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Arquebus - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Arquebus
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93
outstanding

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 34
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.75% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Described by CBC as a Summer Barleywine. "Arquebus" refers to a heavy portable matchlock gun invented during the 15th century, and forerunner of the rifle.

(Beer added by: Sycodrummer on 07-14-2006)
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.9%

09-10-2012 20:02:21 | More by brez8791
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I_heart_beer

California

3.25/5  rDev -23%

09-11-2013 03:07:37 | More by I_heart_beer
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hlaus

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -23%

06-16-2012 00:57:48 | More by hlaus
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

08-30-2013 16:09:57 | More by IrishColonial
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doof116

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

06-24-2012 21:42:09 | More by doof116
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

09-09-2012 21:57:09 | More by t0rin0
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

09-23-2013 16:10:07 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ctrevino

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-02-2013 22:41:22 | More by ctrevino
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koopa

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap this weekend at the 22nd anniversary party. Pours a fairly pale orange to honey. Quite clear with no crown whatsoever.

Smell: Sweet malt, white grapes, diacytel butter, and a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste: Same as nose but with a bit of a boozy quality.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied and fairly crisp.

Overall: I just didn't enjoy this one very much...

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 19:37:03 | More by koopa
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glid02

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. I believe the ABV listed on the menu was 14%, perhaps it's a different recipe than in years past.

Pours a clear deep amber color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with large amounts of medium and dark fruits – pears, apricots, and raisins. Also present are mild amounts of oak and vinous aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strongly sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by boozy fruit flavors – pears and raisins with hints of plums. Midway through oak and white grape flavors mellow things out a bit before the sweetness reasserts itself and carries through to a moderately sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I found this beer to be too unbalanced for my liking, with too much emphasis on the sweetness. If this beer were a bit drier I think the barrel would be able to shine more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 03:21:53 | More by glid02
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy amber tone with a thin head.
Arquebus smells of apricot, white grapes, malt vinegar, raisin and some vanilla too. The taste of this barleywine comes through with the boozy aspect, as well as sweet notes like honey, fruit and some herbs. MF is not too thick, the texture on this strong beer is nice and mellow. Overall, it is pretty good barleywine, but some of the flavors seem to be too far spread out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 00:57:23 | More by mltobin
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-28-2014 12:57:57 | More by GRG1313
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-31-2014 14:33:44 | More by Davepoolesque
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stevec32

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-07-2012 00:53:25 | More by stevec32
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-08-2013 00:10:07 | More by scxcrunner
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-26-2013 12:24:07 | More by petermethot
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is deep gold, kind of a dull amber. head is minimal and forms a collar of white foam as it settles out.

Aroma is sweet. Vanilla, oak, caramel, pear and alcohol. Being a barley wine I suspected some ethanol and got it.

At first sip, this brew reminds me of Sam Adams' Utopias. It's more like a port/sherry/brandy thing than a beer. The little carbonation boosts this idea. Caramel and vanilla dominate. The chardonnay barrels used (I'm told) come through in a musky kind of way. The taste is good, but I wish some bubbles would provide some zap.

A nice brew nonetheless. Interesting. If you're looking to see what Utopias tastes like, this one is the closest brew that I know of...but keep in mind it's not as strong in flavor or abv.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 17:06:59 | More by Mebuzzard
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small teardrop shaped glass at Cambridge Brewing Company.

Arquebus pours a mildly clear orange, with almost a finger of white foam. There's no real lacing or head retention to speak of. The nose has a very strong mint presence along with a little bit each of honey and white wine. The flavor brings a bit of caramel to join a honey note that's more intense than I might have anticipated from the nose. The mint comes in mid palate, and while it's still fairly noticeable, it's not as overbearing as in the aroma. There's a subtly fruity white wine finish. The body is shocking, and very impressive in its lightness for a 14%ABV beer. The beer menu advertised the beer as being served still, but it seemed very lightly carbonated to me. Either way the end result is a mouthfeel that lends itself to the beer being way too drinkable for 14%. Cambridge makes some of the best barleywines around, but I have to say this didn't quite live up to my memory of prior vintages. Still, a very nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 03:55:44 | More by axeman9182
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at CBC in boston

Pours a clear burnt orange and caramel color with very little lacing and some wispy film left behind.

Plenty of honey and caramel in the nose, followed by light oak and white wine-like fruit. Definitely sweet, with burnt sugar and alcohol heat. Thick bready malts and caramel as well.

Burly malts with sticky honey drizzled across the profile. Notes of caramel in the thick backbone, with bread and burnt sugar. Oak tannins with soft fruit sweetness, smacking of white-wine from the barrel aging with apricot and pear. Multi-layered with intermittent boozy warmth, especially during the finish. Residual sweetness as well with pear and peach.

Fuller body, mild carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A fascinating take on the barleywine, although I found the honey and wine-driven fruit a bit sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 02:36:05 | More by xnicknj
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark, ruby-brown coloring with a thin ring of white head. Nose of old world fruit, rich and sweet, with wine characteristics of booze and dryness. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a fruit cake overlay, sugary and rich. Fig, date, and raisin, with a bready backbone and boozy overtones. Caramel and toffee rich and roasted notes present, too. Very balanced with fruit and sugary sweet characters. Smooth, creamy body. The aftertaste is subtle cinnamon spice, booze, and a rich fruit sweetness. Clean, rich, smooth finish. For the style, this is a surprisingly drinkable beer. Very balanced and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 02:20:26 | More by GarthDanielson
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-11-2013 19:49:38 | More by trevorpost
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-27-2014 22:31:46 | More by ShanePB
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Brunobstyle

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-06-2012 19:54:31 | More by Brunobstyle
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-04-2012 21:57:31 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-11-2013 17:02:01 | More by Adamostella
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Arquebus from Cambridge Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.