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

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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 48
Gots: 140 | 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:
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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Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 82
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
1.25/5  rDev -69.5%

Photo of Tony_Leon
1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

As BMMillsy's review states, I didn't think it handled the barreling very well. It was just harsh with no pleasantries.

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1.63/5  rDev -60.2%
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.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.91/5  rDev -53.4%
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.

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of falloutsnow
2.36/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Hooray, another bourbon barrel beer that tastes pretty much like every other bourbon barrel beer (like bourbon and ethanol). Between the fairly intense (that is, obvious and cloying) ethanol and bourbon, there isn't much that La Petite Mort offers, perhaps a bit of brown sugar, cocoa, and dried dates. The latter can be found in any more malty beer, though, and don't make La Petite Mort original or interesting. I wouldn't seek this out again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan-brown colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance that lasts only briefly, retention being about forty-five seconds. Head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few medium-sized islands of thin residual foam resting atop the body. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few small spots cling to the insides of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out slightly orange-brown hues around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is of bourbon and ethanol, with quite subdued cocoa and brown sugar: uh-oh, this is going to be fairly one-dimensional.

Overall flavor of ethanol and bourbon, with a dark malt sweetness well-tucked away in the background. Front of palate finds a generic dark malt sweetness mixed with light bourbon, cocoa, and spicy ethanol. Mid-palate of bourbon, hot and spicy ethanol, slight cocoa, brown sugar, dried dates, and maple. Back of palate is of spicy and hot ethanol, with very mild caramel and cocoa peeking through occasionally. Aftertaste of hot and spicy ethanol, residual bourbon, and slight caramel.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium-low carbonation intensity, resulting in a beer that is mostly foamy (4/5) and slightly smooth (1/5). Ethanol is easily felt as heat in the nostrils and burn on the back of the throat, not well-hidden or pleasant. Closes dry and somewhat astringent, with heavy sweetness lingering on the palate.

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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2.6/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of kustard
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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2.82/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Dark brown- like a cola, pinky thickness-light cream head, light carbonation rising, high amount of lacing

S - Booze. Hints of aged fruit, Oak, Vanilla

T - Malty, candied fruit, real sweet, Booze, carmel, chocolate, Oak and Vanilla. Finished was candied fruit booze

M - medium body, high carbonation, booze

O - Disappointment. I am a huge fan of CW and this is by far the worst beer I have had from them. I surly hope there was some handling problem between bottling and my drinking to explain this product. This a booze filled- non flavorful, super sweet maltiness. Even the bourbon tasted poor. I hate saying all this negativity - this was a shock.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3.12/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%

Dark brown bark color with fair amount of light coming through. Faint, wispy head that settles into a ring quickly. 3.5

Lots of bourbon coming through, huge baverian malts, caramel, and toasted character. You have my interest…3.75

Intense bourbon paves the way for a mix of bready, malty notes with caramel and vanilla. The darker fruit from the Belgian aspects make for an interesting twist. 3.25

Soft and creamy. Lighter body resembling the weissenbock . Low carbonation 3.5

Unique to say the least. Some of it worked, but at times it seemed off. 3.25

Photo of BMMillsy
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

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