Buffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged Ale - Brouwerij Van den Bossche
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4.08/5 rDev -6.4%
Seems to be the Belgian Stout aged in oak wine barrels, not a lot of info on the bottle/wraping.
Pours black with glimmers of red, small head, sticking to the glass.
Really big "barrel aged" smell, with woody, musty notes. Some dark malts also and dark fruit. Slight spice also.
A big acidity in the beginning, with apple and citrus peel, and some sour lemon zest, but also sweet. A big red wine characteristic, with lots of red grapes, plums, berries and slightly tart red cherries, with a nice vinegary note. Dry sugared dark figs and raisins also. Malts are light, with a toast coming through, also caramel. Decently spiced, with nice vanilla in the front. The barrel is strongly present, oaky, reminding of a nice cognac (especially considering the warm, somewhat boozy alcohol). Hops are bitter in the finish, but the aftertaste is mixed with some sugars and, of course, the alcohol. Could have been hidden better.
Mouthfeel is not so creamy, it pours down pretty fast, and given quite a decent amount of sour fizzy carbonation, the beer is clearly not a sipper.
A bit unbalanced in the end, on the sweet side, but with top-notch BA characteristics, this is surely one to try. Maybe giving it a few years also helps.
11-19-2013 17:15:28 | More by dcmchew
Buffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged Ale from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
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