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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
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Summer Barleywine
Named for the 15th Century firearm which was successor to the Blunderbuss, this barrel-aged barleywine aspires to change the way you think of strong beer. Intended for sipping on these sultry summer evenings on our patio (or inside, with the AC), it is at once light and drinkable yet boasts significant body, and is almost syrupy smooth in texture without being cloying. Arquebus presents beautiful, complex notes of concentrated peach and apricot fruit, wildflower honey, toast and coconut oakiness, and a soft, tannin-hinted, white wine-like finish. Aged in French oak chardonnay barrels acquired from the Silverado winery in Napa, the residual flavors contributed by the wood offer a mellowness of character not provided by stainless steel fermentation.This honey-hued, ambrosial beer, beheld in a simple stemmed glass, pours with just a mild effervescence which accentuates its myriad nuances of flavors and aromas. Several more barrels of this elixir await release in the coming years. So for now, enjoy!
OG: 1.099 FG: 1.018 ABV:10.75%


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bu sur place et fut (9 oz), le 10 juillet 2009. Rousse caramel, pas de collet. arome d’orge malté, fruit sûrettes muries, un peu de réglisse. Goût de fruits sûrette intense, beaucoup de grenolats, loin d’être réchauffante. Une bonne bière forte avec beaucoup de saveur, faite pour l’été, ma meilleur bière local du voyage!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Apricot colour, average mouthfeel. Brett in the aroma. Looks and tastes white grapey. Apricot summer fruit in there, you can taste it too. Can the Chardonnay be transfered for the wood, or was it used. Very fruity, sweetish. Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, I am still revelling in it 2.5 days later.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2009
My Bottom Line:
White grapes and honeyed cereals benefit from this idiosyncratic Barley Wine’s malolactic finish to sculpt a wonderfully complex and personable flavor profile rounded out by sporadic alcohol splashes.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam circles the cloudy honeyed amber.
-Carbonation is low, making the link with wine even more obvious.
-The wild (bretty?) and acidic finish manages to be refreshing despite the sweet flavors found upfront.
-The fruitiness is pleasant, but could have been more defined for this to be world-class.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2009
Note on this rating/batch: This rating is for the version served at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009 described as “brewed w/ local Cambridge honey, Gewürztraminer and Voignier grapes, barrel fermented and aged in French oak chardonnay barrels” . Probably different from the regular version.
In short: Flavour wise: a cross between a beer and sweet-wine. Nice sweet fruity sipper. But a Barley Wine?
How: Tap at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009
The look: Cloudy golden body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: The last of too many ratings from EBF, my messy notes say that the two dominant flavours were a pastry-like sugary sweet honeyed malt backbone and a whole lot of grape flavours (red and white). A strong barrel presence. Hard-candy sensation. Somewhat of a sweet wine character. A very nice strong and sweet fruity sipper. Maybe the aged in chardonnay barrels batch was served at EBF was different. I found it to be a very good but I wouldn’t call it a barley wine. This beer is to Barley Wine what Rolls Royce is to laptop computers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
EBF Session 1. Interesting beer- aroma of chardonnay, molasses/caramel, some toasted malts, white wine grapes, some mild citrus hops. Taste of molasses, oak, light white wine tannins, a touch of peach, bread, and citrus. Overall pretty smooth with some light alcohol and mild hop bitterness in the finish. Definitely unique, didn’t think I was going to enjoy this one but I was proven wrong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tasted at GABF 2008. Nose of sweet dark fruits. Flavor has wood, raisin and nice alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
Pours a cloudy golden color with no head. Aroma of raisins and some sweetness. The flavor has a dominant of wood barrel with some raisin, sweetness and alcohol. The body is light with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. The wood flavor is too omnipresent to be really interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2009
A lightly hazed dark amber ale with no head. In mouth, a superb aroma of treacle, musty malt, vinous notes and vanilla. In mouth, a well blended mix of sweet candy malt, cinnamon hearts, wooden notes, and grapefruit bitterness. Light yet enticing barley wine. Served on cask. On tap at brewpub Oct. 11 2008.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
One of my favorites at the 2009 Boulder Strong Ale Festival. This one wasn’t as burly and bold as most beers at the fest, but it was very pleasant, with a mellower complexity. I’m glad it was my first sample. Rust colored and slightly cloudy. Tingly, refreshing texture. Hard cider notes were complemented by a nice and vinous, white wine characteristic. Other notes of oak, pear and apple. Warming in the throat, though alcohol was hidden well. Great stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Little to no head, appears to be massively undercarbonated or flat, but shows up firm enough on the tongue, there’s still some body present. Cloudy apple juice appearance, traces of dirty particulates floating around in the glass. Spirtzy apple cider and champagne character, slightly boozy, overall little too sweet and juice like but interesting.


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