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Brewer's Cut Blonde Barleywine Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewer's Cut Blonde Barleywine Ale
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85
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sweemzander on 04-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Skuter, ChewyLewy, and scribe594 for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.

Best by 12/30/13.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, brown sugar, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but a bit old tasting at this point.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a fairly hazed gold color with an ample cap of creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing....good looker here.

Grassy, slightly citric hops are offset by a honeyed biscuit maltiness. Smells good, plenty of both hops and malt, alcohol is kept in check nicely.

Has an earthy malt that is unexpected, but the juicy hops pull it through back to the bright side. Plenty of bitterness and the alcohol shows some strength in the flavor...Im guessing at least 10.5% or so. Drinks pretty smooth, though I can probably count the number of blonde barleywines I have had on one hand - with FFF Behemoth and Avery's Hog Heaven being both similar in profile. This one seems more integrated and profiles the malt a little better. It's really good, a nice departure from the caramely sweet/cloying barleywines that seem so prevalent on the market. I bought this 4-pack up in the Dallas area a few weeks ago and have been looking for it to arrive in Houston for a couple weeks now. I dont really think it will age all that well, but I am happy to put down at least 2 or 3 more of these 4-packs before the next round of Brewers' cut arrives.

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My 4th and final local flight sample at the Common Table, TX.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow color. Some really good white froth that stuck around for awhile before dissipating. Lots of lacing left behind in the process. Definitely a very light color for the style, but I guess that is what makes it a blonde barleywine!

(S)- Quite sweet on the nose with honey and a crisp but subtle wheat-like citrus.

(T)- Quite a crisp body overall with light bits of wheat and biscuit. Honey-like sweetness with a crisp finish of lemon and grapefuit citrus. Very subtle pine.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A really surprising but welcoming lighter body to this while still maintaining a strong sweet malty taste with a nice finishing of hops to add dimension and complexity.

(O)- A unique but incredibly successful take on the style. This would be absolutely amazing barrel aged. Easily my favorite of the flight!

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Kind of a yellow-tan and somewhat hazy, not much head or lacing, despite a pretty rough pour over two bottles of sampling this beer.

Aroma is plenty of malts, tons of citrus, a little fruitiness.

Flavor has some true barleywine type aspects, fruitiness, maltiness, but is heavier on citrus flavors, and has a moderate hop flavor.

Body wise it's fairly b arleywine-like, but lighter to some extent. Carbonation is pretty light. Drinkability is pretty good, I could possibly have two of these in a session, where most barleywines would be only one.

It's an interesting take on barleywine. I commend RABC for trying different things. I look forward to their next beer that shows up on my local shelf. Because Blanco isn't far from here, we're getting some fresh stuff. Value-wise I'm always happy with RABC and have never complained about the quality to price ratio.

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Brewer's Cut Blonde Barleywine Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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