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

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92
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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 44
Gots: 117 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Sammy, Aug 26, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but seems almost a bit watered down.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

djrn2, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

zestar, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

nmann08, Sep 29, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy ver dark brown in color. It poured with a short beige colored head that died down, leaving large wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bourbon and has lots of associated vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: The wheat body of this beer makes it very easy to drink for a bourbon barrel aged beer. You can't tell that the underlying beer is a weizenbock. Although the bourbon is quite strong, it doesn't burn your mouth.

metter98, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Texasfan549, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A strong bourbon-barrel influence with a malty-sweet backbone ensures a masculine but whimsical taste that come together in the most enticing but unusual way. its delivery isn't exactly what's promised. It might just be better.

As its lavish sweetness layers upon the palate, waves of caramel, toffee, maple and vanilla meet that of sorghum, honey and faint chocolate- all ahead of a playful oak, fruit and spice undertow.

And as the highly complex taste rolls over the middle, it sheds its finesse banana, clove and vinous character and fixates on bourbon sweetness, wood caramels, vanillans, oak tannin and coffee. With any hop balance in far recession, the beer relies heavily on its sheer complexity and power for balance.

its lightly viscous finish makes this potent ale a sipping elixir rather than a "drinkable" ale. Meant to contend with port, sherry and madera, the taste and potency of a Petite Mort ensures a long, spicy, and savory finish that clings to the taste buds in strong dessert-like fashion.

BEERchitect, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

kjkinsey, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

jaydoc, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Knapp85, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 02, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

oberon, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

largadeer, Jul 13, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise at (where else?) Local Option.

Metal: aging a weizenbock for six months in Heaven Hill barrels. Yeah, I said it. The result pours a bleak dark russet topped by a pair o' fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises bourbon, vanilla, sweet caramel, light oak, light fig, and light roasted malts. The taste brings in more of the same, generally speaking, with whiskey really taking the upper hand and squashing the majority of the competition. As things progress, though, some light toasted wheat comes through, along with molasses and a good helping of clove. But don't think the bourbon's gone away just yet... The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, yet lightly grainy feel. Overall, a nice, if a bit over-the-top, barrel-aged w-bock. Rock on.

TMoney2591, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 07, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a chalice.

A - Creamy foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body, with some transparency at the edges.

S - Lots of earthy bourbon, with sharp oak and vanilla notes from the barrel. Some milk chocolate, caramel, and nutty malts carry over from the base, but I get very little of the Belgian yeast.

T - Taste is very whiskey heavy, with a touch of alcohol bite to it. Lots of sour mash whiskey and oak in the finish, after vanilla and caramel sweetness mid-palate. The wheat, bock, and Belgian elements seem to have been largely obliterated.

M - Chewy and viscous medium-full body, with a dry and barrel-heavy finish. Medium-low carbonation, and some mild alcohol warmth.

D - The unique flavor combinations found in the base beer have been largely overpowered by the barrel-aging. As a result, it ends up tasting like a nebulous barrel-aged strong ale of some sort - not necessarily a bad thing, but doesn't up being particularly unique or distinct either.

MasterSki, Jun 07, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have some questions about barrel-aging beers, which continues to be all the rage. Is it a style? A tradition? A fad, or a trend? When is it good, when is it great, when is it just so-so?
For me, particularly, if I don't know what the beer was before it was barrel-aged, I have to wonder what I'm drinking. This happened with this beer. It's merely labeled as "malt beverage aged in bourbon barrels", but is it a stout, a brown ale, an ale, or what? Is it a beer they've brewed before, of somehthing new? This one, while demonstrably strong, did not even have a clear ABV labeled. So, I'm left not knowing what was aged in those barrels, and only able to appreciate that something ended up tasting like whiskey. Great. The resultant beer is fine, but only because I like bourbon.

Here come the notes...

Central Waters Brewing Company, Inc. La Petite Mort, Malt Beverage Aged in Bourbon Barrels, Brewing in Amherst, WI. Brewed in collaboration with Local Option, Chicago IL.

Dark mahogany coloring, thin dirty tan head.

Aroma: bourbon, vanilla, cherry, black pepper. Sweetness and strength.

Taste: rich, thick and redolent with whiskey notes. All that from aroma lands on the tongue, all the sweet, syrup-y flavors of the barrel come rushing out, lasting long on the palate. Not quite full bodied, and I truly detect any flavors past the ones brought on by the bourbon. It's malty enough to hold up the richness, with hardly any hops, and a good degree of balance.

The label is free of gobbledygook, to the extent that not even the ABV is given up.
But I have to say that this is another example of a barrel-aged brew that may deliver on the barrel aspects, but neglects to delight in any other area.

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

mendvicdog, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

beernads, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

oriolesfan4, Aug 03, 2014
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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.