Bodacious Cowboy | Get Radical

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Get Radical

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We're calling this one a GrainWine.

We've decided to give all of our beers their own little "style" for the sake of having some fun with style guidelines.

Proudly brewed with our friends at Brasserie des Garrigues in Sommières, France.

53 IBU

Exclusively available at La Cave a Bulles in Paris, France.

Added by pixieskid on 11-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by wifehatesthebike:
Photo of wifehatesthebike
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

75cl bottle poured into my DFH snifter. Bottle 68/264. 10.9% ABV
Thanks Brandon!

Medium brown. Initial off white frothy head with large bubbles dissipates to a nice thin layer on top. Froth layer lasts to the end of the glass.

Musty hops. You can smell a light sweetness as well. Not hugely aromatic.

A light hop tingle transitions strongly into dark fruit and tobacco. Flavor is quite smooth across the palate. Leather and tobacco on the finish. Dried plums and figs.

Exceptionally creamy. Coats the mouth quickly and lingers without being over the top. If I didn't know it was out of a bottle, I could be convinced it was off a nitro tap.

A unique "barleywine type" ale for sure...almost like a blend of a Trappist strong ale and English barleywine. The flavors are nothing new on the block, however the creaminess of the mouth on this one is noteworthy. Definitely drink at cellar temperature to optimize the experience. A great early offering from Get Radical.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dirty brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of grainy unrefined caramel malt is more or less interesting. Taste is dominated dry unrefined grainy malt notes with some dry caramel malt and some molasses. Body is full with medium carbonation. This one is quite a mess.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to Luc for the bottle!

Pours a clear brown ale with minimal head and lacing. The nose is very sweet, caramel, toasted malt, maple syrup and the flavor follows suite with some added dark fruit and brown sugar/molasses on the palate. The major issue with this ‘barleywine’ is the mouthfeel with is very thin almost watery.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of barryjg
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of weltywm
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Le Cave a Bulles in Paris. Bottle #153/264. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark ruby red fading to brown. Almost no head.

Smell: Burned caramel and molasses, with a little bit of tobacco. Some fruit lurking in there as well.

Taste: A lit of toffee and sweet malt up front. A bit of baker's chocolate juxtaposed against all the sweet flavors. The alcohol taste is a bit harsh, mixed in with some fruit and grain. The pleasant caramel notes from the aroma are much more restrained in the taste. There almost a fizzy cola taste as the beer warms up. Hmmm. At first I liked this, but the more I drink, I feel like there is a lack of subtlety and nuance.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation, which seems like a drawback to me. Medium to full bodied though, with a decently long finish.

Overall: This is an OK "grain wine," but there are many better barely and wheat wines out there. I'm glad I tried this one, because I like to try new stuff, and I appreciate a brewer who tries experimental stuff, but I probably wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of abex44
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

75cl brown bottle purchased from Cave à Bulles in Paris. Bottle #126/264. Brewed at Brasserie des Garrigues by Get Radical. Contains Pils, Pale, Wheat, Smoked, Biscuit, Rye, Maple Syrup, Molasses and Rolled Oats. They call it a "grain wine".

Pours a pretty light and fizzy pale brown colour, with a head that fizzles out to nothingness pretty quickly. Body is pretty light, but I guess that's what you get with lots of fermentable sugar. Minimal carbonation. Overall, actually not that great at all.

Nose is sharp and boozy, with a cognac-like buzzy harshness, and the residual woody aftertaste of fermented maple syrup. Otherwise, there's a dustiness to it, slightly earthy perhaps, but not really a lot more. Again, fairly disappointing.

Taste is thin and fairly sharp, with a rather harsh alcohol flavour if fortunately not much burn and heat. Metallic coppery characters come through, with a solvent-like aftertaste. Slightly bitter on the back. This lightness in the feel does make it less oppressive than it might have been otherwise, but it's still a big beer without much to say or contribute.

Overall, nope indeed. I tried 3 of Get Radical's beer on my trip to Paris, this is easily the worst. But when you're a gypsy brewer in a beer-poor country specifically going with a "Bière Expérimentale" label, you're bound to hit a few bumps. While this isn't a great beer, others like their Train to Mars brewed at Thiriez make a few mishits like this one worthwhile.

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Photo of mroberts1204
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of brandon911
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of skimoore
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light head which holds up fairly well after an agressive pour into a Teku glass

Smell: lots of malt in the nose and a bit of the smoked malts come through nicely with a touch of dates/figs

Taste: Starts out with a nice malty bitterness which tapers out at the end. Not sensing the hops very much as the malts dominate. First taste lacking in finish but after a few sips holding up very well with a lingering bitterness raking the tongue. Alcohol is nicely missing for 10,9% Would be interested in tasting this in a few years as there are some final notes which remind me of Belgian Strong Ales and could mellow out/madeirise quite nicely

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, I would like a bit more carbonation

Looking forward to tasting more offerings from Get Radical!

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Bodacious Cowboy from Get Radical
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 11 ratings