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Garrigues L’Hivern’Ale 2011 (12.2°)

Brewed by Garrigues
Style: Barley Wine
Sommières, France
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7879) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2014
Bouteille 33cl, BB 27/04/2013. De couleur acajou, col jaunâtre laissant un léger filament doré au verre. Arôme offre tout le bon côté d’un BW, fruité à souhait avec des notes de fruits noirs tirant vers les dates et figues, léger rétro de caramel et un sucré assez présent. Palais est malté, pointe de fruits rouges et noirs, petite touche soja, grains et sucre tenace qui colle légèrement aux lèvres. Petit rappel de figues et de dates et les 12% de cette bière se font vite oubliés. Effervescence reste modéré ce qui donne ample place au caractère de la bière de se développer au fil de la dégustation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle @benzai with benzai and dutchdrebus. Hazy brown bordeaux color with a small head. Smells sweet, red fruit, barley wine. Tastes sweet, sugar, barley wine, some wood, red fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4809) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle @benzai. Hazy amber to ruby colour with a small off-white head. Smells sweet, bourbon, barley wine, bordeaux. Tastes really fucking sweet, sugary, barley wine. Full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (10606) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Lightly hazy reddish color, small beige head. Aroma is malts, sweetness, overripe fruits, alcohol. Taste malts, sweetness, a hint of caramel, a hint of toffees, alcohol, a touch of wine and overripe fruits. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (11051) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 20, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, alkoholisch süß, reife Früchte. Geschmack leicht röstmalzig, alkoholisch, überreifes Dörrobst, schwer zu trinken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Quite a nice barleywine. No overly sweet but full malt flavor. On the thin end but best french beer I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2281) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle shared at LeviLOL tasting - thanks Ryan! Dark amber pour with a slight head. Big nose, lots of stuff going on. Nice taste. Lots of spicy and toffee flavors happening in here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8064) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bomber. Murky reddish amber pour. Small head. Caramel and honey sweetness. Fuller palate. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (21410) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2013
Bottled, from La Cave à Bulles, Paris. Cloudy copper colour, small head. Aroma of honey, apples and white pepper. Sweet with full body . Lots of caramel and alcohol, especially in the finish. Too sweet and alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2013
33cl bottle, big thanks to sebletitje for picking this up for me, pours with a clear deep copper body that supports a fairly tight tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of sticky sweet malts, caramel, molasses, a bit of toffee and chocolate malts where the chocolate note seems out of place yet still works here nicely somehow. In the background I also get prunes and figs and a bit of black pepper as well as a modest sense of booze especially for such a huge beer. The taste asserts itself as a smooth slick sipper where I get prunes and raisins moving into slightly brighter notes of spicy Belgian yeast. Behind those notes is a smooth sweet caramel and maltiness and slivers of toffee. I’m really enjoying this sipper. Yum.

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