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Quintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De Noël | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Quintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De NoëlQuintine Ambrée / Quintine Biere De Noël

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2002

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 66
Photo of OlaB
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: dark-red copper color , gives a fingertip high head in the glass when i pour it, lacing seems moderate

S: Aroma is dark fruits, like figues,dates and raisins, caramel,burnt sugar, floral hops

T: candy sugar ,sweet caramel ,dark fruits, bitter hops

F: First is the instant warm feeling that comes from the high alchol content that are quite visible in the taste, bitterness is well balanced, with a moderate carbonation

O: Not a bad beer at all , is the 3 beer style i tried from Ellezoille and they all been good, but unfortunatelly i don,t think they have een any top rating beers. is a lot of much better beers in belgium. When that is said the beer is not bad at all , and very enjoyable, is just that it comes far from the really top beers in Belgium.
The design on the bottle was kind of cool by the way

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Photo of Arthuros
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very classic amber, a little disappointing for its lack of taste. Nice clear color and some carbonation, but nothing more. Not really better than any good other amber beer you'd get.

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Photo of stevoj
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer hits all the right notes. Beautiful color, aroma and taste. perfectly smooth and readily drinkable. Enjoying this on a cool fall rainy day. It fits the environment perfectly....

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Photo of YannickB
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of RuudJH
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of OskarL
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of dqrull
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky brown in color with a noticeable dirt-like sediment falling out of the bottom of the bottle. A super fizzy surface coating quickly recedes to the sides of the glass. There is no lacing.

S: Yeasty, fruity esters mixed with a sweet, honey-nectar maltiness and some woodsy oak. There is also a slight floral aspect.

T: An odd maltiness of caramel and mild Belgian sourness. Sweet with a mild bitterness. A long complex finish ends with a brandy-like alcohol bite.

M: Medium in body with higher carbonation.

D: An interesting beer with a quite complex flavor profile. I'm not so sure that profile is one I would want to replicate, but the complexity is interesting and allows for a slow, but mostly pleasant drink.

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Photo of Travlr
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of petitearvine
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Opens with a pop - a bit of a gusher but fortunately I had my oversized Burgundy wine glass ready... Reddish brown, two fingers of white creamy foam which recede fairly quickly into a half-finger with little lacing.

Smell - Spice and fruits, apple tart, pear and and sweet malt

Taste- Quite sweet, spicy and with lots of fruit. I can taste apple, plum and raisin. Yeast and bready malts. Some bitterness in the aftertaste, right in the undersides of the tongue...

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Mid to low carbonation, smooth a rather creamy. Not too heavy given its ABV. Quite drinkable and balanced overall, just a tad too sweet for my taste. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz swing top bottle with no freshness information. opens with a pop and goes into my tulip.

A- very light for a strong dark ale. a murky reddish brown body with a large tightly knit cream colored head.

S- a plethora of sweet dark fruits. plums, cherries, pears, raisins, and apples. a slight bit of alcohol. somewhat spicy and yeasty.

T- very sweet and fruity. cherries, apples, pears, plums, and raisins. a little bite from the alcohol also. i cant taste the spices i smelled. pretty light tasting and almost flavorless.

M- very weak. light and watery with almost no aftertaste. slight warming from the alcohol. almost like a scotch ale.

D- probably not ever again. not one of the better examples of this style. not by a long shot. this is one i couldnt recommend.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : brown/amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malted, round in the mouth with some acidity. The persistence is quite long, bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Nov. 08, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl glass.

A: murky, dark reddish brown like black tea, topped with a fluffy and thick beige head with good retention; medium carbonation.
S: sour-sweet fruit esters and spices dominate the nose, suggesting berries, pears, and a focused touch of citrus-flavoured candy, on top of a smoothing, aromatic amber maltiness in the background. A swirl gives rise to a rather dense, brown-sugary alcoholic note.
T: rather spicy from the start, along with bready malts, sharp caramelised apple-ish fruits... turning deeply bitter in the aftertaste, where more fruitiness (cherries and plums), a mouthful of mixed root-herbs (with a yeasty-powdery palate), bitter roast tea-leaves, and plentiful spices linger along with a pronounced undertone of fruit esters.
M&D: surprisingly smooth, full of microscopic carbonation; although the mouthfeel is "tainted" a bit by yeast sediments, it remains soft and never is there any bit of alc. shown on the palate. A very drinkable yeasty amber ale!

* Tasting Date: 06/12/05
(transcribed from notes) BB Oct. 05 and tasted in mid-Oct. 05.
3.5 A: served in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy, dark copperish hue, with a nice frothy, beige beer head quickly settling down to a wafer-thin layer of foam. Moderate carbonation.
3.5 S: slightly sourly-sweet fruit upfront, like cranberries+plums, with a touch of candy-sugar; exotic yeasty note and a deeper malty note sustains underneath; after swirling, a more pronounced aroma of fruit-esters reveals, along with a perfumy fig fruity note. A bit sharp overall.
4 T: hitting the palate upfront are creamy-textured candyish malts and sweet, tropical fruitiness combined with semi-root-spice flavour and lightly peppery hint; quickly leading to a settled, floral bitterness wrapped in a perfumy and fruity yeasty cover, leaving a touch of warmish alcoholic feeling down the throat. Medium-length aftertaste, finished with a dryish, slightly bitter and tangy touch.
4 M&4 D: quite soft on the mouthfeel, apart from the initially slightly sharp feeling on the sides of the tongue; this beer retains a balanced body between sweet maltiness and fruity and yeasty elements, showing good depth in particularly the aftertaste. But maybe due to the freshness-issue (consumed right on the suggested BB date), the complex flavour is apparently compromised. Looking forward to trying it again, preferrably a fresher bottle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery apricot with gentle flurries of fine yeast. Multiple streams of tiny bubbles ploink into the underside of a good looking lid that is some combination of eggshell, pale orange and beige. Amoeba-like sheets of lace grace the glass. It's too bad that BSAA (Belgian strong amber ale) isn't an option, because Quintine *Ambree* isn't the least bit dark.

The nose isn't exactly a humdinger. The dominant aroma is musky fruit that favors the peach and apricot family. The flavor might be a different story, but at this point in the review, Ambree could use considerably more Belgian yeastiness.

I'm still not that impressed. The strange thing is that I have been impressed by all three of the Brasserie Ellezelloise ales that I've reviewed prior to this one. Quintine Blonde and Blanche De Saisis are both very good and Hercule Stout is an outstanding example of the style.

The biggest problem is that Ambree seems to be lost in that flavor wasteland between pale and dark. It has the earthy and toasted malt qualities of a bock or an Oktoberfest. That's great if you like that sort of thing. I prefer my mid-range malty beers to be more caramel-like than this.

Each mouthful delivers well-toasted bread covered with a layer of almond butter, apricot preserves, orange zest and cedar chips. However, the various flavors don't sing, they just sort of mumble. Euro hops provide some flavor and attempt to tighten the finish, despite the presence of candi sugar. On a positive note, the beer drinks considerably lower than its ABV.

With a higher quality mouthfeel, taste and drinkability might be one notch higher as well. The bottom line is that there are too few bubbles... which leads to almost no lift... which results in a flat feel rather than the expansive creaminess that is usually associated with Belgian ales.

Quintine Ambree is my least favorite offering from this brewery. On re-reading, I feel like my words have been too harsh, because this is far from bad beer. Having said that, at a price of $5.89 per bottle, it won't be entering my glass again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of albern
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of dgallina
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of paterlodie
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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