light brown with a nice light beige head, good retention and lacing. awkward blend of dry and spicy caramel with english fruitcake, tingling cinnamon and grassy-herbal-spicy hops for an unbalanced spicy-astringent and slightly cloying medium long finish. average carbonation, light body - oily. tasty and original but awkward in a bad way, either cold-cellared or hot.

lesifflebiere (1928) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
Bue à 65 degrés (ce qui était apparemment la meilleure façon de la servir). Il en résulte, étonnamment, des saveurs assez fades de muscade, de fruits rouges, et une finale très métallique et médicamenteuse. Elle démontrait quelques qualités (dont une franche couleur rouge festif et des épices bien balancées), mais elle est devenue rapidement lassante. Une déception.

BeerGolem (829) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
Bouteille 750 ml. Bue à 50 degrés C. Robe brun foncé et collet beige. L’arôme est intéressante: cannelle, clou de girofle, pastille pour la toux. C’est au goût que ça se gâte (euphémisme): c’est tout simplement horrible, la bière semble avoir perdu toute son goût et son alcool. Peut-être est-elle meilleure froide...

Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle 750ml. [Drank heated, as suggested by brewer] Pours dark brown with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of muskad, cinnamon, malt, weird green stuff. Taste is of spices, muskad, cinnamon, malt, weird hops. Palate: Ligth-medium body. Overall:Straitgh-up bad. A spicy, unpleasant mess. I had a sip of this brew at normal temperature, and it was way better (but not outstanding). Will re-rate without heating.

tom10101 (6195) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle (750 ml). Drank hot. Murky brown with good head and extreme lacing. Aroma of christmas spices (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.), honey and caramel. Taste is absolutely horrid. Spices doesn’t get along with other component of the beer and I can barely drink it. Original, but pretty bad.

VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a foggy ruby red brown with a very short-lasting pale beige head. Smell is chocolate, caramel, cloves, cinnamon and honey. taste is caramel, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon. But especially nutmeg. Tons of it. Finish is mostly honey, very little bitterness. May somewhat lack in balance. Thick bodied, unctuous mouthfeel. Very weak carbonation. An excellent Christmas beer.

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