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

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 39
Gots: 70 | FT: 7
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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:
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-26-2013 02:48:52 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:44:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

09-28-2013 23:20:43 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 05:32:44 | More by BEERchitect
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-10-2013 18:21:45 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

09-06-2013 01:49:56 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-11-2013 22:52:28 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

10-31-2013 15:22:26 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 03:02:20 | More by TMoney2591
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-13-2014 03:22:48 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 01:09:43 | More by MasterSki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:35:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-07-2013 15:26:07 | More by SocalKicks
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-04-2013 11:46:26 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9%

09-06-2013 18:44:03 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

10-13-2013 23:33:33 | More by imperialking
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a dense hazy milk chocolate body with a thin wisp of tan head and some microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The sweet rich blend of dark caramel malts and big fresh barrel aromas lead to a brown sugar note and grape seed hints in the finish.

T- The rich vanilla oak and bread crust flavors blend with dark sweet malts and paper straws with some spicy cinnamon phenolics in the finish. There is a sweetness in the finish that is cut by the alcohol spice.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- The big wonderful barrel flavor is complimented by sweet dark toasted malts and caramel malt character. A classic pairing.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:59:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-09-2013 05:10:25 | More by XmnwildX12
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-08-2014 03:42:16 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caramel brown in color.

Flavors of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Toffee and caramel. Some dark fruit flavors with molasses. Very bock like with awesome barrel flavors. Wheat as well.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Full bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a great beer with a lot of flavor. Strong, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 17:38:49 | More by mothman
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-21-2013 04:46:00 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-01-2013 06:46:20 | More by rab53
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-27-2013 19:16:21 | More by mdaschaf
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-07-2014 08:19:08 | More by zestar
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-16-2013 14:54:12 | More by xnicknj
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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.