Trousseau | Cigar City Brewing

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4.19/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A truly unique trans-atlantic pairing, Trousseau is a barley wine-style ale aged in wooden barrels sourced from the Madeira islands off the coast of Portugal. The beer's nose of plums and toffee is perfectly complimented by vanilla and caramel-covered apple aromas from these barrels not frequently used for aging beer. Oxygen ingress during the barrel-aging process helps to accentuate flavors of tawny port, raisin pudding and toffee in this viscous, contemplative sipper.

Added by dphalpin on 07-04-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
93
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
20
Trade:
5
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at CC. Decently complex and flavorful. Attractive pour. Wonderfully full and complex scents. Taste very good but not as amazing as nose.

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Photo of Boccu
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a small head. Aroma of Carmel, wine and toffee. Taste follows the nose with some grape juice. Very tasty barley wine. Look forward to more from them.

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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 06/27/16, it pours brown color with a small tan head that faded slowly and didn't leave any lacing.

Smells of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, red wine, candied sugar, rum or some other dark booze. Resembles a port wine or a mix of barleywine with red wine or oaky wine barrels.

Taste is delicious. It's a sweet and boozy mix of grapes, merlot, red wine, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, gummy bears, candied sugar, rum or some other dark booze, currants, raisin and a bunch of dark fruit. Some earthy notes and grains trail before more sweetness kicks in that is tart and slightly funky. The Trousseau grapes play well with the hops to mask the ABV and bring out a ton of complexities. Creamy and warming as it slides down, it gets sweeter as it warms up.

A huge thanks to Pat for sharing this rare brew, it was really damn good.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky and unappetizing brown. Smell follows appearance. Tastes like a damn coca cola, compliments of the madeira sweetness. I suppose that's an accomplishment of sorts if that was your intent, but this is no better than a mediocre barleywine for me.

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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Turbid brown - so turbid it's essentially opaque. No real visible carbonation or head formation. This isn't pretty.

S: Big and boozy, like port wine. Oak tannins and sweet malts, some caramel and maybe more toffee. Notes of vanilla as well. Sorghum and molasses in the background adds to the sweet smells.

T: Strong port booziness up front, with big dry woody tannins. Fruity vinous red grapes, toasted sweet malts and caramel. Dark fruits mix with milder sorghum, and some brown sugar in there as well. Sweet vinous fruitiness lasts through hang, and it's only partially balanced by more dry wood.

M: A full sticky body, with very low carbonation sensation. Despite strong notes of alcohol on the nose, the alcohol flavors in the palate are well-integrated.

O: This wasn't my personal preference by any stretch, but it's reasonably good. The madeira/port barrel presence is strong, but the base was big enough to take it. I wish it was a little more carbonated. Sweet but complex, but it does stop just short of cloying.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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Trousseau from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 93 ratings