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

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 44
Gots: 112 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

shehateme, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

little_star, Sep 28, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

billab914, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

magnusdave, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

warnerry, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Irishize75, Sep 24, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 5/22/14

Dark thin pour. Not much carbonation. Smell is corn, sweet bourbon. Taste is sweet bourbon. Pretty thin. Lots of alcohol.

kkleu357, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

tommyguz, Sep 23, 2014
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BradleySig, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

gmendez1122, Sep 22, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

SD-Alefan, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Danny1217, Sep 21, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

tgraven, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

bikesnbeerFtc, Sep 20, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -5.1%

BeerDingo90, Sep 20, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

LukeK, Sep 19, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

LambicPentameter, Sep 17, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +9.4%

Cameron847, Sep 16, 2014
Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.