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Papier - The Bruery

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 68 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

duceswild, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

oriolesfan4, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mendvicdog, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of arash1000
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

arash1000, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jkane101, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

claytong, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish raisin color without a head. Nose is caramel, sweet toffee, raisins and plums. Taste starts off with soy flavors that move to caramel malts. Dark fruits show up next with a slight bit of oxidized flavors coming through. Finishes with a toffee, caramel, oxidized Barleywine flavor. Mouthfeel is a little watery and thin. Overall, this is good, but there is definitely an oxidized presence. I wouldn't suggest holding to one for too much longer...

birchstick, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bsuedekum, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved this one to open with my wife on our first anniversary Oct 1. It poured a murky brown color with noticeable sediment floating around. Almost no head and very still. Very thin tan ring around edges. Not bad for age and style, but not great either.

Rich dark fruits, oak and mild bourbon. Notes of plum and fig with a little cherry. It really comes together well and the flavors are very balanced with each other. Very nice for such bold flavors. Really great depth to it and surprisingly low on alcohol heat.

The sweet dark fruits are there throughout, but the cherry comes out even more in the taste. The oak comes out in the finish along with a hint of vanilla and bourbon. A little bit of bitterness is in the finish as well helping it from becoming cloyingly sweet. A little boozy in the finish, but very nice overall.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with very low carbonation. Carbonation is a little lower then ideal, but it is 4 years old.

Overall, a very good beer with a fantastic aroma. A little more barrel character in the taste could have pushed this one from really good to great though. I Wish I had one of the 100% versions to try. Very enjoyable beer to sip on for the occasion.

billab914, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of bamadog
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Three years is plenty. Review is from notes taken on 10/12/2012, poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a murky and dark caramel brown; starts with pretty much no head, but just a thin, loose ring around the surface and a couple of strands of wispy lacing on the surface; as mentioned, the body is murky, hard to see through; body poured a little on thick and viscous as it hit the glass; a lone ring of lacing is left behind on the glass.

Smell: Wow. Huge and robust, and it's going to be a warm one, that's for sure. Plenty of big sweet caramel malts and that nice old ale spiciness; big booziness lies underneath; touch a sweet fruitiness

Taste: Just like the nose -- big and robust. The caramel malts are huge, sweet and dominant, almost overly so. It's really good, just really sweet. Big booziness with a touch of bitterness, reminiscent of a big DIPA bitterness with some orange peel; kind of a candied fruitiness that's big and ripe; some vanilla and oakiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick, oily and slick; unfortunately is pretty much flat. The only life comes from the warming alcohol. Belly is left warm from the booziness.

Overall: It's big and pretty bad ass, but it's one that I probably should have shared. The crazy sweetness is going to make it tough to finish the bottle. Probably shouldn't have waited so long as with some more carbonation to make it a bit more alive, it probably would have been a little easier to get down.

bamadog, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a real murky and clouded brown. This one is mildly hot on the flavor, but certainly not as much as you might expect. The vanilla tones are nice, and I feel like they're the most pronounced of all the character, though nothing is really screaming at me here. This is a nice sipper. I have to be honest and say that I expected more from this one. But overall, it was nice.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MASPuros, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

stevefinny, Jun 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

seeswo, May 23, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml wax capped bottle. Bottle 2029 of 4777. Bottle opens with nary a hiss off the pop. Pours a brownish amber with no head and no foam at all. Nose expresses soy sauce, brown sugar, booze and molasses. Taste consistent with nose; however, some woody notes also come out. The overall flavor profile is quite sugary. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly oily consistency and some residual heat at the finish. As anticipated, there is pretty much zero carbonation, but I didn't find that particularly off-putting, given the style. Overall, while the brew is definitely flat, and some soy sauce-like qualities are starting to come out. I found this to be quite an enjoyable sipper; however, definitely plan on sharing this with a few friends. That said, I'm not sure how well this will continue to mature with extended cellaring.

Jwale73, May 13, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

leschkie, Mar 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

drummermattie02, Mar 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Dan25D, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with no head and no lace. Smell is of malt, fruits, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of malt, dark fruits, wood, and bourbon flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good old ale and a nice first anniversary beer.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

pmarlowe, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

drewone, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

MikeRMII, Mar 18, 2012
Papier from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.