XI.I | Brasserie Lancelot

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Brasserie Lancelot

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2004

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 14
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Photo of kaneel
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting barley wine that managed to keep its dark ale appeal.
Strong in mouth, delicate smell, a coffee after-taste and the usual barley wine overall feeling on top of it all. A very good darker barley wine to please all mouths.

Anybody could please replace the "belgian strong dark ale" by a "barley wine"?
Because it's not making any justice to this very good beer.

EDIT: Victory.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of csais75
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with coffee and malty nose. It has similarities with the "Telenn Du", who's made by the same brewery but it is more unctuos with its warm old fruits flavor. Definitely better with some age. Let it grows on you. Delicious and powerful

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with light cereal notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some caramelized malt notes with minimal residual sugars and some nice cereal notes also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex barleywine out there but very interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Rohkey
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of safaricook
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Beer was brewed almost a year ago on the 31st of October 2013
Deep brown almost black body, fine beige head of 2 fingers and stable at half a finger, little lacing
Complex aroma of chocolate, cherry brandy, alcohol, roasted malt
Sweet malt, cherry, chocolate
Heavy body, coats the glass, lightened by fine carbonation, warming alcohol
A really well done Quadruppel. A little boozy. Quite sweet. But also nicely complex

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Photo of gunclubchris
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice bold dark brown, close to black. Very little head on this beer.

S: raisins, maple, the dark fruit smell of a tripel but more subtle. Barely
recognize any alcohol smell.

T: Lots of brown sugar/maple cant distinguish. The only flaw may be the complexity
which Im actually enjoying.

M: Low carbonation

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, kind of close to barleywine but Quad seems to
fit the brew as well. Thanks to the crew @ Cave de Bulles in Paris, for reccomending this and many other great French artisanale beers.

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Photo of brc
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Cantillon flute.

Black color, tan head. Ring of bubbles persists around edge of glass.

Smells of plums, molasses, Caribbean malt beverages.

Strong flavors - burnt sugar, caramel, hint of cherries or raspberries. Very sweet maltiness. Some bitterness, as in roasted malt bitterness in stouts. Lots of residual sugars give full, sweet taste and mouthfeel.

Coating, sticky mouthfeel.

Alcohol well hidden. Drinkable in measured portions.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Score and review edit. I am changing the score to reflect my recent experience with this beer and adding the notes from it as well. Original review is at the bottom.

Beer was brewed November 1, 2008.

1/25/15 - The beer pours with a boisterous carbonation that quickly dies off to leave a quite still beer. At 6 years old, this beer is unbelievably good and vastly superior to the fresh sample I had (and still remember). The tight character of the young version has given way to a much smoother one with hints of dates, rum raisin, dark aged fruits, and a sherry aspect that grows more distinct as the beer warms.

One of the better barleywines I will ever have the pleasure of trying and an absolutely stellar and truly unique beer experience that will linger in my memory for the rest of my life I am sure.

3/22/09 - Pours black with a fairly dark tan head. Nose is thickly sweet with lots of malts. Flavor is roasted coffee and a good bit of molasses as well. Tones down to a thick malt profile as it warms. Old fruits on the palate. Alcohol is noticed, but masked a bit. Feel is typical on liquid. Carbonation is okay. Yes. This does need some time to mellow out. Decent enough now, but could be a lot better with some age. 4, 3.5, 4, 3.5, 3.5 = 3.75

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Photo of splendidsplinter
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of TheStove
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at a shop in Paris and poured into a snifter.

Pours an excellent black cola color with a generous off white head that maintains like I dropped some Pop Rocks into it.

Smells like a delightful mix of chocolate malts and dark fruit with a hint of yeast. In some ways it smells like a blueberry muffin or a bit of raisin bread.

The beer drinks similarly. It starts out more like a rich stout with an excellent Belgian mouthfeel that spares the citrus. The sip gives way to yeast, dark fruit and booze flavors. Finishes with some dark malt and bitter chocolate flavors on the tongue. Subsequent sips yield a reversal of the order which makes this interesting.

I can't shake it but this beer drinks like a pastry, which I like as I find this different an interesting. I think it could use a cellaring to mellow and let the flavors coalesce a bit better but over all this is an interesting beer that likely won't be for everyone.

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Photo of Voss
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl of dark dark red, almost black, and three fingers of beige foam that quickly disappears with a frizzling sound of high carbonation. Smell is not so intense, quite indecifrable for me, but very penetrating, fixing on the palate. Taste of coffe and of liquor, a hint of "china" (italian liqueur), and velvet on my tongue. Very sweet and warm all over my mouth, but itchy on the tip of the tongue. Bubbles are all gone away in few minutes (maybe drunk too cold...).
A decent strong (very strong, 11.1 % vol) dark ale, but I'm not so impressed. I had this bottle in my refrigerator for a year and a half, I was expecting more.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : dark red color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : alcohol and roasted malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted, dark dried fruit, licorice notes.
Lot of character and bitterness, it has a taste close to a Rochefort 10.
Drinkability : A good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.
The XI.I (eleven one) is brewed only one night in the year, the night of Samhain (the Celtic New Year) between sunset and sunrise, it naturally 11.1% alcohol. drink at cellar temperature.

Review translated form french 11-1-2008, vintage 2007 tasted nov. 2012 (it's better to put this beer in cellar, and wait 3 to 5 years).

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Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a brown color and a big beige head is formed. Retention is medium and old very few lacings are left

S: Sweet. Coffee and dark chocolate first, followed by dry dark fruits like plums and raisins. Caramel and roasted malts

T: Follows the nose. Coffee and dark chocolate are a must. Also roasted malts and yeasts. Dark fruits. And a nice earthy bitterness can be felt. Very well balanced sweet-bitterness

M: Full molasses body. Medium to low carbonation

O: Very easy drinking despite the 11% ABV. Great beer. The best French beer I've ever had

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Photo of CADMixes
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of captaincoffee
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a good head and lacing. Nose is dark fruits, malt, and some yeast notes, but is mild for the style and ABV. Flavor is more pronounced and has all the classic quad bits of caramelized sugars, raisins, and some roasty notes. Overall, a good quad...but isn't up there with the big Belgian names.

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Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black in color, with a quite good beige head.
Smell of cocoa beans and chocolate, harmonious. Some alcohol, not too much.
Cocoa and chocolate in the taste, too, with some roast and hazelnut notes.
A soft and delicate mouthfeel, with a bit of alcohol, and also, quite strangely, some fresh herbal note. Very interesting.
Hazelnut and roast in the aftertaste, with cocoa and herbal note. Interesting.
After a while som ewoody notes, and boozy, almost a barley wine. Good.
A very interesting brewery, this Lancelot.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown red color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, coffee

T-light roasted malt, caramel, raisins, coffee, hints of chocolate

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and alcohol reasonably well hidden

O-a flavorful strong dark ale, may improve some with aging

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XI.I from Brasserie Lancelot
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 24 ratings