Forêt De Tronçais (Medium Toasted)
Mikkeller ApS

Forêt De Tronçais (Medium Toasted)Forêt De Tronçais (Medium Toasted)
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English Barleywine
4.2 | pDev: 9.05%
Mikkeller ApS
Retired (no longer brewed)
Forêt De Tronçais (Medium Toasted)Forêt De Tronçais (Medium Toasted)
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 11351402 stamped on the bottle cap. Not sure about the age of this, but I'm sure I've had this for at least a year if not longer. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent enough, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, dark fruit (cherry, raisin), oak, vanilla and some booziness. For the most part the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some fig, earthiness and brown sugar. Mostly sweet tasting. Not as boozy as I was expecting it to be at 19.3% ABV. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think the age hasn't hurt it and is drinking good right now, definitely worth getting a bottle if you come across one!

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Photo of larryi86
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A murky dark amber with a two finger off white head.

S- Slightly boozy, dark fruits, figs, cherries, some oak, hints of vanilla, toffee and caramel.

T- Sweet and oaky, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, figs, oak, an herbal earthiness, caramel, toffee, leather, hints of vanilla, not much booze.

M- Smooth, full body, syrupy.

O- I had the light toast of this about two years year ago and enjoyed it, but this is better. Very easy to drink for how high ABV this is. Sweet and complex, worth trying if you get the chance.

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larryi86 from Delaware, May 16, 2016
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Hazy bronze, quite different than the Light Toasted I had a while back. Like that one, this does have an impressive foamy head.
smell: Like the Light, a big decadent nose. Full of dark fruit, and toffee.
taste: Big and decadent like the nose. Dark fruit, bread, sweet. Like a fine Port.
overall: Dangerously drinkable. Believe it or not, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Loving this series.

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Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is better than the light roast version with its richer deeper taste. Aroma was a bit similar, though the tart was toned down and toffee comes out. Flavor is more like nose, not as sweet as the light version, more balanced, and generally a more round and masterful product.

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drpimento from Wisconsin, Jan 03, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

really hard to compare this straight up to the medium toasted limousine we had over the summer. for my palate memory, they are awfully similar, but its clear the time between has changed the beer and muddled my memory of the first one. this is similarly hazy and thick, apple cider colored, without much more than some patchy bubbles along the edges of the glass. super sweet, a sugar bomb right from the get go, with brown sugar and maple aromas, and a lot less wood that i expected it to demonstrate. marshmallow and honey are there too, as much sugar as grain it seems. the taste is a little deeper than the nose, and the beer is good, just a small doses kind of thing. booze heat right up front carries all the way through it, sweet vanilla from the wood, and a real thick sugary wort that almost seems unfermented if it wasnt for all the booze. notes of red apple and raisin in the middle. i suppose it has a wood flavor to it, but less than the limousine, thats for sure. for a beer designed to feature that aspect, this is a little lackluster. that said, its one unique barleywine, a lot like the big worse series in its base, and drinks like a brandy as much as anything else. solid offering, but its probably best to assemble some battle tested friends and attempt the whole series in one sitting to compare nuances...

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Photo of roadhouse
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely raisin and fig, brown sugar on the nose - subtle vanilla. Taste is basically the same and definitely reminds me of JWL Harvest, but even bigger. For being 19.3%, there is no alcoholic heat detected which is surprising. If you, as I do, enjoy JW Lees Harvest, Thomas Hardy, Samichlaus, DFH 120 (aged) and the like, this is something you will enjoy very much. If you are not into any of those beers, don't waste your money on it as you will simply not like it.

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roadhouse from Florida, Oct 24, 2015
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass, pours a nice brandy like darkish orange color. You can definitely smell the wood and tobacco-ish notes (very reminiscent of bourbon), taste is very very sweet and very very strong, not for the faint of heart.

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bgold86 from New York, Oct 11, 2015
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3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml, elongated teardrop-shaped bottle. Another one of those scorched-earth approaches to new beer introduction by the pertinent agent, it would seem.

This beer pours a cloudy, dark apricot amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, faintly foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky arc weld lace in places around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of sharp, gag-inducing metallic alcohol, musty caramel malt, gritty and bready toffee, mixed dark orchard fruit, a bit of out-of-place banana flesh, very slight barrel notes - maybe some vanilla, maybe some indistinct wood grain - soused sultana raisins, and some faint earthy, musty, and leafy hops. The taste is, the taste is, holy shit, very few offerings make me almost bring up my lunch due to their untethered booziness, but here we have it. Having come down from the edge, the heat is still there, and only barely tempered by the musty, dusty English version of caramel/toffee-informed barleywine malt, sozzled plums, cherries, and browned apples, unwelcome yeast, a still hard to really notice oakiness - neutered vanilla the most palpable, I suppose - reduced brown sugar, and a steadily generic noble hop bitterness.

The bubbles are damned near absent, hardly a frothy or fizzy tickle is to be had for a dime, it would appear, the body a sturdy enough middleweight, and smooth, in a devil's handshake sort of manner, if ya get my drift. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the fruitiness and the lingering yeast providing ample offset to the still heady malt contingent.

