Tröegs Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 5.05%
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2009

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Premiere Gourmet. A superior beer, better in every way. Pours a dark amber colour. Full mouthfeel supported by caramel malts. It is very hoppy like an American barleywine usually is. Like a Double IPA, tasty orange-grapefruit citrus. Appropriate carbonation. (267 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shrek086 for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that fades to a small cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and some malt aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, malt, and some subdued cocoa powder on the aftertaste. A mild hop bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine with a nice balance of hops and malt. (548 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: thin head but nice lacing on a clear amber with marroon hues.

S: candy sugar, toffee and caramel malts. hops provide resin, citrus and syrup notes.

T: the caramel and chocolate malts are near perfect. The alcohol is pretty much non-existent. The beer is very well balanced for sure. dark fruit notes add the right amount of sweetness with molasses present as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. nice and smooth.

Overall: an incredibly drinkable barleywine. One of the best out there for both balance and drinkability. Honesty however this one may actually be more if an English style barleywine even if that wasnt the brewers intention. (654 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a wide ring of large bubbles around the sides of the glass and some lacing covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel and sweet brown sugar are present in the nose along with hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is malty and slightly sweet with flavors of caramel malts and brown sugar; these are contrasted by a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness and hints of pine rein The sweetness becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with bits of stickiness and warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a barleywine because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. Nonetheless, it's a nice beer to sip and savor given its complex taste. (919 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: 22-ounce bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Picked two of these up at the Troegs Brewery yesterday.

A: Single-finger head on the pour with a TON of carbonation bubbles visible on top--bubbles on top of bubbles. The brew itself is very dark for the style, slightly lighter than a rich dark chocolate. The head fade somewhat quickly, leaving behind plenty of bubbles, as well as some nice lacing.

S: Sweet sensation. I'm smelling peaches, apricots, and maybe some melon. The hops are definitely there as well. Overall, the only thing I've had with a comparable smell is fresh HopSlam.

T: All of the smell isn't necessarily in the taste--the taste brings forward more malt, less sweetness, and a decent amount of hops. Flavor profile definitely expands as it warms up.

M: Very delicate, light mouthfeel. Medium amounts of carbonation and little alcohol presence.

D: Quite drinkable. While I prefer to drink just one of these slowly, I could definitely see drinking more than just one. (996 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a thick head that just sits atop the liquid and lingers, leaving many strands of lace

Smell: Figgy pudding; pith and pine, with a serious dose of caramel underneath

Taste: First, the caramel backbone lays down its foundation, adding the complexity of the figgy pudding; it doesn't take long, however, for the piney hop flavors to take over, notching the bitterness up a few levels; after the swallow, the fig and date flavors re-emerge to provide a balanced sweet and bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; the alcohol was well-hidden

Overall: Certainly among the top American barleywines out there; wonderful balancing act between the hops and the malt (727 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome Barleywine. The beer pours with a darker brown (less mohogany and ruby) than most, leading me to beleive a toasty melanoidin-rich Dopplebock malt profile awaits. Thick foamstance rises from the glass and provides a mousse-like barrier to plow through on my way to the first few sips. Serious malt aromas confirm the toasty, bready hints and provide dehydrated fruits of cherries, berries, apples, figs, dates, and raisons; but these all take a secondary role to the malts-- Think fruitcake. Flavors mirror the aromas exactly. Sweet but more malty keeps the beer from cloying or syrupy. The esters take on a rum-soaked taste and don't interfere with the rich malt flavors and textures. Hopped for flavor and bitterness, they provide more of a pine resin and orange zest taste. Very bready and becomming increasingly dry going into the finish, this beer is both well attenuated and creamy-rich. The malts take on an evaporative nature in the mouth, making drinkability a breeze. Hop bitterness accentuate the dryness in the finish and aftertaste. Perhaps a bit cleaner than the Bigfoots and Old Crustacian in the malts and esters, which makes this beer great at layering flavors and keeping confusion at bay. (1,222 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a rich deep brown color with a really nice tan head on top. The smell is just over the top with hops, chocolate and some alcohol. The taste is strong with citrusy bitterness from the hops upfront as is settles in, the dark chocolate sweetness and dryness take effect. The mouthfeel of this brew is slightly heavy but smooth as well with some mellow carbonation. Overall I think this beer is very good. I may like this moree than the Nugget Necter. I feel that this brew has more complexity through out the entire glass. It's awesome in my opinion and I'll be looking to buy more in thr future. (616 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a rather larger foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of piney hops and caramelized malt is really nice. Taste is also a nice mix between some quite strong piney hops with light resin notes and some caramelized malt with light notes of toffee and well balanced residual sugar level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Pretty solid interpretation of American hops heavy barleywine that I wouldn’t mind revisiting again in the future. (542 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bonfire orange on the way to the glass, then marvelous maraschino cherry red with pumpkin highlights once there. A thick slice of golden caramel colored mousse rests atop the beer and becomes even creamier as it melts. Once the crown finally begins to relent, the glass becomes blanketed with BB-shot sheets of lace.

