Forêt Du Centre (Light Toasted)
Mikkeller ApS

Forêt Du Centre (Light Toasted)Forêt Du Centre (Light Toasted)
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British Barleywine
Ranked #67
Ranked #6,451
4.19 | pDev: 8.35%
Mikkeller ApS
Forêt Du Centre (Light Toasted)Forêt Du Centre (Light Toasted)
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 11/20/14 @ California Split.

Hazy light orange rust hue.

Minimal bubbly white head; minimal lace.

Banana, caramel & mild booze heat nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Apple cider & vanilla flavors; unique, unexpected & tasty.

Even more impressive us the lack of booze heat; this is downright quaffable! I'd love to have another...

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy dark orange/amber color with a small dense cream colored with with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, orange zest, sherry, cognac, brandy, vanilla, toasted oak, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, and biscuit; with light notes of herbal, grass, leather, tobacco, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, brandy/wine barrels, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, orange zest, sherry, cognac, brandy, vanilla, toasted oak, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, and biscuit; with light notes of herbal, grass, leather, tobacco, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop bitterness and brandy/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, orange zest, sherry, cognac, brandy, vanilla, toasted oak, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, biscuit, leather, tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, brandy/wine barrels, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness and brandy/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/syrupy/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; a light-moderate increasing warmth, with minimal booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this an insane English barelywine! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, brandy/wine barrels, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the massive ABV. Insanely rich and complex; with perfectly balanced fruity yeast, sweet dark malts, and (assumed) Brandy/Sherry barrel flavors; with just enough hops to balance the sweetness. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Hazy bronze, mostly clear. A full foamy head.
smell: Like other variants, 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 wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml teardrop bottle poured into tulip 8/2/16

A lots of sediment in a thick and syrupy looking orange amber liquid, looks a little still but it manages to pump out a fast falling finger of foam the leaves no lace, lots of legs though, she looks big

S sweet and spicy caramel apple, oak and brandy, some booze but less then expected, bruised orchard fruit, very earthy and spicy with lots of caramels

T similar to the nose but more booze and spicy caramel apple, well its an intensified version of the nose really, too bad the booze pumped up with everything else

M syrupy, thick, a little flat and hot, hitting my head and chest after it stings on the way down, boozier then I recall the other versions, slick inside and just a little sticky on the lips

O not as easy to drink as I remember the other versions but as a slow sipper shes working well , big and boozy but tasty

I gotta wonder how different this series really is, I've drank it over time bottle at a time not really being able to do a side by side with them. All have been good but none of them really blew me away

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Photo of drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At first I thought this didn’t seem to be so impressive. But then I tasted it. Whoa. Appearance is nothing special with a modest head. Aroma, ditto with mainly yeast, then fruit, bread dough, toffee. about it. Taste is an explosion- plump juicy raisins, a bit tart, yet just the right amount of sweet to balance, ditto tang. Really good. Likewise body. Alcohol is totally hidden.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, I have no idea how old it is but I'm pretty sure I've had this bottle for at least 7 months. 11351402 is stamped on the bottle cap. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like oak, caramel malt, stone fruit, bready malt and some booziness. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some earthiness, honey, sherry and orange marmalade flavors noticeable. This tasted better the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's boozy, but not as much as I was expecting considering this is 19.3% ABV. Overall I liked this, it's certainly worth picking up if you come across a bottle. I also have a bottle of the medium toasted Forêt du Centre that I'll have to try soon, so it'll be interesting to compare that brew to this one.

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Photo of darktronica
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More of Mikkeller's signature wankery. If you're familiar with any other of their non-IPA, non-sour offerings, then you already know the Forêt Du Centre experience, as it is full of that typical Mikkeller je ne sais quoi, wherein everything is full of biscuity yeast, jackfruit, and more citrus-infused caramel than you would expect stylistically from a normal beverage.

