De Prael Barley Wine | Brouwerij De Prael

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De Prael Barley WineDe Prael Barley Wine

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Brouwerij De Prael

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Mary

Added by Bierman9 on 09-14-2004

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of mltobin
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a dogfish head tulip glass.

Look is a beautiful ruby amber with a thin white head.

Aroma is fruity and Belgian I guess that is the influence from the Netherlands neighbor. Sweet candy malt at the end.

Doesn't taste like a traditional English or American barley wine, definitely a continental take, but very good.

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Photo of jroof1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Takahiro
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The bottle says mary, with "Barley Wine". The mistmatch in the style here, but I score under Mary for now. Alcohol 9.6% matches.

Looks: Tanned, opaque, with a thin head
Smell: yeasty, soft wheatiness, strawberry in yogurt
Taste: Belgian yeast spice, cloves, some banana, plum, caramel malt, earth hops. All of these leans towards fruitiness, say strawberry
Feel: it feels heavy with caramel malt, but it's not too cloying.
Overall: this does not seem to fit Barleywine, but triple as suggested here. It's a decent tripel.

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Photo of Thebeertree
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdamNowek
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Loose but rock solid tawny honeycomb froth over hazy orange body.
Slight citrus, herb, and sour nose - is this turned?
Honey and pear, some tartness, and Seville orange and resin hops. Less sourness and more bitterness as it warms.
Tangerine skin end and sharp finish.
Lt-med, slight oil, dry.

At first I thought this might be infected, with a notable but not unpleasant tartness. But then it opened nicely with progressively more citrus and a powdery bitterness until by the end it was nearly drinking like a DIPA. It's too lightweight for a barleywine, like the label says. And it's sure not a tripel at all, like this and other sources claim. Plus there's orange and coriander, says the label?! No sign of those.

Strange fish, altogether.

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Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Barleywine 9.7%
Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly head covering, fades semi slowly though somehow, light lacing, very hazy carrot amber orange color.

Nose is very Belgian like, amber malts, light tripel like spices with a touch of coriander like, plenty of esters and a little phenols, with a bit of booze as well, plenty of sweet candy like malts with a little caramel toffee like, touch of apple and pear, and very light chewy spicy hops.

Taste starts with more Belgian malts and yeast additions again, a big sweet malty tripel. Candy amber malts, a little toasty malt with some caramel and candy flavors, and a Belgian malt character. Then tripel spices, a little coriander and with faint orange peel like. Booze kicks in with some booze flavors and esters, light fruity apple pear like flavors, and light phenols as well, and a light booze taste besides the warmth. There are also some light spicy chewy hops, a little earthy as well with some mild to fair bitterness. Finish adds more spicy earthy chewy hops, fair bitterness, a little sweet candy malt flavor and fairly sweet but drier, more esters and plenty of booze warmth, and more tripel spices.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, lighter but decent carb, with some warming booze.

Overall interesting, like a nice Belgian tripel with a bit of sweet candy malt barleywine like flavors added, decent overall and fairly tasty, but I would hardly call it a Barleywine like the label says.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at De Blauwe Hollander, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down quickly, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coriander, orange and sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: Flavors of oranges, notes of malty sweetness and hints of coriander are present in the taste. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation with hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This barleywine isn't too thick or sticky so the drinkability isn't that bad. The taste has more flavors of orange peels and coriander as it warms up, which definitely made this interesting. It would have been a little nicer if the alcohol wasn't noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of Elbrownbag
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of sfprint
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 2/2013

Thick, syrupy, suspended sediment, some but little rising carbonation and virtually no head. Darkish apricot with a hint of red. Textured.

Fall, winter pie spices, apple cider

Fairly strong alcohol flavor, but not particularly offensive, but there. Apricoty fruit, improves as it warms.

Drying with minimal carbonation.

Good but defintely drink warmer.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of rekel
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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