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

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 584
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 56
Gots: 141 | FT: 13
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.05% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-25-2012

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.
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Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

This beer pours very dark brown in color. It is topped with three inches of tan head that sticks around awhile leaving some lacing.

There is no denying the bourbon smell. This beer is two years old and still has a strong bourbon smell. I smell some caramel and vanilla. I don't get any of the typical weizenbock aromas.

The first few sips were boozy. Then it settles into caramel and vanilla flavors. It almost tastes like a barrel aged wee heavy, but some of the weizenbock flavors try to emerge in the form of the yeast spiciness.

Full mouthfeel

I love weizenbocks. I love bourbon barrel aged beer. I was more than curious to try this beer. It turns out that it wasn't life changing, but it is a pretty damn good beer. The weizenbock characteristics seemed to disappear, but it is real good in what it became. (867 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy almost opaque extremely dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts and caramel malts with a light amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very interesting, it doesn't taste like the underlying beer is a weizenbock but it is pretty easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden considering this is a bourbon barrel beer. (992 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red-brown with a very thin layer of light khaki foam.

Raisins, dates, plums, and other dark fruits and oh so much bourbon. Some light vanilla as well.

The dark fruit is much less pronounced in flavor, but the vanilla, oak, and bourbon really stands out.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, warming bourbon, surprisingly creamy smooth.

Overall, I was not sure what to expect from this style, but It was certainly worth the purchase! (445 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours deep brown/black. Not totally opaque. Light brown head fades quickly.

S: smells like barrel and caramel. Very malty.

T: again, very very malty. Not much chocolate or coffee, just a ton of malty creaminess.

M: extremely smooth. Very nice in that regard. Rolls off the tongue nicely.

O: a nice aged beer. Definitely not a stout, but a nice strong ale. (366 characters)

Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I thought there was a problem with our bottle but more knowledgable guys said no. That being said I couldn't get into the flavor. A slight sour twang/funky nose that might come from the style but I wouldn't seek this out at all. (230 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle, opened Feb 2014.

A - Beautiful deep mahogany body with ruby highlights. Bone-white head pours thin with low retention and lace.

S - Fantastic nose. Chestnut, molasses, bananas, brown sugar, cherry cordial chocolates, touch of cognac, and caramel.

T - Lightly burnt fudge brownies, touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and loaded with smooth, rich hazelnuts.

M - Thin, medium-light frame with a light boozy astringency.

O - Really nice, complex profile. Lighter than expected. Drinks a little like a brown-ale / barleywine hybrid. (547 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, virtually no head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily roasted malt with a whiff of vanilla, slight hints of bourbon and barrel but it is very subdued and subtle.

Taste actually starts out on a slightly sweet edge, sweet caramel malt with touchings of vanilla, bourbon is once again subtle which is good in that it doesn't overpower all the other flavors and adds some nuances, body is a touch thin, lacking some of the other flavors of a typical weizenbock yet present bigger flavors that aren't typically present, bit of a conundrum in this respect, heat makes a late stage presence with each sip so it's not distracting when it counts. (676 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.91/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1 pint 6 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours the color of molten caramel, and pools into the glass a deep, dark brown, bordering on black save for the light that gets through around the edges. Forms virtually no head, save for a ring of pale tan foam that sits atop the beer.

Smell: Bourbon barrel notes are the primary aroma, heavy on the vanilla-caramel aspects, with some of the woodiness. Lurking beneath, there's a malty sweetness, with toffee-esque tinges.

Taste: This drinks smooth, with almost no hint of the ABV at all. The bourbon mixes with the beer in a way that presents both chocolate and vanilla flavors at the opening, rounded off with hints of caramelly booze and oak. As it warms, there's an almost cola-like sweetness that emerges beneath the barrel notes, and some faint, very faint, shadows of dark fruit lurking far off in the distance, like shy nerdy kids peeking in the door to the prom, wondering if they should walk in or just go home and play some World of Warcraft. There's pretty much none of the esters one would expect from a weizenbock, which may be a side effect of the barrel aging process.

Mouthfeel: Slick and relatively thin, verging towards watery, the feel may have influenced my perception of the "cola" sweetness. There is next to no carbonation, however, just enough to keep the beer from feeling flat.

Overall: For a bourbon barrel aged beer, this is not bad at all - 9% with little to no alcohol taste and heat is a plus in my book, and the flavor profile is interesting. As a weizenbock, well...this isn't one. If it was, the essence of it was lost during aging, leaving behind just a sweet, smooth, bourbony beer. Hence, I am torn on how to rate this. I would pick this up again on occasion, as I enjoyed it, but it fits the style about as well as a blower for a '57 Chevy fits a Bop-It. Since I prefer rating to stylistic elements over personal enjoyment, I am going to go that route, with the disclaimer that this is still a tasty barrel-aged beer - just not a weizenbock, per se. (2,084 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle

Dark mahogany,very minor dark tan

Rum, dark malt sugars, dark chocolate on the nose.

