Papier | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: 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.

Added by Halcyondays on 05-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Tom8Analise
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We opened this beer for my 22nd b-day!"Which is today" It's number 1915..

A- Pours a nice dark brown with no head at all.

S- Smells like a caramel apple that was fermented.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. Tastes like apple cider that was spiked ! Very delicious indeed and Very sweet and satisfying!

M- Mouth feel is very smooth .. Has absolutely no carbonation at all.

D- Drinkability is good but we would definitely recommend aging this beer for a few years.. the alcohol is soo overwhelming that you can't enjoy all the flavors that this beer has to offer.

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4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had bottle #3755/4777, corked and waxed, at the Gingerman in Manhattan, split with a friend. This was the first time I've found the beer, and it was waaaay better than expected. It poured dark reddish brown with no head, just a few random bubbles on the surface. The aroma was really impressive, damn near perfect. It smelled more like a port wine than anything else, just so good that I couldn't stop from sniffing. Rich and redolent, dark fruits and caramel, absolutely delicious smell and taste. Holy crap but this is in the top tier of all beers I've tried, the real deal. Lots of sweetness in the taste, plums and raisins, and also the light burn of alcohol but not too much to really hurt the drinkability. The body is thick but it fits the flavors well. Very little carbonation but again this fits the overall style, at least it felt right. A very impressive beer that I was glad to find, worth the $25 at a fine bar.

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4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A magnificent crystal clear ruby with a very very small amount of white head that has goldfish eye-sized bubbles in the midst of a tight foam.

S- Splash of bourbon, fig, caramel, spice and all sorts of running complexions that are too strong to pick apart one by one...

T-Plum, strong warming alcohol, vanilla, and creme brule`!!

M- firm, yet silky smooth, with a spicy dry finish.

D- I want this to be served with my last meal if i ever get thrown on death row. Its very heavy but bearable. I love heavy beer like this.

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4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark cola brown (lighter than expected) that fades to a dark amber around the edges. Pours with little to no carbonation, I choose to tack this up to stylistic choice - and a good one given the flavor.

S - dark fruits (prunes, dates, apricots, dare I say persimmons), alcohol in general and bourbon in particular. Wow. I'm impressed

T - Lives up to the smell. Very strong and robust dark fruits and bourbon, but accompanied by a light buttery, caramel flavor. Cocoa nibs and coffee round out the deliciousness. Again, very impressed yet again by the Bruery.

M - Heavy but fits the flavor. Too much carbonation would detriment the perception of the amazing complexity of the flavor. Flows, doesn't bubble, across the palette.

D - Not a session beer, but not intended to be. Would be excellent with a nice German chocolate cake...I think I'm in love!

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle #1998/4777 poured into tulip shape glasses:

A: Little to no head, just a lace of vanilla around the rim on top of a dark maple body, with a vibrant rosy tint to it. Absolutely looks delicious.

S: Port wine, maple syrup, brown sugar, and toffee. Then the alcohol pulls through a little bit, just to be covered up again by the overall sweetness of this beer.

T: Dark fruit on the front of the palate, with the alcohol definitely making itself known. (Although that is expected do to the high ABV.) Then comes a rush of sweet maple syrup, caramel apple dipped in hazelnuts, vanilla, oak, with banana bread on the side. Really a nice treat for the taste buds.

M: Thick like maple syrup with very little carbonation. The alcohol gives a perfect sensation/warming throughout your mouth, and then into the chest. This beer makes dreams come true.... not really sure what that means, but I think were starting to feel the effects of this wonderfully complex masterpiece.

D: We could share at least two of these bottles, definitely a sipper, but still goes down extremely well, and a lot easier than we thought it would.

The Kings Of Hop

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4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a dark rich mahogany, almost no head, juts a thin ring of lace around the rim

S - oomph, big dark fruits, raisins, plums, prunes, dates; some dark molasses and even some hints of bourbon

T - wow, dark ripe fruits, like cherries or strawberries, rich butery sweets as well, toffee, vanilla, and caramel, the bourbon notes are still present as well

M&D - complex, thick, syrupy, heavy bodied, a supreme Old Ale. layers and layers of flavor, super smooth and in addition a well hid 14.5% well done Bruery

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4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2042 of 4777 shared with some friends on 8/22. from notes.

Pours a brownish color with ruby highlights and streaks of tan. No head forms, but bubbles are abundant and struggle to form the slightest film.

Aroma is really mindblowing. It took me a while to figure out everything that was going on here. Raisins, dates, cherries, roasted nuts, vanilla sweetness, caramel and bourbon soaked fruits. Toasted malts and yeast esters. Toffee and chocolates... a toblerone bar. If I had to describe it in one word... 'decadent' might be appropriate... or would it be 'rich'? And yes, of course there is some alcohol apparent, but that is ok, right?

Taste follows the aroma but with less complexity due to an unbalanced initial sweetness. After the first few sips, it isn't hard to detect the similar complexity in the flavor as is apparent in the aroma. Alcohol is apparent and warming, low carbonation works well with the flavor profile here.

Mouthfeel is not what I would expect at all for a beer of this ABV. It was nice and creamy, coating. Drinkability is great for its ABV, but having said that, I wouldn't be eager to split this bottle any less than 4 ways. Alcohol becomes more and more overwhelming as the glass gets closer to room temp, but in the grand scheme of things, this is really an amazing beer. Can't wait to see how much better this gets over time.

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Beer was about a year old when consumed. Thanks to bmanning for pulling this out.

Pours a nice caramel tan color with a slight head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Fairly impressive that it was there for as long as it was. The nose brings forward a bit of booze, dark sugars, caramel, nice fruits, and some toffee. The taste really integrates everything quite well--the booze is there but there is some nice sweetness and great fruit notes in addition to some toffee. Medium feel with really nice warmth. A very nice beer that is aging quite well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Papier from The Bruery
4.01 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
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