Brewed by Brasseurs du Monde / Le Picoleur
Style: Barley Wine
Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada
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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Vin dorge

Dans Le Trompte major, lcrivain Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) fit une deScription plutt allchante dune bire extra-forte, liquoreuse et malte : le vin dorge. Notre version sinspire des pures traditions anglaises de ce style. Lutilisation gnreuse de houblons lui donnera une bonne amertume lorsque jeune, mais ils perdront leur agressivit en protgeant la bire au fil du temps. LAle de Hardy prsente des notes fortement maltes de sucre dorge auxquelles se mlangent des saveurs de caramel de jus de fruits secs. Avec le temps, des notes de porto, de cerises noires et de tire drable peuvent se pointer lhorizon gustatif.

In his historical novel The Trumpet Major, British author Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) provided a rather enticing deScription of a syrupy, malty, extra strong beer: barley wine. Our version is inspired by the pure English tradition of this style. The generous use of hops lends a solid bitterness when young that mellows with age as it protects the beer from the ravages of time. Ale de Hardy presents strong malted barley flavors accented by notes of caramel, dried fruit and a warming sensation from the higher alcohol content. Over time notes of port wine, black cherry and maple taffy may emerge.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2016
13th October 2016
Very light haze on this red- amber beer, thin pale tan head. Palate is semi dry with decent fine carbonation. Light dry malts, some caramel - toffee. Mild savoury tone. Rich dried fruits and lesser citric peel. Fairly dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (19859) - PCastle, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Rtlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig s, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig s, holzig, alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
A reddish copper barley wine with a very thin off white head. In aroma, classic vinous malyt with nice floral British hops, range, licorice, & light molasses. In mouth,, a smooth sweet vinous malt with licorice, plums, dark fruits, reminiscent of Macneils Old Ringworm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12482) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Beer City, Belgium. Pours clear dark red with a medium, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has lots of raisin, plums, port, vinious, toasted caramel, light milky. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, port, toasted caramel, light burnt toast, vinious, warming, raisins, hazelnuts. Quite an elegant Barleywine, even if the alcohol is a bit too present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10302) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
2014-10-25. Lightly cloudy dark amber brown body with a small frothy tan had. 3+ Aroma is fairly malty, pleasantly so, with a good amount of carmael and toffee notes, light molassess and moderate alcohol presence. 7++ Flavour is similarly malt forward, toffee/caramel sweetness but with finishes with enough bitterness to keep it fairly balanced. Moderate alcohol throughout. Relatively simple but a very solid take on the style. Enjoyable. Medium bodied palate with soft carbonation. On cask at Cask Days, Toronto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2016
341 ml bottle.
Pours clear dark mahogany red color with a small off-white head. Caramel on the nose, some ripe plum and raisins, mild wooden tones and subtle alcohol. Quite sweet flavor with ripe fruits, caramel, subtle toffee, hints of licorice and even some distant syrupy notes. Carbonation is soft, light bitterness on the palate finishing to a subtle alcohol burn. A very nice slow sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9951) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2013
Bouteille 341ml. Cuivre claire, col moyen beige. Arme malt, grains, biscuit moyen, fruit noir avec un bouquet sucr qui laisse ses marques. Palais est fruit; prune, cerise, raisin, le tout est pais avec des notes de sucre candi. Profil est pais au niveau des malts, ple et cara et un lger ct pic. Le ct doux sucr est persistant et accompagne une fin de bouche oriente sur un biscuit subtile. Les houblons confrent une amertume qui reste assez en retrait mais suffit donner une pointe herbace. Mrite dtre revisite pour voir comment les caractristiques du barley wine voluent avec le temps.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Zealous coriander seeds take over this Spiced Barley Wine, as candied fruitiness and bitter hops whip up a more traditional base.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the gleaming blood red.
-The malty sweetness is also reminiscent of licorice.
-Mouthfeel is leaner than Thomas Hardys Ale or other classic British-style Barley Wines.
-Not quite sure why the beers name is a direct reference of Thomas Hardys when the beer neither smells nor tastes like Thomas Hardys.
-I get the idea of adding coriander to a Brltish Barley Wine base (it works well with Traquair Jacobite, so why not try, right?), but the balance is off, even after aging it for 2 years.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Deep amber-ruby pour with a thick yellow-tan head. The nose is quite hoppy and intensely chewy. Some sweet earthy/piny hoppiness along with a bit of soft sweet caramel. A bit of toffee and some nice light berry fruit. A touch of light oxidation but that adds a nice chewy note that I totally enjoy. Quite a surprise - really damn solid barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (9109) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
[6877-20141025] Sample. Mild toasted grains aroma. Clear, amber red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy maple grains flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(Cask Days 2014 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

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