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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Summer Barleywine
Named for the 15th Century firearm which was successor to the Blunderbuss, this barrel-aged barleywine aspires to change the way you think of strong beer. Intended for sipping on these sultry summer evenings on our patio (or inside, with the AC), it is at once light and drinkable yet boasts significant body, and is almost syrupy smooth in texture without being cloying. Arquebus presents beautiful, complex notes of concentrated peach and apricot fruit, wildflower honey, toast and coconut oakiness, and a soft, tannin-hinted, white wine-like finish. Aged in French oak chardonnay barrels acquired from the Silverado winery in Napa, the residual flavors contributed by the wood offer a mellowness of character not provided by stainless steel fermentation.This honey-hued, ambrosial beer, beheld in a simple stemmed glass, pours with just a mild effervescence which accentuates its myriad nuances of flavors and aromas. Several more barrels of this elixir await release in the coming years. So for now, enjoy!
OG: 1.099 FG: 1.018 ABV:10.75%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Big sherry aroma. Golden coloured very strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2737) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Farmhouse-like aroma. Hazey golden in appearance. Honey sweet with a hint of wood and a brett-sour edge.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. golden pour with no head. sweet barrel nose with layers of whiskey, oak, chardonnay and vanilla. big round body with more barrel notes and sweet malts. alcohol finish with light fruits and more oak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at CBC. Clear honey brown with no head. Nose is caramel, oak and chardonnay. Medium body, not quite flat. Taste is quite vinous, white grapes overwhelming the malty caramel base. A nice sipper but not very complex. While abrupt at first, the pronounced wine-sweetness contrast grew on me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9528) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. This was listed as 14%. Orange-copper color with no head or bubbles. Sweet, oxidized huge honey and caramel aroma with port and grape notes like a sweet Sauternes. Big alcohol. Syrupy and sour flavor with big grapes and honey, burning alcohol and oak. Doesnt really do it for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4290) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 6, 2009
Hit up the Cambridge table big-time at GABF 2009. This was a very interesting and somewhat impressive -bal aged barleywine. Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, milldly tart white grape, oak, spices, orange and apricot. Flavor is great and complex, both sweet and tart, with bready malt, dry white wine, spices, honey, oak, orange, peach, and even mild roast. Palate medium-light and smooth with soft carbonation. Overall very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 1, 2009
9/28/09 notes: 2009 GABF, Friday. What a fascinating beer. Pours murky brown-orange, but quickly becomes more interesting. Aroma is orange peel, rich caramel and kitchen spices. Flavors dance on the tongue nicely, hard to pinpoint. In a pinch, all one can say is that the flavor is unique. I think I got spicy, cinnamon notes blended with strawberry sweetness. Very well balanced. I enjoyed every sip of this, even though it is a tough beer to understand stylistically.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
GABF 2009: Settles in the glass like strange, green, muddy pond-water..or maybe dirty dish water. Little to no lasting head. Acidic white wine notes dominate the nose with some funky solvent underlinings tending to be sweet at times. Flavors bombard you with solvent, oak, and white wine with a steady sweetness underneath. I liked this to a point, but think its overly solventy and an ugly looking beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2949) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bu sur place et fut (9 oz), le 10 juillet 2009. Rousse caramel, pas de collet. arome dorge malt, fruit srettes muries, un peu de rglisse. Got de fruits srette intense, beaucoup de grenolats, loin dtre rchauffante. Une bonne bire forte avec beaucoup de saveur, faite pour lt, ma meilleur bire local du voyage!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11389) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Apricot colour, average mouthfeel. Brett in the aroma. Looks and tastes white grapey. Apricot summer fruit in there, you can taste it too. Can the Chardonnay be transfered for the wood, or was it used. Very fruity, sweetish. Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, I am still revelling in it 2.5 days later.


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