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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A French/Belgian-inspired ale of epic proportions. Deep blonde color, spicy nose, rich mouthfeel, and a kiss of French and American hop character. 9% abv.

NOTE: All Barrel House versions (bottled and draft) should go here. The versions of Mandolin from 2011 and earlier should go under the appropriate style entry.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1143) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Barrel House corked and caged bottle from the brewery into a brewery goblet. Pours a surprisingly clear amber. Almost no head and what does appear fades fast and leaves no lacing. Not much of an aroma, but whats there is apples and a slight bit of vinegar. Taste is fresh, fresh hops with a beautiful bitterness. The aforementioned apple vinegar comes through, but it is unabrasive.This is a truly excellent, dangerously drinkable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (499) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 (bottle) A hazy amber beer with a medium off-white foamy head that fades slowly. Aroma of pear, yeast, some apple, peach, lightly peppery, caramel, medium alcohol. Medium body , lots of soft carbonation, chewy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle pours amber with a thick, frothy cream colored head with large bubbles. Aromas a spicy, earthy, and funky. Taste is a good amber malt body with fruity notes, hay, and a light funk. Very true to the bier de garde style. Very tasty and well constructed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (1790) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle at the Gunnar tasting at Craft Clerkenwell. Toasty looking light brown, touch hazy. White head. Nose is grain musky, fruity, orange citrous, caramel, touch of ripe fruity yeastiness, and some crisp citrous. Some creaminess too. Taste is fruity, caramel, touch of sour yeast, ripe fruit. Really tangy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
750ml bottle at Gunnar tasting thanks to Bruce. It pours deep amber with a light tan head. Aroma is quite sweet and fruity with caramel, light toasted malt, yeast, apricot and melon. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, ripe fruit notes, light straw, yeast and candied fruits. Body is medium with a medium carbonation. Good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1675) - USA - JUN 19, 2014
Caramel orange in color... Aroma of Belgian malts, yeast, hints of orange peel and spices... Flavor is Belgian yeast, spices, green and herbal tea, candi sugar... Dry Etoh and spices finish... Solid beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2161) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2012
750ml cork & cage bottle bought at Norm’s. Pours a deep orange / amber with a big 3+ finger off white head. Big saisonesque nose with nice yeast qualities leaning towards the spicy phenols. Med to full body with a heavy front filled with dark fruits, candi sugar, yeast esters and spices. Lighter bottom. Bitter and sweet, dark fruit, spice filled finish... But ends a bit uprupt and chalky almost.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Crisp, clear amber coloured body with a bit of a copper glow and a thick, rich, dense four centimetre tall tan head - very nice. Aroma of hay, grass, yeast, honey, apples, pears and a bit of funk - but not much; fairly nice and herbal/airy. Medium-bodied; Strong yeastie flavour at first with an earthy and barnyardie maltiness with a definite alcohol kick, some pleasant pear/fruity sweetness with a herbal and grassy bite and some good complexity on the back end. Aftertaste is fairly complex with a good biere de garde barnyardie and yeastie kick and some sweetness that lasts at the end, all with a herbal and grassy freshness. Overall, a nice beer for the style and once you drink this, you can differentiate this and a saison immediately. Nice to sample and might make me try more from this brewery, but perhaps not when they aren’t cheap. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 19-September-2012 for US$11.99 sampled at home in Washington on 27-September-2012. Cork States: Best by March 2013.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Pours an orange color with a white head. Smells of dates and some brown sugar. Medium amount of carbonation with some figs in the taste. Pretty decent taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Aromas of raisiny esters, honey, and floral hops. Clear, dark gold with a mostly fading, white head. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter, and a touch of sour. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a fruity, clean finish.


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