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Lancelot XI.I

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Brewed by Lancelot
Style: Barley Wine
Le Roc-Saint-André, France
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 !


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzgorog (260) - FRANCE - SEP 19, 2014
Brune foncée, reflets bordeaux, mousse chocolat qui disparait assez vite. Nez de spiritueux, vin rouge, bois, café, chocolat, La bouche est encore mieux : aspect vineux, cognac, bois, café. Très complexe et très bon, très belle longueur en bouche. Amertume moyenne, liquoreuse, corps puissant, alcool très présent (mais pas trop !). Très bonne bière, qui me fait penser plus à une Abt qu’une Barley Wine comme indiqué dans la fiche RB. Bière qui se fait vieillir a priori très bien...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5772) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
[5450-20130601] Sample. Nutty cola malt aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Sweet bitter roasted bread malt flavour has a bold sweet aftertaste. Full body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(Mondial 2013, Montreal, QC)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2377) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Vova and Stas. Murky brown, quickly dissolving yellow head. Dried fruit, some cinnamon and clove, date honey aroma. Sweet, date honey, then some malt and a little toastiness in the mouth. Too carbonated, medium-to-full body, fruity finish. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5812) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Vova. Cloudy brown with some beige foam. Aroma of malt, dark fruits, caramel, some cookies, a bit of licorice and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor, caramelly, with dark fruits, some cookies and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budedou (389) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2014
Aroma has dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, some roast and alcohol. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is sweet, bit sticky. It has dark fruits, molasses, caramel mainly. Medium bodied. Quite a nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, 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)

3.9
   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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1407) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10969) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (951) - 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.


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