Deeply flavorful with more of the same on the palate. Bourbon, burnt sugars and dark chocolate/molasses coming to mind. Hearty beer for a cold winters day (261 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Raisins, bourbon & figs

T: Figs, dates, raisins with a little booze mixed in up front. A little brown sugar fights through as this warms, a little bit of woodyness & leafy hops as well, then figs & raisins& little Baker's Chocolate sneaking in.

MF: Chewy, light carbonation, warming, thins out a bit as it warms

Drinks pretty nice, could use a little more barrel & body, a good, not great take on the style. Great flavor, but doesn't quite measure on the other elements (559 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
1.63/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of bourbon, lasts for entire bottle
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to 5 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare island of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor sweet, bourbon. Unable to detect anything else. No hops, no malt, no yeast, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma by style 1, Aroma 4, Flavor by style 1 (Not a weizenbock), Flavor overall 3.5 (Another bourbon beer), Palate 2.5, Overall 2.5 by style. Ignoring style 3.5 overall.

Local Option calls this a weizenbock so I rated it as such. As far as a general beer, it's another decent offering of a bourbon barrel aged beer with no particular stylistic characteristics. (811 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%

The beer comes in a dark rusty cooper color.

The aroma has a punch of sweet bourbon and oak. Vanilla, toffee, caramel, along with dark fruits and a hint of over ripe banana.

The flavor pops of bourbon up front. Oak throughout that lingers on the back end. A spike of alcohol, but in a positive way. On the back end, coconut and vanilla finish off the beer. A touch of caramel sweetness in the back.

In general, the beer just exemplifies bourbon barrel aging as it hits its notes subtlety and beautifully. The beer tastes more towards a strong ale or American barleywine in the base, but it still does not stand much in the way of the barrel expression. (655 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is a super dark mahogany, and the pour kicks up a very small tan head that fades to a film very quickly. Almost no lace to speak of.

Aroma hits you instantly with a super thick bourbon aroma. Tons of oak, vanilla, fig, and caramel. Dark fruits really dominate the aroma, with some nice bready undertones, coming across like a rich bread pudding with lots of raisins.

Taste follows the nose, although ends up being less in-your-face, in a good way. Bourbon flavors are there, with the dark fruit still dominating, but it's a little less sweet on the palate. The finish is surprisingly clean, and while the dark fruit and breadiness comes out on the aftertaste, it's not as cloying as the nose would suggest. Very minimal alcohol presence on the palate.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light-bodied, with medium carbonation. The light-bodied-ness is really pleasant and unusual - it has all the flavor and aromas of a thick, chewy stout, but is surprisingly drinkable. Unfortunately, the 9% ABV (not mentioned on the bottle) does sneak up on you.

Overall, really pleasant, slightly unusual malt-forward BBA beer. A really surprising amount of flavor for a relatively small mouthfeel. Really nice! (1,241 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Half Time Beverages in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Pours a dark purplish brown, almost black, with a creamy half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells awesome, sweet bourbon, some honey, coconut, dark fruits (raisins, plums). No real weizenbock aspect to this, smells like a BA Barleywine or BA BSDA.

This tastes divine, but again, it's indistinguishable as a weizenbock. There's a ton of barrel goodness, sweet, sticky, bourbon, dark honey, coconut, vanilla, oak. I get some Belgian yeast character, I think, it tastes a bit estery. There's a lot of dark fruit character going on, plums and raisins. It's also slightly grape flavored as well. There's a lot going on here.

This has a big and syrupy mouthfeel, without being too cloying. It's got a lower amount of carbonation, but remains very drinkable, despite the size and gravity.

This can barely be called a weizenbock, it has none of the characteristics of one. It can be called a great beer, however. It's closer to a barrel-aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale, or a barrel aged barleywine (those two aren't that far from each other, anyway). (1,121 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%

Got extra’d this recently in a big trade. Hooray! Large format bottle with no date. Pours dark brown and settles without letting much of any light through in the glass, with a khaki one finger head. Definite aroma of bourbon, huge oak presence, some spice, not much else here. Pretty bourbon forward nose. Flavor is big bourbon notes, a bit harsh, a little vanilla, settles with a little bit of spice and then a long caramel vanilla finish with lots of woodyness. Somewhat thin on the body, medium carbonation. Yikes. These sorts of beers just don’t handle the barrel well for me, and end up tasting very harsh without any of the sweet, pleasant nuance of the bourbon itself. Not getting into this one. (706 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle from the local beer store. I've never had the non barrel aged version, so I'm unable to compare. Also, my first review of what BeerAdvocate classifies as a Weizenbock. Not entirely sure what to expect.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a muddy murky caramel brown colored body with about a finger of frothy tan head. Leaves behind some good scattered strands of thick lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is very lovely - lots of woodsy cream bourbon barrel character. Vanilla, toffee, marshmallow fluff. Lots of dried dark fruits - raisins, figs, cherries. It's a complex and layered aroma.

