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Le Cheval Blanc Vieille Brute

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Brewed by Le Cheval Blanc
Style: Old Ale
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Old ale brewed in August 2011, dry-hopped in bourbon barrels for three months, then aged for some additional months before its big release for the 25th anniversary of Cheval Blanc.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lefossoyeur (428) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
Pours a mahogany brown with a generous white head. Great aromas of wood, dark fruits (plummy?), chocolate and a touch of wood. Medium carbonation, silky palate, very smooth with hints of wood and bourbon, finishes on a caramel-bourbon flavors that lasts for a good while. Very nice beer. Both on tap and bottles at the bar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
En fût. Verre de 14 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel légèrement fruité. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de vanille avec une pointe d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #4301)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2012
In short: A rich brown ale with a nice oak and bourbon presence and juicy dry-hopping
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear dark mahogany body with ruby highlights topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose has a very original aroma with a blend of barrels and juicy leafy hops some fruity and minty notes. Taste is a rich hazelnut pie, moderate bourbon presence, rich caramel, juicy hops essence, quite a bit of dry-hop here, plenty of oak, medium bitterness. This beer was a strange amalgam of flavors, but it is a fun strange amalgam of flavors, a tasty beer that stands out from the crowd. I really enjoyed it. Enjoyed this beer during the celebration of Cheval Blanc’s 25th anniversary, 25 years already for my local brewpub, to me breweries I’ve been drinking for a long time are a bit like members of my family, except I don’t hate them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
A dark brown ale with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, a sweet British hops, burned caramel, very nice. In mouth, a smooth burned caramel malt with light coffee and molasses, nice herbaceous British hops, treacle and smooth alcohol warmth. On tap at Mondiale 2012 , June 9 2012.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
[4500-20120609] Tap. Mild chocolate malt and lots of nectarine in the aroma. Slightly hazy, dark brown mahogany body with a quick foamy light mocha head. Toasted nectarine hops flavour has a nice subtle bitterness and roasty fruit aftertaste. Medium body. Tasty, and a little unusual. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ Mondial, Montreal, QC)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (2877) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Tap at le mondiale 2012. Hazy dark brown pour, small beige head. Chewy malt aroma, surrounded by slme sweet woody vanilla, and dark fruits. Lots going on here! Loads of dark fruit, wood, the bourbon makes and appearance, its sticky sweet, and full of vanilla. Bready finish, sweet, sticky, and more wood. Very interesting brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 18, 2012
On tap
Aroma sweet wrap , tart , mild alcohol feel. Very interesting approach.7+
Appearance pours as hazed amber with rocky mid top.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied. Citrus, some alcohol, pine with fruity berry elements. Vinous side end. Solid brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma is a unique mix between some oak with almost Flanders red like quality with some bourbon and some caramelized malt with a light vinous touch at the end. Taste is a hard to describe mix between some vinous notes with oak and light bourbon with some caramelized malt that is not overly sweet. Body is about average with low carbonation. Interesting experience though not something that I would feel the need to drink on a regular basis.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
2012-06-09. Very dark brown body is near black with mahogany accents, small tan head. 3+ Fruity tangy highlights over malty core in aroma, sort of vinous but not really, hints at wood. 7+ Served on the cold side. Flavour is similar, tangy vinous fruit, rich yet very subtle fruit lingers. 7+ Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, light carbonation. 3+ Sort of simple but I liked it. On tap at Mondial, Montreal

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2407) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
Drank on tap (14 oz) at the brewpub for the second Big Tuesday of Cheval Blanc’s 25th anniversary, April 10, 2012. Very dark brown, thin head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, slightly spicy. Taste of bourbon and hops fruity and bitter, with notes of sour berries, dry bitterness. Very well balanced, good bitterness, they have not failed that one for their 25th!


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