Tröegs Flying Mouflan | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Flying Mouflan
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Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Flying Mouflan
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 03-01-2009

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pDev:
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Photo of domtronzero
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks boglobo8971! Awesome Barleywine!

A - Clear deep copper orange color with a big, long-lasting tannish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasty/bready malts. Piny/resinous, citrusy hops. Pleasant alcohol aroma.

F/M - Big sweet caramel malts. Toffee, toasty/bready flavors. Huge citrusy/piny hop flavor with a high hop bitterness. Warm alcohol. Medium-high body, slick and slightly oily. Medium carbonation. Clean finish.

D - Very good for a barleywine. Smooth yet very assertive. This one is great now and will definitely improve with some age.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with friends at Spinnerstown Hotel over diner. This is a fine barleywine, though I was hoping it would be a bit hoppier. Despite a good finishing bitter kick, it was smooth by comparison to barleywines like Bigfoot. The beer opened with a licorice and sweet cheer taste and lighter caramel and toffee malts with a hint of gingerbread. The finish was a satisfying blast of bitter citrus and orange peel hops. If you like the style, this is certainly worth a try. It manages to be fruity for the style (in a good way), without being too thick or sweet.

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Photo of jlapennas
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Moderately strong toffee malt aroma mixed with a pungent pine resin hop aroma and some berry/cherry esters. There are some mild roasty notes in the background and a decent dose of ethanol. Very pleasant aroma that speaks to other darker colored american barleywines I've had. I find myself searching around just a bit too much for the malt aromas considering the style. What's there is very pleasant but it could be bolder.

Appearance: Red brown color with a slight haze. Lowish carbonation produces very slight head that fades quickly. OK for style but I've seen more attractive barleywines.

Taste: Moderately strong alcohol character that blends with a firm hop bitterness and hop resins to give a slightly prickly quality to the taste. Malt character is there but it's overwhelmed by these qualities. Cherry reduction ester quality blends well with malt sweetness. Finishes fruity and boozey.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, some roasted grain astringency, resin, lowish carbonation. Alcohol evident.

Overall: A tasty beer worth trying if you like the style. For a low alcohol version of the style the booze was pretty evident which impacted the drinkability. This bottle is 5 months old and would certainly improve with some more age. Softer alcohols and a mellower hop impression would allow the malt to come out more I think.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
The color is deep, dark amber/mahogany. A very fast-fading caramel head becomes a thin ring.
A big whiff of rum-soaked plums hits with a bang. Caramel malt, citrusy and floral hop smells are present throughout. A light smell of milk chocolate is noticed.
Flavors of a mixed fruit bowl drenched in dark rum and port wine come to mind. Prunes, raisins, pears, tangerine and pineapple, with a hint of banana. Does this count for my daily fruit intake? The citrusy hops poke through, as does a nice rich malty taste. Sweet caramel adds the right balance to the bold flavors.
As the label suggests, I will cellar one and see how things transform in a year. If I can wait that long.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/7/10

Deep dark milk chocolatey brown in color, a sorta soupy/hazy/muddy sort of look; head is a creamy light tan thing, firm and gorgeous, leaving loopy lace strings as it slowly fades to a crown.

Smells reminds of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot, and I can only say that affectionately...although it's not quite as impressive as that. Vanilla, molasses, alcohol, hops...all big and bold and sweet and strong.

Flavor is a bit more scattered, or subdued, than the aroma indicates. There's a grassy greenness here, and a flatness of overall flavor, despite a medicinal alcohol character trying to edge in through all the malt and hops. There's a strange iced tea-like flavor too, and not being a big fan of iced tea, it was slightly off-putting. What I like are the prominent caramel notes, the cherry-like fruitiness that appears front and center, and the vanilla-like tones that remind of Bigfoot.

A little too bright in texture, due to fairly loud carbonation, and a body that's thinner and less syrupy than others of the style.

This was my first meeting with Flying Mouflan, and it falls a little short of expectations. Those expectations were based on hype, chatter, reviews, and the word of friends who have had this. But it's still good enough to qualify as a must-try for all aficionados of the American barleywine style. Is this a little young yet? Possibly, being only 5 months in the bottle. I'd try it again I suppose...wouldn't be an arm-twister.

