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Papier - The Bruery

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.43%
Wants: 216
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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Photo of brdc
1.05/5  rDev -73.9%

Thanks to a kind BA for this one, I believe it was masterhomebrewer.

Large bottle, poured into a snifter. Dark brown, hazy with lots of sediment, no head, obviously no retention and no lacing.
This is such an incredible mess, it is hard to describe. It smells like melted brown sugar, with rubbing alcohol.
It is incredibly thin for the ABV, and it tastes acrid, boozy, incredibly hot. Two different people, with very different tastes, drainpoured the first glass; attempted again late in the night, and drainpoured again. One of the worst beers I have ever tried, unfortunately.

brdc, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of charlesw
1.35/5  rDev -66.4%

Two layers of thick and difficult wax cover the cap. Bleh. Wax sux. Bottle 3078 of 4777. Not even a whisper of carbonation on popping the cap. Great. Just great. This bodes ill.
Thick and murky flat brown. No head at all. Nothing. Bleh.
Smells boozy. Bourbon. And bleh.
Tastes boozy, syrupy sweet, hints of bourbon and bleh. The back of the mouth has a cloying, thick something. Slightly sour, hugely astringent. Gross.
No carbonation at all and thus wha? for mouthfeel.
Drinkability? Are you kidding me? My wife smelled it and dumped hers out. I at least drank 4 oz before dumping the rest of the bottle. 2 for 2 of uninteresting expensive beer from this brewery. I'm so not impressed.

charlesw, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

Reviewed on 11/28/2009. Bottle thanks to j12601. Pours dark brown with absolutely no head (although a lot of sediment in the bottle...). Aroma of raisin, prunes, sweet sweet malt. One of the worst smelling beers I've encountered. Kind of makes me want to vomit...Flavor is so sickly sweet, sticky, and boozy. Wow, this is an absolutely awful beer and even one sip is painful. One of the worst beers I've encountered in quite awhile.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of BDLbrewster
2.2/5  rDev -45.3%

Pours a dark maple mahogany hue with no head and no visible carbonation to speak of and very little slippery lacing.

The smell is rough. Cough syrup and soon to be burnt baking chocolate. Lots of expected booze in the nose and some woody notes hiding beneath all the burnt and booze.

Burnt sugar and bitter baking chocolate chips mark my first impression. Then booze, followed by overwhelming and cloying syrupy sweetness, then more booze. Brown sugar and black licorice with more heat. Ughhhh. Any body have a chaser?

The mouthfeel is limp. Heavy syrup and no carbonation to speak of. Goopy and coating I can tell that I will taste this the rest of the day.

Overall, not enjoyable. One dimensional cloying flavors prohibit this beer from being what it could. The thing I liken it to most is Jagermeister, with more heat.

BDLbrewster, Feb 22, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Dan25D, Mar 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Auracom, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
3/5  rDev -25.4%

I was very excited to find this one initially, as The Bruery hadn't been out here all that long. This one poured a deep, dark brown, with very little carbonation. Huge boozy nose here, with prunes, burnt sugar and roasted malt. On the palate, this one is way to hot--booze, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits and heat. I plan on letting my last one sit for at least another year.

emmasdad, Sep 29, 2010
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

2beerdogs, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Trystero, Dec 19, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

3rdto1st, May 22, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

1287th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet/Wine
750 ML Black Wax

@Toronado SD

Split with JazzPatel, Ehammond1, MrHirschybar

**My 1st words when tasting this..DAMN IT**

App- A creamy dark brown with a bit of crimson around the edges and a bit of red in the center. Zero bubble activity with Zero cling or lace. Pretty flat.

Smell- I really felt this was losing its steam. Take a dubbel minus the yeasts. Had a lot of dark fruits with a healthy dose of raisins and caramel behind it.

Taste- Really not a whole lot to say about this one. The essence of the Old ale is pretty much gone. I got a creamy lifeless dubbel really. It was tasty but I have a feeling in another year when I do my 5 year vertical its just not gonna be good. Bourbon, vanilla are gone and its fairly sweet now.

Mouth- A creamy lifeless medium body. A low carbonation level on this one with the residual fruits and molasses taking over.

Drink- Not at all what I was hoping for. Really starting to show its age.

FosterJM, May 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

seeswo, May 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

drummermattie02, Mar 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Poured a deep amberish brown color with good carbonation. Nose is dark fruits and smells like an instant bowel movement. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, figs, raisins, prunes, and caramel. Mouthfeel is hot and thin to me with bourbon notes. A bombradment of messy flavors. Not an Old Ale I would return too.

barleywinefiend, Jan 24, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

pmarlowe, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%

Bottle (2009)

The Bruery RS Initiation Party 2012

(Aged for 2+ years)

Murky, dark amber and caramel in color with not much visible carbonation. This leaves an oily sheen on the glass.

The aroma is quite nice, though a bit acidic, which I don't think was the brewer's intention. The sweet component of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee comes through nicely, along with a hint of red wine vinegar sharpness, unfortunately.

The flavor too is nice, well-rounded, and very drinkable. The sweet, complex flavors of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and mild maple complement each other nicely. There's a hint of acid that isn't the most pleasant.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

This was my first time trying this beer, though I imagine, at least this bottle, has seen better days.

ehammond1, Mar 23, 2012
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3.31/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

o - Overall this is super hot, even for me who likes hot beers. The last few years have been fantastic but the first anniversary beer is a bit of a boozy mess...maybe the 100% BBAing has helped more than I thought. More fruit and less caramel, I wouldn't say this is worth seeking out, and I love their anniversary beers. Better off just buying a Cuir or Bois.

mdfb79, May 16, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

Bottle #2269

Appearance: Pours a carbonation free burnt caramel that leaves no lace

Smell: A boozy blend of brown sugar, oak, bourbon, vanilla and a range of dark fruit

Taste: Opens with a boozy blend of bourbon soaked dried fruit (raisins and prunes), cocoa powder, bruised apple, cherries and vanilla that gets hotter by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bourbon elements add increasing complexity and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick, viscous and chewy, but flat

Drinkability: Maybe this will improve in a few decades (per the label) but right now the flatness and booziness makes it hard to enjoy; I don't think the lack of carbonation from San Diego breweries is a trend that has any legs

brentk56, Jan 05, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

largadeer, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Tdizzle
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

A- Poured into my Bruery tulip glass, Papier pours the color of root beer. Completely opaque with almost no head or lacing even after an aggressive pour. A super thin ring of dark-tan foam lines the inside of the glass, and that's about it.

S- Rich, syrupy-sweet notes of caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses. Woody notes of toasted oak barrel too. The 14.5% ABV comes through with an almost scotch-like aroma as the beer hits room temperature.

T- The taste is massively sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses, but these flavors are quickly overtaken by strong notes of unfermented sugars and burnt toffee that last for days. The finish leaves a big alcohol aftertaste and tons of residual sweetness plus a hint of oak wood. Lots of boozy warmth moves around in the chest.

M- Thick and syrupy with just a zing of carbonation. The liquid practically coats the inside of the mouth.

D- It took me a while to finish my half glass of Papier. I'm a big fan of most of the Bruery's offerings, but this one doesn't really do it for me. The huge ABV is fairly well-hidden, but the cloying finish combined with the lack of carbonation makes this a bit difficult to enjoy. However, the rye whiskey barrel-aged Papier was one of the best beers I've ever had, and the bourbon barrel version is great too.

Tdizzle, Oct 17, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
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Papier from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.