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Old Ale - Brandy | Brasserie Dunham

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Old Ale - BrandyOld Ale - Brandy

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by peensteen on 08-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with light Brandy notes is quiet pleasant. Taste is also mostly dominated by caramel malt with some residual sugar notes thought they are very well balanced overall with light Brandy notes kid of rounding out the rough edges of this beer. The body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable beer but still a little bit rough around the edges – I would have like better drinkability even thought I understand this is a big beer.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very very opaque murky brow color with a tan colored head. Very creamy foam with little retention except the ring. Decent lacing.

S: Every thing you would except from this beer. You get deep malt notes with caramel, toffee and vanilla. You also get some nice fruity notes either from the alcohol or the brandy but still a strong amount of raisins and candy cherry. Also some light notes of tobacco smoke and oak. Very very well balanced smell that hits all the right notes.

T: First thought, very balanced. Nothing overpowers the rest. You get everything from the smell but you got to add a weird cherry cough syrup note to it that seems to be from the oak, the brandy and the hops.

M: My my my! One of the best mouthfeel I've ever had from the East Coast. Extremely creamy feel but without getting too sticky. But, you still feel the weight of the beer. Perfect!

O: This is a very solid offering from a micro that has been on the rise for a couple of years. Very drinkable but, like I said, the cherry cough syrup notes kind of stops it from getting a much higher score. It's one of the cases where a standard oak aging would have might done a better job than the fancy brandy aging process.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Got this one from hoppypocket in CanBIF Fall 2013. From notes.

A - Strong carbonation coming up with a ruby body. Bright with a two finger fluffy beige head. Decent spotty lace with a good finger of retention.

S - Raisins, wheat, sugar, maple syrup.

T - Tobacco, alcohol, wood, plummy, sugar.

M - Strong woody finish, full body, decent carbonation.

O/D - Really not all that. Decent, but overly woody in a strange way. Enjoyed half the bottle but it wasn't really enough to hold my attention. Not much barrel character and not all that complex.

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Photo of peensteen
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky brown colour, one finger off white/tan head with a bit of lace. Smell is of dark fruit and sweet malt, candied fruits, oak and vanilla, brandy, butter toffee and brown sugar, marshmallow fluff , a bit like a less intense BA4D. Taste follows the nose initially with dark fruit and brown sugar, things get a bit odd with a mid palate earthy hop bitterness but finishes a bit better oak, vanilla and a light brandy, malty-candy fruit and raisin aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium-light body. Pretty good, I could have done without the earthy bitterness but still fairly enjoyable, almost no alcohol to this and drank rather quick.

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Old Ale - Brandy from Brasserie Dunham
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