Brewed by Brasserie Sainte Hélène
Style: Barley Wine
Florenville, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This is the US version of Sainte Hélène Barley Wine.

The original version is 12% ABV.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3526) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Aroma is kind of a standard BW with caramel, toffee, raisins, bittersweet. Flavor’s like nose plus a little blast of zingy tartness in the finish that is very nice. Carbonation is just right for good body. Appearance is ok. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (10062) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2015
12.7 oz bottle from The Party Source. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma has caramel, dark fruits, some booze with a hint of spice. The flavor has sweet caramel malt, dark ripe fruit, booze, some mild floral character that leads to a strange finish, some wood, sticky mouthfeel but soft carbonation, just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (1160) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Drank with Rik 27-11-2014 while watching The Hunger Games I. (Originally thought it was the EU version, bought the beer in Belgium, but it’s 10% ABV so it’s this version I guess). I liked the beer. An okay Barley Wine, liked it. Good body and penetrating aroma. Nice sweet, typical Barley Wine taste, brown sugar and fruits. One think I liked less: the ’woodiness’ of the taste, especially the aftertaste. Did not find that very pleasant, it was too strong and did not combine well with the other tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14946) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours clear copper with a few bubbles. Aroma of mild fruits and brown sugar. It’s a clean, penetrating aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle that persists and makes it hard to dissect the base flavors. Maybe brown sugar more than treacle. It has a woodiness. A berriness. I’m not really getting heat as an impact, maybe as a flavor. Rather mouth smacking. It’s not dry, but I’m tempted at each quaff to think dry. Nice ale here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timmwillum (92) - BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2014
Stort set uden skum og kun meget lidt kulsyre. Lidt plumret gullig brun uklar farve med små rester af gær. Afdæmpet duft med sødme. Klassisk sødlig barley wine smag med let bitterhed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottled. Poured medium-golden with a toasted marshmallow head.. some light sediment suspended in there. The aroma picked up dish soap and acetone on the first hit (not really what I was looking for), with green apple skins and light peppery notes following.. not good. The flavor came across a little better, but not much.. mostly lighter-skinned fruits with some apples standing out on the middle.. peppery alcohol and medicinal notes on the grainy edges.. finished tart and belly-warming. Medium-plus bodied with fairly high carbonation on the palate.. OK flow through the palate.. I didn’t much care for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (5905) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy, dark amber with average, creamy white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is floral hops, cookie and bread malts, booze, spicy and floral hops, and light apples. Flavor is dry, bready malts forward with supporting floral hops, some fruit esters, yeast, and light booze; dry, bready finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (13031) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours lightly hazy amber with a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is fruity and perfume hops with biscuit and honey malt and floral hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23944) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden amber color, small white head. Aroma of lemon, pineapple, rising sourdough bread. Taste is smooth tropical fruit and white bread. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (4370) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Hazy dirty dark amber with hundreds of tiny floaters, light head cover and no lace. The taste starts with sweet malt, cut by prunes and ginger; that is abruptly shoved aside by noticeable warm alcohol and slightly bitter carbonation. The lingering finish recovers the spiced malt. An unusual Barley Wine. Very good for sipping, but more than one would be a bit much.

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