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Virgin Papier | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Floydster on 12-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by 0110x011:
Photo of 0110x011
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bruery 1st Anniversary party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a murky tequila sunrise. Red in the core & inner layers, gradually transitioning to a golden yellow. Strangest colored beer I've ever seen. No head whatsoever.

S - Caramel, toffee & green apple first, followed by milder stone fruit aromas (peach, nectarine, etc.). Definite booze burn on the nose as well.

T - Very fruity on the palate compared to the nose. Apples, overripe peaches, and plums are mixed in with the caramel and toffee flavors. A definite caramel apple vibe to it. On the hot side. The flavors all seem to be fighting for control of the palate, but not in a good way. A bit messy.

M - Full body, with super light carbonation. A bit on the syrupy side.

D - A born sipper. Best in small doses.

I like that they had this on tap, to provide comparison with the blended and barrel-aged versions. Drinking the virgin version shows why the barrel aging was so essential in bringing this beer together.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nickd717
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at City Beer Store in SF (copied from tasting notes dated June 2009).

A - Dark, hazy orangish-brown color with a minimal off-white head.

S - Complex aroma of caramel malt, earth, brown sugar, dark fruit, banana, and Belgian yeast.

T - Sweet caramel malt, banana, fig, toffee, brown sugar, and mild hops. Some light fruity notes, pear and banana in particular, are also present. Alcohol noticeable on the finish but not bad for almost 15%.

M - Medium-full bodied and creamy. Low carbonation.

D - Average-plus. This is a strong one and a bit of a sipper, but you can't fault it much considering that's what it's meant to be.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of vurt
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Found my beer notebook, so now I can review this one.) Enjoyed at the Bruery Tasting Room, the day after their 1st Anniversary Party. Served in a Bruery tulip glass.

A good color for an old ale: ruddy brown with deep gold-amber highlights. Hazy body. A thin, sticky head of foam the color of French vanilla ice cream reduces quickly to a patchy skin on the surface. Doesn't leave any lacing, but little pinpoints of foam remain.

Huge sweet malt up front, with toffee and a light cheesiness like baked mozzarella on a pizza. Underneath the malt there is a lot of dark, sweet fruit. Raisins, figs, dates. Peppery alcohol stings the nostrils.

Huge sweet roasty malt tinged with concentrated raisin and pear flavors. Caramel and medjool dates wrapped in burnt sugar. A drop of tart pear follows, along with a creamy nuttiness like tawny port. Some bitterness at the very end.

Syrupy, sticky, full and rich. Carbonation, as expected, is low but suitable. Prominent alcohol warmth.

Not an easy one to drink. This is a heavy one, brother, and seriously hot. The rich and delicious flavors make it a classic slow-sipper, but the alcohol burn makes it a bit of a chore. Time will hopefully take care of that burn. Some barrel-aged character will make this beer incredible. I'm glad I had a chance to try this version.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sac Brew for Bruery night.

A - Dark mahogany with a 2 fingered off-white head. Dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Honey, toffee, cloves, and light fig. Some light alcohol too.

T - As it warms up, it gets better. Dates, figs, brown sugar, honey, toffee, clove and slight alcohol.

M - Full-bodied, but malt dominated. Light alcohol.

D - Overall very good. Needs to age longer still. A much better quaff at about 65-75 degrees. Only drink so much, high alcohol beer.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Floydster
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an un-oaked base version of their upcoming anniversary beer that was originally brewed back in March, it is a Belgian-style old ale that is expected to be nearly twenty percent once it is done aging in oak a couple months from now, color is a mix between red and orange with dark tones, small 1/4 inch bubbly off white head that does not last long, no retention or lacing, aroma consists of dark malts with sweet fruit, Belgian yeast, roasted accents, lots of booze, caramel, apples, brown sugar, and mild floral hoppiness, taste was very strong and sugary, had a hot alcoholic finish that lingered around, bit of dryness saves a lot of its qualities, otherwise would have been too much power, liked the fruity malt presence, the booze could have been toned down a bit but not bad for nearly fifteen percent, mouthfeel is sweet, dry, roasty, and hot, medium bodied, on the lower side for carbonation, could drink a fair amount of this considering its strength, alcohol is hidden pretty well though, have had lots of beers weaker than this in ABV that taste more boozy, definitely a sipper regardless, would like to drink again, looking forward to the future different beer this will become, recommended

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a sunset orange-red, with a light bubbly head, I really enjoyed the colour in this beer.

S: The smell is great and the best part of this ale. Complex malt, cherries, light mushroom, and spice.

T: This certainly a young version at this time and the flavours haven't completely integrated. Big malt notes and ethanol, woody alkaloid, stone fruit. Quite brash in flavour.

M: Brash, alcoholic, and a bit tannic, though the overall profile had an alcohol smoothness that helped round it out.

D: This is a good base to start with as I can see notes of great flavour. A beer that will be interesting to see how it ages.

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Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught at the Bruery's anniversary. Medium-brown color. Lighter than the barrel aged versions, with a honey colored head. Yeasty and fruity aroma with some spice and apple. Malty brown sugar flavors with light yeast notes and light hopping. Medium-full body with some stickiness. On the sweet side and without a whole lot of definition. This was meant to be put in a barrel.

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Virgin Papier from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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