I've Seen Bigger Than Yours
To Øl

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English Barleywine
Ranked #192
Ranked #27,271
3.8 | pDev: 10.53%
To Øl
Very Good
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Notes: Barleywine-style ale brewed with orange peel and raspberry juice.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy brown-red. The nose is overripe fruit.

Magnificent. It could have been syrupy, but the raspberry syrup saves it. A really nice Barleywine. A little sour, very malty, big sweetness and booze and heavy character. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours a cloudy burnt orange amber with a this light khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of oxidation, raspberry and orange citrus with a bit of tartness. Flavor starts with mildly tart raspberry and carmel malt then tart orange and raspberry quickly dominate into a rather powerful citrus/berry finish with orange rind bitterness. Medium bodied with bright carbonation. A quite unique take on the barleywine style with much more fruit presence than expected. Although I'm not a sour beer fan, but tartness is not overwhelming and is appropriate for the two fruit ingrediants. The malt body is more than a match for the fruit, although its character is covered by the fruit tartness. This seem to be skating on the edge of being a mess, but I ended up looking forward to an interesting rollercoaster of flavors with each sip. Well done, interesting and unexpected.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 ml bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like raspberry juice, caramel malt, orange peel and booze. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also fruity tartness and a weird medicinal/herbal flavor noticeable. Taste reminds me more of a fruit beer than a barleywine, but the medicinal flavor doesn't do this brew any favors, it tends to get worse the longer I'm drinking it. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and syrupy with a good amount of carbonation. Overall this was a disappointment for me since I've liked most of the To Øl beers I've had before. It was interesting and worth a try once, but I wouldn't buy this again (not at $11.99 a bottle, anyways). But hey, I finished the bottle with no problem so it couldn't have been too bad.

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Photo of sevopie
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Muddy reddish-brown with a tan/light brown head. Moderate lacing and retention in a Duvel tulip.

Smell - Most of the nose is dedicated to the clash between the raspberry and the alcohol. I get hints of toasted malt and caramel behind it all.

Taste - The alcohol and raspberry juice blast you right away, but fade into a big, sweet cacophony of flavors. The orange peel comes out in the finish, and you get lots of different malt flavors, especially molasses. The raspberry leaves a bit of tart on the finish, but not enough to call it sour.

Mouthfeel - Fairly robust, but fine carbonation makes this one feel lighter on the tongue than I'm accustomed to from a barleywine, especially one this big. They serve to accent the raspberry more than I expected.

Went looking for some To Øl after trying one of their other offerings. Specifically went in search of this one, and found it at Davidson's in Highlands Ranch, CO. I enjoyed it, but its not one I'd go out of my way for again. Very unique take on barleywine, ends up straddling the line between lambic and barleywine because the raspberry is more of a feature than I anticipated.

EDIT: As I finished this beer, it seemed to be even more palatable around 55-60 degrees. The alcohol and raspberry seem to mask flavors in a different way at a higher temperature, and is even better warmer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

we dont often see fruited barleywines, so i opened this with much anticipation. the raspberry juice has definitely changed the color, its not pink tinted and less rich brown caramel looking, still without much head. the citrus is the first thing i smell, bitter and astringent, opposing the sweet english malt and sugars. the raspberry juice is more tart than sweet, another nice contrast. the flavor comes in waves, fruity up front, but the barleywine, which is quite massive, sneaks around behind it in the finish, grainy and sweet like molasses, before a tart, almost sour finish punctuated by the raspberry comes in, finishing for ages and ages, making the mouth water for more. the fruit additions add a lot here, its an interesting brew to say the least, one of a kind. acidic from the orange, tart from the raspberry, to feelings on the palate that are extremely uncommon in the style. well carbonated and light, you would never know this is 14% abv, you cant taste any booze at all in it. fairly priced around 10 bucks a bottle. definitely worth trying for the lover of interesting strong ales and barleywines.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a To Ol teku, a deep reddish-amber color with a surprisingly large, foamy, off-white head, that retained well leaving sheets of thick lacing on the glass. This is a 14% barleywine? Wut? Ok. Weird aroma, lots of bubblegum, some orange bitterness and berry tartness, phenols out the wazoo, some booze. Taste was similar, lots of medicinal notes--whether infected or not, I'm not sure, but it sure seemed like it at least to some degree--raspberry bubblegum, orange bitters, slight candy-like tartness, sherry-like booze; orange marmalade came out a lot more as it warmed. I'll admit, when I first sipped this, I was repulsed, and almost considered a drain pour, but as it sank from fridge temp to room temp, it improved slightly. Body was medium, mouthfeel was awkward, but I soldiered through this one. I couldn't drink it again, I think...came off sort of a novelty that didn't really work. But it was at least worth a try once.

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