XI.I - Brasserie Lancelot
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4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
A very interesting barley wine that managed to keep its dark ale appeal.
Strong in mouth, delicate smell, a coffee after-taste and the usual barley wine overall feeling on top of it all. A very good darker barley wine to please all mouths.
Anybody could please replace the "belgian strong dark ale" by a "barley wine"?
Because it's not making any justice to this very good beer.
10-22-2012 21:09:47 | More by kaneel
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.
Appearance : dark red color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : alcohol and roasted malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted, dark dried fruit, licorice notes.
Lot of character and bitterness, it has a taste close to a Rochefort 10.
Drinkability : A good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.
The XI.I (eleven one) is brewed only one night in the year, the night of Samhain (the Celtic New Year) between sunset and sunrise, it naturally 11.1% alcohol. drink at cellar temperature.
Review translated form french 11-1-2008, vintage 2007 tasted nov. 2012 (it's better to put this beer in cellar, and wait 3 to 5 years).
11-16-2007 22:18:41 | More by thierrynantes
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours black with coffee and malty nose. It has similarities with the "Telenn Du", who's made by the same brewery but it is more unctuos with its warm old fruits flavor. Definitely better with some age. Let it grows on you. Delicious and powerful
03-11-2010 15:35:18 | More by csais75
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
330ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.
A: Pours a brown color and a big beige head is formed. Retention is medium and old very few lacings are left
S: Sweet. Coffee and dark chocolate first, followed by dry dark fruits like plums and raisins. Caramel and roasted malts
T: Follows the nose. Coffee and dark chocolate are a must. Also roasted malts and yeasts. Dark fruits. And a nice earthy bitterness can be felt. Very well balanced sweet-bitterness
M: Full molasses body. Medium to low carbonation
O: Very easy drinking despite the 11% ABV. Great beer. The best French beer I've ever had
03-08-2012 20:41:09 | More by eduardolinhalis
4/5 rDev +0.3%
A-dark brown red color with a light tan head and some lacing
S-roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, coffee
T-light roasted malt, caramel, raisins, coffee, hints of chocolate
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and alcohol reasonably well hidden
O-a flavorful strong dark ale, may improve some with aging
10-11-2012 19:05:41 | More by MDDMD
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
Purchased at a shop in Paris and poured into a snifter.
Pours an excellent black cola color with a generous off white head that maintains like I dropped some Pop Rocks into it.
Smells like a delightful mix of chocolate malts and dark fruit with a hint of yeast. In some ways it smells like a blueberry muffin or a bit of raisin bread.
The beer drinks similarly. It starts out more like a rich stout with an excellent Belgian mouthfeel that spares the citrus. The sip gives way to yeast, dark fruit and booze flavors. Finishes with some dark malt and bitter chocolate flavors on the tongue. Subsequent sips yield a reversal of the order which makes this interesting.
I can't shake it but this beer drinks like a pastry, which I like as I find this different an interesting. I think it could use a cellaring to mellow and let the flavors coalesce a bit better but over all this is an interesting beer that likely won't be for everyone.
05-16-2012 00:29:46 | More by TheStove
3.83/5 rDev -4%
A: Nice bold dark brown, close to black. Very little head on this beer.
S: raisins, maple, the dark fruit smell of a tripel but more subtle. Barely
recognize any alcohol smell.
T: Lots of brown sugar/maple cant distinguish. The only flaw may be the complexity
which Im actually enjoying.
M: Low carbonation
Overall I really enjoyed this beer, kind of close to barleywine but Quad seems to
fit the brew as well. Thanks to the crew @ Cave de Bulles in Paris, for reccomending this and many other great French artisanale beers.
06-05-2013 20:09:16 | More by Dodgerrigo77
3.83/5 rDev -4%
Almost black in color, with a quite good beige head.
Smell of cocoa beans and chocolate, harmonious. Some alcohol, not too much.
Cocoa and chocolate in the taste, too, with some roast and hazelnut notes.
A soft and delicate mouthfeel, with a bit of alcohol, and also, quite strangely, some fresh herbal note. Very interesting.
Hazelnut and roast in the aftertaste, with cocoa and herbal note. Interesting.
After a while som ewoody notes, and boozy, almost a barley wine. Good.
A very interesting brewery, this Lancelot.
11-15-2008 20:56:23 | More by stcules
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured into Cantillon flute.
Black color, tan head. Ring of bubbles persists around edge of glass.
Smells of plums, molasses, Caribbean malt beverages.
Strong flavors - burnt sugar, caramel, hint of cherries or raspberries. Very sweet maltiness. Some bitterness, as in roasted malt bitterness in stouts. Lots of residual sugars give full, sweet taste and mouthfeel.
Coating, sticky mouthfeel.
Alcohol well hidden. Drinkable in measured portions.
04-19-2009 14:05:42 | More by brc
3.75/5 rDev -6%
Pours black with a fairly dark tan head. Nose is thickly sweet with lots of malts. Flavor is roasted coffee and a good bit of molasses as well. Tones down to a thick malt profile as it warms. Old fruits on the palate. Alcohol is noticed, but masked a bit. Feel is typical on liquid. Carbonation is okay. Yes. This does need some time to mellow out. Decent enough now, but could be a lot better with some age.
03-22-2009 06:44:40 | More by RblWthACoz
3.38/5 rDev -15.3%
33 cl of dark dark red, almost black, and three fingers of beige foam that quickly disappears with a frizzling sound of high carbonation. Smell is not so intense, quite indecifrable for me, but very penetrating, fixing on the palate. Taste of coffe and of liquor, a hint of "china" (italian liqueur), and velvet on my tongue. Very sweet and warm all over my mouth, but itchy on the tip of the tongue. Bubbles are all gone away in few minutes (maybe drunk too cold...).
A decent strong (very strong, 11.1 % vol) dark ale, but I'm not so impressed. I had this bottle in my refrigerator for a year and a half, I was expecting more.
01-16-2006 21:48:57 | More by Voss
XI.I from Brasserie Lancelot
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