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Quintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De Noël - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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53 Ratings

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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 TXHops:
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-ABV: 8.5%

The neck label claims that this beer is brewed with water, malt, hops, yeast and dextrose. I don’t think I’ve ever seen dextrose specifically listed on a label… Anyway, yanking on the swing top released this beer with a huge force, sending the ceramic topper spinning on its hinge and the rubber gasket still stuck to the lip. A caramelly, tea-colored body with a very smooth blanket of light khaki foam filled my glass to beautiful effect. A bit of time revealed nice lacing as well. An emanating toffee and bread smell accompanied the pop of the top and grew stronger as the beer was released into my glass. The toffee aroma on this beer was quite unusual in that it didn’t smell reminiscent of toffee, like several other ESB style beers I’ve tried. Instead, it literally smelled like toffee---like the inside of a Heath bar: beautiful aroma. The taste was right there with the aroma—a big toffee front and then a mid section that hovered somewhere between coffee cake and a maple-iced donut. Intriguing and fascinating! Swirling the bottle and adding the yeast pancake added a considerable amount of grittiness and changed the look of the beer to a muddy, murky mess. No where on the bottle is the drinker warned against adding the yeast, or even pouring slowly and carefully, though the phrases, “ Refermented in the bottle” and “ Contains active yeast” are proudly displayed on the front of the label, resulting in my decision to hit this beer for a few possible appearance points. There were just too many black floaties after the release of the vitamin B compress… The flavor was unaltered by the trub however: toffee and maple abound, with a bit of fruitiness coming to bear mid bottle (passion fruit possibly?).

I expected this beer to be some sort of tripel, but in reality it was closer to Pauwel Kwak than any other Belgian I’ve had to date. It was nice in that it wasn’t too airy and fluffy—this one actually had some substance and the remarkable toffee flavor was a welcome change from strong phenols and esters that characterize most strong, Belgians. Nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 20:34:42 | More by TXHops
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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.

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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.

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3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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

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05-15-2011 01:13:50 | More by gatornation
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name quintine apparently comes from the name of a witch in local legends.

A: Pours a very clear light amber with a good head. Head retention is decent and its residue is adaquate.

S: A clear of grapes and raisins with a hint of honey and malt.

T: Starts of slightly sweet with caramel malts and candy sugar. Next comes a bitter hop taste which seems to be very typical for the brewery. A little spicy from the hops with a bit of astringence. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

M: A good mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation, not too little and not too much. A bit of a dry note from the astringence.

D: Hides its abv very well, the good amount of carbonation invites you to drink more.

Conclusion: I like the beers from Brasserie Ellezelloise. This beer seems to be a little sweeter and less bitter variation of the blonde.

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4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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!

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01-24-2010 18:20:11 | More by OskarL
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 .

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Quintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De Noël from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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