Biere D'Hiver
Townsite Brewing

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Winter Warmer
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3.82 | pDev: 12.04%
Townsite Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
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Notes: 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.
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3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor store - apparently, this is draft-only in Alberta. Hah, I'll believe that when I (don't) see it.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby red amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and mostly just overtly bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent, yet awkwardly cobwebbed lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, muddled sour dark fruit, edgy earthy yeast, brown sugar syrup, that weird clove/coriander mashup from a thousand Belgian ales, black licorice, and a mid-winter menthol lozenge-like cold alcohol astringency. The taste is more bready caramel malt, muddled seasonal spices - the coriander and star anise doing little to differentiate themselves - gritty dark sugar, a bit of juicy and bittersweet plum and overripe cherry, vaguely sour and funky yeast, and a still weirdly phenolic booziness.

The bubbles are fairly thorough in their heady frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and so-so in its attempt at a robust smoothness, but things turn out alright after all, I can assure you. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt persisting, amongst a testy and strangely sour black fruitiness, and some lingering Hall's finest warmth.

Hmmmm, methinks that the given combination of spice and elevated alcohol is the catalyst for the unexpected nuances experienced here - not that they actually overwhelm, but rather they seem to pull things away from the intended norm. Whatever, the overall effect is benign, and the saucy sourness goes further in keeping my attention, insomuch as I plan to kill the rest of this serving while prepping some of my spicy gnocchi con ragù di salsiccia for my son's hard-working baby momma.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of 4ster
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ZachT
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown with a tan head that quickly dissipates. Actually looks quite flat if you leave it to warm somewhat. Wonderful spicy aroma with hints of dark fruit and leather. Taste is clove, anise and black cherry with a hint of sherry wood. Finishes with a slight herbal hop note and a hint of sweetness. Great beer

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Photo of Decado
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of BCborn
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Biere D'Hiver from Townsite Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 8 ratings