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and hazy--tea colored with a thin film for head; lacing is okay considering the style

S: Candied sugar and subtle caramel and toffee on top of a citrus/fruitiness (grapefruit and orange perhaps) a bit subdued in general though

T: Loads of roasted, sweet malts on top of an alcohol-laden quality; candied brown sugars; and also chocolate and maybe a hint of orange rinds and toffee

F: A bit thin but the beer sits fairly well on the tongue

D: A good hoppy barley wine but the alcohol and bitter-sweetness do become a bit wearing after a bit

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 22oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours a dull, semi-hazy mahogany with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that quickly disperses into a thick, bubbly band around the edges. Nose reveals hops, toffee, dark fruit and ethanol. Taste follows nose - backbone is quite malty. Fruity/Toffee quality precedes the hoppy character that came first in the nose. Alcohol quality also diminishes. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even and pleasant carbonation - some prickliness at the front of the tongue, diminishes towards the back. A well-balanced American Barleywine that doesn't punch you in the mouth with hops. Perhaps a little light, but very tasty. I definitely want to pick up another bottle to cellar for a few years to see how the character changes.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with about 1 finger of off white head. There is a thin amount of lacing that lasts throughout the beer and leaves an oily residue on the glass.

The scent is of sweet caramel malts and some fruit.

The taste is of sweet malts, a little burnt coffee and chocolate, noticeable fruits, some spice, and alcohol. Very clean finish.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, a bit of an oily feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty tasty barleywine, good flavor and pretty easy to drink for the style. This is basically a more intense version of NN.

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Photo of kegger22
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, rich brown color with a modest tan head.

You can clearly smell the malty sweetness. There is also a strong alcohol aroma.

The taste is a not overly sweet, caramel with just a hint a bitterness to add an attempt at balance. But make no mistake, this is a malt bomb.

A very full bodied mouthfeel. Nice and thick like a barley wine should be.

Drinkability is good for a 9.3 ABV. It comes in a bomber and I was happy to finish it in one sitting.

Barleywines are a favorite of mine and this one did not disappoint. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolatey brown and is quite cloudy. Modest, but dense beige head. Leaves extensive blanket lace on the glass.

Strong caramel aroma of sweeter malts with a generous amount of crystal and possibly chocolate malts. There's a bit of background hop to the nose as well.

Nice balance for a barley wine--pronounced hop shows up in the swallow and lingers for a moderate aftertaste. Said aftertaste has a cocoa element to it. The beginning is solidly darker malt. Not as sweet as the smell suggests, but it isn't dry either. Rich body with some strong alcohol oiliness--you can tell this is a potent beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/04/10 notes.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one finger of tan head and ligh carbonation evident.

s - Smells of carmamel malts, bready malts, and fruit malts, with a hint of alcohol. Also hints of chocolate.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, alcohol, bready malts, sugar, chocolate, and light fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth going down, especially for 9.3% ABV.

d - A pretty good barleywine. Wish there was a little less alcohol in the smell and taste, but still pretty good overall. Would try again.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. Pours a ruby brown, with a light tan head that reduces to an island of soapy foam.

Smells sweet, slightly yeasty and bready, with notes of date, fig, and candied pecans. Very interesting smelling.

Has a hoppy-sweet taste, with an almost burnt coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste. Creamy and buttery in texture, it leaves a peppery feeling on the tongue. Complex, this one pulls it off nicely!

Creamy mouthfeel up front, a spicy bitterness creeps in to grab the tongue.

Highly drinkable, at 9.3%, I'm working to pace myself on this very tasty brew. Though very different from Troeg's Mad Elf, it is every bit as good.

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Photo of haazer
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at Abes beverages in Bethlehem, have been wanting to try this one ever since I heard about it. Since I got it in august its been sitting on the shelf for about 4 months. Poured this into my tulip glass.

