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Papier (Brandy Barrel) - The Bruery

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Papier (Brandy Barrel)Papier (Brandy Barrel)

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53 Ratings
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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 t0rin0


4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-02-2013 03:29:40 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Thorpe429


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Huge, huge thanks to Photekut for breaking this bottle open at the Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate release. This is one I certainly never thought that I would come across! Served in a SAVOR snifter.

The pour brings a very dark brew with some copper highlights. A hard pour brings forth a bit of foam that recedes quickly, leaving just a few bubbles along the sides. The nose is explosive with huge notes of brandy and oak, accompanied by some vanilla, sherry, dark fruits, and plenty of caramel malt. Very sweet and integrated with just a bit of booze, though certainly nowhere near 17% abv worth.

The flavor is even better. The brandy stole the show a bit in the nose, but is extremely well-integrated here. The brandy, oak, and vanilla play very well off of each other and the caramel sweetness is a welcome addition to the background. Just enough booze to pull everything together. Very full mouthfeel with just a bit of alcohol and low carbonation. An excellent sipper to be sure. This further reinforces my desire to seek out the other two variants.

07-19-2011 11:32:00 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of zestar


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-24-2013 08:08:35 | More by zestar
Photo of womencantsail


4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks to Richard for bringing this one to share.

A: The pour is a completely flat yet crystal clear amber color with a few small bubbles from a vigorous pour.

S: The smell is rich and full of sweet caramel, molasses, toffee, and vanilla. The brandy blends in seamlessly with the base old ale and the dark fruits such as raisins, plums, and some others that I can't quite pick out.

T: The flavor is rich and sweet, featuring brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. The brandy and sweet fruits provide a bit of contrast and lighten the beer up, and the oak adds a bit of a tannic note.

M: The carbonation is non-existent, but the body is quite full and rich.

D: Sure, you can't sit down and enjoy the full 750 ml bottle of this beer, but you could certainly get yourself in some trouble. A delicious, delicious beer that has mellowed nicely.

09-07-2010 03:18:09 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ygtbsm94


4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-12-2012 07:47:09 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of spycow


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-13-2013 20:02:41 | More by spycow
Photo of GRG1313


5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-24-2011 18:45:09 | More by GRG1313
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-14-2011 22:44:16 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of largadeer


4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

Thanks for sharing these, Shane.

Murky brown in color, incredibly thick and oily with no head whatsoever.

The aroma is loaded with big boozy brandy barrel, and an equally enormous malt backbone supports it. I get vanilla, molasses, raisins and a touch of wood and soil. Intense but so damn good.

It tastes like it smells; rich, sweet and incredibly alcoholic. Flavors of vanilla and caramel from the barrel compliment the leathery, fruity base beer beautifully. The stillness works nicely with a beer of this size, as it only serves to enhance the full body. The finish goes on seemingly forever, bringing out flavors of maple syrup, leather and woody tannins. This drinks like a vintage port - amazing stuff.

07-31-2009 18:43:16 | More by largadeer
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks to Shane for opening this bottle for the pre-Sinner's party tasting event. Served in a goblet.

A - Poured with a thin film of big bubbles that dissipated quickly. Otherwise looks like a still, dark brown with reddish highlights at the fringes. I wasn't expecting much at 17% and this was slightly more carbonated than I was led to believe.

S - Wow! Tons of brandy in the nose, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, raisins, molasses, some alcohol (but not 17% worth). Awesome stuff!

T - This is an unusual brew where the taste is even better in my humble opinion. It's like drinking liquid brandy-soaked caramel cake. The alcohol is shockingly well hidden, and it doesn't have the strong grape character I found in the regular Papier.

M - Very low carbonation, but not completely still. Medium-thick body, lots of residual stickiness and a little bit of tannic character as well. Some definite alcohol warmth builds throughout the glass.

D - This is a brew where I'd be happy to go back for multiple servings, even if it got me totally wrecked. Patrick is a master of hiding alcohol, and I think he will be a cause of premature liver failure in many of us. Looking forward to the bourbon version!

10-11-2009 00:50:25 | More by MasterSki
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-13-2013 04:13:15 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Halcyondays


4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

750 mL bottle, this has been in my possession for 11 months,

A: Pours a light mahogany with a small smattering of bubbles.

