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Quintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De Noël - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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58 Ratings

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2002)
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Reviews by OskarL:
Photo of OskarL
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One year old.

Appearance - Amber color with a white head, leaves a lot of lacing but has lots of yeast particles floating around in it.

Smell - Sweet caramel, bread, syrup, dark fruits like raisin, candy and yeast.

Taste - Burnt cristallized sugar, bitter in the finish and spicy.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a lot of carbonation.

Not the typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale in my opinion, too bitter in the finish. But worth a try!

OskarL, Jan 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Satyr179, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Todd
2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

This beer is sold as the Biere De Noël during the Christmas holiday season, then the rest of the year as the Ambrée. They are the same exact beer, all year round, just repackaged.

Hazy dark amber topped with a thin lace that dropped still immediately. Big phenols / medicinal in the news. Sharp and bitter lemon to taste, with a dirty edge of yeast, loads of medicinal and a very thin caramel underneath. Clinging dry finish with hop leaf textures in the mouthfeel.

Not overly impressed by this sample, especially the over-powering medicinal character.

Todd, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Cute little 11.2 oz swing top bottle, freshness date is noted on the side of the label. Long blurb about the beer and brewery on the back label is interesting.

Appearance: Head retention is slightly problematic and has trouble keeping form. Murky light brownish amber is impossible to see through do to the sediment floating to the top of the bottle as soon as I opened it. Lots of sediment on the bottom of the bottle also.

Smell: Peppery alcohol and phenolic clove are sharp in the nose. Flamboyantly estery with some ripe fruitiness and mild solvent aromas. Hints of butterscotch and bread come through also.

Taste: Dense carbonation rolls within the medium body in a crisp biting manner. Alcohol is perceived right away with a straight up warming sensation and a spicy peppy flavour with a backing of solvent. Ripe tropical fruit of pineapple and papaya come to mind, bitterness is quite high also. Very yeasty with undertones of bready malt, raw can sugar and bread crust flavours also. Slightly astringent and semi dry finish with some husky grain, yeast and lingering alcohol.

Notes: Very dramatic and very different, complex in an eccentric way but just as beautiful in the same way. Savour this brew to your last sip, if you are not accustom to Belgian beers and different ones at that, this will be a big surprise to the senses.

Jason, Jul 19, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice and strong.The aroma is a bit candyish, grapey/vinous and spicey. Flavour is pretty diggable, quite soft and rich. Vinous and bitter, with some alcohol popping its head up at the end. A touch 'raw'at the end, but pretty tasty. Spicey and christmasy.

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of MaevaS
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

MaevaS, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of mattfancett
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%

mattfancett, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A much underated beer. A yeasty and inetresting spicy aroma, big head, and easy drink, quite quaffable. Still figuring out the nice sweet side spice, but the yeast was fruity and I am glad I paid up for this pop-top bottle. And yes, I got a pop on opening.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of dgallina
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby brown bottle marked best-before April 2008.

Pours cloudy tan with plenty of suspended sediment haze. A half-inch of creamy off-white foam recedes to a thin sheen but leaves generous lace behind. Smells at once nutty and fruity. The complex aroma is loaded with dry leafy yeast plus dark prunes and plums on a biscuit, nut, and caramel malt base. The flavor is rich and satisfying. Toasted nutty malts are set against wine-like fruitiness, with powdery yeast tones and prickly alcohol lingering in the finish. Gentle alcohol warming develops as the beer is consumed. Body is medium-rich, with well-balanced carbonation and cream. Quite drinkable and very nice overall.

dgallina, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Goldorak
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Poechenellekelder, Brussels.

Appearance: Dark peachy amber, with a solid inch of caky head.

Smell: Very caramel, with alcohol finish

Taste: Caramel malt, with a little alcohol near the end. Not bad, but not great.

Could use a little extra kick, especially in the taste department.

Goldorak, Sep 29, 2004
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark amber-marzen with a huge billowy white head that was fully lasting. Visible carbonation was soft with tiny suspended peppery floaties.

S: soft caramel and light herbal flowers.

T: The flavor was a rich, sweet and malty caramel similar to that of a octoberfest palate, There were some higher alcohol spicing (nutmeg) along with touch of sour fruitiness (apples), and a bready caramel backing. There was a earthy and light woody smokiness as well in the finish. The palate was sweet and malty with some nice xmas spicing. Overall a nicely hopped amber with a good malt backing and a touch of booziness.

M: creamy, smooth with a soft carbonation

D: decent drinkability with a nice complexity. liked this one by itself, but only moderate per style.

beerthulhu, May 26, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

stampfler07, Aug 09, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice presentation- pours with an amber hue and a nice dense foam head. Sort of a mild aroma reminds me sweet corn. Not much else. Tase is also mild for a beer that is intened to be strong and malty. Alcohol is barely noticed, but it as a warming sensation, sort of a bready flavor as well. This is a nice beer, not one that I will remember, but certainly one that is worth a try.

