Ibrew2or3 (8989) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2013
33cl bottle, big thanks to sebletitje for picking this up for me, pours with a clear deep copper body that supports a fairly tight tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of sticky sweet malts, caramel, molasses, a bit of toffee and chocolate malts where the chocolate note seems out of place yet still works here nicely somehow. In the background I also get prunes and figs and a bit of black pepper as well as a modest sense of booze especially for such a huge beer. The taste asserts itself as a smooth slick sipper where I get prunes and raisins moving into slightly brighter notes of spicy Belgian yeast. Behind those notes is a smooth sweet caramel and maltiness and slivers of toffee. I’m really enjoying this sipper. Yum. fiulijn (21533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 jaghana (6412) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 24, 2012
2012-12-06, bottle from La Cave à Bulles, Paris, vintage 2011, bb 27/04/2013, brewed 27/10/2011, 7-5-7-4-14=37
The aroma, although still nice, shows some esters, some very light chemicals. The alcohol perception seems to grow, as well as a very light vegetables note. Maybe not very fair to drink it after a De Molen masterpiece, but anyway this powerful brew seems to keep its strength but not the whole of its qualities.
2012-09-12, bottle from La Cave à Bulles, Paris, vintage 2011, bb 27/04/2013, brewed 27/10/2011, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Hazy dark amber color with medium head. Nice and rich malt and caramel, some butterscotch. Full bodied, with very good malt and caramel flavor, strong bitterness, providing a fruity touch too; traces of liquorice.
Excellent Barley Wine.
Bottle 33cl, an amber dark beer with medium creamy head. Nose is on caramel, malt, cereals, sweet, alcohol notes. Aroma is very malty with caramel and licorice, yes some diacetyl as well as fig and dry grapes, light dark chocolate, excellent stuff. finish is on grassy hops, butterscotch, vanilla and fig, very well done, especially for a french product, well done Gwenael ! Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a hazy dark amber with a small off-white head. Lovely aroma of caramel, nuts and overripe fruit - everything good about an English style Barley Wine. Rich body, caramel and nuts and a great oxidized note. Some warming alcohol. Super delicious. 301012 erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2012
Sweaty yeasty aroma, caramel, well developed, basement. Rich flavour with concentrated fruits and sweet sticky notes. Apple pie, Oatmeal cookies and still sort of refreshing. Dangerous! Love the sticky concentrate. Great stuff. (After Deanso’s tasting)
Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Quite a nice barleywine. No overly sweet but full malt flavor. On the thin end but best french beer I’ve had. Benzai (17000) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Lightly hazy reddish color, small beige head. Aroma is malts, sweetness, overripe fruits, alcohol. Taste malts, sweetness, a hint of caramel, a hint of toffees, alcohol, a touch of wine and overripe fruits. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice. thornecb (6197) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2013
Pours hazy mahogany into a snifter. White head quickly recedes to mottle surface. Toffee and pit fruit aromas. Dark caramel and toasted nuts upfront turning warm in the lasting resin and chestnut finish.