Bourbon Barrel Aged Trippel Weizenbock
The Livery

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German Weizenbock
Ranked #6
Ranked #2,599
4.4 | pDev: 6.82%
The Livery
Michigan, United States
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 41 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Served in a snifter, the beer poured chocolatey brown in color.

Smell - The nose provided notes of sweet malts and potent bourbon.

Taste - at the front, I detect vanilla wheat, cherry, amaretto, and booze that leans a little sour. Thewheat notes are toasty. The finish is a little warm, but does not burn.

Mouthfeel - There is some viscosity here. The booze burns but the sweetness sticks.

Overall - This beer is absolutely top-of-the-line.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Chicago tasting. Thanks Dave.

Dark mahogany body with no head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, plum, raisin. Hints of chocolate. Dark fruit and bourbon flavors coalesce beautifully. Terrific.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Jun 06, 2015
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3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 8/7/2014.

Appearance - Dark red. Nearly black. No head, looks flat.

Smell - Caramel and bourbon. Lots of both. Some dark chocolate, but mostly sweet and boozy.

Taste - Very sweet. Rich caramel. A little dark fruits up front. Bourbon. Dark chocolate and astringent oak. Very thick and heavy.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and viscous. Very boozy. Pretty much flat.

Overall - A sluggish beer to drink, but well made and tasty.

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Photo of joe1510
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Bottled 8/7/14

Bottle #225/470

A big thanks goes out to Jay for grabbing me one of these guys, you mothafucka! There's a pfft when I crack the cap but a hard, high pour produces no foam at all. Looks like this guy is still. This guy has legs like port that take their sweet time to run back down the glass. No head, no lace. The body is black with some coffee brown accents.

Whew! The nose is big, expressive and bourbon-y. Pecan, vanilla, and bourbon are all from the barrel aging. Wrap this around plump raisins, leathery dates, figs, molasses, and an exceptionally rich, moist breadiness akin to fruit cake. A clean wisp of alcohol wraps it all up. I have to say, the smell of this beer is making me salivate like a madman.

The flavor profile follows the nose closely, with a couple exceptions. The barrel aging is expertly integrated with the base beer. Pecan, vanilla, and oak are all seamless before the big, smoothed out notes of fig, dates, prunes, and molasses all make their play. The slight difference from the nose is minor oxidation and I think it actually adds to the depth of the dark fruit.

I have to knock the mouthfeel simply because it's not as intended but I honestly think that this particular beer works with no carbonation. It's so big, rich, and luxurious that it drinks like port. A sipper, no carbonation needed though it would, most likely, make this a touch more enjoyable.

If this beer were carbonated to perfection it would be ridiculously good. As is, it's simply very good. The depth of flavor is an abyss. The weight and feel is purty nice. The barrel aging perfectly integrated. Good stuff, good stuff.

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joe1510 from Illinois, Oct 18, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2014 Bourbon Barrell Aged Trippel Weizenbock.

No carbonation, leathery and raisiny, mellow oak, slightly oxidized.
Rich, sticky, and malty, leather, tobacco, vanilla. Tastes like every other beer served at the earlier Fobabs, when bourbon stouts were all the rage. Totally flat, nicely mellow, rich and viscous. Nice sipper, not bad at all, just flat.

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emerge077 from Illinois, Oct 17, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #2600. On-tap at The Livery. The Chicago guys shared a few snifters before the keg kicked.

A - Big creamy tan foam with solid retention eventually settles to a solid ring and splotchy lace. Dark brown body.

S - There's a truckload of bourbon and oak initially, but it yields to some wheat, chocolate, black cherry and currant, and rum-soaked banana notes. There's a mildly sharp vinous note, but I can't tell if that's due to some sort of deliberate souring bacteria or just a function of the extended barrel aging.

T - The taste is shockingly mellow compared to the aroma, with a nice lend of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar, and a slightly sour finish. Again, I can't tell if the latter is from the bourbon barrel or due to some nascent critters, but this is slightly vinous.

M - Creamy full body, with pleasant lower carbonation, yet finishes extremely dry, tannic, and oaky. After the booze assault in the aroma there is surprisingly little alcohol to be found on the palate.

D - A very interesting and complex beer, and surprisingly easy to drink considering the amount of alcohol. I had to pace myself after being volun-told that I was driving us back to Chicago. It's a shame, as I think I enjoyed this more than Sean and Jason did.