One whiff is all it takes to determine that this is my kind of American barleywine. In other words, one with primarily caramel malt and tons of tropical fruity hops. Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe and Nugget in this case. This should be outstanding beer.

Flying Mouflan is yet another high-ABV treat from the Trogner brothers. Too bad there are no dates on the label, because it would be helpful to know just how long this bottle has been aged. There's a gentle warming sensation with each mouthful, but there's no heat whatsoever.

Specific flavors include well-toasted brown bread covered with caramel-toffee sauce and chunks of candied cherries, oranges and grapefruits. There's still a good bit of tea leaf bitterness, so it can't be that long in the tooth. Malts and hops contribute pretty much equally: cooperating in terms of flavor and contrasting in terms of sweet-bitter. What could be better than that?

The mouthfeel is a sensory treat if you like higher-ABV beer. It's medium-full and lightly sticky, with dead solid perfect carbonation that is wonderful early (lightly stinging) and should be equally wonderful (more mellow) by the bottom of the bomber.

Those of you lucky enough to live in the Troegs distribution area know how good these guys are (if you don't, you should). Flying Mouflan Ale is yet one more example of the excellence emanating from Harrisburg. Bottom line: this is one of the best American barleywines of the past year. Thanks mgbickel. (1,795 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky reddish copper, opaque in the center. Some sparse spotty lace in the glass, with an ample skim across the surface. Foam lasts for awhile.

Husky grain, toasted malted barley, minor caramel toffee sweetness.

Sweet caramel, light fig, spun sugar, faded hops that lend some residual bitterness. Heavy crystal malt lends burly sweet toffee and richness. Sticky on the lips, the caramel notes linger in the aftertaste. Full bodied, with a dry yet sticky finish. Hops lend some herbal notes. A decent barleywine, one to share. Thanks Mike for this one! (554 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick brown, though you can see some light through it, no head and a nice lace top it off. Smell is hopped for sure, but with a subtle sugary undertone, and a hint of alcohol too. Taste is not very strong at all. There is the natural piney hoppness you would expect from a barley wine, but not too strong, there is also a sugary, nuttiness about it as well. The alcohol is there, and that keeps this a sipper. It is actually nicely carbonated, and not harsh going down, has the warm feeling on the way. Overall this was a good brew, I would not mind having another and certainly kept me warm this evening. (613 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a one-finger, thick, creamy head of foam. It left patchy, intricate lace.

S - It smelled grassy and hoppy. Some citrus and burnt toast malt, aromas, too.

T - It was very very spicy and hoppy. It was balanced by some sweet caramel malt and bready flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied barleywine.

D - A great tasting barleywine. The hops really pack a punch. (437 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass a rich burnt orange infused bronze with a sticky 1/2 finger off white head,brillinat definition and color.Chocolate and fruity hops with alcohol notes in the nose.Like the bottle says hops dipped in chocolate play a big role on the palate,brown sugar and sweet alcohol round out the palate.A great American style Barleywine with it's big hops and big alcohol,fantastic stuff. (412 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Damian for sending me this beer awhile back.

A: The pour is a great copper/burnt orange color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: The nose is typical barleywine: good solid malt (caramel) base with toffee, bread, and brown sugar. A nice piney and slightly citrusy hop note to it as well.

T: Surprisingly bitter, much more like a west coast barleywine (ie. Bigfoot, Old Guardian) in that respect. A fair amount of oranges which goes quite well with the caramel, brown sugar, and toffee notes.

M: The body is medium, nothing out of the ordinary for the style, with a lively carbonation.

D: Plenty drinkable (as much as you can get for a barleywine), with good flavors. This is one I could enjoy fresh or probably with some age on it. (754 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slides out a lightly hazed, amber-brown body with a short-lived, modestly-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Sticky malts smelling of caramel and toffee with hints of dried fruits and a fresh, vibrant hoppiness that's citrusy, piney (which is really jumping out at me), and delightfully herbaceous.

