Damsel In Distress | Perrin Brewery

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Damsel In DistressDamsel In Distress

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Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Roggenbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 10-04-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of PatGreer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrOH
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, dark brown with ruby highlights. Slight ring of foam at the edges, no retention.
Smells like old rum and bread crusts.
Lots of malt sweetness and breadiness. A bit of coconut, vanilla and spice from the barrel. Some burnt sugar. Really tasty. Booze is there, but not surprising.
A little stickier than I'd like, but not horrible.
Not entirely sure why this is marketed as a roggenbier and not just a rye wine. Maybe there was more yeast character when it was fresher.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a one finger creamy tan head. Decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and rum.

T - The taste is caramel, toffee, dark fruits, roasted malts, smoked wood and light rum.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - A nice beer. Easily drinkable despite the 10% ABV.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with red edges and a bubbly tan blanket with raised edges.

Smell is tart cherries, caramel, brown toast, hickory, and, cured ham...?

Taste has a woody tang with caramel, toffee, prune and a distinct, slick, spiced-rum flavor on the swallow that includes some heat, but not as much as it tastes like it will be, remaining only at tongue-tingling levels. The second swallow brings cola, sassafras, nuts and a slight tartness, like there's some green olive in the background. It rounds and smooths while warming, with some hints of earthy, chocolatey coffee.

Body is moderate with a mild but present fizz and a semi-wet, sticky finish.

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a stange. Bottled late 2016. Had 2/18/17.

Pours a caramel/cola color, semi opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. The smell gives you a big sour blast at first, but that settles down. Rye, malt, some rum, vinegar, caramel, a shot of dill pickle. No matter how I just made it sound, it smells pretty good. The taste also is rye forward, then malt, caramel, rum, oak. A light sourness throughout, a little sweet note on the finish. Smooth, creamy, a solid body, well carbonated.

Loved this one. Great flavor, interesting aroma, very well crafted. The rum barrels are subtle overall, and it's not as sour as expected. Well worth a purchase. Perrin does some great stuff.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhartley
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a siedel stein glass, no visible date on bottle.

Appearance: This one looks like root beer in the glass, thin bubbly khaki brown head.

Aroma: I get raisins, maltiness and some spicy rye.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet malt and rum right up front with a strong spiciness right behind it. Super smooth and easy to drink. Only the smallest hint of the 10% abv with slight alcohol burn.
Still it drinks way too easy, ya gotta love that! The rum does overpower slightly, but having never had the base beer I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing?

Overall: I really dig this beer! The rum has a really strong presence and makes itself known in every sip. That aside it's a really tasty brew, I love rum barrel beers anyway so it's all good.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a reddish brown with a very thin off-white head. Clear with very little varbonation.
S- Dark fruit and malt. Alxohol also detected.
T- Quite boozy with the rum present. Dark fruits especially Black cherry.
F- Nice alcohol bite that warms well. Finishes dry.
O- Very interesting roggen.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Perrin's Damsel In Distress at Meijers. This one caught my eye and I'm interested to see what a rum barrel aged roggenbier is like, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a darker maroon amber color which took on more of a muddy brown color when held to the light and it had just a thin ring of tan head that quickly faded to nothing and it left a little bit of really small lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had beer head and retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the rum being first to show up and it imparts some rum and brown sugar like aromas that's followed by the barrel which imparts some noticeable oaky and vanilla aromas. Up next comes the dark fruit show up a good amount and they impart a big dark fruit and juicy aroma with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the booze which has a little bit of a rubbing alcohol like aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart some caramel malt, brown bread, bread crust, caramel and a little more sweetness. This beer has a nice aroma, the rum barrel really comes through, but it's a little over powering and very sweet.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did the aroma and they are a little watery this time and it goes into a noticeable English Ale yeast like aspect that I didn't pick up in the aroma. Up next comes the rum, which is lighter than it was in the aroma and it's a little lighter this time and it's followed by the barrel which imparts less of an oaky aspect more of a vanilla aspect this time and it's followed by the dark fruits which aren't as strong or as juicy as they were in the aroma and they impart a weird green fruit aspect this time. On the finish there's a little bit of a sherry like flavor with more sweetness and malty flavors with some noticeable warming alcohol which isn't too rubbing alcohol like this time with a lower amount of high sweetness and a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a slightly watery, light sherry, rum and caramel malt like aftertaste. This isn't that great tasting of a beer, the sweetness and the bitterness clash and that makes it pretty rough around the edges.

M- Not the smoothest, on the boozy side, a little warming, not too crisp, on the lightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't that great, I wish it was smoother and thicker.

Overall I didn't think this was that good of a beer and it wasn't a great example of the style, I don't think this style took well to the higher abv and rum barrel aging, they just clashed. This beer didn't have good drinkability, half a glass is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, booziness and how some of the flavors clash, it needs a good amount of work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I would recommend it, it's not too hard to find a better rum barrel aged beer. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this one, as soon as I got to the aroma it started to go in the wrong direction and it never looked back. It's not a favorite Perrin beer and it's one of the my least favorite ones I've had from and it's not a good example of the style. Better luck next time guys. this one needs some work.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lochef81
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Botulizard
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justinp444
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass it has a thin head of white and a murky brown body. Smell of a little bit of rum, lots of malt, rye, lots of spice, little bit of alcohol, slight vanilla, and a good amount of nuttiness maybe some coconut. Taste is much the same a large amount of malt, rum, tons of that rye spice, coconut, vanilla, and some coffee. Mouthfeel is full as well with a moderate to light body and a moderate to light carbonation. A nice roggenbier, definitely a bit different than I expected the rum isn't as in your face and just works along with the rye spice to smooth out the flavor but at the same time this isn't that complex nor is it that amazing when it comes to it's flavor, which much like an english mild, it isn't intended. It is easy drinking for 10% and even if it smells like it, it doesn't come through in taste. Overall I think for it's style this is a great beer.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with virtually no head. Looks like i just poured a cola. Smell has sweet bourbon aromas. Taste is very complex. It's rather dry and has a pleasant bitterness to it and the rye is quite prevalent. A little bit smoky as well. The alcohol is pronounced as it burns just a little bit going down. This is my first roggenbier and I'm was lucky to grab this one since it's a brewed once.

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Photo of mschrei
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szmnnl99
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of midlifec
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BobbyOlson
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BLZR
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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