Vin D'orge Américain
Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #225
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #23,318
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
20
From:
Microbrasserie Le Castor
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  6
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by LanceH:
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 23, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can
Canned: Mar-12-2019 (Consumed Apr-12)


A:
It pours crystal clear ruddy amber with a big white head that settles to a finger thick. Good retention; ringed icicle lacing. (4.25)

S:
Toasted brown bread, bread, jam, brown sugar, potpourri. (3.75)

T:
Follows the nose with a big dose of Citrus, resinous hops. (4)

M:
Big, but fairly dry, active carbonation, suggestion of alcohol but subdued. (3.75)

O:
A nice American Barleywine.
It is not as big and bold and decadent as some, but is neither as big and harsh and bitter as it could be either. It looks very nice. Both the nose and flavor are dark bread-laden with the citrusy hops coming through much more in the flavor. It is pretty straightforward, but good. The feel is a little dry for the rest of it I feel, but it is better than if it was sticky sweet. A nice beer. (3.75)

Apr 15, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops with some dry caramel malt notes is very telling of what is to come. Taste is also dominated by some dry caramel malt notes with some bitter hoppy notes. Residual sugar notes are very hard to distinguish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I personally prefer my barleywine on the English side with less hops but even so this one was too dry and bitter for my taste.

Mar 06, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish amber. Some lace dots. Malted rye. Very drinkable. Good mouthfeel. From peluso. very drinkable.

Jul 31, 2015
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Electros from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 12, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from rutger a couple years back

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, looser, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Clear rust orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. A foamy head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves some lacing on the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Quite hoppy on the nose. Melon, grapefruit, pineapple, with notes of sweet toffee and caramel as well. Pretty bold.

TASTE: Melon, grassy hops and some sweet caramel up front. Alcohol too. Bitter finish with a long and lingering aftertaste of spicy, grassy hops, grapefruit, sweet melon, toffee and plenty of spicy bitterness. Flavorful, a bit boozy and bitter.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher carbonation. A little foamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes a touch mouth-coating. Bitterness and some alcohol linger.

OVERALL: Good stuff and has held up quite nicely. This must have been a hop bomb when it was just released, but I quite enjoyed where it is now. It's maybe a bit too boozy for the ABV, but that's a minor complaint for the style. If you’ve got one sitting around, this is a nice time to drink it. The carbonation could be a touch more restrained for the style but the aroma and flavor are all there. Thanks again Rutger. Recommended.

Aug 29, 2016
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This is a truly great looking beer. It has a nice amber color, fully translucent with a generous tan colored head. Foam is between soapy and creamy, has nice retention. Lacing is also solid.

S: Right off you get strong hops like smells: Caramelised oranges, sweet pineapples, mango, passion fruit and tangerines. It also has a tight malty backbone, with hints of honey and candi sugar. Definitely the American variant.

T: This is a sweet brew. There is definitely a stronger malt presence than in the smell with dark honey, pouding chomeur and maybe a little amount of spice. The fruits are there, but in a more caramelised, sweet and lightly burnt fashion. BUT, there is a weird taste that kinda fits in and doesn't at the same time and the only thing I can compare it to is the smell of fermenting beer (the funky malt smell). Don't know, but that's what is bringing down the score a bit on the taste.

M: If there is one thing that this micro does perfectly is mouthfeel. This is also the case here. Heavy, but not too sticky with a very creamy feeling too.

O: This, again, is a solid brew from a solid brewery. This brewery very rarely blows my mind (only case being their session IPA), but always produce very solid brews. Recommended!

Mar 05, 2015
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Nice ruby pour. One finger of tan head. Calm carbonation. Bright. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Hop character is there. Boozy heat, sweetness, caramel.

T - Booze, wood, hops. Big caramel sweetness up front that mellows into a mildly woody note and a boozy hop burn.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, drying and rough bitterness with some booziness.

O/D - Never been a fan of American Barleywines. They seem rough and messy to me. This was a little tamer and therefore a bit more pleasing for me, but still faced the same issues with it's rough hop profile and obvious booziness for the relatively low ABV. Not bad, just not my thing. Decent for the style if I'm rating it objectively.

Apr 19, 2015
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 11, 2016
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Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice citrus and pine nose, similar dry taste, touch of malt. Light side of medium body. More dipa than bw.

Jun 15, 2015
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groleau from Canada (QC)

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 08, 2015
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DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 01, 2016
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Mack from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 21, 2015
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice brew. Right off the bat this beer looks good. It pours a beautiful amber with a 2 finger head that eventually breaks leaving a nice amount of lacing.

The aroma is sweet/fruity/malty and hops. It is speaking to the nose and makes you want to take that first sip.

As far as barleywines go, this may be the sweetest I have tried. To call it that is a misnomer though. It would perhaps be better to say the fruitiness comes through more than in other examples I have had. There is a definite hops presence as well, but it is tamer than I have had in many American barleywines.

The feel was nice, medium carbonation and the alcohol was hidden well. I would call it a medium feel.

All in all a very nice sipper. I think some hop-lovers will consider it a bit tame on that end, but I enjoyed it and will look for it again.

Feb 21, 2015
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Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Feb 23, 2015
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MatChar from Canada (QC)

2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

May 01, 2015
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mademers from Canada (QC)

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 03, 2016
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Jerk_Store from Canada (QC)

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 20, 2016
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Samallison from Canada (QC)

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 22, 2016
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-chii- from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 25, 2016
Vin D'orge Américain from Microbrasserie Le Castor
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 20 ratings