A- Looks like melted hersheys chocolate in a glass. Interestingly enough, I poured this slowly into the glass with almost no head forming, but when I stop the head drops about 2 fingers deep below the surface. The head is tan, and refuses to move. When it finally does go down theres lacing left all over the sides.

S- This beer smells strongly of pine needles, citrus, and orange peels. A hint of the hoppy taste to come!

T- The hops make themselves present right away, grassy. Before the bitterness becomes overwhelming your hit with chocolate. The chocolate then turns to the fruity taste of strawberry. Then the drink turns very sweet, with strong hints of toffee and sugar. It almost feels like they took this beer and solidified it into a hard candy. At the very end of these many tastes is a slight hint of coffee.

M- Very creamy and smooth. Milk, cream, half n half? Take your pick. However the beer does leave your mouth slightly dry(probly due to high abv)

D- This only doesn't get a 5 because of the slightly dry feeling and high abv. I would want to drink this beer year round instead of the one month that Troeg's makes it out of the year. The complex flavors actually compliment eachother very well and dont hinder this drinkability at all.

This might be one of, if not my favorite beer I've had so far. I'd love to try this one fresh having tried it about 4-5 months after being brewed. Being that it aged it really feels like the hops have mellowed but are definately still there. A true treasure from Troegs.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Troegs

A- a 3 finger creamy pour that resembles a root beer hard candy color. Head leaves a gorgeous lacing on my weizen glass. Light brown head as well. Not opaque either.

S- Dark chocolate hops and caramel malts have a perfect complement to each other. Hints of dark candied fruit as well.

T- hoppy chocolates coat the palate nicely. Very smooth as well. malts are light but enough to get your attention.

M- like i mentioned in T, it is smooth and leaves a creamy coat in the mouth.

D- great beer form Troegs and this will rival my fav from them...nugget nectar. Makes number two on my list now above hopback amber!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Dark amber brown pour with creamy, but quickly fading head with excellent lacing. Loads of caramel and bready malts in the earthy nose, along with hints of dark fruit, grapefruit and pine. Tons of caramel and brown sugar in the taste as well. Very complex with hints of oak, toffee, vanilla, grapefruit, molasses, dark fruits, pine and alcohol. I would swear this was oak aged. Reminds me a lot of oak aged Arrogant Bastard. This is one of those beers that you need to let warm up. Definitely improves as it warms. Nice thick, chewy, bitter and resiny mouthfeel with the alcohol warming slightly throughout. Extremely drinkable for such a big beer. Probably one of the most drinkable barley wines I've had. Another great beer from Troegs!

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this one!

Appearance: Pours almost black! Deep dark cherry wood brown with lots and lots of sudsy cream-colored head that won't quit even after 3 minutes!

Nose: Lots of caramel maltiness but some leafy/herbal hops there too. A little toffee/coffee there too. I can tell this is going to be right up my alley!

Palate: Not as sweet as I was expecting, really. The hop bitterness round out the coffee-with-cream-like-sweetness. Dark and milk chocolate, fresh cream, and lots of toffee flavors swim in a somewhat buttery yet somewhat bitter palate. Long finish that is drying in the way that black coffee with sugar can be.

Notes: Didn't know what to expect from this one, but I like it! Appearance score suffers because I don't think it looks like what I consider to be the archetypal Barleywine (but it is really pretty!). Glad I got two bottles! One for right now and one for the cellar....

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red-brown. Small light tan cap falls to a nice ring and cloud. A bit of spotty lace.

S- Caramel malt, dark fruit and some toasty hints. Earthy hops have a decent presence. Know it will be strong.

T- Solid Barleywine. Big but not overbearing caramel malt. Dark fruit and raisins. The roast malt presence makes it taste like a dessert, well done. Earthy and citrus hops.

MF- Big oily body, a good creaminess to it. Smooth lower end carbonation. A nice warmth rounds out a nice feel. Slight bitterness.

DB- Great price for a very solid Barleywine. The roast and caramel aspects mixing is nice. No excuse not to give this a try.

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Photo of IPAescotch
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer i have every tasted, hands down. First barley wine as well, but from what i understand barley wines are usually sweeter. This beer however balances a complexity of smell and flavor with just enough bitterness to appeal to a hophead. A snifter is imho the best way to enjoy this exceptional beverage.

