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Biere D'Hiver - Townsite Brewing

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Ratings: 4
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 3.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Townsite Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
For this beer, Brewmaster Cedric Dauchot made 60kg of Candi Sugar by bringing sugar & water up to 300° and then added this sugar to the boil. Subtly spiced with coriander, star anise & Cedric’s hand-made Candi Sugar, this mother of a brown ale tastes of plums, currants and caramel. At 7.5% ABV, it is the perfect accompaniment to a night by the fire with a good book.

(Beer added by: 4ster on 12-16-2012)
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

schopenhauerale, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Erik-P, Jan 19, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby-brown, slight haze, well carbonated (3 fingers of light mocha-brown head)
S: Sweet and malty, hints of plum, some sour cherry notes, alcohol is present
T: Rich malt, slight bitter sweetness, fruity-plum background, a little sourness, turns into sweet caramel finish
M: Medium body, nice carbonation, a little on the sweet side
O: A tasty winter ale, a good balance of caramel malts and plum notes, could of used a little bit more bitterness (personal preference), a little on the sweet side

ZachT, Jan 18, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. No brewed date on bottle.

A: Dark, dark black plum, slightly more ruby colour held up to the light. Nice carbonation only seen in the light, with a frothy, egg nog off white coloured head, very tight froth that has good retention and doesn't fade.

S: Plumy, stone fruits, dark burnt sugars with a hint of spice (coriander), slightly alcoholic/dark malt.

T: Dark roasted malts at the start, with stone fruit, showing hints of dark cherry or plum sourness mixed with bitter molasses/burnt caramel flavours. Very lightly spiced that finishes again slightly sour but this time more like a plum brandy, as the alcohol is noticeable towards the end.

M: Medium amount of carbonation, pretty crisp for a brown ale and the darkness of it, nice balance between the flavours and the alcohol, and very smooth as it goes down.

O: Apparently they have been making this for the past 5 years and while it is only starting to show up in stores around Vancouver you can tell this isn't a first run as I think Townsite has created a very well made beer that is quite interesting. I wouldn't say this is a all day drinking beer as it is quite dark and a bit strong tasting, but the roasted, bitter flavours and the nice plum brandy type of flavours makes it an ideal aperitif or after dinner or later in the evening sitting by the fire as a digestive. I wish the spices showed a little more, perhaps toning down the burnt sugar/malt a bit, but otherwise a very nice winter brown ale worth trying and I recommend you try if you see a bottle.

4ster, Dec 16, 2012
Biere D'Hiver from Townsite Brewing
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.