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


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13192) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2009
A dark brown ale with a thick moka head. An intense mix of dark fruits, fruity esters, cinnamon, ginger and warming alcohol. In mouth, a very sweet candy sugar, with nice hopping, loads of spices, cinnamon, ginger, licorice, nice winter warmer, in the league with Gouden Carolus Noel, Guden Drak, and others. Perfect x-mas ale. Also served mulled in a scotch snifter. On tap at brewpub Nov. 30 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11501) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. One of the better ones, and showing how they took it up a notch this is the x-mas beer kept on because of demand. Sour aromas, cuvee, a workout for the nose. Above-average mouthfeel, very lacey dark colour. The taste comes through even when it was cold. Aggressively carbonated. Anise, liciorice, cinammon, corriander, orange peel, nutmeg and cloves. Sourish and most drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10089) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
2010-03-08. Dark brown body with modest tan head. 3+ Strong aroma of licorice, spice, with fruity undercurrents, aroma is lovely but becomes a bit much after a while. Flavour is similar, lots of spices over licorice, but more sugary malt in the flavour balances it a bit more than in the aroma. Dry spice and light bitterness in the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate. Very interesting but the flavour becomes a bit intense as the glass goes on. My preference would be to enjoy it in small quantities. On tap at the brewpub, Gatineau

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9592) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2015 My Bottom Line:
Generous raisiny malts lift portentous star anise and its licorice-like angles as peppercorns play hopscotch with coriander, orange peel and vinous fruitiness in this celebratory Christmas brew of Belgian inspiration.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam protects the cloudy reddish-brown.
-The spicy nose might be a little too much at first, but it nicely emulates the intensity and warmth of the glhweins one finds in some European Christmas markets.
-The body is soft and round, teased by alcohol only in the finish. Nicely polished.
-This ages beautifully; a 1-year-old keg proved to be even more cohesive and delicious than a younger version.
-The bottled version provides a livelier but smoother effervescence than the kegged version. It also needs some time to tone down the spices, but its mighty aromatic and flavorful right off the bat. A year from now, it should be world-class.

On tap at the brewpub and from bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
Deep amber-brown pour. The aroma is nice and malty. A little bit of molasses and a bit of star anise flavour. There is a touch of warming character. Orange peel and dried fruit. Some special B malt and a cooling minty character as well. Lingering orangey finish. Lots of anise retronasally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (8318) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
on tap at the brewery. cloudy dark brown with a thick beige head. aniseed, pepper, figs, raisins, wheat and belgium yeast spicyness. aniseed is really present, almost overwhelming. fun christmas belgium ale that sting a little bit in the throat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8062) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2013
This beer tastes a little like Jagermeister on first sip. Not sure what herbs they use in that, but they are here as well. Pours cloudy dark maroon. Certainly has clove in aroma, with some booze and nutmeg or some other such spice. Sharp on first sip but gets betters as your taste buds adapt. Finishes with light sweetness and a hint of peppermint. Soft carbonation. Tap at brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7792) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2012
750ml bottle via trade with Boutip. Thanks Phil. Pours a translucent deep brown with some lacing off white head. Nose is like a super fragrant candle, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, Malibu rum, sun tan lotion, birch sap. Flavor is very sugary, ginger snaps, rum raisin ice cream, chai tea, carrot cake, some toasted malt at the end. Full, sweet, spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
Draught at the brewpub. Pours a dark ruby-brown with an average size semi-lasting beige head. Lovely aroma with lots of spices, malt, dark fruit and some sweetness. Flavours so spicy, I love it, along with malt, licorice and some fruit. Medium bodied. A very nice Xmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7215) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
En ft. Verre de 12 oz dgust chez Benelux (Montral, QC). Arme: Odeur dpices et de fruit. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Prsence dun mince col beige mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de mlasse fruite avec une pointe de clou de Girofles et de rglisse. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrire got fruit. (Rating #3375)

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