Old Guardian BELGO Barleywine | Stone Brewing

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82
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572 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Old Guardian BELGO BarleywineOld Guardian BELGO Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by srroos on 02-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
572
Reviews:
302
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
16.53%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
94
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Guardian Belgo

Ontap, pours a clear mahogony and a small off white head. In the aroma, candied fruits, yeast and booze. Tastes almost like a belgian quad, big time maltyness, fruit notes, alcohol also checks in. Toffee, cherry, kiss of piney hops rounding it out. A nice big beer and the belgian yeast really made things interesting. Would have it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from a friend so happy to try it out

A - copper in color with a slight haze to it; light carbonation bubbles trail upwards and there is a small white head that only resides on the edges

S - smell is fruity with hints of apricot, clementine and grapefruit with slight caramel sweetness to it. As it warms, the Belgian aspects in the nose start to come out as I note bread and bubblegum flavors. Nose is moderate overall.

T - at first there is a malty sweetness and orange that hits the tongue. The taste then becomes more hoppy with a grapefruit bitterness that becomes stronger and lingers in the finish. As it warms up I start to get more of the Belgian notes that were not there at first as I started to note esters and their bubblegum and clove flavors. Overall it reminds me more of a DIPA than a barley wine.

MF - good mouthfeel with a nice thick, stickiness to it. Feels full within in the mouth and has a slight carbonation to it.

O - an interesting beer that reminds me more of a DIPA, with it's heavy hop presence, than a barleywine beer. Interesting to have the Belgian flavors mixed in there. Worth a try and would be interesting to age to see what it is like as the hops mellow.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottled in 2011. This comes off as an English Barleywine in an American Belgian Barleywine style. It almost tastes like it's barrel aged. Lots of caramel, vanilla and wood. Very intriguing.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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