S: Sweet caramel, port wine, classic brandy barrel you can smell it.

T: Caramel and residual (brown) sugar. Some grape, big raisin with a noticable ethanol. Very tasty.

M: Full-bodied and viscous. Flat carbonation-wise, but the ethanol and viscosity carry it.

D: As with the other 2 BA Papiers, this is fantastic. Boozy still a bit, great flavours, I can only see this getting better.

04-14-2010 04:28:33 | More by Halcyondays
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

05-17-2013 08:01:40 | More by beernads
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-14-2014 18:37:14 | More by yourefragile
Photo of DoubleJ


4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

04-15-2010 00:48:02 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Had this at the bruery reserve initiation. I did a side by side of each of the 3 papiers. Brandy second.

Again, this one poured no head. The color was very similar with a murky ruby hued caramel brown.

Aroma: Lighter brandy flavor here. Toffee and caramel again with oak and vanilla. A lot like the rye, but with brandy instead.

Taste: the brandy is very soft and warm here. All the other flavors really seem to be the same. The oak and vanilla are the main characteristics. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, warm, and sweet. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very similar to the Rye.

Overall, another winner here. I really enjoyed how warming this beer was. I think I prefer the rye a little bit, but both are solid beers. Again, the 17% abv is hidden very well. I can't believe that. I hope I get to try this again.

01-29-2010 21:25:34 | More by mothman
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

05-12-2011 18:38:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of HopHead84


4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into my snifter, Brandy Papier is nearly still, with a few small bubbles that disappear in the blink of an eye. The color is very dark brown, which is a bit lighter near the edges of the glass when held near light. An aggressive swirl brings the liquid to the top of the glass, yielding attractive legs as it slides back down.

The nose is candied and maple sugary sweetness. The brandy is in your face, making certain you know which barrels were used. Dates, figs, and other dried fruits are present, as well as rich toffee and caramel. I notice a little vanilla, as well as oak. The brandy blends very well with the richness in the aroma. The alcohol heat in the nose hints at a high ABV, but I never would have guessed 17%.

The flavor is rich toffee with lots of maple and brown sugar. This is very boozy and sweet. The flavor reminds me of dark fruits and brandy soaked dates. Vanilla is present, with oak and tannins. The beer is certainly hot, but the heat is warming and I daresay lovely (did I say lovely? Yes, I see I've gone and said it).

The carbonation is very low, almost to the point of nonexistence, but I find it complimentary to the beer, allowing the subtleties of the oak and brandy to be noticed. I don't expect bubbles from a beer this high in alcohol, and frankly, I wouldn't want them. This, like the other 100% barrel aged Papiers, is a really fantastic beer. It is one that can be sipped and contemplated for hours, or mindlessly guzzled while feasting in Valhalla.

07-29-2009 06:02:21 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Alieniloquium


4/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

03-09-2013 03:07:43 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-24-2012 02:31:30 | More by AgentZero
Photo of DefenCorps


4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks, Shane! This beer truly was a treat

A: A still pour, mahogany in color with reddish highlights. The way this beer coats the glass is beautiful, earning an extra half point for some gorgeous legs

S: Big brandy aroma on the nose with brown sugar sweeness. Alcohol is apparent on the nose, but nothing to suggest the 17% level that it's at. Rich and fruity with apples, plums and raisins, this is rather decadent

T: Opens up with a big brandy character with a lot of sweetness present - sugar, dark honey. This tastes like a liquid fruit cake in some ways. The brandy is excellently expressed, and lends a big, juicy bite on the way down. Warms your innards on the way down in a very pleasant way.

M: Big in body, the stillness enhances the thick, liqueur-like character of the beer. Sweet on the finish with a lot of complexity, this beer is far from cloying, especially with the way the brandy is expressed.

D: To borrow from the experience of the guys at Brewdog - this is an irresponsible beer to make. I really could drink myself to death with this. Phenomenal

07-29-2009 04:04:03 | More by DefenCorps
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

06-24-2012 05:49:54 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of FosterJM


4/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

06-12-2011 04:39:32 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Sean9689


4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

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!

08-31-2012 20:57:19 | More by Sean9689
Photo of scottfrie


4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

12-30-2012 23:37:28 | More by scottfrie
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Papier (Brandy Barrel) from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.