Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian BELGO BarleywineOld Guardian BELGO Barleywine

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by srroos on 02-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/2/11 while listening to Wesley Willis Greatest Hits

2011 Vintage (duh)

This is a nice looking beer; can't lie there. Toasty amber brown hue; looks very much like a fluid spectrum of autumn leaves. Two finger head has almost a soft yellow hue. The head thins but leaves an impressive enough amount of lace.

Maybe I should have popped this critter sooner because it doesn't smell nearly as bad as I've been told or subsequently feared. Orange peel, tangy apple, random fruit juiciness, toasted bread, some caramel-ish type sugars. Hey Seth, where's the band-aid? I mean, there are some musty, off-aromas going on and it smells disjointed and over-ripe but it could be way worse. No booze.

Eh, this tastes like an perpetual back and forth of "kind of ok" and "unpleasant bull jive." Caramelized sugars, toasted bread, earthy hops and some decaying citric tones seem fairly standard for Old Guardian; however, the belgo yeast imparts a musty (almost vegetal) notion and annoyingly spicy finish.

Medium-full body with appropriately moderate carbonation. Booziness is kept in check, considering the abv (at least for the abv). Still, it's more than warming. It finishes rather dry with some residual hops, too.

This could be so much worse, but I haven't exactly enjoyed it. Thankfully I was able to pawn half of it off on one of my friends. he happened to enjoy it. We'll be cracking the Belgo Anise shortly. It's even less pleasant as it warms.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is slightly hazy, but bright amber, a rather high warm off-white head, leaving good lacing, good curtains.

Smelling fruity, peaches, spicy, liqueur.

Starting sweet, brown bread, a fruity acidity, spicy, herbs, liqueur.

Little carbonation, slightly sticky and oily, a bit boozy, slightly dry.

As most American Barley Wines a bit too heavy on the hops.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second serving Stone Old Guardian BELGO I've had. THis one was better than the first (maybe the 6 months aging helped). It mellowed. Still not a great barleywine. The Belgian characteristics aren't very noticeable.

A: Red colour and a 8 mm head that lasts pretty well despite poor carbonation. 4.5

S: Sweet and malty. Not a strong smell. 3.5

T: Malty with some honey and oxidation. The finish tastes like slightly bitter cardboard. 3.5

M: Thick and flat. 4

O: 3.5

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hefty and intriguing Belgianized barley wine.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed label with the gargoyle hooding the jar tin gold framing wand characters. Back offers a personal mini article signed by Greg about the craft beer scene in Europe and how it compares to the States, next to cellaring, and ingredient notes. Notes 2011 odd year release, and shows 12% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Medium amber gold pour, good finger of creamy head, medium to moderate retention, fair surface memory, and touches of lacing.

S - Boozy yeasty nose, caramelized orange with a touch of spices.

T - Malty and yeasty with a bitter and boozy sense, caramelized orange peel, malty range with a compact fruity sense, spicy bitterness woven under the astringent sweetness…

M - Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation, fairly smooth with a lingering strong character in the finish.

O - Complex and challenging sipper, a bit too aggressive for a bigger serving but worth the experience.

Notes: Probably not my thing, yet, but this is starting to feel like a new style. If we have come to recognize Belgian IPAs this is coming to be a Belgium Double IPA-Barley Wine kind of thing? It is not that it is all off, or all over the place. I feel it is how this experimental range is shaping. Too hefty and harsh at cellar temperature for an easy flow it sure works a bit better a touch colder… But the complex flow again reminds me of those US double takes with hopped tripels such as Clown Shoe´s Muffin Top, Smuttinose´s Homunculus, or Terrapin´s Monks Revenge. We´ll see where this goes…

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine from Stone Brewing
3.63 out of 5 based on 572 ratings.
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