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The Livery Barrel Aged Maillot Jaune

The Livery Barrel Aged Maillot Jaune
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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Aged 3 months in a Merlot used cask with had added a sourness and wild character to the base Biere De Garde. Brewed in honor of the Tour De France, "Maillot Jaune" or "Yellow Jersey". The Grand Reserve version has been aged an additional 6 months plus in the barrel and is now listed at 8% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpongeRuiner (858) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
On tap at HopCat. Pours a frosty deep golden color. With a sticky white lacing and head. An earthy grassy citrus aroma. A very refreshing sip of slight tart lemons. A bubblegum flavor comes in towards the back half and finishes it off. A dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3738) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 3, 2015
750 ml. bottle. It pours a nice clear deep golden color with a medium fizzy off white head. The aroma some light funk, straw, hints of stone fruit and white grape. Nice subdued oaky notes seem more Chardonnay derived to me with the more tropical/white grape thing going on. The flavor is pretty much the same with more prominent barrel oak and grape notes. Light hints of caramel and stone fruit before a mildly soapy, phenolic finish. Almost no sourness here, just a little acidity and funk. It has a decently full body, but a dry finish befitting a brett beer. Very pleasant stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1753) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Tap at hopcat detroit. Almost clear gold with medium white head. Aroma of lemon hay. Taste matching lots of subtle hay and nice smooth oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2014 version pour on tap at the brewery, hazy golden pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, white grape, hints of yeast, spice, some earth, touch of grass. Taste is slight tart fruit, white grape, peach, some hints of bread, biscuit, touch of spice, finishing with some oak, dry, slightly tart.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tectactoe (2845) - Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 Bottle: 2014. Cloudy, translucent bright yellow with a slightly foamy off-white head, thin & quick to recede. Aroma of musk, hay, mild rotten pineapple Brett notes, dusty cobwebs, cotton must, withered wood, & hints of semi-tart green apple. Taste is kind of thin, almost a little watery. Slick & nice mouth feel, though. Brettanomyces present in the form of a light, acidic fruit skin tartness & a strong dampening of musty old barnyard floor. But not in a funky Belgian kind of way... Almost overly musk filled & dry without much balance. Strong notes of dried out wood, cotton, & bready yeast in the finish. Faint hint of apple, maybe some lemon. Kind of light all-around, & a little too Brett forward at times. Not bad, but fairly forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Draft to taster at The Livery. This is the 2014 vintage, which is 6% and aged in white wine barrels (and should probably be a separate entry). Looks solid; a transparent gold with white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells mildly tart and bretty with a soft presence from the white wine barrel. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly tart mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2014 release, on tap at pub. Pour is hazy yellow with a small bubbly white head. Aroma and flavor of wet hay, fruity hops, citrus, spice, yeast, and a touch of funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
justinpatton (2) - Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2013 does not count
Aroma has qualities of the base biere de garde with added barrel and acidic notes. Taste is the same. Decent sourness, barnyard, malt, hint of oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1494) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Draft at taps 25. Clear copper with a small white head. Big sour and faint wine aromas. Tart and incredibly smooth. The wine flavor really comes in the back end and its pretty dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
In short: A refreshing, complex, easy to drink, semi-sour oaky fruity blond ale. Excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz shared by Kyle at post-HF Harvest 2012 party.
The look: Cloudy yellow-peach body topped by a small white head.
In long: Nose is medium-wild, some light-color fruits, some barrels, horse blanket notes. Taste is rather smooth for the style, refreshing fruits (pineapples, white grapes, peaches, lemon zest), woody white wine, mild fruity sourness, refreshing tartness. Lively carbonation. This wild sour ale is far from intense but it offers a good complexity and a very high drinkability for the style, almost sessionnable. I loved this one. And speaking of Maillot Jaune, yesterday Lance Armstrong finally admitted what we everybody already knew, what he did was wrong but he did annoying millions of French people and tarnished one of their greatest tradition, he’s still an American National hero.

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