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Brewed by Brasserie de Cazeau
Style: Imperial Stout
Templeuve, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 4.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Tournay Noire aged for 20months in oak barrel. Limited to 400 bottles.

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3.6
Hopverdju (1495) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2017
Zwart bier met dunne beige schuimkraag die snel verdwijnt. Geur: vanille, fruitig, een prikkelend iets (pikant?), lichte hopgeur, een klein zuurtje, licht grassig, wat nootmuskaat. Smaak: licht bitter, noterig, eikels, droog, aards, gistachtige kruidigheid of het moet van het vat komen. Medium koolzuurprikkel. Volmondig.

4.2
Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2017
Special oak aged edition of Tournay Noire, apparently limited to only 400 bottles; these are 75 cl bottles in about the same shape as Krug champagne bottles, looking very luxurious. Thin, loosely structured, yellowish beige head consisting of small bubbles which fizz away like the head on a glass of coke, leaving behind only a wafer-thin moussy rim but completely vanishing in the end, on top of a very, very dark bronze-brown beer, practically black in general appearance, but with translucent chestnut edges, revealing a refined ’edge carbonation’. Almost vaguely oud bruin-like, quite deep aroma of toasted bread, walnut liqueur, dry sherry, dry tree leaves, brown rum of high standard, oak furniture (quite pronounced), dried plums, maracuja, old red wine, dusty old shelves, treacle, caramel sauce, dried blackcurrants, hazelnuts, fig, butterscotch, bayleaf, candied pear, dried sage, vague vanilla (the oak again, no doubt), dry leather, old cloves, toasted peanuts, molasses, tree bark. Lots of dried fruits in the onset, candied sweetness but in a noble, restrained kind of way, dried fig and dried berries, raisins and dried banana slices, sweetish and sourish in balance but still the sweetishness of almost muscovado-like brown sugariness elegantly prevails; thick and near to syrupy, ’clean’, very smooth, gently carbonated mouthfeel, very filling but not thoroughly oily or viscous. Lovely smooth, almost resinous caramelly malt body, thick and mouth-filling, beautiful sweetish (cashew- or hazel-)nuttiness, light dark ’fondant’ chocolate accents here and there, all drenched in this beautiful dried fruit sweetishness and sourishness, until, at some point before the finish, the wood sets in and provides not just a tannic, almost ’dusty’ dryness, but also very elegant retronasal oakiness, vanilla-ish but ’palpably’ woody as well. The nuttiness and toastiness of the malts travel even a little bit beyond this very pronounced woodiness, connecting beginning and end, with a trace of the treacle- or molasses-like dark sugariness to it as well, leaving a delicate sweetness behind at the back of the mouth; some earthy hops and a well-positioned afterglow of rum-like, but otherwise not too outspoken alcohol do the rest. I got more than I bargained for it seems: this is a beautiful creation, all of Cazeau’s beers are of high quality level and a bit undervalued as far as I’m concerned, but this tops them all. Like the regular Tournay Noire which served as the foundation for this masterpiece, this is not an ’imperial stout’ in the true Anglo-Saxon sense of the word, but rather a very dark, deeply nutty and ’filling’ interpretation of the old Belgo-Dutch quadrupel style, not unlike Struise’s Pannepot and its relatives - which sounds like a compliment to me. It has the same top notch malt profile, the same relative ’cleanness’ and ’controlled Belgianness’ in a sense, which makes a beer like this all the more beautiful. If you like quadrupels and oak aged versions of them, this will be your beer - but regardless of personal preference, this is without a doubt a truly great beer. Hopefully it will be repeated and thus become less limited than only four hundred bottles!

4.3
nutjes (1243) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2017
75cl-fles van bij Tabac&Co - Palais des bières te Dottenijs (in Famiflora). U: Zeer donkerbruin met gebroken witte schuimkraag. G: Geroosterde mout, koffie, karamel, pure chocolade, wat rozijnen en hout. S: Moutbitterheid met zoete toetsen. Koffie, cacao, gedroogd fruit, vanille en eik. M: Volmondig, licht sticky met medium carbonatie.

4.1
sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2016
Bouteille 75cl portant une BB de 12/2018. Verse un agréable brun foncée tirant quasi sur le noir-pourpre, col est épais crémeux blanc-cassé à la rétention modérée. Arôme est plaisant, offrant un caractère olfactif typiquement belge dans la levure. Le bouquet malté n’est pas en reste mais est confondu par un boisé de chêne français qui donne une tournure vineuse. Cette dernière est renforcée par une dose de fruits noirs issus des malts qui laissent entrevoir un bouquet de date/raisin voire pruneaux. Malt alterne sur un chocolaté finement amer, grillé, carapâle. L’essence houblonnée est minimaliste. Palais est complexe et la première gorgée est marquée par les 11% qui apportent une sensation de chaleur. Le tout est accompagné par un caractère fruité noir similaire à l’arôme. Le boisé est également de la partie mais contrebalance bien la masse de malts de ce stout royal belge avec une dose de sucrosité persistante. Le malté garde une approche similaire qui confère des pointes de chocolat, pointe de grillé, et une fine amertume sous-jacente. Le chêne garde une très belle place tout en étant noble et vierge dans son usage viticole. Au final, une bière complexe, qui vaut son prix, solide avec ascendance de quadruple belge. Une belle surprise de Laurent et de son équipe.


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