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Holgate Brewhouse Beelzebubís Jewels

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Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Barley Wine
Woodend, VIC, Australia
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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A barrel-aged and triple-fermented barley wine, this precious and rare concoction from the boys at Holgate Brewhouse weighs in at a devilish 12.5% abv. The warming effects of this strong beer are followed by a bold and assertive character derived from a French oak barrel still carrying a trace of Pinot Noir and a judicious application of a special blend of barrel-hops. Beer drinkers beware...this beer has balls!

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2192) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2016
750mL bottle from Slowbeer. 2016 vintage - labelled as a Barrel Aged Belgian-style Quadrupel Deep bronze body, murky, holds a small dense orangey tan head. Rich aroma - bags of amber sort of candy sugar - earthy, date-like, sultana notes - stewed fruits - apples, pears - dried fruits of prune & fig; dark caramel/butterscotch, touch of peppery & clovey spice. Carbonation quite subdued for style (for Belgian), thick, chewy, creamy, sticky, very long on the palate. Really opens out on the body - lots of dark sugars, rich caramels, dates, prunes, savoury clove & black pepper, plums, touch of cocoa maybe, some vinous red fruits in there, old oak lingering drying things out on finish. Plenty of warmth, BOOM this is big!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 Bottle 500ml (2013 Ė 11%) - cellared for 3 years. Served at room temperature. Pours a clear mahogany. Head is medium sized, lightly tanned, dense and lasts well. Aroma is rich and malty with notes of burnt toffee, golden syrup, chocolate, dates, muscatels, dried apricots, vanilla pods, a touch of spice and oak. Flavour is very complex with strong vinous port notes, a very light bitterness, burnt toffee, dried cranberries, figs, sultanaís, dark chocolate and a spicy, woody/sappy finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, a syrupy texture and a long complex, warming finish. A truly amazing Barley Wine in every sense!!!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (785) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2015
From 500 ml bottle. Pours a deep red brown with a sloppy cream head that falls into a thin cap. Aromas of raisins, sultanas, honey, ginger snap biscuits, plums, cherries and vanilla. Taste is rich biscuit malt overlaid with stewed dark fruits, cherry, almond, vanilla and a warm alcohol note. Lingering sweet finish with a fruity aftertaste. Complex and intense.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014
This was the 3rd last bottle available at the brewery. Big sweet candy sugar and roast malt aromas, raisins and other glazed fruit. Cloudy darkish brown colour with good rocky head. Big rich roasted malt flavours, some big glazed fruits and an almost nutty middle and a nice warm finish. Heavy warm body with med carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle from the brewery, 2013 release. Great. Aromas of caramel, grain, biscuit. Taste is sweet, a bit sour, long length.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StevieT (1739) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2013
Sweet aroma, very strong flavours of fruit, not a drink to be taken lightly. Definitely worth a try.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2013
First time tried and it was on tap! Not a bad BW, but far from being exceptional. Nice malty flavours, hint of barrel, but overwhelmed by the ETOH burn.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (22685) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
22nd July 2012
Hazy amber beer with a big pale tan head. Palate is airy and soft and light. Mild fine carbonation. Nice nose of dessert wine - mango and peach. Mild creamy malt with a toffee streak. Mild minerals and aniseed alcohol. Lovely wine tones, honey - orange and red berry fruits. Sweet candy - dried fruits - dessert wine. Finishes smooth and dry with a pinch of spice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5846) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2012
750ml capped bottle 2011 Vintage listed as a Belgian style Quadruple pours amber in color with a 3 finger white head that retains well and eventually settles to reveal some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is raisiny with hints of alcohol, oak and yeast. Taste is a dark fruit (red wine grapes) and light chocolatey malt sweetness with a generous alcohol burn and a spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation leaving a nice sensation on the tongue. A pretty decent brew for the style and recommended to try once, even though it is quite pricey.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2847) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2012
2011 bottle (label calls it a Quadrupel):
Pours reddish brown with a large head. Very sweet toffee aroma with notes of dried fruits and dark currants. Flavour is quite sweet and has notes of dark currants, wood, mushrooms and moss! Alcohol bitter finish.


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