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


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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erickok's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (4464) - Leuven, - DEC 4, 2012
Sweaty yeasty aroma, caramel, well developed, basement. Rich flavour with concentrated fruits and sweet sticky notes. Apple pie, Oatmeal cookies and still sort of refreshing. Dangerous! Love the sticky concentrate. Great stuff. (After Deanso’s tasting)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2015
Tasting a French beer seems appropriate today so I dug this one from the cellar, very heavy winter ale, vintage 2011 with best before date April 27th, 2013. Loose, milky, irregular, pale greyish white head on top of a hazy mahogany brown beer. Strong aroma of brown bread (soggy rye bread even), chestnuts, caramel, pear brandy, blue plums, medlar, coriander seed, damp autumn leaves, dried thyme and ginger, bitter chocolate, a lot of oxidized sherry, marmelade, calvados, earthy horseradish, honey, white pepper. Sweetish onset, brown sugar, raisins, overripe pear, balanced with a deep basic sourishness and some citrus fraîcheur (curaçao, I guess); soft carbo, smooth and thick, ’fat’ and somewhat resinous mouthfeel, caramelly, clearly (yeast) bready and nutty with a chocolatey edge, while spicy yeastiness builds as well as coriander flavour and a strong, calvados-like alcohol presence, a bit astringent on the tongue but still fairly soft, yet providing a great deal of warmth in the finish; toasted bittersweetness remains along with this alcohol warmth, bittersweet and somewhat sticky coriander and a very earthy, leafy, herbal, mild hop bitterishness. Feels very Belgian, I’d classify this as a quadrupel much more than as a barley wine. Apart from style, this does not hide its ABV all too well, but if treated as a slow sipper in front of a roaring fire, it will surely deliver what it promises. Interesting find and stood the test of time quite well, as the oxidation is still limited, and only adds and extra layer of flavour to an already relatively rich texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8116) - 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 (5107) - 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 (11324) - 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 (12267) - 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 (2451) - 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 (8684) - 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 (21886) - 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.

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