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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Sampled at the 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer is murky light caramel brown with a tiny, white, frothy head that diminishes quickly into a whisp and a ring.<P> First impression on the nose is bright and fresh. Malty with light notes of caramel, toasted grain; Hoppy with light notes of lemon zest; Trace yeast note of dough; Miscellaneous notes of moderate green apple and pie spiced alcohol, trace white grape vinousness.<P> The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic (juicy), trace bitter with a longish, moderately acidic, lightly sweet finish.<P> The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (12130) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
On tap @ 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a cloudy amber with a minimal white head. Aromas of fruitiness, carmel and a hint of wood. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of sour citrus, cherryand a hint of wood with a dry tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7029) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
Draught. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of melon, lime, clove, tangerine, brown sugar, wood. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. One of the best aromas at this year’s Boulder Strong Ale fest, but unfortunately the mouth experience wasn’t as impressive...thinner and less rich than the nose seemed to hint at.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
Draught @ the Boulder Strong Ale Fest. This is what I wrote, "Not very complex, poor barrel character. Good, but not great."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. pours clody copper with no head. nose is sweet, white winey. flavor is very white winey, caramel, sweet, an odd sourness, tannins, winey and astringent. kinda gross.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
EBF 2007: Hazy copper in color with a white head. Aroma, caramel malts, some spice, and some fruits. Flavor, sweet up front, some acidity, caramel, the alcohol doesn’t show up at all, a nice fruitiness to it as well. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Orange-amber body with some apparent viscosity and a silky off-white head. Aroma of raisins, scotch, caramel, butterscotch, and lightly tart fruit. Moderately tart and fruity acidic flavor, plus some fruit-flavored syrup qualities. Alcohol is stealthily hidden. Wild and decent, but fails to compel me in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Draft (Sampled on 9/3/06). Caramel, cider-like appearance. Apricot, peach scent. Hints of cork, wood mixed in with the fruity taste. Residual kick. High quality, but was honestly disappointed relative to the hype placed against this barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Draught stemmed/wine glass at the brewpub on 8/22/06.
Minimally hazy, but very thick-looking, auburn-amber with some darker raspberry tints. Head is small, dense and butter colored, holding at partial cover and piling up around the edges. Very sparse carbonation noted in the liquid.
Fruity nose, with rich honey and candied sugar notes in support. The fruits are light, moderately sweet and very playful. Hops are much less challenging than expected, providing a deep, succulent juiciness, very dark and green, with moderate bitterness. No resin, no intense citrus, hooray. You can almost smell the texture, just warm and comforting, no hard crystal malt influences. Peaches, apricots, cherries and very subtle brandy-like notes all emerge upon warming. The barrel character is mostly concealed in the nose, providing just a glimmer of dry wood. But the chardonnay lends much of the fruitiness. So far, we’ve got soft, supple malts, aromatic hops sans acidity/bitterness and barrel character minus the astringent wood tannin....
The flavor, then, is even more stupefying, when it lives up the aroma. Medium-sweet honey-toffee and somewhat earthy caramel notes hang in balance creating a soft texture, as fruits slowly spring forth from everywhere. Peaches, cherries, apples, plums, strawberries; just a plethora of interesting fruits, which are well-integrated with the malt. Hops add just enough bitterness to check the malt, while a deep, lush/green flavor of hop buds sits in the background. But most curious and pleasant, is the carbonation. Wow, I don’t think I have ever had a draught beer with this type of carbonation. I remarked at the time that it tasted like a bottle conditioned Belgian beer. Fantastically minute bubbles are not quite as intense as to be zesty/spritzy, but certainly are tingly. But they’re also not quite as tight as to produce a creamy effect. They just sort of dance about quickly, imparting the fruitiness and hop bitterness quickly, then fairly rapidly fading as to allow the malt comfort to reprise. Alcohol is well-concealed, light warming at best. Awesome. I actually found the wood character to be minimal; the dry, nutty tannin only being felt lightly on the finish. Another lesson on barrel-aging from Will.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2006
It poured a ruby caramel creamy color with a small tan head that quickly faded. The nose is fantastic...honey, chardonney grapes, peach, mango, suttle spices, nuts, and oak. The taste starts vinos in nature, alcohal is warming but not really apparent at 10.5%. This beer has loads of tannins that make you smack the tongue, and the hop presence is right there to give you some balancing bitterness. The strong malt backbone and the aging in the chardonney barrels are a great compliment making this a smooth sippable brew. I can see why this is called a summer barleywine due to the refreshing nature in terms of carbonation, also the fruit feel on the palate. Anyone that is a fan of barleywines you need to try this brew!

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