Papier (Brandy Barrel) | The Bruery

Papier (Brandy Barrel)Papier (Brandy Barrel)
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Papier (Brandy Barrel)Papier (Brandy Barrel)

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Overlord on 07-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Photekut for breaking this bottle open at the Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate release. This is one I certainly never thought that I would come across! Served in a SAVOR snifter.

The pour brings a very dark brew with some copper highlights. A hard pour brings forth a bit of foam that recedes quickly, leaving just a few bubbles along the sides. The nose is explosive with huge notes of brandy and oak, accompanied by some vanilla, sherry, dark fruits, and plenty of caramel malt. Very sweet and integrated with just a bit of booze, though certainly nowhere near 17% abv worth.

The flavor is even better. The brandy stole the show a bit in the nose, but is extremely well-integrated here. The brandy, oak, and vanilla play very well off of each other and the caramel sweetness is a welcome addition to the background. Just enough booze to pull everything together. Very full mouthfeel with just a bit of alcohol and low carbonation. An excellent sipper to be sure. This further reinforces my desire to seek out the other two variants.

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Photo of largadeer
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for sharing these, Shane.

Murky brown in color, incredibly thick and oily with no head whatsoever.

The aroma is loaded with big boozy brandy barrel, and an equally enormous malt backbone supports it. I get vanilla, molasses, raisins and a touch of wood and soil. Intense but so damn good.

It tastes like it smells; rich, sweet and incredibly alcoholic. Flavors of vanilla and caramel from the barrel compliment the leathery, fruity base beer beautifully. The stillness works nicely with a beer of this size, as it only serves to enhance the full body. The finish goes on seemingly forever, bringing out flavors of maple syrup, leather and woody tannins. This drinks like a vintage port - amazing stuff.

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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks, Shane! This beer truly was a treat

A: A still pour, mahogany in color with reddish highlights. The way this beer coats the glass is beautiful, earning an extra half point for some gorgeous legs

S: Big brandy aroma on the nose with brown sugar sweeness. Alcohol is apparent on the nose, but nothing to suggest the 17% level that it's at. Rich and fruity with apples, plums and raisins, this is rather decadent

T: Opens up with a big brandy character with a lot of sweetness present - sugar, dark honey. This tastes like a liquid fruit cake in some ways. The brandy is excellently expressed, and lends a big, juicy bite on the way down. Warms your innards on the way down in a very pleasant way.

M: Big in body, the stillness enhances the thick, liqueur-like character of the beer. Sweet on the finish with a lot of complexity, this beer is far from cloying, especially with the way the brandy is expressed.

D: To borrow from the experience of the guys at Brewdog - this is an irresponsible beer to make. I really could drink myself to death with this. Phenomenal

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Photo of MasterSki
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shane for opening this bottle for the pre-Sinner's party tasting event. Served in a goblet.

A - Poured with a thin film of big bubbles that dissipated quickly. Otherwise looks like a still, dark brown with reddish highlights at the fringes. I wasn't expecting much at 17% and this was slightly more carbonated than I was led to believe.

S - Wow! Tons of brandy in the nose, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, raisins, molasses, some alcohol (but not 17% worth). Awesome stuff!

T - This is an unusual brew where the taste is even better in my humble opinion. It's like drinking liquid brandy-soaked caramel cake. The alcohol is shockingly well hidden, and it doesn't have the strong grape character I found in the regular Papier.

M - Very low carbonation, but not completely still. Medium-thick body, lots of residual stickiness and a little bit of tannic character as well. Some definite alcohol warmth builds throughout the glass.

D - This is a brew where I'd be happy to go back for multiple servings, even if it got me totally wrecked. Patrick is a master of hiding alcohol, and I think he will be a cause of premature liver failure in many of us. Looking forward to the bourbon version!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard for bringing this one to share.

A: The pour is a completely flat yet crystal clear amber color with a few small bubbles from a vigorous pour.

S: The smell is rich and full of sweet caramel, molasses, toffee, and vanilla. The brandy blends in seamlessly with the base old ale and the dark fruits such as raisins, plums, and some others that I can't quite pick out.

T: The flavor is rich and sweet, featuring brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. The brandy and sweet fruits provide a bit of contrast and lighten the beer up, and the oak adds a bit of a tannic note.

M: The carbonation is non-existent, but the body is quite full and rich.

D: Sure, you can't sit down and enjoy the full 750 ml bottle of this beer, but you could certainly get yourself in some trouble. A delicious, delicious beer that has mellowed nicely.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter, Brandy Papier is nearly still, with a few small bubbles that disappear in the blink of an eye. The color is very dark brown, which is a bit lighter near the edges of the glass when held near light. An aggressive swirl brings the liquid to the top of the glass, yielding attractive legs as it slides back down.

The nose is candied and maple sugary sweetness. The brandy is in your face, making certain you know which barrels were used. Dates, figs, and other dried fruits are present, as well as rich toffee and caramel. I notice a little vanilla, as well as oak. The brandy blends very well with the richness in the aroma. The alcohol heat in the nose hints at a high ABV, but I never would have guessed 17%.

The flavor is rich toffee with lots of maple and brown sugar. This is very boozy and sweet. The flavor reminds me of dark fruits and brandy soaked dates. Vanilla is present, with oak and tannins. The beer is certainly hot, but the heat is warming and I daresay lovely (did I say lovely? Yes, I see I've gone and said it).

The carbonation is very low, almost to the point of nonexistence, but I find it complimentary to the beer, allowing the subtleties of the oak and brandy to be noticed. I don't expect bubbles from a beer this high in alcohol, and frankly, I wouldn't want them. This, like the other 100% barrel aged Papiers, is a really fantastic beer. It is one that can be sipped and contemplated for hours, or mindlessly guzzled while feasting in Valhalla.

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Photo of nickd717
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass at The Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. Thanks to our massive beer-pooling efforts and relentless attacks on the tasting table, we were able to amass quite a bit of each -bal aged Papier incarnation. The brandy version was much better than the bourbon and regular Papiers, but not quite up to the level of the ridiculously awesome rye Papier.

Pours a muddy brown color with minimal head.

Aroma is amazing - brandy, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak.

Flavor has all these same notes, coming together really well, with a strong but not overwhelming brandy presence. This is reminiscent of one of the better vintages of Angels Share.

Smooth and almost creamy on the palate, not too boozy but having great alcohol warmth. Carbonation is low but not nonexistent.

Drinkability is high. A really great beer overall. Bummer I'll probably never have it again, as rare as it is.

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