Taste: Toasty, bready malts with sweetened tastes of light caramel and crisp toffee candy. As implied by the nose, it's positively popping with hops. Flavors of sticky sap-coated pine wood, standard grapefruit, and spicy dried herbs make their presence known. Boldly bitter. Also some supporting raisin fruitiness. Drying, warming, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Friends, there's absolutely no doubt about it, it's a hop-forward (and then some) American barleywine. So, when it comes to the b-wines, if you like'm warming and you like'm potently hoppy, then, go ahead, give it a try. (943 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks be to Wedge421 for this bottle!

Okay, beyond some breed of sheep, I can't for the life of me figure out what the hell a "mouflan" is, much less appreciate one's ability to fly (I assume this is an extraordinary feat for a normal mouflan). Whatever it is, it pours a very dark ruby brown with a bright ring of suds on top. Following a cursory encounter, my nose feels like it's been bitch-slapped by an evergreen. I think there's some wheat in there too, but I'm still trying to get over the fact that a plant rocked my world so badly. Yep, the fetal position is involved, as is a dank corner. *tear* But the best way to overcome a problem such as this is direct confrontation. And, following conventional wisdom, confrontation has yielded understanding. The pine that was so overpowering before is till there up front, but soon a bit of light molasses (very light) and very bitter chocolate enter the fray, diluting the pine, but not getting rid of it. The olio marches through in harmony, nice and smooth, though with a slight bite of carbonated fury (think the nipping of a mean miniature pinscher). The decent heat and sharp piney bitterness keep this guy (whatever it is) a sipper rather than a drinker. (1,250 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a cask at Standard Tap, Philadelphia, PA.

Appearance: Hazy, very dark chestnut with red-amber highlights at the bottom of the glass. A thin, big-bubbled tan head caps it. The limited carbonation of the cask obviously cuts down on the head retention a bit. Small smears of spotty lacing.

Aroma: The nose is restrained but hoppy with citrus rind (grapefruit/pineapple) and piney hops. No alcohol is present, but it does appear in the flavor.

Taste: The flavor follows the suggestions of the nose, melding in some apple, melon, pine, pineapple, lemon zest, deep caramel, and alcoholic spice. A firm bitterness balances it very nicely, however there's some heat in the finish that's distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, but but through with alcohol. Still, dextrinous.

Drinkability: The heat in the finish was distracting, but I don't think that would be noticed within standard serving types (draft or bottle). Pretty nice sipper! (937 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. I’ve had this bottle stored for about 2-3 years.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, caramelized malts, brown sugar, some chocolate and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and bourbon. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a slight alcohol sting. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to sip on for a long time. (835 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into an oversized tulip glass. I actually popped this one for review on the day that it was released at the brewery, on 3/13/09, so I was dealing with an ultra fresh bottle at this point.

Pours a deep, murky amber/almost brown/definitely a few shades from black, with 3+ fingers of stiff white foamy head. This simmers down into a thin layer of creamy retention that immediately blows up to almost a finger again when swirled, leaving just a mammouth cascade of foam back, which sticks in thick patches to the sides of the glass.
The hop aroma on this ranks right up there, being just lush with floral notes, and spice, and resins, and tropical fruits. It's so fresh and assertive in the nose, it's one of thee best hoppy aromas out there. There is also a deep and thick smelling underlying sweetness of bread and chocolate, as well as some additional fruit tones. A stiff undercurrent of warmth glides underneath the other flavors, imparting just the slighest sting to the nostrils.

Man, the taste evens out nicely as this warms. Big blast of hops right up front, which lingers with an intense resinous dryness. I'm loving the malt backbone, as it cuts down a bit on the big grains in lieu of thick chocolate, toffee, and toasted bread. A big flush of citrus pulls up the rear, mixing with the bitterness of the hops and residual malt tang. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy feeling with a good bit of heft to it. Fortunately, any real stinging holds off until the very end for the majority of this. For the most part, this was hugely quaffable for the size.

This is definitely one of, if not thee best American Barleywine that I've had. I love the duality of this, either being able to enjoy it has a huge hop bomb fresh or putting some time on it and letting the complexity of the malts emerge. Either way it's a winner. (1,848 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in June 2010.

A fluffy 1 finger head rises and fades at a medium pace with lots of big bubbles, over semi clear rosy maroon molasses brown color. A bit of lacing.

Nose is oozing malts and a bit of sweet booze from just the pour, with lots of reddish malts, darker crystal malts and touch of roast, hints of coffee, toffee, and chocolate, with a bit of a dark fruit. Some light earthy hops buried in there as well.

