Papier (Brandy Barrel) | The Bruery

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Papier (Brandy Barrel)Papier (Brandy Barrel)
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%
 
 
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137
Gots:
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For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of largadeer
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the bruery reserve initiation. I did a side by side of each of the 3 papiers. Brandy second.

Again, this one poured no head. The color was very similar with a murky ruby hued caramel brown.

Aroma: Lighter brandy flavor here. Toffee and caramel again with oak and vanilla. A lot like the rye, but with brandy instead.

Taste: the brandy is very soft and warm here. All the other flavors really seem to be the same. The oak and vanilla are the main characteristics. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, warm, and sweet. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very similar to the Rye.

Overall, another winner here. I really enjoyed how warming this beer was. I think I prefer the rye a little bit, but both are solid beers. Again, the 17% abv is hidden very well. I can't believe that. I hope I get to try this again.

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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of womencantsail
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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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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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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, big thanks to Halcyondays for sharing this rarity. On to the beer:

Glossy orange color, head...what head? Didn't get any on the pour, but I wasn't really expecting much of it. now, I've come to expect great results from Bruery barrel aging, and this did not dissapoint. Very aromic, lots of brandy, wood, raisins, and just a little pinch of booze. Taste....see aroma. Not really sticky, but still full in body with almost no carbonation. The alcohol never goes out of control, making this beer a pleasant sipper.

Regular Papier was good, Brandy Papier is better. I'd take this over Brandy Angel's Share. I'm very fortunate just to try one of the barrel aged versions.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, this has been in my possession for 11 months,

A: Pours a light mahogany with a small smattering of bubbles.

S: Sweet caramel, port wine, classic brandy barrel you can smell it.

T: Caramel and residual (brown) sugar. Some grape, big raisin with a noticable ethanol. Very tasty.

M: Full-bodied and viscous. Flat carbonation-wise, but the ethanol and viscosity carry it.

D: As with the other 2 BA Papiers, this is fantastic. Boozy still a bit, great flavours, I can only see this getting better.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Papier (Brandy Barrel) from The Bruery
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