Brewed by Brasseurs du Monde / Le Picoleur
Style: Barley Wine
Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Vin d’orge

Dans Le Trompète major, l’écrivain Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) fit une deScription plutôt alléchante d’une bière extra-forte, liquoreuse et maltée : le vin d’orge. Notre version s’inspire des pures traditions anglaises de ce style. L’utilisation généreuse de houblons lui donnera une bonne amertume lorsque jeune, mais ils perdront leur agressivité en protégeant la bière au fil du temps. L’Ale de Hardy présente des notes fortement maltées de sucre d’orge auxquelles se mélangent des saveurs de caramel de jus de fruits secs. Avec le temps, des notes de porto, de cerises noires et de tire d’érable peuvent se pointer à l’horizon gustatif.

In his historical novel The Trumpet Major, British author Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) provided a rather enticing deScription of a syrupy, malty, extra strong beer: barley wine. Our version is inspired by the pure English tradition of this style. The generous use of hops lends a solid bitterness when young that mellows with age as it protects the beer from the ravages of time. Ale de Hardy presents strong malted barley flavors accented by notes of caramel, dried fruit and a warming sensation from the higher alcohol content. Over time notes of port wine, black cherry and maple taffy may emerge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (15424) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig süß, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig süß, holzig, alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12678) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
A reddish copper barley wine with a very thin off white head. In aroma, classic vinous malyt with nice floral British hops, range, licorice, & light molasses. In mouth,, a smooth sweet vinous malt with licorice, plums, dark fruits, reminiscent of Macneil’s Old Ringworm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11984) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Beer City, Belgium. Pours clear dark red with a medium, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has lots of raisin, plums, port, vinious, toasted caramel, light milky. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, port, toasted caramel, light burnt toast, vinious, warming, raisins, hazelnuts. Quite an elegant Barleywine, even if the alcohol is a bit too present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
2014-10-25. Lightly cloudy dark amber brown body with a small frothy tan had. 3+ Aroma is fairly malty, pleasantly so, with a good amount of carmael and toffee notes, light molassess and moderate alcohol presence. 7++ Flavour is similarly malt forward, toffee/caramel sweetness but with finishes with enough bitterness to keep it fairly balanced. Moderate alcohol throughout. Relatively simple but a very solid take on the style. Enjoyable. Medium bodied palate with soft carbonation. On cask at Cask Days, Toronto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Deep amber-ruby pour with a thick yellow-tan head. The nose is quite hoppy and intensely chewy. Some sweet earthy/piny hoppiness along with a bit of soft sweet caramel. A bit of toffee and some nice light berry fruit. A touch of light oxidation but that adds a nice chewy note that I totally enjoy. Quite a surprise - really damn solid barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Zealous coriander seeds take over this Spiced Barley Wine, as candied fruitiness and bitter hops whip up a more traditional base.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the gleaming blood red.
-The malty sweetness is also reminiscent of licorice.
-Mouthfeel is leaner than Thomas Hardy’s Ale or other classic British-style Barley Wines.
-Not quite sure why the beer’s name is a direct reference of Thomas Hardy’s when the beer neither smells nor tastes like Thomas Hardy’s.
-I get the idea of adding coriander to a Brltish Barley Wine base (it works well with Traquair Jacobite, so why not try, right?), but the balance is off, even after aging it for 2 years.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9026) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2013
Bouteille 341ml. Cuivrée claire, col moyen beige. Arôme malté, grains, biscuité moyen, fruité noir avec un bouquet sucré qui laisse ses marques. Palais est fruité; prune, cerise, raisin, le tout est épais avec des notes de sucre candi. Profil est épais au niveau des malts, pâle et cara et un léger côté épicé. Le côté doux sucré est persistant et accompagne une fin de bouche orientée sur un biscuité subtile. Les houblons confèrent une amertume qui reste assez en retrait mais suffit à donner une pointe herbacée. Mérite d’être revisitée pour voir comment les caractéristiques du barley wine évoluent avec le temps.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
[6877-20141025] Sample. Mild toasted grains aroma. Clear, amber red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy maple grains flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(Cask Days 2014 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2013
33cl twist off cap (?) bottle pours with a clear copper body that supports a light tan head. The aroma is nice and sweet with brown sugar coated plums and sweet raisins as well as mild caramel notes blended with ripe dark red cherry meat. The taste is pretty rich and smooth with a firm load of sugar stewed cherries as well as plums and raisins that are swimming in a pool of caramel and brown sugar. It gets a bit malty and boozy toward midway and into the finish. This is a nice sipper and seems like more age will do it well. A solid barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (7460) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
pours relatively clear dark amber, red tint, with a small light beige head, little retention, some lacing. dark red fruits, raisins, cloying caramel, some spices and yeast, some phenols, boozy. medium hopping - load of earthy hops that leads to a short to medium long grassy-citrusy finish. average carbonation, medium body. ok.

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