Polissonne | La Voie Maltée

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Brewed by:
La Voie Maltée
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Goldorak on 01-07-2005

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by unibroue4ever:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same year barleywine, apparently even a few months ade a difference. Gentelmen, have patience. Good mouthfeel, a tad boozy and heating, a rich malting, fruity, dangerously drinkable. A quarter inch of retained head on fruity body. Fruity yeast made it smell and initially taste like a Belgian strong.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my birthday present from girlfriend

A- Dark reddish-brown. Thick dirty-white head is very appetizing. Fades and leaves thick ring.

S- Strawberry. Wood-shop. Cream soda.

T- Spicy. Big alcohol bite feels good. Tastes like good quality alcohol. No rubbing alcohol here! Pretty sweet.

M- High carbonation. Very aggressive. Full mouthfeel.

D- Good. It tastes and feels great, but after a glass I already feel the alcohol. This feels great and comes on smooth, but I'm thinking one 500ml bottle is enough.

I'd like something with more smell and taste, but this is still a great brew, very enjoyable. I want to get to know barley wines more, so I'll be trying other ones when I get to the store instead of buying it again but I surely recommend this.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the fresh 2005 batch. Totally different from the 1 year-old aged sample I had back during the x-mas holidays.

Appearance: Reddish copper, the lacing was nothing but a slick of white oil on top.

Smell: Frangelico, walnuts, sherry and scotch. Very nice combo indeed!

Taste: Fans of Whiskey will go apeshit over this one. Peaty as hell, and a little salty too, reminded me of Talisker in fact, but with just a hint of sweetness. Do they make a sherry-cask scotch? I'm guessing no, but if they ever do, it may just taste like this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with some retention and medium lacing. Aroma of light brown sugar with some very subtle dry fruits. Taste is also dominated by some brown sugar and sweet dry fruits. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall and quite easily drinkable with limited complexity.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, served in goblet. Bottled July 7th, 2011

A - a light red-brown body, with dense, latte foam-esque head. 2" thick, long lasting

S - Very faint smell. Mild sweet malt present, but not much else. Almost nothing at all.

T - A very simple barleywine. Medium malt off the top, with a hefty booze taste coming after.

M - Medium-low carbonation, with a medium body. Good, but nothing special.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 1yr, draught at the pub. Murky orange with light brown hints. Generous sticky head for 11% diminishing to a fine cover. SMoked caramel aroma, this is a caramel overslaught actually, butchered on by buttery toffee, scotch peatiness. Hell this almost manages to hide those traces of 11% alcohol. As it is, this reminds me of dieu du ciel’s quintessence, very sweet and lovely with bold earthiness, but what will set this one apart is its jammy state fruitiness. Stuffed strawberries, blueberries and mandarine marmalade medley explodes up the nostrils and would make a great liquor or wine if the alcohol were more present. Doubtlessly full bodied, sticky smoked berries palate with creamy caramel covering angel cakes. Toffee and maple whirlwind. Alcohol not felt at all while in mouth, but very warming aftertaste. A great beer geek treat for a popular pub packed with enthusiasts. Very sweet in a péché mignon kind of way, dessert replacement minty fruit acids from this jammy complex every fruit maze. Earthy branches woodiness is intense and reminds of Quebec’s sugar times, candi sugar hints. I wonder how this would look with more hops involved (here we’re once again dealing with those soapy english hops which lets the age shines through), I guess they’ve tried it and didn’t like it as much or a glass of the impy did set them straight. Subtle and transcendant, taking the years in easily.

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Photo of crusian
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from awesome girlfriend... and Im drunk.
pours a nice autumn color with a LOT of head... too much. but the taste actually pulls in the appearance, nice amber with full flavor... much better than it looks. 11% is ridiculous. nowhere near anything on the nose or the taste... I would guess 5%...
really nice beer... if you find it, get it...

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Photo of Krakpoff
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled June 7, 2011

Beer is golden brown, a bit dark toffee. Very large off-white head. Very good retention.

Vinous fruit scents in the nose, grape and plum. Some malt, a bit of caramel. Some muted earthy hops.

Taste is similar. Vinous fruit flavours, some bready malt, a bit of earthy hops. Not overly complex. Some alcohol.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, chewy. Some alcohol heat.

Overall, fairly ho hum. Not bad but not something I would go back to.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BBP
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with solid head and nice lacing. As far as barleywines go, this looked gorgeous.

The aroma is smoky and hoppy. Oak comes through as well.

The taste is quite balanced leaning slightly towards bitterness. There's smoke to it as well as some slight spice. Three aftertaste is pine and slight caramel.

The body is medium weight and medium full. The finish is fairly dry and slightly sticky.

