Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting L'assoiffé 12 by Brasseurs du Monde.
As much as you may think my life revolves around beer; that I sit in a room surrounded by bottles writing witty beer tweets as my job. I don't. I actually work rotating shifts which is why sometimes you'll see me having a beer at 7:00am (after shift) or posting cat videos on Facebook at 1:00am (staying awake).
I've noticed depending on when I come off shift determines the type of beer I want. When I'm in the middle of a string of shifts I want something straight forward without much complication and a low ABV. When I'm off for a "weekend" I want indulgence, lots of flavour and I'm willing to go higher in alcohol.
L'assoiffé 12 is a weekend beer. At 11.5% ABV this beer is loaded with complications and flavours that'll have you parked on the couch trying to figure out what's going on in your glass. Flavour-wise I picked out sweet flavours of plum, fig; spices like nutmeg, clove and a little cinnamon and a pleasant warm finish.
The downside is that the beer seems a little out of balance with the sweetness level being fairly high and spice level right up there. If Brasseurs du Monde were able to strike a balance between the two this would be a solid Belgian Quad.
On a cold winter day sometimes you want to be warmed up with a nice 11% ABV ABT from Brasseurs du Monde's L'assoiffé 12.