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MasterSki from Ontario (Canada), Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Livery 7th Anniversary. Pours a reddish brown color, large frothy head, thick collar, thick cap. Nose is smooth booze, chocolate, oak, dark fruit, coconut. Taste is oak forward, more booze then the nose, chocolate, dark fruity tartness. Tastes like a more boozy Cuvée de Tomme with less tartness. Full body, good carbonation, tart & booze finish.

A really interesting beer that is really a hybrid of several styles. Could be called an Old Ale, Wild Ale, or Strong Ale. Not really a Weizen Bock, but who really cares at this point. It’s boozy, tart, and oak mixed together and is pretty tasty if enjoyed in smaller portions.

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Sean9689 from Illinois, Aug 20, 2012
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4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Livery last weekend. Served in a short glass.

Pours a rich dark caramel brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly into some bubbles and a thin collar.

Nose is sublime. Even after the pour when the beer was fairly cold there was fantastic complexity. This was only enhanced as it warmed. Overall, the nose was like caramelized bananas and dark fruits that had been soaked in quality bourbon. Really interesting and something I'd never thought of, but they really pulled this off well.

Flavor wasn't quite as complex or interesting as the nose. The caramelization and bourbon came through, but the underlying fruits weren't quite as apparent.

Medium-full body without much discernible alcohol. Smooth bourbon and just a touch of heat in the finish.

Overall, I was incredibly impressed with this one. Well worth going two hours out of our way for.

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Thorpe429 from Illinois, Sep 01, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hefty 4+ ounce pour from tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The nose suggests heavy caramel malt, toffee and a bit of spicy banana. Taste is incredibly rich with similar notes off the nose with tons of brown sugar and vanilla followed by a delicate rot barrel note. Very full body with low, but nice carbonation while finishing slightly dry.
Very tasty and one of my favorite beers from the fest as well as The Livery. Their barrel aging is second only to Goose Island in my opinion, simply amazing.

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sarro from Michigan, Aug 16, 2011
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4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the '08 Michigan Brewer's Guild Summer Beerfest. Deep mahogany pour. Big bourbon, vanilla, and banana-clove character with a touch of nutmeg and spice in the finish. Creamy, oily, full body. Exceptionally decadent stuff. I loved how rich the beer comes off yet it's not cloying or hot. It just comes out so well balanced.

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punkrkr27 from Michigan, Dec 22, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewery.

Poured dark reddish brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex roasted toffee smoke woody and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Medium complex chocolate flavor with a heavy smooth sweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of mcallister
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the 3rd anniversary party of the Livery. This batch was around 11% alcohol or so. Easily the best beer of the night and one of the best beers I've every had the luck to sample. Absolutely delicious.

Deep russet color and completely opaque. Fantastic looking!! Unfiltered and showing it, a small off white head fades quickly.

Full of bouron, vanilla, char, chocolate, dark malts and hints of caramel and carmalized clove. Dark fruits as well with hints of date and mollasses.

Amazing beer with a perfect amount of time in the barrel. What a compliment of toasty vanilla ridden bourbon complexity. Slightly sweet with milk chocolate, caramel, dates, big bourbon and vanilla. Creamy, thick, charred wood, and forever on the finish. Dark cherry, and hints of candied banana. Easily one of the best barrel aged beers I've sampled.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, an unplanned but awesome stop on a beer road trip.

Pours dark brown with a slight amber cast and a very thin, filmy head.

The aroma is a well-balanced mix of heavy caramel maltiness, some yeasty esters, and bourbon barrel flavors-- vanilla, oak, and a little bit of syrup.

The flavor profile opens up malty and stays that way, with barrel-derived flavors coming in mid-palate. Some light, citric hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy-- I could slosh this around and chew on it for days, but I might get weird looks, seeing as I was one of the only two people in the brewpub who didn't work there.

"Heavy" is a relative term though-- it's light and easy-drinking for a weizenbock, especially a barrel-aged, 16% ABV monster like this. I could drink a few of these with no problem, although my liver wouldn't thank me.

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kajerm from Illinois, Dec 21, 2007
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4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

KSBF '06 after party....
Hand filled bottle.
Appears a dark, hazy dark brown with caramel & auburn tones around the edges of the glass.
Smell is oaky, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, bready, cocoa, rummy, confectioners candy...superbly complex and addictive.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mild boozy burn of sugary bourbon that makes for an interesting but enticing mixture.
Mouthfeel is sweet, sugary, medium bodied, syrupy, with a mild astringency and bourbon burn. Carbonation is faint if any at all.
This is a well done brew. I would've like to have tried the regular Wheat Trippelbock as a comparison.

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weeare138 from Pennsylvania, Oct 15, 2006
Bourbon Barrel Aged Trippel Weizenbock from The Livery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 41 ratings