De Prael Barley Wine | Brouwerij De Prael

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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
Reviews by sfprint:
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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Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to Truh for the well traveled brew...
Beautiful, bright cherry copper color with a full inch of bright white head...fluffy, but carbonated.
Very nice aromas...dried fruit, yeast, some carbo and just a touch of heat.
Taste is fantastic...dry up front with a hefty fruit flavor, mainly cherries and oranges. The yeast flavor is one of the best qualities here.
Finishes a little sweet, but the slightly bittering hops help to add balance and dry things out before the sugar gets to be too much. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor...still you know it is there and best be careful, as this is no session beer. Would kill to try this one on tap in Amsterdam...could get real friendly with the locals after a couple of these.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with plenty of carbonation and the sweetness does not find a way to disappoint the texture.
A fine offering in the fortunate to get the chance to enjoy this one.

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Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 Filosoof
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strange beer. After finishing the bottle I was quite surprised to see that the alcohol is 9,6%. Not bad, but also not impressive.

L: orange-colour; cloudy; medium top;
S: pineapple and orange;
T: sweet, malty, sugar, caramel, orange;
M: okay, a bit light, sweet finish
O: hmmm...

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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 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 MarkJBurch
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Beer-Ed
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 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 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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Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

at the cafe 'In de Wildeman', in downtown Amsterdam, I decided to scan through the menu for a drink selection. Not belgians, I figured, since they were pricey and easy to find back in Paris. Tripels are my fav's so I went for 'Mary', odd but appealing name from one of the two breweries in the dutch capital.

At sight this seems little like a tripel. the tone is predominantly dark in a transition between orange and red- sort of like a caramel- with a thin, though creamy head that soon enough turns into not much more than a ring.

The smell is strong and yeasty, at most, because the fruit is complex to define above the tickling alcohol.

The taste is very strong, a range of fruits from sweet to sour with a compensating strength in alcohol in the background. this all combines with its thick character, making it a beer that may seem hard to consume but is rather worth it.

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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 patto1ro
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sherbert, caramel, cherry, raisin and malt aroma; bitter/sweetish taste with fruit and carmel aromas; bitter finish with pepper and toffee aromas. Reasonable barley wine with a decent shot of bitterness to balance out all the malt.
Ingredients: pilsner malt, wheat malt, caramalt 120, orange, coriander, sugar, whole Hallertau hops.

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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 JohnfromDublin
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on draft at 't Arendsnest, Amsterdam on 14.10.2005. Appearance was darker than I expected for a Tripel with a decent head (off white) that lasted throughout. Raspberry colour when held to the light. Smell was bubblegum and fruit of the forest, quite sweet. Taste was also a little sweet with alcohol well disguised. A slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Enjoyed the brew, but a bit too syrupy (and strong!) to have as a session beer.

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Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Elbrownbag
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of AdamNowek
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of cypressbob
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a very dark hazy orange body, creamy tan head with good retention

Smell, strong esters, lots of nuts, very ripe fruit. Some hint of toffee, bubblegum flavouring

Taste, smooth sweet estery body. Lasting caramel sweetness, little bit sour also, very little bitterness

A big strong sweet tripel, a little too sweet maybe but def. a good beer

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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 Bandi
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of Brabander
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer at the brewery during a visit with two BA's (Will and Marlin) a few days ago. First we had a fresh Mary and after that a three year old one!

I know a guy there, Stefano, and he first showed us the Brewery and the we came to the tasting.

Drank the beer in a Prael tulipglass. The fresh Mary is very tasty, soft and with a small head. The beer itself is a bit dark.

It was a warm day and that made the beer very pleasant to drink.

The older Mary was a bit complexer but very nice to drink. A ripe beer with an oak taste.

Thanks Stefano!!

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