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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%
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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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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.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pumpkinhead2 (887) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Bire brune fonc aux reflets rougetres, bien voile, bonne effervescence, et surmonte dun col bruntre moyennement large, mais trs mousseux, compacte et persistant. Armes principalement pics (anis, cannelle, clou de girofle, gingembre, muscade, piment de la Jamaque), avec esters de fermentation bien vidents (banane, bonbon aux fruits, gomme balloune). Effluves galement bien malt se prsentant sous la forme dun mlange de ptisserie et de pain grill avec un sucr de type caramel, cassonade et/ou cola. Par moment, une odeur rappelant rsolument le pain dpices semble se dgager du breuvage, et on note enfin des traces de grains rtis ( la limite de la torrfaction), de malt fum, et mme un certain herbac qui nest pas sans rappeler la menthe. Nez bien agrable, trs intense, et trs complexe. En bouche, ptillement moyen sur la langue, et bonne onctuosit au palis, belle rondeur. Au got, les pices et les esters de fermentation sont bien prsents mais dominent moins quau nez alors que des saveurs terreuses et herbaces (gazon, menthe, coriandre), ainsi quun petit quelque chose rappelant un peu les feuilles mortes, sont plus prsents en bouche quau nez. Le malt prend principalement des saveurs de ptisserie, de pain grill, de grain rti ( la limite de la torrfaction), de caramel/cassonade et de fruits foncs confits (raisin, cerise, prune). On note galement une lgre fume. Lentr en bouche est principalement malt et sucr, alors que la finale apporte un houblon plutt herbac et une amertume de modre forte menant un quilibre des saveurs fort bien russi. Excellente intgration des diffrentes saveurs, bire trs intense et trs complexe en bouche! Excellent produit! //// Le vieillissement est vritablement bnfique cette bire! Lorsque jeune, les diffrentes saveurs semblent un peu tirer dans toutes les directions pour un effet quelque peu chaotique en bouche, mais aprs un an en cellier, ces mmes saveurs se montrent beaucoup mieux intgres les unes aux autres. La bire atteint une rondeur suprieure en bouche, et les flaveurs de pain dpices et de pain aux bananes explosent littralement! Apparition dune saveur de noix de Grenoble un pur dlice probablement ma meilleure bire de Nol!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
750ml bottle courtesy of Guillaume! Cheers! Served in a chalice. Appearance: Opaque brown, tiny beige head that dissipated very quickly. Aroma: Like an amazing gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, licorice. Smells exactly like the Scandinavian Christmas beers that I love, but even more well balanced. Palate: Thick bodied, fairly fizzy, short finish. Taste: very savoury. Not as sweet as expected, but still a bit sweet. The short finish makes the beer quickly drinkable. Really really really nice. Better than any other North American winter beer Ive had by a mile.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (513) - - MAR 17, 2014
Appearance: Pours a near black. Held up to the light it resembles coca-cola quite a bit. Off-white head that dissipates to a thing layer. Leaves light lacing on the glass. Nose: You can definitely smell the alcohol coming off this one. Some bourbon undertones to it. Prunes, raisin, spices and gingerbread round out the very intense aromas. Palate: Pretty much everything from the nose repeated. Its like gingerbread soaked in booze. A bit of orange peel on the swallow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
750ml bottle from La Trappe au Fromage in Gatineau, Quebec. Deep brown in colour with a large and long lasting beige head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of light spice, cake, some chocolate, light alcohol, liquorice. The flavour is sweet, warming, oranges and spice, cinnamon and liquorice, malty, noticable alcohol. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, warming and spicy. Very good stuff. An excellent winter/christmas beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arcanor (276) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 On tap at Harricana Brewpub. Dark brown with red notes. Dence medium tan head that diminish to a thick cloud and a generous ring. Aroma is a blend of spices, star anise, black loquorise, pine... Taste is spicy, orange crust, anise and liquorise as well. Medium carbonation, medium drinckability and warmful. Nice long and warm spicy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13193) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2969) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
Drank on tap (12 oz) at the "La Route des Grands Crus de la Bire" Book Launch + Cask Night at Bnlux (Montreal), on November 13, 2010. Dark brown, small head. Aroma of candied fruit, licorice, spice and chocolate malt. Very spicy malty taste, licorice and nutmeg, slightly sweet, alcoholic aftertaste. Its Christmas in advance for me, but too much for a midnight mass, I guess?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4311) - 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!


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