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


on tap


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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Limited release using Brewers Gold and Strisselspalt hops. 60 EBU / 37,5cl bottle.

The US version is called Antipode and is 10% ABV.

Brassée de manière occasionnelle dans l’année, le Barley Wine de la brasserie Sainte-Hélène est une adaptation du style américain sous une forme résolument belge, plus sèche que sa voisine elle n’en demeure pas moins complexe. La puissance du malt qui s’en dégage est contrebalancée par une bonne dose de houblon et une présence en bouche soutenue de l’alcool. Il s’agit d’une bière de dégustation à prendre en pouce café après un bon repas par exemple.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bweij (8) - - JAN 8, 2017 does not count
Not particular good for a barley wine. It does its job as a decent beer. But not overly impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lore (2433) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 15, 2016
very hazy orange-ish brown colour, no head at all; aroma of herbal medicine notes, caramel biscuit, some floral honey and maybe some vanilla and oak barrel notes; taste of herbal medicine, syrupy sweetness, maybe some minimal vanilla; practically no carbonation at all; among the worst barley wines, I’ve ever tasted...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruigo (2615) - PORTUGAL - DEC 14, 2016
33cl bottle. Hazy orange amber with nice off-white head. Malts, honey and herbal aroma. Taste is sweet with fruity and honey notes. Overall, a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TychoJames (1189) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2016
Flaska beertempel brygge. Brunorange vätska. Maltig doft med bränt socker och jordkällarförvarad frukt. I smak: malt, spannmål, sirap och äpple. Ganska söt med aningen vattnig munkänsla. Förhållandevis dåligt tryck i beskan

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (18749) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 8, 2016
Süßer, fast zuckriger Antrunk. Mild würzig, leicht brotig. Unsüffig, Nicht mein Fall. 9/7/7/7/7/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (1177) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Deep orange colour. Dark fruit sweetness, caramel, malt, light hops and spice. Warming finish. Map reading and drinking don’t go well together, is what I’ve learnt..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankZappa7 (510) - GERMANY - FEB 6, 2016
06-Feb-2016-Flasche-0,33L.BB 02/2016-fast schon vintage. Hellbraun, trüb, leichtes gushing,massiver beiger Schaum/viel schwebendes sediment. Aroma: Malz, Honig, Karamell. Antrunk süß, karamell, Honig - ähnelt stark einem süßen Met ....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
mateuszk (2513) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle. After opening I lost almost half of the bottle, it just exploded. Dark copper, white minimal head. In aroma fruits - peach, berries, caramel. In taste sweet with same notes, overly carbonated, unpleasant on the palate. Full bodied. In overall there are far better barley wines, this beer is not worth money I spent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chris__hartley (437) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
On special at the Delirium cafe for 6?; debatably past its prime. It pours hazy opaque mahogany with light brown highlights, with huge yeast clumps in it; the head is caramel coloured and foamy. The aroma has notes of: caramel, burnt sugar, prunes, and a slight clove note. The taste is medium bitter with a little sweetness; there are notes of: coffee, rum, orange zest, cereal, sour wine, and crackers. The palate is medium bodied and has very light carbonation; has a very stark astringency, and medium finish. Overall, the beer was old, but cheap - still reasonably tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alusmamuts (1703) - LATVIA - JUN 14, 2015
Amber with medium beige head. Honey aroma. A bit harsh taste of honey with roasted malt followed by strong kick of bitterness Strong bitter aftertaste.

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