Buffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged Ale - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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Buffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged AleBuffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 4.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dcmchew on 11-19-2013

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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 2
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Photo of Bung
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Much more quad characteristics, but it is a really nice brew if looked at classification aside.

Originally had this under the assumption it was an imperial stout as listed at Taphouse in Copenhagen. As a dark or quad this is solid A material.

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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.
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.

Buffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged Ale from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
90 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.