Yeah, this was a big ol' smack to my various senses at first contact, and it only somewhat settled down thereafter. I guess for the near 40-proof strength, this comes off all right, but I don't really see the point, as the purported French Oak gets more or less lost in the mire, and the overall drinkability, she be shit.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Sep 16, 2015
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml tear drop bottle poured into tulip 9/9/15

A murky amber liquid, a finger of short lived foam makes some noise in the few seconds it existed, looks thick with lots of legs

S vanilla and caramel come at me right away, apple pie, crust and spice included, not a whole lot of barrel but a little wet wood, I can smell booze but no where near 19.3%, faint tobacco, sugar coated raisins, more caramel and sugars

T more booze in the mouth, more oak, still massive amounts of caramel, vanilla, and dried fruit, less apple pie, but not really that far from the nose

M big and syrupy, as expected the carbonations low, a little numbing on the lips, mellow heat going down is less then expected but it slams your chest and head, a little tannin like grit but somehow slick after the fact, a little sticky on the lips, more oak on the finish than anywhere else

O shes a massive glass of beer alright, a fair bit going on and everything's big and boozy at times but if it wasn't I'd be more concerned

I'd love to do the side by side with all 6 but its just to much booze even with some friends. I'm not loving the price tags but I'm looking forward to the rest f the series

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wordemupg from Alberta (Canada), Sep 10, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no bottled on date present. My second of the barleywines from the French Oak Barrel Series. Acquired all six bottles from the local beer store. 19.30% abv confirmed, and more than likely destined to doom me.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick syrupy caramel orange body with just under a finger of off-white head. Lots of sticky strands of lacing cling to the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Big aroma of caramel, candied raisins, figs, & dates. A kiss of alcohol fumes, but not much considering the high abv.

T - Taste is the same: smooth creamy caramel, ands lots of candied dark fruit sweetness - raisins, figs, dates. Very mild alcohol warmth.

M - A smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Full-bodied, thick, and somewhat syrupy, but very easy-drinking considering the high abv.

Overall, another nice one from this series by Mikkeller. No real distinctiveness or differences from the Light toasted version are noticeable, in my opinion. Looking forward to trying the others.

Mikkeller Forêt De Tronçais (Medium Toasted) -----4/5.

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mfnmbvp from Illinois, May 27, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone flute. Pours a slightly hazy, medium dull orange amber with a patchy off-white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass and light slippery lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruit; plums, figs and dates, light fresh plum, woody oak, fortified wine, hints of vanilla; a hint of oxidation. Classic aged English barelywine profile. Flavor of fresh and dried plum, light stone fruit and dried dark fruit, sweet and jammy. Light barrel influence of oak with vanilla; very warming and a bit boozy. Midway through the taste, the alcohol becomes quite noticeable, but the flavor is rich enough to hold its own. More fresh fruit flavors than in the aroma. Medium bodied with a light syrup mouth feel. A very nice dark fruit forward English barleywine with light, but satisfying barrel influence. The barreling has given it a mildly port-like character, but with more plum and dark fruit character. An excellent barreled barleywine, with great English influence. A bit on the boozy side, but at nearly 20% ABV, quite within reason. I was able to get all of this series locally except for this one, which I was lucky enough to find in Southern California, where I am happy to review it as the first one I've tried.. I'm a big fan of Mikkeller, regretting the price point of most of their ales, but rarely disappointed that I picked them up. This was well worth trying and a great example of one of my favorite styles.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Mar 02, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Incredible, I have shared two of these and the next three, I will not.

T: Honey, dates, figs, barley, vanilla and oak all washed into one on a 19.3 ABV% that will turn you on to something you haven't had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the last of these fresh "French Oak" barelywines expire, the taste of them all are conclusively similar, bringing slight differentials that are largely dwarfed by the enormity of alcohol, sweetness and savoriness. But with all that, who care's how similar they are, they're all wonderful!

The medium toast Troncais captivates the senses with its decadent sweetness that hedges on toffee, maple and praline. Fortified vinous flavors and aromas of tangy-sweet port wine and aged sherry rise to wrap around fruit tones of dates, figs, raisins and rum-soaked cherries. Don't discount red apple, grape, plum and berry as these tones tuck right behind the aged stone fruit.

Its middle is boisterous, lush and dense with spice cake, fruitcake and with a poundcake density. Its lavish syrup taste it tawny in taste and laced with tangy red wine, fresh-hung tobacco and curing leather. Its a full-bodied beer that shows no signs of easing up.

And much of that holds true even in the beer's finish. Its weighted sweetness lays heavy on the tongue from sip 'til finish and is only eased by spicy brandy-type alcohol, port acidity and faint carbonation to create a mild lifting of malty. But alas, the ale is a sipping ale, belonging on the same plane of those aged port and sherry wines.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jul 31, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass

A: pours amber orange with small head that dissipates into small ring

S: smells very sweet

T: tastes bet sweet of raisen and apricot. Heats up at end and taste a little of yeast. First taste is very similar to a desert wine.

M: full body thick and sticks to mouth. A little heat from abv as warms up

Overall: very much like a desert wine. Very sweet. If u like that ... Then drink it

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trippytbta from California, Jul 04, 2014
Forêt De Tronçais (Medium Toasted) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 39 ratings