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Imperial French Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Lavery Brewing Company

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Imperial French Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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BA SCORE
86
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 1
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Morey on 01-11-2014)
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A- Hazy amber-brown body with a foamy two finger white head with a long retention time, streaky lacing as the head dies down into a moderately thick film with staying power. Honestly, this is not a very pretty beer- it reminds me of gross lake water.

S- Lots of grapefruits, tangerines, pear. Some graininess, oak and a bit of sweet booziness. This smells great; very aromatic and interesting.

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Imperial French Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Lavery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.