Papier (Brandy Barrel) | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
10
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of jminsc76
2.64/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared with alexd3891 and some other friends.

Pours virtually no head atop a deep, port-colored body. Looks like a port.

Smells of rich brandy, prunes, and some other intense aromas. A really deep *whiff* yields a lot more booze than I would like, even if it is brandy-barrel aged. Also yields some chocolate and leather snaps.

Flavors of brandy, brandy, and more brandy. I might as well just be drinking the damn spirit as it overpowers anything else this beer could have offered. A very limited flavor spectrum.

The mouthfeel is thin and hot.

Overall, and with all due appreciation to Alex for providing it, I was disappointed. I guess it's alright, but the taste has very little complexity, no subtleties. And the mouthfeel just kind of sealed the fate of this one.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle generously shared by ipa247. Thanks Jeff. Pours a wuddy brown with pretty much no head and just a couple of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is lots of alcohol, brandy, plum, raisin, and caramel. Lots of brandy in the aroma with quite a bit of sugar. The taste is very sugary with lots of brandy, grape, plum, and caramel. The finish is boozy with some oak and brandy and is quite warming with a bit of astringency. Full bodied. Low carbonation. A bit too sweet and boozy for me.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled at The Bruery's anniversary party. Rich dark brown colorm with a small beige head. Dry, woody, light malt, and hot, rich, boozy brandy aroma. The flavor was pretty hot with brandy. The Papier malt and fruity touches were there, but there was more brandy dominance than I would have liked, leading to a dry, alcoholic finish. Medium-full body with silky texture. A definite sipper; I almost choked because my first sip was too big. My least favorite of the four barrel aged versions of Papier.

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Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Opened my Papier and then Diego pulled this out. Nice. Bottle 739 I think.

Appearance - No real head. Minute amount of a collar. Murky brown body.

Smell - Much like the base, but with a brandy aroma. Vanilla, tons of caramel, and brandy. Also slightly oxidized.

Taste - Stronger brandy than I expected. Lots of caramel. Less oxidized than regular Papier. More caramel as it warms. Fruity and nice complementary brandy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Slick feel. Oxidation is nice on this one too.

Overall - Not better than the regular Papier. Never a true brandy barrel fan.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

556th Review on BA
Bottle to Chalice
750 ML waxed and capped

Bottle # 637

Split with Callmecoon

App- It was a very flat dark cloudy light brown with zero head and/or retention. Very spirtit like in appearance.

Smell- This was very highlighted vanilla with a lot of caramel and malts. The brandy was very noticeable with some whifs of the darker fruits as well.

Taste- The brandy really mellows this one out. It was big for sure but subdued in how much it hits. The pairing of the malts and the vanilla with the brandy aging really produces a lovely flavor. Some of the fruit is there later in the drink.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a low carbonation level. No dancing bubbles. Leaves a lovely vanilla brandy finish.

Drink- When the Bruery announced it was doing a Cellar reserve list. I got giddy at these variants being put out. I wasnt dissapointed.

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Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Crookdrain
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of clarkenstein
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a muddy reddish raisin brown with a thin bubbly head that quickly faded into a short lived collar.
S: Strong notes of dark fruits mixed with brandy. Very sweet smelling. I get maybe a hint of oxidization as well. Very rich, boozy and strong smelling.
T: Much tamer than the nose suggested. The flavor is neither as sweet nor as boozey as I had dreaded. I get tons of leather, vanilla and tobacco. Dark fruit notes are there as well. The beer is definitely brandy forward but it is very drinkable and smooth. Caramel, oak and chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: The alcohol is hidden extremely well for how high it is. Thick body, low carbonation, greasy, thick, smooth and heavy mouthfeel.
O: Drinks very well, I was surprised, especially for how potent the nose is. A few ounces is still all I could handle. Thanks again Jeff.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker muddled brownish/amber color, pretty much flat, some bubbles on top. Nose is very sweet and boozy, caramel, oak, burnt sugars...reminds me of a hybrid between a port & shot of brandy. Flavor is sweet & boozy, oak, dark fruits, caramel, burnt sugars. Medium body, flat, rich.

Drinking the Papier variants is like drinking SA Utopias...pretty much a hybrid between beer & spirit. Really enjoy these types of beer, so I would have to say I'd seek this one out again and look forward to the next time I can do so. Recommend!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little to no carbonation, forced pour yielded the smallest rust colored semblance of a thin ring around the top. Beer was very dark brown. Aroma was a reprieve, boozy, sweet, vanilla, oak, brandy, quite yummy together.

Taste was similar to that in the aroma. More dark fruit, booziness was more subdued amazingly. Coconut seemed to come out in the taste, or it could have just been my interpretation of the vanilla, oak and whatnot altogether here. Additional flavors of brown sugar, toffee. Creamy texture and mouthfeel to it all, coconut just seemed pretty well represented. Just wish there was more carbonation for this, while I think a low amount is proper, almost none at all is not ideal.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing it to March Madness '10, but we didn't get around to it, glad he held it off until the baseball game last week. Prolly would have never got to try it otherwise.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured out disappointingly undercarbonated, murky brown liquid, just not impressed at all with this one. But it sure came around in the smell, sweet caramel, oak, vanilla, brandy booziness, enjoyable.

Taste hit some boozy dark fruit that was leaning sweet instead of bitter, vanilla and coconut pulled out of the oak. Would be so much better of a mouthfeel with more carbonation, the taste notes are definitely there.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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