Overall a good barleywine. Somewhat unique for the style and delivers what you'd expect. alcohol is well hidden and it drinks well.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orangish brown, not fully transluscent. Quite a nice head, off white. Solid head retention. Solid lacing.

S: Strawberries, quite a nice amount. A lot of very sweet malts: sugar, caramel. A nice amount of spices too. Pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon mostly. A bit of nuts. Grain like smell, reminiscent of multi grain bread.

T: Big malty taste. Lots of caramel malts up front. Still quite sweet with the strawberries. A nice amount of oak, smoke and sweet sherry (makes me think a little of the Macallan). Molasses and licorice are present with a bit of vanilla. Butter like taste mixed with cashews. A distinct piny bitterness cuts it at the end. Superbly balanced and complex, maybe my favorite tasting barleywine.

M: Quite heavy chewy with a medium carbonation making it very nice feeling barleywine.

D: Big taste, big feel, balanced taste, only the sweetness can stop you. But honestly, I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 4/5/12 bottle sent out by papat444

A glowing orange amber with a large loose soapy light tan head that has a few minuets of retention and leaves just a few random patches of lace

S sweet candied citrus, brandy, raisin bread without the spice and some brown sugar

T still has a fair amount of hops even with 9 months on it, that being said sweet malt has a pretty big part, some earthy notes, faint nutty aspect and the booze is well concealed

M medium full, sticky on the lips, not much for booze and it leaves a little grit behind on your gums, a long aftertaste of nutty rind

O the smell may have deserved a higher score so inflated slightly here, its a solid brew and I'm impressed by how well they concealed the booze, I'd have a few of these aging and a few in the fridge if I could find it here

I love the fact that there's so many hidden gems scattered throughout Canada, thanks again papat444 for uncovering this one for me

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Photo of ReFill31
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served into an oversized wine glass.

A : Nice dark copper color. Nice foam also that stays on until you are finished.

S : Very appealing, spicy and a little bit sweet at the time.

T : Strong intensity, complex taste. We can taste something different pretty much at every sip. A little bit sweet with a little roast in it.

M : Medium-bodied. We do not taste alcohol very much.

D : Very enjoyable. Drinking another one would be a little bit too much but I will consider it again for another time.

Overall it is an excellent beer that I will try for sure at their pub next time.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 1/4" frothy cream coloured head over deep orange amber coloured liquid.

S: A citrus explosion of orange, grapefruit and lemon.

T: Orange with toffee and slightly nutty sweet malt flavours.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: One of the best barleywines I have ever had, this beer was aged for about a year. Extremely drinkable, slightly sweet I would definitely have this in my fridge if I lived in Quebec.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from papat444. This bottle said 10%. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with a half-finger of quick-dissolving cola-like white foam. No ring, cap, or lace. The body is a hazy golden orange color.

S - Caramel, light smoke, treacle, some fruity esters, sherry-like oxidation, and a bit of alcohol.

T - This is very sweet, with plenty of toffee and caramelized sugar. There are also notes of honey, light citrus, spicy esters, and a hint of smoked malt that suggests Scotch Ale. Some alcohol in the finish, but not out of character for the style or ABV. More of a 3.75 here.

M - Surprisingly fizzy, and perhaps a tad over-carbonated for the style. Medium-full body, with a sticky finish.

D - This isn't something I'd drink on my own, especially in the 500ml serving size. However, it's a solid, drinkable, barleywine that I'd gladly share with a friend or two.

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Photo of groleau
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ctgui
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of LeTonneau
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could not beleive how good this is ABV 11% and it's not perciptible at all. When they give you this beer you just know you're into something different. If you want to put a face on the name Polissonne, just think of Little Jinx of Archie's fame - really sums the name well.

Color's like corn syrup.
The taste is as sweet as honey, woodsy at time and buttery too. Complex. Every sip seems different. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 500ml brown bottle. more than 6,00$. Bought at

nice copper-dark amber colour. beige head. very malty with strong hops, dry hopping for sure, some caramel too. Powerfull taste of hops, very american in style, some alcohol. some yeast. The alcohol is very present.

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Photo of bobsy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, hazy gold without lustre. An off-white head lazily drops to a film and leaves some spots of lace behind. Caramel, fruit, sherry and peppery alcohol in the nose. Sweet caramel flavour with some backing biscuit, hints of smoke, flowers and honey. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Medium-light body and medium carbonation seem a little off for the style, but at least it drinks dangerously well considering its weight.

This reminds me a lot of some of Fullers Vintage Ales. The appearance is similar, there are echoes in the flavour profile, and its just as drinkable. A decent barleywine, though I'm not sure it has enough going on for me to revisit it. Worth a shot, though.

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