Holgate Brewhouse Beelzebub's Jewels

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Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Barley Wine
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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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4.4
phfds (10) - - FEB 18, 2018
Brown coloured. Dense and lightly brown foam. Smells like caramel and a little bit sweet. As a quadruppel, its not as heavy and powerful as it was supposed to, considering its style, but it is an awesome beer. It is unbalanced beer, but probably thats the reason to be a good one, beacuse it breaks your expectation about what it was supposed to taste. Sweet in the middle of the sip, and a bitterness came from toasted bread and caramel toffee. At all, it is more similar to a dubbel, but quite a good experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
philipe (5) - - FEB 11, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2018 Brown coloured. Dense and lightly brown foam. Smells like caramel and a little bit sweet. As a quadruppel, its not as heavy and powerful as it was supposed to, considering its style, but it is an awesome beer. It is unbalanced beer, but probably thats the reason to be a good one, beacuse it breaks your expectation about what it was supposed to taste. Sweet in the middle of the sip, and a bitterness came from toasted bread and caramel toffee. At all, it is more similar to a dubbel, but quite a good experience.

3.5
DeliriumT (545) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2017
A great attempt at the style. Unfortunately Holgate need to learn some balance and restraint. Pours dark brown with tan head. The aroma is like sniffing a bottle of candi syrup. Strong caramel and treacle notes with dark fruit and rum. The flavour is sickly sweet. Too sweet for my palate. Still enjoyable but, as the monks would say, not very digestible. Couldn't have more than one, and even then, I recommend sharing the bottle ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Muggus69 (2831) - 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
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 Bottle 500ml (2013 – 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, sultana’s, 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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Jado (805) - 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
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
davidm (2081) - 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
StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2013
Sweet aroma, very strong flavours of fruit, not a drink to be taken lightly. Definitely worth a try.

3.4
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.


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