AaronRed, Nov 30, 2007
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber color ale with a super huge bubbly off-white head with average retention. Aroma is a mix of strong yeast and spices. Taste is also quite a wonderful mix of strong spices, yeast, and malt with a subtle sweet finish. Alcohol is very well hidden and body is full. Overall, this is an above average Belgian strong ale.

Phyl21ca, Nov 29, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

desint, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The stout from Ellezelloise made me very happy. It made me think highly of this brewery, so I wanted to try this strong ale too.
Colour dark amber, hazy with a good head.

Smell and taste is malty, and like the stout it has aroma of coffee and chocolate (allthough not as strong). It also has an earthy aroma with floral notes, and the taste is heavy on the herbs.
Together with the great balance between bitter from hop and sweet from malts, this is again a great experience.

Ellezelloise is on the expensive side at the store, but their brews are certainly worth it: it's another high-class drink.
If you like strong ales with good body from Belgium, the stout and the ambree are a must.

RuudJH, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bemused orange color, the head portly and the consistency frothy and off white in color. The nose has the sweet aroma of caramel apples with a nice malt underpinning to seal off the nose, the stat ambrosial and the top middling in its feel. Finish is smartly acidic with the hops pleasing and delicious in their understated presence, dry as a desert bone aftertaste that lingers on, quite an interesting beer that is a real treat to the palate.

Gusler, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of gatornation
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from an 11.2 oz swing top bottle

A-pored a burnt copper color with a small head and a tan collar when swirled minimal lacing

S- was dark fruit rock candy,prunes fig and raisins

T- was currant dried fruits mixed with caramelized candy, throw in some spice and some bitter hops

M- was thin in carbonation and bitter with a sweet dark dank fruit aftertaste. lots of dark floaties

O- this is one for me to try once an interesting take on the style that did not click for me,,bitter with dried fruit taste and roasted caramel

gatornation, May 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

eulcedes, Jan 28, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark golden copper color the a huge eggshell colored head. Very nice lacing present. The aroma was dominated by a nice sweet maltiness. The taste was again a malty sweetness in the front with a hint of bitter in the finish. The body was creamy with a medium high carbonation. Overall this was nice beer but a bit too pricey.

Beerbuddha, Mar 29, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle says Quintine Ambre...

Appearance: dark amber, a bit hazy, medium layer of tannish head foam that slowly flattens out

Aroma: wafting clove/cinnamon phenols, biscuity malt sweetness, over-ripe pears, vitamins, almonds

Flavor: musty malts, a subdued sweetness, herbally hop flavor, a bit tangy, alcohol, yeasty, finishes with a caramelly/cracker-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, spritzy carbonation, warming alcohol

Overall Impression: This is a great little brewery. Really hearty and flavorful beers. They all have a slightly "rustic" mustiness to them. Also well-balanced and no alcohol burn, despite the higher abv. Sediment is very loose and chunky, though.

GreenCard, Jun 18, 2004
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4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours without much head and leaves only a little lace. Very smooth, all too easy to drink this quickly but it should be savored - its different from a typical Belgian. The high ABV is not noticable but there is a sweet raisony flavor. $4.69 for a 330ml bottle.

jdhilt, Apr 24, 2003
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a small candy sugar. In the taste, sweet malt and a small light caramel like roast. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to sweet mellow caramel aftertaste. a small sweetness and caramel presence is nice, also hides the 8.5% completely.

OWSLEY069, Nov 08, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year old bottle.

Pours a fair amber with slightly beige head that lasts okay, but there a shitload of yeast floating around here, actually doesn't look too appetizing.

Smell is very candylike with fudge up front and some tones of fruit caramel, but a bit uniform and doesnt offer much complexity, the yeast is also noticeable.

Alot of fudge and caramellized sugar in the taste, and the yeast is not as up-front as I would have expected from all the floaters, but still ntoiceable, the flavours are overall pretty weak and this beer does not overly impress.

Medium body with a light and stingy carbonation, but still manages to make a soft mouthfeel-impression .

dqrull, Jan 19, 2010
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4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large, rocky head. Leaves some thick, streaky strands of lace. Cloudy, amber color.

Excellent blend of lightly toasted malt and flowery hop. Very soft. No yeast. In a word: Superb.

Smooth tasting but not quite as beautiful as the smell. There's a gentle start with a pale malt start. The hop comes through in a subtle way. Short but pleasant aftertaste. Full bodied for the style. Proper carbonation.

smcolw, Aug 22, 2013
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Quintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De Noël from Brasserie Ellezelloise
84 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.