T - Very nicely integrated bourbon barrel character - vanilla, oak, wood, toffee, dark fruits.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy, medium full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer from Central Waters; unable to say how it compares to the original, but the bourbon barrels have taken over in full effect. Definitely worth the price paid, and recommended.

Central Waters Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort -----4/5. (1,131 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

September 27, 2014

22 oz bottle, cylindrical glass from someone's cabinet

A – Poured dark brown with a thin tan head, dissipating rather quickly. A lot of amber highlights.

S – A lot of vanilla and oak, followed by moderate malty sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and molasses. Bourbon does not manifest itself as alcohol burn.

T – Rich, sweet chocolate and deep vanilla, with bittersweet chocolate coming in next. Some bitterness on the finish.

M – Somewhat thin mouthfeel, mostly due to the alcohol. A lot of residual sweetness, but not out of balance.

O – I have had this on my list of beers to try for a long time, and wish I’d gotten around to it sooner. A lot of the character of a traditional doppelbock (maybe it should be called La Petite Mortinator), with the barrel aging adding some rich flavors to it. Really good stuff. (852 characters)

Photo of TheDDO
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured this beer from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A- Beer pours brown, like you dipped your glass in a mud puddle with a 1/2 to 1 finger white cream head. The head of this beer dissipates quickly leaving a ring that hugs the glass.

S- Right off the get go, the bourbon is present. There is a hint of tart cherry and dark fruit that comes to the forefront. A bit of coconut. Looking forward to a taste!

T- The taste is great. Bourbon up front with some dark fruit, bourbon, banana and you guessed it.... Bourbon. Central Waters has quite the sipping beer here. The taste of this beer really improves as it is warmed. Delicious, I like it!

M- As this beer is sipped, it goes down great. Velvety smooth, provides a coating in the mouth that allows the flavor of this beer to linger.

O- On a crisp, cool Midwest evening, this beer is perfect. Don't rush into drinking this one. Open a bottle, share with a buddy and enjoy! I am going to let one age a bit to see how the flavors in this beer develop over time. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Lots of Bourbon here, both in the aroma and in the taste, but it plays well with the base beer, echoing its richness, vanilla notes, and restrained sweetness. A sipper for sure, but one that keeps drawing you on. Very nice to find this locally because of the Local Option connection. (283 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from the bomber. A nearly opaque and deep brown with hints of ruby when held up to the light. A dense, tan head that leaves lingering lacing down the glass as you sip.
The aroma is a bit winey with some sweet malt, banana, and hints of dark fruit.
The taste changes as the beer warms and you slowly sip. it started out all plum and prune and ripe banana with hints of tobacco and booze and a nice bourbon bite. As it warmed, I got more dark chocolate and coffee and hints of vanilla.
The mouthfeel is outstanding! Smooth and creamy and luscious. Was not expecting that.
Overall, this concoction has amazing depth and is a real treat. Beautifully done! (673 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (2,259 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

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. (370 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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). (1,229 characters)

Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

A- Poured a 22 ounce bomber into a Weizen glass, great head retention over a dark ale. The head maintains a creaminess that is hard to come by.

S- Not sure if otherworldly is a fair term to use in a review (at least not if I want to seem partial, which in this case I don't) but this beer is a 100 in the scent category. Bourbon is perfectly captured in the scent department, with amazing vanilla being the most pronounced. Upon further review I feel like I'm sensing nutmeg and cinammon. (And I have a crap sense of smell)

T- I've enjoyed the benefit of bourbon barrels on stouts before but this may even surpass that. The vanilla and bourbon are amazing in this beer, really nice caramel sweetness as well.

M- Extremely smooth with a nice sticky presence from the caramel and vanilla flavor components. Perfect carbonation is present.

O- This was a sensational beer. The weizenbock is as good or better a way to deliver the bourbon flavors than a stout. I wasn't sure what to expect with this (other than it would be good because Central Waters was involved) but it has exceeded my expectations. (1,108 characters)

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

A high alcohol dive into a maelstrom of coconut, raisins, bourbon and other dark fruits. Truly an amazing brew which must be experienced. Sip, do not chug. Savor it, do not merely knock it back and your palate shall be richly rewarded beyond your wildest dreams. (262 characters)

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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.