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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale aged in a reposado tequila barrel. First served at Lost Abbey Barrel Night 2013. Bottled release Spring 2014.

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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (589) - - JAN 6, 2017
Pours a dark body with a thin head. Aroma of wood and vinaeger. Taste is rich, stingy and a bit sour with tones of fruit and malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4814) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2016
Two year old vintage bottle bought at Biergenot. A very strong dark ale aged on tequila barrels - I dont like tequila as such, but I have to admit that this sounds interesting. Irregular, quite loose, pale greyish head reduced to a coarse but stable rim, leaving some nice lacing; hazy dark bronze-tinged chestnut brown colour. Strong bouquet of caramel, kahlua, spicy tequila, soggy brown bread, medlar, overripe pear, dried banana, pomegranate jenever, candied orange, raw green agave or even cactus juice, diluted coffee grounds, fresh chili pepper, biscuit, lime juice or even mojito, burnt sugar, brown rum, damp earth, wet paint, moist oak wood, hint of damp forest floor, fried mushroom, tomato juice, minerals, dates. Sweet onset, lots of residual brown sugar and some candied fruit, fig, date and pear, with a souring blackcurrant-like edge and some thin, beef stock-like umami but subtly so, along with something weirdly green (raw vegetable), softly carbonated with minerally accents. Thick, fluffy, bready middle, caramelly and nutty, gaining a light chocolatey quality in the end, a tad toasted even, before plunging into the booze, represented by a lot of sweet, aged tequila flavor (as in a brown, barrel aged tequila), heating up the back of the mouth to a high degree but still not becoming overly wry; something weirdly but very notably, souring, lemon- or lime-like appears as well - as if you have bitten into a slice of lemon before pouring down a tequila shot. Drying woody tannins and herbal hop bitterishness, as well as an earthy yeastiness, add further complexity. Ends peppery mostly due to the alcohol, in this case extra peppery because this is tequila... I was a bit skeptical about this but I have to admit that, though very boozy and intense, this is a very interesting, rich barleywine; I guess youll either love or hate this but it is in any case a wealthy and complex beer, which has aged graciously, having acquired a light amount of sherryish oxidation on top of the sweet and sourish display of flavors. Full of personality and one to enjoy slowly sip by sip, perfectly fit for a windy autumn afternoon like today. The tequila remains soft yet very pronounced and adds an unexpected green and spicy layer of flavor to a rounded, sweet, full and demanding basic beer. Not very accessible I think, but intense for sure. I liked it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (4390) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2016
Bottle at beertemple. Red color. Aroma of boozy red fruit, raisin, oak and raisin. Rich taste of smooth boozy red fruit, oak, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, raisin, dades and a long rich finish. Another hit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3171) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours out a muddy brownish color with a small off white head. Aroma is of caramel, tequila, agave syrup, dark dried fruits, alcohol, some barrel. Taste is strange, some tart citrus notes, caramel, dried fruit, tequila, alcohol warmth, some barrel notes and lingering alcoholic heat with some lime notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6544) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2016
From a bottle shared in Temecula. Pours a murky brown with an ecru head. Aroma of toffee and red wine. Flavors of oak and vanilla. Effervescent mouthfeel. Tart finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2016
375 ml bottle. Thanks Euphemos for this!
Dark brown color with a small tan head. Vinegar, red berries and tartness in the aroma. Cherries, tartness, sourness, mild sweetness and red wine in the flavor. You can hardly notice the 13.5%. Amazing flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (2300) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2016
bottle to sampler and this was a strange tasting but understood the flow of flavors. immediately I got the agave not like the liquid but sinking your teeth into the plant. you get the tequila flavor and the plant flavor and some earth. then it flows to the oak and then the booze. strong flavors all the way through. different but very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2856) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
From notes. Gus cracked this 375 mL bottle at his house for a tasting to sort out the Bruery beers we have to get. The pour is a dark reddish brown color with a small light tan colored cap of head that falls flat pretty quicky. The aroma is really different wit hthis one. There is a definite presence of agave. Less tequila, but the plant is definitely present. There is a good bit of spice to it and a booze for sure. There is a light vanilla that comes in about half way through and just seems a little out of place. The flavor follows suit. There is a heavy agave right at the front. The caramel and tequila roll through a strong woodiness and finish up with a light vanilla, and a little confusion. This is a little messy, especially if you dont like tequila. The mouth feel is thin and slick with a big time lack of body and a brighter carbonation that feels weird in the mouth. The aftertaste is lingeringly tequila and just not good. This one is something else, thats for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (8046) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Big syrupy meltingpot of sensastions here. Pours dark brown with good head and lacing. Caramelized malt is big, naturally, but booze is well hidden. Agave probably does this some good. Sweet finish. Tap at Sovereign Savor event.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (1079) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2016 37,5cl bottle at home. Very dark brown colour, beige foamy head that leaves a nice lacing. Ripe, alcoholic agave, pineapple, mango in the nose, slightly milky sour note (off note, imho). Taste is more balanced, fruity sweet, nice sour edge, can?t really get the tequila though. Not too balanced. Big body, medium carbonation.


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