Bishop's Barrel 21
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Bishop's Barrel 21Bishop's Barrel 21
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 5.24%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
28
From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
Bishop's Barrel 21Bishop's Barrel 21
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Reviews by Matt141:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Chipz023
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BKotch
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a vibrant burnt reddish/brown color. A one finger beige head forms that recedes quickly. Not much lace is left behind either.
S: Cherries are big up front. Wood and vanilla lingering. The barrel seems to take over any base, but still really enjoyable.
T: It all comes together here. A big cherry tartness up front. Wood and vanilla come next and are great. Banana esters, dark fruits, and toasted malts, even some chocolate comes through as this warms. Which is there to remind me of the base. Fantastic
M/O: A full body with higher carbonation than originally expected. Though finishes ultra smooth. Really enjoyable to drink, for as much alcohol as there is here, something I can sip all night.

This reminds me of Boulevard BBQ, which I slightly prefer. Though this is an excellent example of a barrel aged Quad. Well done, and I wish I could find some more around Houston. For some reason, this seems like one of the harder Bishop's Barrels to track down lately. Highly recommended if you come across some.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cdwil
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccherry24
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Saint Arnold knocks it out of the park again with this limited release. The look: No head after poured and looks dark reddish in color to me. Holding up to the light it it looks like wine. The smell: Aroma is fruity, definitely cherries, with hints of bourbon. The taste: Again the taste is of cherries but also bourbon, figs, and vanilla. Definitely yummy! The price point is right at $7 per 12 oz bottle. I was shocked to see the ABV is 12.5%!

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep ruby. Faint head fades to nothing almost immediately.
Nose is dark cherries, bourbon, toffee, malt sweetness, a touch of alcohol.
Taste is soft light figs, cherries, slight tartness from the cherry, finishes with a subtle soft bourbon vanilla, toffee. A touch of graham cracker
Nicely carbonated with a lingering dark cherry.
Good beer.

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Photo of acashk
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jun-6-2018


A:
Pours a ruby-mahogany with a vague, beige suggestion of head. Practically no retention; no lacing. (3.25)

S:
Bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, walnuts. (4)

T:
Brown sugar and assorted caramel, cinnamon, faint cherry tartness, lingering nutty flabbiness (I'm pretty sure this is how I perceive oxidation), and something I can't quite put my finger on... (dogs perhaps?) ; ). (4)

M:
Full bodied with light carbonation, crazily well-hidden alcohol and a lingering, flavor-packed finish. (4)

O:
An interesting sipper.
It pours a pretty dark ruby-brown and doesn't have much in the way of head or general attractiveness. Especially for a Belgian style. The aroma is immediately very bourbony and I get a little worried. However, as it warms the lightly tart cherries, oak vanillins and malt/bourbon nuttiness all bloom and it ends up a tasty beer. There is a lot going on here. There's a part of me that feels like certain parts clash (I personally don't love bourbon barrel belgians and the cherries might not have been necessary). Nonetheless, all of these things go together and unite to make a fairly cohesive beer. That I enjoyed drinking. (4)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 7.06 (Including tax and discount)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.588/oz) from Spec’s, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 9/16/18.
“06/06/18” in light green ink on shoulder. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, a very deep red-amber is observed.
Head – None. A fizzy head of large brownish bubbles appears while the beer is pouring but this is gone within five seconds of the termination of pouring, leaving neither cap nor lacing.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Amber/brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 - "Dark fruit", primarily dates, and sweet.
Flavor – 4.25 - Begins with a not-unpleasant slight oxidation flavor which segues into a trace of vinous. This is followed by a melange of "dark fruit" flavors, none as clear-cut as the dates on the nose. There is next-to-no hop flavor, noted only at the end of a swallow. No alcohol (12.5% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4.25 - Full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Despite the absence of a mousse-like head, this is a good take on a Belgian quad. The flavor is good as are the nose and the palate. I should have picked up some more of these.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Avitra
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Clear, cola reddish brown with a frothy cap of tan foam and spare lacing.

Smell: Toasted coconut, cocoa powder, dark fruit and bourbon barrels.

Taste: Syrupy dark fruit and liqueur soaked cherries, hints of coconut and charred barrel notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body with soft to medium carbonation.

Overall: Basic Quad with a pleasant punch of tart candied cherries and toasted coconut from its barrel aging.

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Photo of kkarimi
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap in a small snifter.

Rich dark reddish brown color with a great head and lacing. Sweet prune smell and taste. Dark raisins and candied cherry flavors. Warms spices. Nice comforting beer.

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Bishop's Barrel 21 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 28 ratings