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Brewed by Les Brasseurs du Temps
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Gatineau, Canada

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Following the trail of strong Belgium Christmas beer, this one is very similar to a five spice cake only liquid form. Seven delightful spices blend themselves to the alcohol and sugar, enabling a warming and joyful feeling for the festive season. Strong liquorice, orange and grape flavours create an explosion of creamy foam.. The lasting mouth feel is one of comforting alcohol, liquorice and orange.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
750 ml bottle from brew pub, shared with Blair, cool, generic beer glass. Deep brown-black, with a nice tan foam. Adding ginger and some other warm spices, molasses, lightly fruity, deep and rich and spicy. Medium-full body with moderate low effervescence. Lots of warm spices, bright orange peel, molasses, tangy and rich, some alcohol; lightly sweet with mild bitterness and a long, spicy, slightly bright finish. Not loving it.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
A FANTASTIC beer! Dark brown with some small tan head. Smells like a christmas spice cake, cloves, star anise, a bit sweet. Palate is medium-heavy with some smooth good carbonation. Taste is spicy, some candied fruit. I feel like Im drinking a spice cake. Just fantastic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur brune fonce et voile. Nez fruit (agrumes bonbon, traces de cerises), pic (moyen de muscade et danis, lger de poivre, notes de clou de girofle), lger de chocolat et de sucre brun. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen aisni quune texture lgrement crmeuse avec quelques sirupeuses. Got pic (moyen danis, notes de clou de girofle et de poivre doux, traces de cannelle - une prsence pices prsente en arrire-got toute la gorge) accompagn dun lger got fruit (gteaux de fruits, lger dagrumes avec leurs zestes, traces de cerises et de prunes rouges) lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got de malt style sucre brun lgrement terreux et aux faibles notes rties ainsi que quelques notes de biscuits. Paralllement, un lger got dalcool se rajoute progressivement jusquen finale o le caractre pic y est plus port vers la muscade et o lon y trouve galement des notes de houblon herbeux. Post-got moyen-long, moyennement amer dalcool et de houblon herbeux avec un moyen got pic (muscade terreuse).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6564) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
December 6, 2012 - on draught at Les Brasseurs du Temps. A full glass served cold, plus a smaller glass heated up. Its a deep cloudy red with a solid lasting creamy tan head. Aroma is amazing - cherry, pungent dry Christmas cake spice, a little herbal bitterness for balance; fruity, some alcohol. Taste reminds me of DdC Rigor Mortis - strong alcohol, pungently bitter and spicy - just with tons of cherry; again, strongish alcohol, sweet caramel, extremely yeasty, cattily bitter - but with cherry; great. Thick, syrupy, decent low-level carbonation, starts fruity-syrup sweet, then lush yeast, then it finishes herbal. When hot, its not as sweet (unlike Quelque Chose, whick is very sweet)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5762) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour with whitish head. Aroma is a real anise bomb, lots of rich brown sugar malts, spicy but not over the top. Taste is not too sweet which is surprising for this brewery, lots of spice and mellow alcohol warmth rounds out the sweet, rich malts. Palate is full but well carbed and not cloying. This style isnt always a personnal favorite, but this one went down nicely.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Achet chez Brouhaha. La meilleure bire de Nol que jai consomm vie. Excellente. Nol en bouche. Arme et got de bonhomme en pain dpice. Dense et brun fonc.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4427) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
Huge aroma of chocolate orange, fruit cake, plums and candi sugar. Quite malty, medium bitter finish with a load more fruit. Great stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5467) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
(Un liquide embouteill le 28 novembre 2011. Lot #1151) Un regard brun, la limite acajou. Une mousse fonce qui laisse une belle dentelle. Un nez domin par les pices. Une tonne, vritablement. De la muscade et du girofle pour les fous et les fins. De dlicates volutes remplies danis. Agrable sans tre renversant. Un fondement malt doux sur un alcool bien cach et sournois. Des saveurs qui nvitent pas le dbordement des pices. Mes sens qui sont piqus par le secret du matre brasseur. Le girofle et lanis qui ne manifestent aucune subtilit. Une simple pense malte et une attente houblonne. Mes papilles qui vivent un vritable vertige. Un dsquilibre? Cest selon. Une corpulence qui se dmarque. Une impression fortifie. Des bulles qui font un honnte travail. Une texture soyeuse, vritablement. Une finale qui marche sur la route des pices : un dbordement de poivre, de clous de girofle, danis et de muscade.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (2160) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
Liquide brun aux reflets rougetres ayant une gnreuse mousse en guise de col. Des armes tout en fruits; de bananes, de cerises et en pices; de cannelle, de muscade, sentrechoquent allgrement entre eux pour le plus grand plaisir des papilles olfactives. Les saveurs sont un complment des senteurs. Le zeste dagrumes, lanis toile, la cannelle, le clou de girofle et les grains de coriandre se frottent les uns sur les autres pour crer un amalgame des plus intressants et surprenants. Toute une surprise. Embouteille le 28-11-11 Lot #351 (172-250212)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Dark ruby/brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is "Christmas Spice." Licorice, orange, citrus, mulled wine. Flavor was the same. Spices overpower any other character the beer might have. Not bad but pretty one-note.


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