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Papier | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Papier is our first anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain. The traditional first anniversary gift is something made of paper. The Bruery is giving their loyal fans the gift of Papier, their first anniversary ale. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Papier is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark our first big milestone. Best for sharing, this beer is ideal for cellaring until you have a celebration of your own…if you can wait.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from a pour at the Bruery Reserve Society Tasting November 19, 2011. Pours a murky brown, lighter tan colored head on it about 1/6" deep. Aroma was bourbon, toffee, caramel, raisin, maris otter and brown malt like heft to it.

Taste, wow, the original boozy cracker jack in the formula. Nougat. Burnt and turnt sugar, vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, chocolate dipped raisin. For being just the essential base from which all solera will follow, this is surprisingly complex. I might not have liked it as much as say, Fruet, but its damn good, these things don't get enough love. Carbonation was nice and appropriately somewhat lesser than your average beer. There is a hint of dark fruit bitterness that is more present here than in others in the series.

Its a really good beer, and like all in the series, it covers the alcohol very well. I wish I had more than one of these left. IIRC the bottle is #775.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is now 9 years old. Poured from fridge temp into big balloon snifter. Pours a murky brown with almost no head. Nose is nuts, figs, port/sherry, caramel, and raisins. Reminds me of an aged English barleywine. Taste is also along those lines. Nice and sweet, with a bitter backbone. Huge toffee notes, bourbon, figs, raisins, fudge, and candy. Definitely getting an odd bitterness and some oxidation. It's probably past its prime, but still tasting great. Mouthfeel is robust.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Toffee like malt aroma, with some light dark fruits, with moderately light oxidative note.

A: Deep brown color, opaque, with a rocky tan uneven head that quickly forms a fine ring around the glass.

T: Lots of malt character with a toffee/caramel flavor, light dried fruits with a moderate oxidation, faint sherry flavor with noticeable alcoholic strength and a slightly sweet finish.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer is starting to show some oxidization, but is still a very drinkable old ale.

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Photo of DVMin98
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cvm4
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled #3427 of #4777

I'm going to go into this not expecting a fresh & vibrant beer. I know it has some age on it.

L - Pours a really unattractive muddy brown body with a head that you barely notice. For all that I know, the beer is basically flat. I guess the lack of a hiss when opening it should have been an indicator.

S - The smell is intoxicating! Gobs of dark stone fruits with rich caramel and candied syrup.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with oxidation brought into the fold. Aside from that, taste follows the nose.

F - Full bodied and light to almost no carbonation. Has a wet finish.

O - This has held up better than I was expecting. I big brew that, IMO is on the downward trend, but has somewhat held up to the test of time.

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Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml black waxed bottle #4277 of 4777. Poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a very dark brown with a khaki head that is comprised of very large bubbles. As the cap fades, it leaves spotty lace on the glass. Visually, this appears to be lacking carbonation.

Aroma is chocolate...like, lots of it then a hint of raisony alcohol and leather. Some caramel, molasses and a hint of oak. Yesterday I opened a bottle of Coton and the day before that a bottle of Cuir, both of them showcased deep layerings of oxidation. I get zero oxidative character in the nose of this bottle of Papier which is interesting considering this is the oldest of the 3 beers mentioned.

Taste has just as much dry, roasty chocolate flavor as the nose leads on. Then raisony alcohol and a firm herbal bitterness that lasts with an oily cling. There is plenty of malt character left tasting of caramel and almost a burnt molasses with enough residual sweetness to combat both the alcohol and bitterness. Only once the brew gets warm do I start to notice some mild oxidative quality but honestly, I am shocked at how little is present in comparison to Cuir and Coton.

This is medium to fuller bodied with light carbonation which I feel is fitting for this big sipper. For being 7 years old, I think its fantastic and holding up much better than some people claim, perhaps thats bottle variation and storage conditions playing into others experiences. For me, this is great and it tastes better than many of the others in the anniversary series.

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Photo of dddddddd
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

6 years in the cellar. Broke out tonight for, well, no special occasion ... just continuing to clear the cellar.

Pours with no real carbonation... virtually flat. I'm ok with that.
Very dark brown to amber in color.
Aromas are full of rich, fermented fruit plus oak.. Dates, cherry, and raisin.
Mouthfeel is rich - not too cloying, as you might expect from a 14% beer... maybe it's the style.
Flavors are full of the rich fruits in the aroma, plus lots of oak / vanilla, and a bit of black licorice.

This one held up ok - no spoilage. Probably aged it too long, but was happy with the beer overall.

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

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alright, I had this last night with a vertical of the anniversary ales... it wasn't the best of the lot unfortunately.

A - Opened the bottle to not much hiss. Poured into a Bruery tasting glass (the original printed ones), poured a VERY murky brown, mind you it had been sitting upright for a good few weeks. There was little to no carbonation, even when I poured it hard.

S - Smelled great, lots of dried fruits and caramel malts with a smattering of oxidation.

T - Tasted very similar to the nose, which is nice. Definitely oxidized over the years, but in a good way.

M - Chewy and somewhat thick because of the lack of carbonation, but I'm fine with that, it's the mouthfeel I wanted out of the beer.

O - It was good, I'm glad I got to try it, but I can't help but think that the 25/75 blend gave me a beer that wasn't as interesting and lasting as I had hoped.

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Photo of Sanderson
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Been holding onto this for a looooong time, original batch from 2009, had all the other anniversaries so needed to crack this one. Shared with rudzud and kyle.

Original batch from 2009, bottle number 2006.

Pours no real head, super dark maroon brown color touch of mahogany light coming through.

Nose brings tons of sweet candy malt, toffee, nutty, candy syrup, lots of aged soft malts, little nougat, etc. Some oxidation is def there, not a ton but some, little candied raisin, mild oak, toasted oak no real bourbon or vanilla.

Taste hits with sweet candy, sharp sweet candy and caramel syrup, so sweet, syrupy mess and some warming booze, nutty toffee, etc. Little candied syrupy raisin syrup, little bitterness still. Mild oxidation, not much, and a little toasted oak also not a ton. Finish is sticky sweet, little more booze, more candied raisin and syrupy candy lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, very syrupy and sweet, no real carb either, plenty of hot booze.

Overall better than expected, some oxidation but not a ton, bit boozy and very sweet.

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Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. Bottle #2006/4777

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark crystal clear black hue with a very thin halo. Nice legs.

S - Aromas of sweet raisins, malts, sugar, oxidation, faint bourbon, no real alcohol.

T - Taste is lightly boozy, lots of oxidation, nice light bourbon, malty sweetness, nice light almost prunes, caramel, more oxidation.

M - Mouthfeel is very sticky and syrupy, little booze.

O - Overall this beer was really great to try, but yah definitely has fallen off. Glad to try.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fern13
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Raziel313
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had recently. Didn't age very well.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

- 4 oz. pour from 750mL bottle into tasting snifter
- Bruery Tasting Room on 19-Dec-14

Nice dark toasty and roasty aroma. No bubbles. Plum sweetness. One of the better smelling brews I've smelled in a while. No carbo, but like a refined port with no booze whatsoever. Overall real nice, but would've preferred a bit more carbo and thicker body. I'm gonna say this one peaked.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.86/5  rDev -4%

Photo of mdlb44
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Papier from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 227 ratings