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Papier (Brandy Barrel) - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Papier (Brandy Barrel)Papier (Brandy Barrel)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 142
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 07-12-2009)
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Photo of jminsc76
2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared with alexd3891 and some other friends.

Pours virtually no head atop a deep, port-colored body. Looks like a port.

Smells of rich brandy, prunes, and some other intense aromas. A really deep *whiff* yields a lot more booze than I would like, even if it is brandy-barrel aged. Also yields some chocolate and leather snaps.

Flavors of brandy, brandy, and more brandy. I might as well just be drinking the damn spirit as it overpowers anything else this beer could have offered. A very limited flavor spectrum.

The mouthfeel is thin and hot.

Overall, and with all due appreciation to Alex for providing it, I was disappointed. I guess it's alright, but the taste has very little complexity, no subtleties. And the mouthfeel just kind of sealed the fate of this one.

jminsc76, May 12, 2010
Photo of jethrodium
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle generously shared by ipa247. Thanks Jeff. Pours a wuddy brown with pretty much no head and just a couple of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is lots of alcohol, brandy, plum, raisin, and caramel. Lots of brandy in the aroma with quite a bit of sugar. The taste is very sugary with lots of brandy, grape, plum, and caramel. The finish is boozy with some oak and brandy and is quite warming with a bit of astringency. Full bodied. Low carbonation. A bit too sweet and boozy for me.

jethrodium, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of bulletrain76
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled at The Bruery's anniversary party. Rich dark brown colorm with a small beige head. Dry, woody, light malt, and hot, rich, boozy brandy aroma. The flavor was pretty hot with brandy. The Papier malt and fruity touches were there, but there was more brandy dominance than I would have liked, leading to a dry, alcoholic finish. Medium-full body with silky texture. A definite sipper; I almost choked because my first sip was too big. My least favorite of the four barrel aged versions of Papier.

bulletrain76, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

2beerdogs, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

seeswo, May 23, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Hessian257, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Opened my Papier and then Diego pulled this out. Nice. Bottle 739 I think.

Appearance - No real head. Minute amount of a collar. Murky brown body.

Smell - Much like the base, but with a brandy aroma. Vanilla, tons of caramel, and brandy. Also slightly oxidized.

Taste - Stronger brandy than I expected. Lots of caramel. Less oxidized than regular Papier. More caramel as it warms. Fruity and nice complementary brandy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Slick feel. Oxidation is nice on this one too.

Overall - Not better than the regular Papier. Never a true brandy barrel fan.

Alieniloquium, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -7.6%

claaark13, May 06, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Crookdrain
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Crookdrain, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

556th Review on BA
Bottle to Chalice
750 ML waxed and capped

Bottle # 637

Split with Callmecoon

App- It was a very flat dark cloudy light brown with zero head and/or retention. Very spirtit like in appearance.

Smell- This was very highlighted vanilla with a lot of caramel and malts. The brandy was very noticeable with some whifs of the darker fruits as well.

Taste- The brandy really mellows this one out. It was big for sure but subdued in how much it hits. The pairing of the malts and the vanilla with the brandy aging really produces a lovely flavor. Some of the fruit is there later in the drink.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a low carbonation level. No dancing bubbles. Leaves a lovely vanilla brandy finish.

Drink- When the Bruery announced it was doing a Cellar reserve list. I got giddy at these variants being put out. I wasnt dissapointed.

FosterJM, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of clarkenstein
4/5  rDev -7.6%

clarkenstein, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7.6%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker muddled brownish/amber color, pretty much flat, some bubbles on top. Nose is very sweet and boozy, caramel, oak, burnt sugars...reminds me of a hybrid between a port & shot of brandy. Flavor is sweet & boozy, oak, dark fruits, caramel, burnt sugars. Medium body, flat, rich.

Drinking the Papier variants is like drinking SA Utopias...pretty much a hybrid between beer & spirit. Really enjoy these types of beer, so I would have to say I'd seek this one out again and look forward to the next time I can do so. Recommend!

Sean9689, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a muddy reddish raisin brown with a thin bubbly head that quickly faded into a short lived collar.
S: Strong notes of dark fruits mixed with brandy. Very sweet smelling. I get maybe a hint of oxidization as well. Very rich, boozy and strong smelling.
T: Much tamer than the nose suggested. The flavor is neither as sweet nor as boozey as I had dreaded. I get tons of leather, vanilla and tobacco. Dark fruit notes are there as well. The beer is definitely brandy forward but it is very drinkable and smooth. Caramel, oak and chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: The alcohol is hidden extremely well for how high it is. Thick body, low carbonation, greasy, thick, smooth and heavy mouthfeel.
O: Drinks very well, I was surprised, especially for how potent the nose is. A few ounces is still all I could handle. Thanks again Jeff.

scottfrie, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little to no carbonation, forced pour yielded the smallest rust colored semblance of a thin ring around the top. Beer was very dark brown. Aroma was a reprieve, boozy, sweet, vanilla, oak, brandy, quite yummy together.

Taste was similar to that in the aroma. More dark fruit, booziness was more subdued amazingly. Coconut seemed to come out in the taste, or it could have just been my interpretation of the vanilla, oak and whatnot altogether here. Additional flavors of brown sugar, toffee. Creamy texture and mouthfeel to it all, coconut just seemed pretty well represented. Just wish there was more carbonation for this, while I think a low amount is proper, almost none at all is not ideal.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing it to March Madness '10, but we didn't get around to it, glad he held it off until the baseball game last week. Prolly would have never got to try it otherwise.

Beerandraiderfan, May 12, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

AgentZero, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

MrFootstones, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jbuddle, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, big thanks to Halcyondays for sharing this rarity. On to the beer:

Glossy orange color, head...what head? Didn't get any on the pour, but I wasn't really expecting much of it. now, I've come to expect great results from Bruery barrel aging, and this did not dissapoint. Very aromic, lots of brandy, wood, raisins, and just a little pinch of booze. Taste....see aroma. Not really sticky, but still full in body with almost no carbonation. The alcohol never goes out of control, making this beer a pleasant sipper.

Regular Papier was good, Brandy Papier is better. I'd take this over Brandy Angel's Share. I'm very fortunate just to try one of the barrel aged versions.

DoubleJ, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy, murky brown. Some tan bubbling.

Smells like brandied vanilla, brandied dark fruits, brandied brown sugar ... maybe some brandied oak, and brandy brandy brandy. Maybe it's just me, but the bourbon barrel aged version of these has spoiled me. That was perhaps the best aroma I've ever smelled on a beer, and while this was nice, I was hoping for that same type of "HOLY S***" moment. This was good, but not like that.

Tastes like brandied dark fruits. There's some oak aging in the backing, but it's eclipsed by the overlapping nuanced layers of various types of sweetness. Vanilla, sweet fruits, sweet brown sugar, some molasses, and an almost nutty, caramel. The brandy/alcohol heat is at first overwhelming, then welcoming, then ... oh so supple and delicious. Ahhhh *tongue lolls out of mouth*

Wait, what was I saying? Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick, could use a bit more carbonation, but it works with this brew. I tore through the bottle.

Overlord, Jul 12, 2009
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Papier (Brandy Barrel) from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.