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Papier - The Bruery

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 215
Gots: 69 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Papier is our first anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain. The traditional first anniversary gift is something made of paper. The Bruery is giving their loyal fans the gift of Papier, their first anniversary ale. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Papier is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark our first big milestone. Best for sharing, this beer is ideal for cellaring until you have a celebration of your own…if you can wait.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-16-2009)
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle # 3770 into red wine glass.

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color, fading from dark ruby brown in the center to a honey brown around the edges - may be the perfect color. On the flipside, however, there's no head to speak of on the pour - just a smattering of big bubbles, almost like a cask ale. Fantastic legs though - once you take a sip, a thin film of it clings tenaciously to sides of the glass.

Nose is full of maple, candied dried fruits wrapped in caramel, brown sugar - so much going on, and all of it delicious. Alcohol in back, but incredibly delicious and rich as it melds with the other flavors with no real heat.

Taste is very nice, and superbly balanced at this stage. Initial taste is molasses, more dried fruit though this time without the candied aspect, brown sugar and toffee, and vanilla and quite a bit of oak from the bourbon. This really feels old - there's an almost leathery tannic woodiness towards the finish that balances the rich, sweetness beautifully. The alcohol isn't nearly as hot as I was expecting, instead contributing a light, pleasant burn on the swallow - very well done. I'm very impressed.

Really no carbonation, but with a mouthfeel that's full bodied, robust, and a bit slick. I have to admit, I was worried about the lack of carbonation, but even with nary a bubble in sight, this one still manages to pull it off. The complexities of texture you get from the body are reminiscent of a big red wine.

Drinkabaility is stunningly high. Delicious and satisfying, with a complexity that has you coming back sip after sip and an abv that's hidden extremely well. I do not understand how teh Bruery can consistently produce ultra-high abv beers that never feel overly hot and boozey. Superbly satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 19:08:44 | More by JohnQVegas
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Have had this bottle since late 2009 or so. Heard it was a boozy mess fresh, so sat on it for a long time in a proper cellar. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip. Bottle #3628/4777..

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with light carbonation evident and a few bubbles of dark brown head. Looks a little oxidized.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, alcohol, molasses, bready malts, toasted malts, light caramel malts, bourbon, roasted malts, sugar, and light cocoa. Smell is pretty good, albeit strong.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, figs, plums, alcohol, molasses, burnt sugar, toasted malts, musty earthy notes, light caramel, and wood. Tastes has more alcohol present than the nose. Super boozy.

m - Thick full body and no carbonation at all. Pretty hot still.

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Papier from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.