Cambridge Arquebus
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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. A cloudy, dark amber body is crowned with a small, compact layer of khaki colored foam. Wavy ribbons of dense, sticky lace coat the glass. Aromas are as complex and unique as any you’ll encounter. A caramel malt base is accompanied by a strong, tannic grape influence, with vanilla and pervasive, tart, funky oak element. Apricots and honeydew melon make surprise appearances, while sugary sweet, concentrated Chardonnay grapes are stronger than one could possibly expect. Flavors start out with a sweet caramel and citrus blossom honey base, with tart, fruity notes of pineapple, green apple, peaches, apricots, and even hints of tropical mango. A drizzle of melted toffee imparts further richness, while lightly bitter, floral hops lend just a touch of bittering balance. The toasty, funky oak barrel is an obvious influence throughout. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and sweet, but not cloying, the body is as satisfying as the rest of the brew. Part barleywine, part fruity Chardonnay, part icewine, and part funky wild ale, this one is impossible to categorize. A truly unique and enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (32955) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
GABF 2007. A hazy golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits - some peaches among others. The flavor is very sweet with notes of over ripe fruits - again peaches being strongest, also with notes of wood. The finish is dry woody and peachy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5878) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
[Draft @ the brewpub] Poured a lightly hazy, golden amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, green grapes, caramel malts, apple, honey, and light alcohol. Taste of caramel, vanilla, light oak, tart chardonnay notes, and a lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12567) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
(Draught, 2008 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of floral, tangerine, peach, clove, white grapes, honey, and subtle wood notes. Flavor of strawberry, toffee, cherry, and honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmather (146) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
at the 2007 Boulder CO Strong Ale Fest. Lots of spicy, malty aromas. Alcohol blends well with the base beer. Barrel aging does not overpower beer. A great, very well balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11674) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear orange with an average, rocky, off-white head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (flowers, citrus), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of peach and pear. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2007
FOBAB 07. Cloudy pour with small whiteish head. Nose of light fruits including but not limited to grape, notes of hops including flowery citrus and earthiness. Different for sure, good......ehhh different for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
On tap at the 2007 GABF: Pours a hazy but mostly transparent golden with a thin ring of white bubbles. Aroma of sweet pale malt and a touch of citrus and light fruits. Body starts fairly full and caramely sweet with some slightly earthy tartness and a drier, more bitter and warming finish. Needs a little more balance and refinement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured hazy medium amber with just a light ring of off-white head. The aroma was really odd.. carrying an assortment of sweeter grapes and honey throughout, and some other fruits down at deeper levels.. bit of overt alcohol.. this was intriguing, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around what they were trying to do. The flavor had sweet chardonnay grapes and honey that jumped out at me.. warmer finish and definitely complex, but again I just didn’t get it. Medium-bodied with little (if any) carbonation, which I know was intentional.. grainy and sweeter on the palate. I’d like to give this another shot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2973) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
FoBAB Chicago, 2007. The program’s listing called it "intentionally still," but it has a nice bubbly texture of sparkling cider. Grapes again, and some apricot as described. Suggests a Belgian Special B malt profile. Easy drinking and very much like a dessert wine: Fruity, nicely sweet and lightly alcoholic.

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