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Lancelot XI.I

Brewed by Lancelot
Style: Barley Wine
Le Roc-Saint-André, France
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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Bière brassée la nuit de Samhain
Des quatres grandes fêtes annuelles celtiques, SAMHAIN est sans aucun doute la plus importante. Cette fameuse nuit du 31 octobre au 1er novembre est, en effet, hors du temps : ne faisant partie ni de l’année écoulée, ni de l’année à venir... puisque c’est bien de cela qu’il s’agit : la nuit du nouvel an celtique !

Nous avons voulu faire renaître ce moment capital pour les Celtes, cet instant magique où chaque chose réalisée tient du mythe. Nous avons décidé de créer une bière unique brassée exclusivement entre le coucher et le lever du soleil de cette nuit exceptionnelle. Cette bière de Samhain fera tout naturellement XI.I% alcool (11ème mois, 1er jour) ce qui contribuera à réchauffer nos coeurs cet hiver !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
Brassin 2003. Bouteille de 330 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Merci ClarkVV. Arôme: Odeur de prune et de caramel avec une pointe de figue. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de prune et de raisin. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #5530)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottled Nov. 1st, 2003 drunk 3/1/14
At 11 years old, this thing looked exquisite. Amber-mahogany body is clear, leaving the sediment behind, while a dark beige head rises up very nicely, showing moderate retention. Wow.
Raisins, plums, chocolate, tons of caramel. Very nice strength of aroma and the oxidation is integrated nicely. Vanilla and madeira notes emerge more as it breathes. This seems very encouraging from the aroma...
And the flavor dosent dissapoint! Malt is still very in charge here, with tons of toffee and caramel and sweet raisin notes. Quite a bit of oxidation, of course, but not dull/cardboard-like at all. The beer still has a touch of vibrancy left in the form of some very light acidity, but I will admit it’s quite given to the maltiness at this point. Clean, with low but natural carbonation still allowing for some relief on the palate.
Obviously way past its intended age but the fact that this stuff is still highlly drinkable and enjoyable (would be more enjoyable if I liked barleywines more than I do), speaks volumes to the brewery. Great stuff. I can see it being very sweet when young, though the increased carbonation and hop bitterness/dryness must offset that somewhat, I would imagine.
Thanks for the trade 9 years ago, Bov!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1382) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Appearance: Brewed 1/11-2011. Very dark brown, clear, nice tan head. Aroma: Roasted, dark malt, prunes. Taste: Dark malt, roasted, dark fruit. Warming, very nice. Info: 330ml bottle, 16/1-2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - London. I got this one in Paris. Pours amber-brown with a rich, tan form head. The nose has slightly doughy brown bread, overripe fruits. Big sweet flavor with rich fruits, figs, dates, chocolate and toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with loads more ripe, dark fruits, touches of smoked meat, figs, plums, dates. Decadent. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (849) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 10, 2013
Botella de 33 cl en Cimeria. Agosto de 2013. Color negro intenso con espuma persistente. Cuerpo medio - alto, sus 11 vol se notan bien. Sabores algo tostados pero en general tirando a dulce con toques especiados. Bastante buena sobre todo a medida que calienta. Se puede repetir sin problema.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (2854) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle share at Craft Clerkenwell. Thanks to Leighton. Aroma is figs, prune, roast, yeast esters. Opaque black caramel, halo greyish tan head. Flavour is sweet caramel, toast brown bread malts, dried fruits with touch of apricot. Some fruit esters. Medium carb, medium full body. Tasty barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8100) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Clerko, thanks to Leighton, 25/10/13. Mahogony brown with a moderate light tan covering that clears to a pond. Nose is nutty, dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar. Taste comprises light smoke, sweet dark toffee, fruity tang, burnt orchard, caramelised sugars. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly toasted nut flavours in the finale allied to sweet sugars. Decent barley wine, alcohol is well integrated, a little sweet at times though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (6659) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours very deep brown with a thick light tan head. The nose is earthy, light smoke, meaty, spice and twiglets. The taste is pretty sweet, cola, caramel, candy, dark fruit, wood, raisin and unami notes with a sweet finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. A bit odd, plenty of unami. Not bad though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (7793) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2013
bottle. Deep brown colour, beige head. Malty and very chocolatey with hints of raisins, figs, dates and caramel. A full-bodied, dark delight...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
In short: An unexciting sweet and roasty mahogany strong ale.
How: From a bottle at Montreal Mondial 2013.
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: The malted nose is overcooked caramel covering dark fruits along with burnt nuts and some annoying burnt rubber and new car smell. In mouth the the body feels lighter than expected from a 11% brew and the minimal carbonation doesn’t create much excitement in the mouthfeel department. Taste is rather sweet, oily caramelized malts. port-like vinous/fruity notes, roast, toffee, raisins, almonds, a certain burnt wood sensation. Alcohol is apparent. A bit of a letdown, I was expecting more from this respected french barley wine, low drinkability and without the corpulence of a nice rich sipper. Overall, a rather boring big beer. If you don’t understand that the beer is called XI.I because of its abv it might be because you are in the III out of XX people who don’t understand roman numerals.

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