HopSaSam Nonniversaire Special Réserva

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HopSaSam
Brewed at Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Style: Barley Wine
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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In 2015 you may have had the chance to enjoy my first batch NONNIVERSAIRE? This NONNIVERSAIRE Special Réserva is even more limited available since its unique aging on calvados barrels. It got more than 16 months to age and deploy its full aromas: a complex, unique and full bodied beer that is best served in a big and clean wide-mouthed brandy glass, along with good company and time, a lot of time… to enjoy and celebrate your unbirthday in the most perfect way.

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3.4
MarcoDL (5529) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2017
At Hopishop 2017. Aroma of malt, dust and raisin. Taste has raisin, malt, sugar, figs and dusty ripe fruit. Meh, feels too old.

4.4
Bierridder_S (1221) - BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2017
June 2017 @home - 50cl bottle from Hopsasam. Amber brown beer with very small head. Nose is dried fruits, caramel. apple. Taste is apple, dried fruits, some caramel, sweet and sweet sour. Full of taste. A tad drier and more balance for me than the regular one.

3.8
markoijelena (3259) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - APR 4, 2017
Bottle 0.5l sample at Ratebeer Belgian Winter Gathering 2017 Antwerp, Belgium at Beerlovers Bar 25.02.2017. Thanks everybody for sharing great beers! Pour it brown color with small head. Aroma really kick of calvados port barrel. Taste sweet caramel, balsamic vinegar, spices, lightly sour, heavy cloying sweetness, medium body, slick and thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish. Interesting!

3.7
tderoeck (10955) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2017
25/II/17 - 50cl bottle @ RBBWG (Beerlovers Bar, Antwerpen) - BB: n/a (2017-248) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy brown beer, small creamy off-white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit yeasty, sourish notes, some apples, fruity, alcohol. MF: little carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit sourish, spicy, dried fruits, red wine notes. Aftertaste: fruity, red wine, dried fruits.

4.2
Aminatchime (255) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2017
Geproefd @ RBBWG2017. Kleur is wolkerige karamel met een kleine witte schuimkraag. Geur doet denken aan vijgen. Smaak is fruitig, vijgen met een licht zuurtje.

3.8
sebletitje (10547) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle share at RBBWG 2017, thanks for sharing. Verse un léger orange sur un léger trouble, le col est épais beige. Arôme au nez bien marqué par la barrique sans être surfait avec de belles effluves indiquant l’usage de Calvados, le rétro oscille entre léger boisé, et de belles notes de pommes caramélisées. Palais est plaisant et complexe entre Calvados et une certaine fraicheur de barrique rappelant presque le vin blanc. Douceur au niveau des malts avec un alcool qui commence à se faire présent et apporte une petite pointe de chaleur. La calva est bien rendu et sur la fin je note une impression râpeuse couplée aux grains et un côté presque de cidre glacé.

4.1
Alengrin (6011) - BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2017
Second beer from a new beer company in Oudenaarde, a barleywine like the first one, aged on calvados barrels. From a 50 cl, clearly old-fashioned English-inspired ’barleywine bottle’ shared at RBBWG 2017 in Antwerp. Thin but stable, pale beige-ish egg-white, bubbly head, ochre-hued bronze colour, hazy but murky in the very end. Aroma of stewed apple and pear brandy (esters mixing with calvados notes, in other words), white port, damp hay, ripe yellow plum and overripe peach, lots of brandy, burnt brown sugar, vanilla, white pepper, glue, wet wood. Very fruity, estery onset, lots of ripe pear, banana, stewed apple, blue plum, fig, unfermented sugary sweetness with sourish undertones, blending with a ’deeper’ and later tartness related to the barrel ageing, drying in the background while a fluffy, soft malt sweet body unfolds, bready and caramelly, deceptively sweet against this tannin-rich, woody, ever further drying ending, where a vinous calvados (and in fact also dry sherry-like) effect develops, establishing a long but non-astringent alcohol warmth and lovely vanilla-ish oak retronasally, with an earthy and bready, softening yeast note in the tail. Impressed: many of these new beer companies start off with tripel or blonde, this one opted immediately for high profile barleywines with gastronomical allure. This is a very accomplished beer and a true addition to the Belgian beer map, cleverly linking Belgian strong ale traditions with international trends. Lovely.

3.7
kraddel (9428) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2017
Sampled at the RBBWG 2017. Thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours dark, unclear brown, small white head. Smell is full, bit booze, mildly bitter. Some spiced, dark fruits aspects. Taste has a very mild sour touch, full, dark fruits. Full flavor. Mild maltyness, very nice in general. Bit thin MF and high carbo though. Nive nevertheless, but I can see this well improving in the next years. happy I have another bottle to check that out !

4.2
JorisPPattyn (10138) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Small white head, over hazy foxy-brown beer. Minty-ish, lemonbalm, sparandrap, dry apples nose. Calvados, apple juice, lactic acid, fruit acids. Alcoholwarming, slick, oily, velvety texture. Excellent, complex, and a perfect example for how the Calvados can be a plus.

4.2
77ships (11601) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Thank you JefVerstraete! 500 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG VI (2017). Murky brown amber, little tanned head. Nose is thick sweet vinous wine, red grape with thick caramel, malt sugar, toffee, figs puree, berries. Taste is sweet orange peel, sugar, vinous, red grape, warming, figs, dark fruits, berries; Thick vinous sugar, lightly boozy. Thick bodied. Not sure if it should be this vinous, closer to a Porto barrel than anything resembling Calvados but it works, pretty good. I liked it about the same as the regular version.


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