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Brewed by Brasserie de Bastogne
Style: Barley Wine
Sibret, Belgium
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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3.9
Jerre (3658) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2017
Geproefd bij en met William Roelens op 12 april 2016. Lichtjes wazig amber tot iets donkerder amberkleurig bier, met gebroken witte schuimkraag. Aroma: wat gist, tropisch fruit, wat hop. Vol mondgevoel. Smaak: zoet bij start, fruitig, bij momenten een wijntoets, houtprikkels, hoppig, alcoholwarmte. Een prima brandewijn.

3.5
anders37 (26678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak hoppy aroma. Fruity malty spicy weak woody caramel hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy woody weak sour hoppy caramel finish.

3.8
Ferris (15901) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle - Caramel sweetness with light oak notes. Clear gold with a rich beige head. Caramel and some calvados notes and a touch of raisin.

3.8
Renobob (2064) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 2, 2017
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Couleur marron, peu de mousse. Nez vineux, alcool, pomme. Palais sucré, liquoreux, vanille, pomme. Touche boisée, on sent bien le machin. Très plaisante.

3.5
freretoc (1935) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 2, 2017
Bue en bouteille de 33cl chez Charlie et Renaud Couleur brunâtre, peu de mousse et peu d’effervescence Nez sur le bois et la vanille Attaque alcool, vanille et bois très ronde et très sucrée en bouche.

3.7
jelledebont (135) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2017
Deze is bijzonder. Amberkleurig bier, erg zoet, fruitig, vol. Ik krijg er wel een beetje een droge mond van.

3.9
shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2017
Bottle. Big boozy aroma, vinous, yet sweet. Fruity too. Taste is great, fruity, boozy sweetness, honey, soft oakiness. Thick and slick. Candy sugar, apples and pears, surprisingly easy drinking but dangerous. Full on, but pretty nice.

2.1
Benzai (15783) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2017
Sampled @ KBF 2016, Essen. Clear amber color, small off-white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, very very sweet and sweet red fruits. Don’t like it. Bleh.

4.3
Alengrin (5432) - BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Wallonian barleywine hopped "the new way" and aged on Macvin barrels (a sweet dessert wine from the Jura region in France) - interesting concept. Thickly ’membranous’ lacing, dense and moussy, off-white head with firm ’edge retention’ and partial retention in the middle, crowning an initially clear, warm amber coloured beer with golden orange hue, turning equally misty and deeper copper-tinged with sediment. Rich and quite idiosyncratic bouquet of candied orange, dried banana, fermenting limes, grapefruit blossom, rambutan, granadilla, overripe Cantaloupe, green olive, dill, biscuit, sweet white grapes, fresh peaches, sweet cashew nuts, vanilla-ish wet oak, calvados, strawberry liqueur, nougat, chicken spices, cognac with oranges, subtle hint of fried egg-like proteins hidden somewhere, becoming expectedly stronger and ’beefier’ after the sediment is added. Strong and condensed candied orange sweetness in the onset matched with hints of mango, banana, ripe pear and pineapple, red berry sourish balance but sweetness prevails, thin umami edge underneath, very vinous, thick and oily body with softish carbo just about right for a beer labelled as a barleywine; meanwhile a thin, very subtle lime-like sourish accent runs underneath. Thick caramelly and honeyish malt sweetness glides over the tongue leaving behind a trace of white candi sugar and orange liqueur sweetness, before a gently tannic finish brings some dryness, accompanied by lovely vanilla-like oak accents and the orangey effects of the New World hops only accentuate the orange candy effect of the main flavor; they provide a lot of aroma but only a soft, lightly spicy bitterish touch in the end. Evidently, a glow of literally heart-warming, very Grand Marnier- or even cognac-like alcohol dominates the end, but in a gentle, refined, liqueurish and non-astringent way; I even get an actual flavor of sweet dessert wine all the way at the back. This is something else: I expected more hop bitterness, but actually the hops only serve here as an aromatic ingredient in a lush and thick whole that is perhaps best described as the beery equivalent of sweet orange liqueur. In general terms a sweet English style barleywine and a very credible one at that, deeply situated in internationalism, with very little echoes of the 20th century Belgian ale standards. Highly impressed and a highly recommended sweet dessert sipper of international class and greatness, I am very pleasantly surprised that Bastogne - which has already produced some very interesting things - is capable of achieving this high standard. A masterpiece of new Belgian micro brewing culture.

3.8
Fin (10609) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2016
Bottle picked up from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent, Belgie consumed at Moncada Taproom, Friday 2nd December 2016 Pours mid amber with a white filmy head. This is quite a conundrum the aroma suggests it might be sour and yet you try it and it’s really, really sweet. Fruity, really fruity nose, thick in the mouth almost a touch medicinal, good. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8


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