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Brewed by Lancelot
Style: Barley Wine
Le Roc-Saint-André, France
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RATINGS: 115   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 !


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3753) - Tours (and Paris), - DEC 4, 2012
Dark brown and beige lace. Mild aroma, dark fruits. Light fruits, aromatic, sticky fruit flavour but the mouth feel is well rounded off. Rich taste with well hidden alcohol, but not thick or concentrated. Different than I expected. Nice. (At Deanso?s tasting, bottle from trade in Paris)


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (929) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 330ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice. A: Pours a brown color and a big beige head is formed. Retention is medium and old very few lacings are left S: Sweet. Coffee and dark chocolate first, followed by dry dark fruits like plums and raisins. Caramel and roasted malts T: Follows the nose. Coffee and dark chocolate are a must. Also roasted malts and yeasts. Dark fruits. And a nice earthy bitterness can be felt. Very well balanced sweet-bitterness M: Full molasses body. Medium to low carbonation O: Very easy drinking despite the 11% ABV. Great beer. The best French beer I’ve ever had [ BA Review @ 3/8/2012 ]

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NatKadaw (98) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
It’s an imperial brown ale. Lots of alcohol burn. Good malt profile, needs time to mellow out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with light cereal notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some caramelized malt notes with minimal residual sugars and some nice cereal notes also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex barleywine out there but very interesting nonetheless.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xXbaptisteXx (62) - - SEP 28, 2014
Arômes de fruits (Prune), boiser, vin rouge Embouche on n'en ressent assez douce Elle est légèrement boisé vinaigrais Elle est assez épaisse ,la mousse ne tient pas trop (personnellement c'est le seul inconvénient que je lui trouve) c'est une bière à boire au moins une foisdans sa vie!! ;) et vive la France et les bonnes bières!! :p

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10294) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
A deep dark brown barley wine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity dark malt with dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, light peated notes, plums. In mouth, dark fruits, molasses, vinous character, plums, alcohol warmth, nice. Bottle from La Cave à Bulles.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzgorog (316) - 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 (5805) - 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 (2538) - 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 (6261) - 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 (412) - 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.


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