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Sucre - Madeira Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 118
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 42.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 8
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BAsbill on 04-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 118
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour caramel, toffee, brown sugar, wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice madeira barrel aged aspects that add a bit of sourness to the smell and taste.

Serving type: on tap.

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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 03/06/15 notes. Got a bottle in the RS last year, 750ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a reddish brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of wine from the barrel, toffee, sweet dark fruits, oak, leather, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Very sweet. Medium to thin body and low carbonation.

Overall the barrel is very strong here, and it is very sweet. Body is way thinner than other variants; good but one of my least favorite. Glad I only got one bottle.

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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The brew is a muddy brown color with quick fading khaki cap.

The smell is oaky with toasty characteristics before a sweetness of vanilla contrasted by vinous tangy alcohol and almost an herbal note. This is slightly reminiscent of french oak bois with a mild spicy wood inclusion.

The taste has plenty of vinous tang, deep oaky char and cinnamon spice before herbal bitterness with boozy finish. All and all lacking the deep barrel sugary character present in the spirit barrel versions but I kinda like that about this one which sets it apart from the rest.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. A boozy sipper that falls middle of the pack across the 9 sucre treatments.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lilac wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 3/6/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, deep tawny with just under three fingers of vanilla head. I'm pretty impressed with the thick ring of retention, consistant surface haze and several splotches of lace. It's a little more than typical for such a high alcohol brew.

A sweet nose overall with notes of wine, toffee, fusel alcohol, dark fruit, mild oak and something that almost reminds me of berries.

Right off the bat a warming alcohol coats my mouth. Under and amongst that heat there are layers of figs, raisins, wine, slightly charred oak, toffee, caramel, some of The Bruery's signature yeast, bread and a little bit of vague vanilla. While this is far from full-on sour, there is a slight tartness that makes for an interesting counterpoint to the sweetness. As it warms either I've acclimated to the booze or it settled down considerably. There is a lot going on here and nothing seems out of balance.

Fullish, semi-oily feel with moderate carbonation. I'm not really familiar with Madeira but I assume that is the wine-like character that really takes over the finish along with some toffee, oak and fruit skins.

Madeira barrel aged Sucré is another solid entry to The Bruery's extensive 2014 anniversary ale lineup. For my tastes I'd rank it somewhere in the middle of the pack of the nine variants. That still puts it well into the upper echelon of barrel aged old ales. I continue to enjoy the exploration of different barrels that The Bruery has taken me on. As with all of their anniversary ales this is well worth a try if you get the opportunity.

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Sucre - Madeira Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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