This is far from normal, but that does not make it extraordinary. I love Mikkeller, if only because they remind me of the weird, extreme possibilities of what beer can be. 19.3% abv is absurd, but it tastes like 10%, tops. The amount of oak is likewise ridiculous. Anyone who appreciates strong, aged English barleywines should give at least one of this lineup a shot; it's not a game-changer, but it's useful for expanding horizons.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml, inverted tulip-shaped bottle, as ever was - the last in this series for me of over-priced, French oaked English Barleywines from a Danish contract brewer in Belgium. Jebus.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with a thin cap of weakly foamy, and generally bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying, rearing hippopotamus lace in places around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of, once again, harsh alcohol esters (the gag-inducing sort), bready, doughy caramel malt, faintly biscuity toffee, muddled light orchard fruit (apples, pears, and peaches, mostly), dead yeast, deader wooden notes - wan vanilla, really - and soft leafy, weedy, and duly perfumed floral bitters. The taste is musty, gritty caramel malt, dusty toffee, a mixed 'n matched Yuk-a-Flux generic fruitiness, more under the basement stairs in a way-too-old house character, stale earthy honey, a weak oily nuttiness, a fading old-school wine-soaked woodiness, and more plain weedy, leafy hops that obviously have seen better and headier days.

The bubbles are still actually present and good to go, but lacking any sort of fervour or elan in their bleak frothiness, the body on the light side of middleweight, and smooth, sure, but with a heavy serving of alcohol warming to go alongside. It finishes sweet, boozy, and kind of acrid, from many indiscernible vectors.

Yeah, after having gone through all of the iterations (siblings, what have you) of this barrel-aged series, I've yet to be particularly moved. Sure, Mikkeller has done an impressive enough job of marrying Sherry to an English barleywine - but so fucking what? As a beer fan, this just reeks of opportunism, and not a drinkable, or ultimately enjoyable affair.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is a hidden gem from Mikkeller. I'll be honest I didn't look at the ABV until half way through the bottle wondering why it was hitting me so hard. 19.3%?!! Completely hidden by the sweet toffee, caramel, and loads of dark fruit. The nose is amazing. Smells of candy. Sweet caramel apple, oaky goodness. Aging has done this bottle well. The alcohol is nonexistent. This is a pure delight in the mouthfeel. Syrupy, thick, and so smooth. Like sugar. No alcohol. No burn. It's crazy this is 19.3%!!! Appearance is a nice thick Amber. Thin lacing and it sticks to the sides of the glass. Overall I was blown away. This had sat for a bit so the other reviews about this being a bit hot I think faded with age. I'm not too often impressed with Mikeller but this one is one of them.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first in the Foret series. Powerfully sweet, even for a barleywine. Lot of fruit, mostly apricot, and oak. The extremely high abv caught me off guard. Wasn't boozy at all. Definitely looking forward to the rest.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz bottle, no bottled on date present. My third beer in the MIkkeller French Oak Barrel Series.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a murky caramel orange. Just a skimming of off-white bubbles for a head. Leaves good sticky strands of lacing behind with each sip.

S - Big of aromas of sweetened caramel, toffee, and some alcohol fumes.

T - Taste follows the nose: tons of sticky caramel, toffee goodness, and a pleasant bit of booze presence.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Semi-thickish but highly drinkable, especially considering the massive 19.30% abv.

Overall, much in the same realm as the others that I've tried, if maybe a bit more caramel forward. An excellent barleywine, well worth seeking out this series.

Mikkeller Forêt Du Centre (Light Toasted) -----4/5.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light version, 19.2%. Lol. Dark golden orange in color with very little to no head. Somewhat hazy in appearance. Very sweet with lots of fruity notes.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Embarking onto what seems to be a deviant and seductive series, Mikkeller's release of that push upwards of nineteen-percent strength, a whole range of sweetensses, suculences and seductions are sure to ensue.

Foret du Centre (light toast) kicks off with the luscious aromas and flavors that take us back to childhood with tantalizing honey, faint caramel, and robust angel food cake. Marmalade fruit, maple and light butterscotch coat the palate with an early sweetness that captivates the senses with savory and sweet provocation.

Retaining its sturdy taste and aroma, the middle palate unfolds with toasty sweetness as if fresh baked biscotti has been dipped in honey. But an herbal tone injects with the bright taste of sun teas, light tobacco, and a whimsy of cedar. its mild spiciness begins to resonate with port and sherry wine strength even as its inky body layers upon the tongue.

Warm, spicy and sweet- the lavish ale finishes with the nutty taste of cashew, even as cognac-soaked fig, date, raisin and peach reinforce a sweet and lasting finish. Like any highly complex ales go; notes of port and sherry frame its flavor- this ale's uniqueness lies in its perfumy peat and its tobacco and praline finish.

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Forêt Du Centre (Light Toasted) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 35 ratings