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Le Cheval Blanc Barley Wine

Le Cheval Blanc Barley Wine
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Brewed by Le Cheval Blanc
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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20th anniversary brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
A nice copper ale with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly vinous, caramelly and alcohol. In mouth, a sweetish malty barley wine with light herbal British hops, but very short in mouth, with lightly oily mouthfeel. More like an IPA. Overall, not bad but not very assertive. On tap at BP, Dec. 8 2007, with probstk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2008
Several bottles at Le Cheval Blanc. Thanks to Goldorak and Glouglouburp for their generosity! As GregClow mentions, this is towards the end of a night of Montreal bar-hopping so my notes aren’t awesome. Here goes: Pours a clear amber with an average size diminishing white head. Big berry aroma, almost Cream Soda-ish, sweet, slightly alcoholic and lightly bitter. Flavour’s bitter, boozy, sweet and fruity with some candy-like notes. Long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good, I remember (vaguely) enjoying it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottles (341ml). At Le Cheval Blanc, massive round of bottles and pints provided by the most generous Goldorak. Okay, my notes are minimal from this (and the next) rating, it was very dark in there and we were getting tired - but I remember this beer. A fairly cloudy pour, amber or something, small head. The aroma was like a fruit schnapps, incredibly sweet, boozy, some light floral bitterness. The taste was syrupy, alcoholic, more bitterness than I expected (like marigolds) - this was boozy, but still enough bitterness from the hops that I could taste them even sitting next to the Ladies restroom (no, I don’t know what that means either). Thin, sugary mouthfeel, the primary characteristic I was left with was candied fruit, alcohol, and sharp acidic bitterness. I think the bottle was upwards of 1 year old at time of tasting - interesting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2008
Several bottles shared with several good friends at the brewpub. What Greg said - several beers into the night, way too much to drink - here goes: Body on the medium to thin side, lots of alcohol in taste and aroma. Sweet and fruity, stronger taste than aroma. Probably a combo of the fruitiness I associate with British style Barley’s with a good amount of hops that I would call American. And a ton of alcohol, I was scared of the rest of the beer in my glass by the end...thanks Goldorak and Dany for the treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2008
Several bottles shared with several good friends at the brewpub. We were a few hours and more than a few beers into the evening by the time we got to Le Cheval Blanc, so my notes are a bit sparse, but here’s what I managed to notice: Orange-amber colour; big aroma of peaches, caramel and citric hops; flavours of caramel malt, bubblegum(?!) and a long, warm, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
The pour reveals a hazy brownish amber color with a thin white head. Good aroma of strawberries, caramel and mild hops. Pleasant flavor of strawberries, caramel, there’s a strong hops presence with a bitter and astringent finish. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3053) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
5 oz. glass from the brewpub. DE08/07.

App.: Hazy amber, remnants of an off-white head. Aroma: Lots of tree fruits and caramel, woody, resinous hops. Palate: Medium-light body, sparse but sharp effervescence. Flav.: Lots of grapefruit and citrus, blood oranges, some caramel/toffee, a bit of burnt sugat; somewhat sweet, quite bitter with some dark bread crust and slightly resinous hops to finish; alcohol fairly well concealed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6010) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
En fût. Verre de 12 oz à la brasserie lors de la soirée 20e anniversaire. Arôme: Odeur d’alcool et de caramel fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée très foncé. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de malt caramelisé et d’houblons avec une pointe d’alcool. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel et de figues en arrière goût. (Rating #1299)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 In Short: Barley-wine-ish Strong Amerian Ale. Nice easy to drink sipper. Average for the style.
The how: On tap, pub 20th anniversary party + aged 6 months in bottle.
The look: Cloudy brown-copper body topped by a beige ring of foam.
The Long: Nose is Alcohol, a whole lot of c-hops and distant fruity notes. The taste is surprisingly fruity. Blackberries and other <insertprefix>berries and even tropical fruits wrapped in a thick toffee coating. Well malted beer. Sweetness is cake and toffee. Hopping is very IIPA-ish and resembles the chinook-based hopping of their own IIPA. Harsher-than-usual bitterness for the style. In fact blind-tasting from the nose I probably would have called an IIPA. Alcohol is apparent and feels 10.5%. Alcohol and harsh bitterness come together at the end for an robust finish. The beer suffers from comparatives in a style where the average quality quite high. I preferred the aged bottle over the fresh batch at the 20th anniversary so there’s hope for this one. Might not be the best barley wine around but since it was free on its release day I will remember it as the barley-wine with the best quality value ratio ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2548) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
Bu sur place en fut (12 oz), à leur party du 20e. Brune rousse foncée, petit collet avec peu de dentelle. Arome de malte très fruité, surtout des fraises sucrés, bon parfun d’orge. Goût d’orge malté très sucré, un epu de fruits rouges mures, pas trop amère avec une légère sensation d’alcool.

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