Arquebus - Cambridge Brewing Company
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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
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From 08/18/12 notes. Had this one on tap at the brewpub up in MA. Menu said it was actually 14% ABV; maybe the earlier batches were 10.75%. They serve it as a 6 oz. pour which was the perfect amount of this one.
a - Pours a somewhat clear amber-orange color with a tiny bit of white head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of white wine, oak, citrus, grapes, vanilla, and some fruity malts. Tons of white wine here; very nice.
t - Tastes of white wine, vanilla, honey, smooth oak, fruity malts, green grapes, earthy notes, light citrus. More vanilla and some honey here, so SUPER smooth. Little better than the nose.
m - Medium body and no real carbonation. Body is super smooth and easy to drink thanks to the honey and vanilla.
o - Overall a really good beer. A sipper for sure, and I can see the comparisons some people have made to Utopias, as it is definitely a "have only a few ounces of" dessert beer. If you're a white wine fan you should definitely seek it out, and I'd certainly have it again if I saw it on tap.
Serving type: on-tap
08-26-2012 20:19:43 | More by mdfb79
Arquebus from Cambridge Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.