Quintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De Noël - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2002

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 37
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4.24/5  rDev +14%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.24/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of rastaman
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of dgallina
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Goldorak
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of AaronRed
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.55/5  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.

Photo of dqrull
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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 .

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a thick white head that fades leaving a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is of yeast, malt, some spice.

Nice malty flavor, yeast, bread, orange, some spice.

Great little beer, enough flavor and complexity to entertain but easy on the palate. No harsh alcohol.

Drank it before will drink it again.

Photo of ghurux86
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy brownish color with not too much of a head. the lacing is about average. mmm flavor, flavor, flavor... this tastes damn good. you can't tell that it's 8.5% due to it's great flavor. it tastes like carmel and maybe some chocolate with a little nutty flavor. over all the flavor is very good and does a good job of masking the ABV. only problem is the drinkibility. $8.79 for two 11.2oz bottles means almost five bucks a beer. i know it's expensive, but you should shell out the cash to try it at least once.

Photo of paterlodie
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB march 06. Good and overwelming presentation as beer foams out of botle fast. After a fast poor in the mug the enormous amounts of carbon dioxide result in a great and lasting head and under it is a dark amber beer that shows a slight haze. Nose is lots of good candysugar and under it a nice dark/amber maltarome. Overal fresh and inviting however it shows litle yeastautolysation note. Taste is strongly alcoholic dry and bitter with lots of liquorice and good dosed hops. Maltarome in the back makes the brew fuller and bitter/dryness stays long in the mouth. Comes to me even stronger as the listed 8.5% and certainly heavy. Good taste makes it well to drink and overall a good brew IMO well worth a try.

Photo of albern
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a rather disappointing Belgian dark. It starts out with a very hazy, thick brown coloring with lots of foam and bubbles in the head about an inch thick. The head evens out and retains fairly well. The smell is very subdued and I'm getting only hints of burnt caramel notes, some chocolate, some sweet malts, and dextrose. The taste is a bit disappointing in that you'll get plenty of dry caramel notes, some spices, but this cloying ferrous flavoring that overpowers everything else. Some reviewers call it medicinal, which is another way to put it, but it is a lousy taste that completely compromises the beer. This is an ale that could be so much more, but the burnt, dry, metalic taste is just too hard to get around, regardless of the beers other fine qualities.

Photo of Travlr
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle.
Appearance was a sort of purple haze with a large white head and scant lacing.
Smell was very subtle, orange peel and caramel, maybe some light spice.
Taste was sweet-sour with malts and orange peel. Malty finish.
Overall not a terrible beer, but pretty uninspiring.

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy peach/amber colour with a thin cap of fine beige bubbles. There's a bit of fine lacing and the foam that appeared off the pour seemed to stick around for quite a while. Malts dominate the nose, but notes of spice and yeast appear if looked for. Bready malt in the flavour, at least up front, followed by mild alcohol and restrained spice in the finish. Fairly sweet, but with a mellow fruity character as well. Quite a nice balance really. Texture was fine, medium body with ample carbonation (it actually threatened to foam over out of the bottle when the cap was popped). A very nice drink overall. Nothing appears to be out of balance, giving it a mellow character while still having plenty to keep you interested. Well done!

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Quintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De Noël from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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