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The Livery Barrel Aged Maillot Jaune
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 tap at the livery....poured a slightly hazy orange brown with a short-lived soapy white head clinging to the edges....a really fruity aromatic nose consisting of tropical and citrus fruits. not too much barrel influence.....flavor was tart and citrusy with an abundance of fruit. soft carbonation and very refreshing overall......a really great way to start off the day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(Draught) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a small off-white head. Aroma of oak, earthiness, mustiness, white grapes, and wild berries. Flavor of oak, sour funkiness, earth, and light citrus with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. First beer of the day on a long day of great beers. Poured a hazy yellow. nice musty and dry fruit nose. Taste is light fruit, dry and acidic, nice funk and earthy balance. I didn’t have too much of this one, but I wish I had more, this was refreshing and really enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy yellowy brown with a white even head. Sharp tangy nose. bone dry with some fruity esters, though nothing too crazy. Full smooth creamy, higher carbonation mouthfeel. Bone dry! Almost completely lacking any residual sugars. A bit fruity. Very tannic. The oak yeilded no vanilla, but lots of tea. Extremely refreshing, what a delight!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Tap at brewery: Hazy golden hue with a frothy head and clingy lace. The aroma is fruity like blackberry and white grape instead of Merlot. Bready pale malts, hint of oak, and grassy notes from the dry hopping also noted on the nose.

The taste starts with a moderate sour and tannic overtone with a light red grape character. Balanced by soft grains and a touch of whispery bitterness. Earthy yeast notes as found within. The mouth feel is VERY REFRESHING and oh so SESSIONABLE!, crisp and lively.

IMO this is close to a world-class beer where the barrel really adds to the basic beer. Reminded me a bit of an Orval, but not quite that either... I DIG THIS, IT ROCKS!


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