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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 40
Gots: 97 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.05% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort is a Belgian inspired Weissenbock brewed as a collaboration between The Local Option and Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, Wisconsin. Originally released in summer 2012, BBA La Petite Mort will be available in spring 2013 on draft and in large format bottles.

When Central Waters decided to open its brew house for its first collaboration beer, Chicago’s Local Option was the obvious partner in crime. The resulting brainchild, Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort - a Belgian inspired Weissenbock – maintains the traditional characteristics of its Bavarian forbearer, with the added complexity of Belgian ale yeast. BBA La Petite Mort is dark amber in color; maintains a rich, full-bodied mouth-feel augmented by caramel; mild and dark fruit; and vanilla and bourbon aromas as a result of six months of aging on Heaven Hill Barrels.. Rounded out by an unostentatious bourbon driven aroma from brief bourbon barrel aging, BBA La Petite Mort is a complex ale, a marriage of distinctive styles, and an orgasmic experience for the taste buds that revel in its glory.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-25-2012)
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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can seem to find, but I am fairly certain this is the 2014 release of the beer. Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Appearance (3.75) - Pours a really dark umber brown that when, when the light isn't passing through, looks almost black, like a dark walnut wood finish. At the edges, where the light does break through, it takes on a burnt umber, almost chestnut hue, but extremely faint. Atop the body sits a disappointingly small cap--only about a half finger thick--the color of toasted marshmallow.

Smell (4.25) - This is where this beer really shines, with the notes of vanilla, oak and slight bourbon caramel working quite well with the estery element of the yeast that imparts traditional notes of clove and faint banana, as well as some dark fruits--maybe fig?

Taste (4.00) - The taste takes a small step back from the deliciously rich aroma, but it still quite good. Again, there are veins of vanilla and oak, and now an even sweeter component that brings to mind maple syrup--a little unexpected when thinking about the combination of weizenbock and bourbon barrel aging on their own, but perhaps a result of the two flavor profiles combining to make something completely new. There is a generous malt backbone here, with detectible elements of wheat and buckwheat giving just enough offset to the sweetness to prevent it from overpowering. As with the smell, clove and banana esters are again present, but in the background, so as not to overpower.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Medium-bodied, with lighter-than-expected carbonation, especially for the style. I suppose that's a result of the barrel aging, but it does feel like there's something slightly missing when considering the style. That said, if you think about it as the style being "barrel aged", it becomes a little less incongruous with expectations.

Overall (4.0), a nice execution of a style that seems to take pretty well to bourbon barrel aging. Weizenbocks already have some pleasant sweetness naturally, so the complement of the oak and the contrast of the residual spirits from the barrel both work quite well. I'll definitely be buying more of this since it just seems to sit around on shelves in my neck of the woods.

LambicPentameter, Yesterday at 02:31 PM
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4.52/5  rDev +9.4%

Cameron847, Yesterday at 10:36 PM
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4.52/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

rickcrip76, Saturday at 09:36 PM
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

A pitch black pour with a 1 finger head of tannish foam.

Big notes of bourbon in the smell with some roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. A lot going on.

Bourbon up front in the taste but there's a milkshake like sweetness here that I find welcoming to take my taste buds' "mind" off the bourbon.

I'd call it full bodied.

A big and warming brew. This is very good.

Bitterbill, Saturday at 04:11 PM
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -8%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

No date that I can see, but this just hit the stores about a month ago.

A: Dark brown pour with a very and effervescent light brown head. Very fine air bubbles in there, giving it a dense appearance. Top-notch head retention but no sign of lacing.

S: Lots of caramel up front from the bourbon. Pure caramel really. Light cocoa and earthy spices with a hint of breadiness. But pretty much a caramel bomb initially. Light dark fruits when swirled.

T: Yup. Lots of caramel up front but heavy toffee and super heavy breadiness to boot. Malty as hell. Quite a bit of oak everywhere. Earth and cocoa in the finish. Lots of cocoa with light oak and caramel lingering between sips. Kind of a pervading earthiness covers everything - probably part of the yeast used I'm guessing.

M: Thick, heavy, lower carbonation. Feels 10x heavier than it actually is. I think they used a lead malt bill in this one.

O: Hell of a weizenbock. Malty to the extremely. Like drinking liquid bread mixed with caramel and served in an oaken drinking vessel. Almost too much at times; definitely a sipper. But great strength of flavors, great complexity, and well executed. Perfect fireside drink for a snowstorm (though it is still in the 80s here).

Dope, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

brpendergast85, Sep 01, 2014
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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.