Cambridge Arquebus
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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Wow, wow, wow. What sick depth this beer has. Smells mead like with nice honeycomb coming to mind. Taste is incredibly smooth and light bodied. Multi-layered mid pallette involving wine grapes, honey, and mild chard. barrel is exquisite. Nothing is over the top here. Everything is mellow and dances over your tongue revealing all the great depth this beer has to offer. Well done and very original concept.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2707) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Farmhouse-like aroma. Hazey golden in appearance. Honey sweet with a hint of wood and a brett-sour edge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6130) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Draft at EBF. Pours a honey amber beer with a thin lacing. Salty malt bill hints of oak and wine. Mild tannins, sweet and tart with some grape and peach. What a weird offering, thanks BrianK for making me try this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3509) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2925) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Enjoyed at CBC on their out door patio. Served in one of their small glasses due to its high ABV. Depp amber color with no head and really no carbonation. The aroma is very Chardonnay and white oak mixed malt. It is as if someone took some crusty bread and soaked it in white wine. Even through the taste I get a light grape like acid to it. Through the taste i get the grain more but also a wildflower honey. Mixing with the slight alcohol notes gives the impression of a light lowlands scottish whiskey. This is a very good barley wine and yes I very much could imagine drinking it in the shade of a summer afternoon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 05-10-12 En fût au Cambridge brewery: Brune pâle, mais épaisse, avec tres légère effervescence et petit collet de mousse disparaissant lentement. Incroyables arômes complexes et multiples difficles à décrire: Houblon, pain, caramel, notes de chocolats, de fruits... Les saveurs sont également nombreuses et complexes. Asser sucrée, belle petite amertume, note surette, elle a tout pour elle. Corps moyen et texture légèrement ronde, très facile à boire pour une barley wine. Forte note d’alcollqui en fait une barley wine 4 saisons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
[stem glass @ the brewpub] Incredible fruity aroma-- apricot, pear, peach.. very intriguing and complex. Dense, full flavors are packed with fruits, solid malt character and some incredibly complex tart acidity (I assume from the Chardonnay barrel). Syrupy, slick mouthfeel. Outstanding, overall.

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