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Condémines Merlin’s Old Ale


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Brewed by Brasserie des Condémines
Style: Old Ale
La Sarraz, Switzerland

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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 2.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bov (9810) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2014
from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier - cloudy dark bordeaux-brown beer with a fast collapsing head; aroma of brown sugar and plums, notes of pear and plastic; sweet and quite full-bodied, the finish is tart, short and light acidic with notes of prunes and undefined spices - weird

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rand (1299) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 22, 2014
Bouteille 33 cl du Grain d’Orge - Crissier (CH). Brune foncée à belle mousse beige mais peu tenace. Arômes maltés rôtis, caramel, réglisse, note vineuse de Madeire. La bouche est sucrée, sirupeuse et liquoreuse avec une amertume bien perceptible. Caramel, rôti-brûlé, levure, pomme, pointe d’acidité, bois humide, notes végétales et aigrelettes.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier; batch 77 bb 12/2013
Dark brown color with fizzy head, disappearing quickly. Mild aroma of dark malts, light roastiness. Some flavor of dark caramel and roasted malts; the mouthfeel is lean and dry (once again, not a perfect mastering of the fermentation process); there are traces of yeast (more hidden in this beer than in the others), with light liquorice; correct bitterness. There is maybe some more yeast in the end, but at least it doesn’t become too metallic.
Don’t expect an Old Ale, more similar to a Scotch Ale; still an imperfect and suspicious beer from this brewery, but at least this one is drinkable.


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