Taste starts a little sweet, and gets a little sweeter as it goes, bringing caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar, light candi sugar like flavors too, some reddish malts, crystal malts, a hint of chocolate and roast, all the sweetness bringing a bit of warming booze that is balanced by the sweetness, hints of dried fruits, figs and plums, etc. With all that is some hops, plenty. SOme earthy and light herbal hops, bringing a bold bitterness, slight spicy hop taste, and a bit of hop fruits. As it finishes it doesn't really dry much, but just a touch, as the warming booze evaporates and tingles just a touch, with some bitterness, earthy and spicy hops, as well as the whole lot of sugars lingering, and just a bit of a minerality taste.

Mouth is a little heavier and a little syrupy, with decent carbonation and warming booze.

Drink is decent, but not great, with plenty of warming and slightly tingly booze, a sticky sweet finish, and a bit of a minerality quality coming out on the finish.

THis is pretty good fresh, the hops are starting to already add weird flavors to it after 8 months, but it mentions aging it, so I wonder if this will go the route of Big FOot and age really well to malty flavors, or the way of Behemouth and get really earthy, minerality, dirty, and not so great. I'm thinking the later as the hops already seem to cheat that way. (1,794 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of barleywines, but this may have just been a tad too sweet/strong for my liking. Medium bodied, decent mouthfeel.. but a cloying sweetness and alcohol heavy aftertaste ruin it a bit for me. Still an above average beer all around, but for a specialty 22 oz beer I'm not sure I'll be coming back to this one. (321 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark amber in the Petrus tulip. Nice foam with pleasant carbonation. Very spritzy on the tongue, which adds a nice dimension to the big flavors.

Rich yet restrained. Full of malt, but rather bitter. An interesting balance in big beer. The aftertaste keeps up the bitterness, but the full body and richness keep it thoroughly pleasant. The sweet malt is roasted with plenty of caramel. Some pears in the abundant fruitiness and a hint of bitter chocolate. A touch of butterscotch and toffee, but the sweetness seems to keep on that balance. Hops are assertive with some resins and fresh cone taste.

Certainly one of the best Barleywines I've had recently. More complex and sippable than the common sweet syrupy hop flashes. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Foodery in Philadelphia. (799 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at Brewhouse grille in Lemoyne. Poured chilled into a standard pint allowed to gradually rise in temp.

A - A deep hazy bronze w/ a quick dropping pale tan head. Very little lace stays on the glass after the compression.

S - Hoppy joyous aroma, very piney like opening a bag of fresh American hops -the bitterness sticks to the inside of your nostrils if you hold it there too long, not really but the citrus/grapefruit essence riding the malt is like an elephant riding a greyhound w/ a bit of sweet berry and dark plum w/ mild pineapple soaked in rum for good measure

M - The malt sweetness is intense as it gives in to the mild sour + intensely bitter notes almost immediately. The texture of ruby red grapefruit, bitter berry and tart orange is up front in the feel. The medium carbonation makes the 9.3% seem light, but it's presence is still noted in the warmth of the swallow. Light spiciness and thick sticky malt on the tongue lasts as the textures ripple minutes after the potent brew has been tasted

T - A rush of hops w/ a tangy/dank taste and citrus sour flavors w/ bitter pin needle and dark candy maltiness all at once. The hint of wood taste follows the first sip w/ an almond-like sweet malt flavor under the flavor of bitter oranges and pure grapefruit flesh. Bitter green herbs and the hint of cinnamon, extra dark cocoa collide w/ brown sugar syrup intensity from the malts. Amping up Nugget Nectar is made to seem effortless by the Troeg's. This fresh batch of #4 redux as Mouflan is super hopped, delicious and yet not cloying or stomach lining threatening with acidity to my taste. It just has a smooth malt and hops transition -music to my mouth

D - Perhaps the line is erased like a pink rubber eraser on graphite between Strong IPA(IIPA) and American barleywine, but who cares about style, right? Not Troeg's thank God, for good reason-If it tastes good, brew it. An All around world class beer, but not as an everyday beer. A beer to savor and sip, but it is well worth the attention A phenomenal tasting beer. I am so glad this made it into the rotation (2,104 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a real nice barleywine. Good balance. Nice sweet tones with just a touch of noticeable malt presence. The only drawback is a bit of a burn of alcohol. But it really isn't that much. Too often barleywines just aren't there, but this one is nice. I'd go for this any day. (277 characters)

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Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
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