Moinette Brune – Brasserie Dupont

Ale ambrée forte Belge, 8.5%, de Tourpes, Belgique.

Belgian strong dark ale, 8.5%, from Tourpes, Belgium.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.02/5

Aged around 6 months : Cloudy and veiled dark brown with a red hue, extremely active. Creamy brown 1-2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with not much legs but good lacing and a decent swirl reaction. Flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, wild berries, cherries, roasted grains, Belgian yeast, coriander, ginger, and herbal hops. Slick and silky medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, malty and bready, thick esters and spices, a bit leafy with sharp yeast, lightly sour from the aging process that’s far from excessive. Moderately alcoholic. Pleasantly spiced and yeasty, including a hint of barrel aged feel of cheese. Fits well in winter time celebrations having of festive qualities. Decent freshness and bodied. Highly warming, could easily be used as an appetizer, it’s salivating with sugars. Complex and really well made. Aged well in the bottle. Overall excellent quality craft.

Titanic – Brasseurs R.J.

Une brune forte Belge de 7%, remplie de saveurs, puissante mais avec une fraîcheur et rondeur surprenante. Ma favorite pour ce brasseur, de Montréal, Québec.

Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 7%, from Montréal, Québec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25 = 4.1/5

Aged for 6 months: Very dense reddish dark brown color, with a veil of copper, in the light I can see powerful activity. Creamy dark beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs, but decent lacing. Flavors of wild berries, plums, orange, soft chocolate and coffee, oak, light molasses and prunes, dark roasted malts and herbal hops. Bready caramel with sharp Belgian yeast. Milky full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, dry clove, lots of dark fruits, roasted barley, spicy, mellow porto like barrel aged feel. A bit earthy and leathery, just pleasant. Nicely balanced, subtly feels like a black IPA. Really fresh, tender, and delicious. Surprisingly accessible for the strength. Overall excellent quality craft.

Grande Réserve 17 – Unibroue

Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10%

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Thick veiled copper color, with a pink hue, and powerful carbonation activity. Extra foamy, delicate, beige 3 finger sparkly head, creating a foam island and lasting around 20 minutes, with some strong legs, a swirl easily reconstructs the head. Flavors of plums, prunes, cherries, vanilla, toffee, honey or maple, oak, clove, dark grains and herbal hops. Rich malty feel, delicious super fruity taste. Slick, almost creamy, full body with some extra crispy carbonation. Very strong finish, vinous and dry, bitter herbs with plenty of lingering dark fruits, densely spicy, oak bareel aged feel. Makes a nice appetizer though. Belgian qualities with a robust barleywine feel.

Overall : Exquisite quality; sexy lovely look, super warming, yet decently fresh for the ABV. Nice complexity with an inviting smell. Although it didn’t age well for 2 years in a cellar, it was overly vinous and harsh, with not much developed aged feel. Not the worth to cellar me think, better fresh.