Praecocia - The Bruery
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Reviews by HuskyinPDX:
3.7/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Bottle opened on 12.23.13
A - Pours a murky dark brown with a huge dark tan head that fades slowly.
S - Bourbon, apricot, oaky, wierd, but nice and welcoming.
T - Acidic apricot and subtle bourbon. DIfferent, but it works for me.
D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.
O - Wierd and kinda odd, but somehow it works. This one was very over carbonated, but I likd this beer, and I know a lot of people don't.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 05:10:20 | More by HuskyinPDX
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Pours a frothy raisin brown with massive overflowing head when opened. I poured gently and had this one chilled pretty well before opening knowing that it could be a gusher. Visible sediment floating around in the glass and carbonation pouring to the top. A head that could last for days.
S: Aroma of very fresh apricots, brown sugar, cocoa and light American oak. Having grown apricots and eaten them directly off a tree in an orchard, I can really appreciate the fresh apricot flavor and I was skeptical that it would even present itself among english barleywine and bourbon barrel aging. Its there! along with a light english ale flavor and very mild (happily) hop presence that goes with English barleywines.
T: Well after the offer of credit from the Bruery and having ordered additional bottles of this at the release time, today was the day I finally tried this beer. And after having nearly written it off along with the two other beers that they apologized for.... I still like it actually 8 months after its release.
Mostly flavored with the notes from the Apricots, a fruit that I really enjoy fresh , and mainly fresh. After Apricots and other fruits are conditioned without oxygen, I feel they lose a lot of their flavor as do a lot of other fruits... Still good, but usually not quite as good.
Anyway... figs, light toffee, caramelized sugar, peaches and vanilla blending with light American oak and bourbon. Without knowing the type of bourbon that was in here, it is hard to judge what exactly caused some of the harshness that others have spoken about. I think more likely the bourbon aging with an English barleywine seems to have caught some offguard compared to American barleywines with more esters. Honestly, at 10.5% I do not find this beer harsh. Maybe the time is right on this bottle, or maybe my perception of harshness is different. In any case, I am currently glad that I bought 5 bottles of this. I would probably buy more if I could but will see if every bottle seems to make me feel the same as the first.
M: Medium body , light for a 10.5%, and once you let it sit, the carbonation is heavenly , and I am not even joking. Gusher at first, let it sit and calm down and get to room temp.
O: Overall, I am pretty happy with this beer. Could it have been less carbonated upon opening? Of course it could have been and that would be ideal. Thing is... I don't know anybody else making an English barleywine aged in bourbon barrels with Apricots and I like this just like I thought I would 8 months ago when I bought it. If there is another out there, let me know, Id be glad to try it, but the carbonation issue is minor for me because I am not chugging a 750ML bottle and the carbonation settled to perfection after 20 minutes.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 00:02:42 | More by alpinebryant
3.91/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Gooooddd...amnit! Only after hosing off the keyboard and shampooing the carpet am I able to finally sit down in a wet f'ing chair and get to assess the beer. Without even tasting the beer, it has become lots of work. If I were to personify the beer- it would definitely be a woman.
Once the thing finally settles the hell down, it starts to show off a dark and hazy brown body. With garnet and rust hues projecting, the ale is equipped with yeast floaties and a billowing head that has pissed me off from the get-go. Once it finally settles, the froth stretches end to end across the glass with a tarnish stain and long retention. Clumping the glass wit random lacing, the glass is highly decorated.
As the nose reaches the rim, it's conflicted with twangy tartness but also malty sweetness. These aromas rarely manifest in the same scent so its balsamic, cider and sour grape tendencies are in somewhat juxtoposition to its maple, caramel, vanilla and savory fruits. Lightly stale, its sherry character comes to life and highlights the date, fig, raisin and prune earthen and savory notes.
Candied in its sweetness, the taste of pulled confectioner's sweetness and marmalade is front and center. However, the middle palate brings about acidic medium tones of balsamic vinegar, dry apple cider, twangy red wine, sherry and peppery brandy. Its sourish tendencies balance out its sweetness in the absence of meaningful hops while its spicy and alcoholic finish reinforce a vanilla, caramel and oaken barrel character.
Medium-full in mouthfeel, the beer continues to confuse the palate with an oily coat of sweetness, but then slices right through all that with acidity, sourness, and tannin character. Its peppery late texture is due to a mixture of wood spices, high alcohol warmth, and merlot dries the ale rather easily even though an aura of malt-forward texture lives on.
The ale really does seem to have that "stock" character where the beer's utter strength would suggest Barleywine. But its fruit additions are lost on all the other bolder complexities going on. Appricots aren't needed if you can get that marmalade character from yeast alone. Its bourbon complexities and soft, smooth but do offer a sweet booziness that jazzies up the taste to perfection.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2014 07:16:15 | More by BEERchitect
Praecocia from The Bruery
77 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.