pFriem Belgian-Style Dark Ale - Cognac Barrel

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian-style ale in Courvoisier Cognac barrels that previously housed distilled wine made from Ugni Blanc. Before it slumbered for a year, a Belgian yeast strain was added to the mix, insuring that the liquid made with pilsner malt, Dark Belgian Candi Sugar and Tettnang, Perle and Styrian Golding Celeia hops inside evolved gently with time. After its departure from the barrel, the delicate ester-rich fruit notes, typical to a Trappist beer, remained in tact, but they wrapped in a warm spice blanket. The 10.3% ABV beer offers a pleasing degree of toffee, ripe plum, Sherry, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, with a bright finish and a touch of warm cherries.

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3.6
BuckeyeBoy (8466) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2017
On tap at rate beer best. Pours out a crisp copper topped with a small sand ring of a head. Nose is cognac forward barrels pitfruit and spice. Taste is more of the oak barrel presents cognac and a nice rich malt.

3.6
djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2017
On tap at RateBeer Best. Pours copper with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is dark fruit, oak, yeast, spice. Medium body, cognac, raisin, oak, vanilla, spice, boozy finish, very good.

3.3
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Draft at SB. Pours a murky, muddy, almost grainy mahogany with a dense and creamy tan head that goes away quickly. Big tangy sweet nose, very boozy, a bit much. Lots of overripe berries and wine grapes. Sticky thick body with moderate carb. Overripe tree fruit, berries, and wine grapes on the palate, along with vanilla and vodka. Lots of nice things happening here but they’re all cranked to 11.

3.5
anders37 (27047) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2017
Draft @ RateBeer Best 2017. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel woody cognac aroma. Fruity malty spicy woody cognac flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy woody caramel and cognac finish.

4
jsnicholas (680) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2017 Bottle (375ml $9). Brown with big off white head the fade pretty quickly. Aroma was barrel and fruit. Taste was carmel and wine and some cherries. some sweetness. medium plus carbonation. Very good. Update (6/8/2017). Was 3.9, now 4.0. Enjoying it more!

3.6
DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
[1/28/17] Bottle/Draught at RateBeer Best festival in Santa Rosa. Cognac, dark fruits, caramel, cookies, sweet, a bit of alcohol.

3.5
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Dark brown with heavy barrel influence, especially on the nose. Non descrispt yeast and dark pitted fruit is pleasant, though some booze shows as well. Not as dialed in as Pfriem usually is, but nice.

3.2
fiery1 (1665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
375ml bottle @ Josh’s. Pours a cloudy dark brown colour with a small off white semi thick head. Nose hints of sweetness with a citrus like sour note. Flavour is herbal, sweet, quite boozy hot, plum, and a dark rich character with a slight bitter finish.

3.1
Oakes (18776) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
Kind of a muddy light brown colour. Big boozy aroma in which the cognac is very evident, there’s a bit yeasty. It’s a bit fizzy on the palate, but also has this really rich sweetness, almost molasses, that comes through with a bit of barrel, a touch of alcohol. Not overtly Belgian other than a little bit of ester and high carbonation - could almost just call it a barley wine. It’s interesting, a beer you want to study a bit, but part of it is that the flavours are a little bit muted. There’s probably something here, but this particular batch isn’t quite where it could be.

3.1
mcberko (18949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
375mL bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out notes of candied sugar, cognac liqueur, floral notes and some alcohol. Flavour is floral, with lots of cognac, candied sugar, toffee and overripe red fruits. Not particularly well-integrated and quite boozy. Fairly messy, but it works okay.


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