Way to go TROEGS!
A: dark, a coarse brown

S: skittles and whole wheat. Earthy yet aromatic, like herbal perfume.

T: Can sweetness and hops really go together like this? woven together in a web which matches in character what it accomplishes intricately in flavor.

M: Nothing too noticeable. Savory and carbonated.

D: IMHO best beer. At least out of the relatively cheap crafts i've tried. Drinkable only for it's superb taste

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Photo of juhl31
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-poured a very dark brown with a hue of crimson coming through. head was tan colored and not around for long

-some definite heat coming from the smell. caramel, dark fruit and a hint of roasted malts

-you get that good barley taste up front which then turns into a dark, caramel flavor. the finish is a bit of chocolate with some bitter hop flavor

-thick and smooth. feels very rich on the palate. you are left with a pretty intense bitter burn in the after taste from the hops, almost like a big IPA

-i really enjoyed this beer. i can see it being a good vertical as the hops calms down a bit and the other flavors become more pronounced. a fine, balanced example of an american barleywine

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Photo of jamesmbirchnyc
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark borwn, cloudy, with good head retention.

S: First and most powerful scent is of carmel malts. The smell stays fresh for the entire drink.

T: The taste is spectacular. The carmel malts blend easily into the ale's full body. This beer has the viscosity of Nyquil and coats the throat just as well.

M: As mentioned above, this is a heavy beer that doesn't feel heavy because the sweetness masks the darkness.

D: If you like carmel malts then this is a must drink.

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Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/6/10

pours a burnt orange with some ruby highlights. Light Taney fluffy head of around 2 fingers. A very pretty looking beer.
The nose is very hoppy even for being 4 months old. Lots of pine to go with the sweet caramel notes and the strong alcohol presence.
This is a big beer. Tastes like a DIPA/BW mix. Super hopped up. Tons of bitterness and sweetness at the same time. Lots of pine notes and sugary sweet dark fruits. Molasses and a definite chocolate presence. Alcohol is pretty much in your face but not in a bad way.
Huge full bodied mouthfeel. Thick and chewy. Coats the entire mouth. Actually drinks like a bigger beer then the 9.3%abv.
A very good American Barleywine. I would definitely drink again. Not sure a see the Nugget Nectar comparisons but it's a good beer in it's own right.

*From notes taken on 7-29-10

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Photo of jwhancher
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought two 22 oz bottles at the brewery back in early August. One for enjoying now and one for aging

A: pours a dark ruby read. Off-white head that eventually fades.

S: smells like candi sugars with a tad of licorice. Noticeable alcohol warming. Toffee, caramel, fig, and a tad of cocoa. I get a spicy hop aroma that's a little challenging to discern with all of the other flavored aromas. Very inviting.

T & M: very sweet tasting. Almost creamy. Tastes like light chocolately-caramel with some roastiness evident. The dark malts coat your tongue quite nicely. There 's a tinge of hoppiness but seems like the malts take center stage on this one.

D: a very inviting, challenging, and well made beer by the Troeg brothers. I'll have fun enjoying this one. Not sure of the availability but I'll be looking forward to the aged bottle I have sitting in the basement.

Didn't realize this was a barleywine; it's very good but probably not my fav in this category.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seerving type - bottle

Appearance - dark brown and tan , thick like coffee

Taste - carmel wooh! man, soon as i had a first drink super carmel but, after swallowing, fruity and slight imperial stout bitterness kicks in.

Mouthfeel - strong alcohol mixed with carmel. Very warm and sweet before you swallow. Dont drink it quick or you will be in trouble

Drinkability - Get ready, this beer will challenge you. Ive drank it fresh and a little to fast and the high alcohol made my face numb! But yes, this is tasty and unique. Ive bought 3 cases of beer this year, and this was one of them. A special seasonal beer, i really hope troegs makes this year round in 12 oz bottles. Im aging 4 bottles, opening one after 4 months on thanksgiving. Ill review this beer again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.84/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a bomber of the Flying Mouflan at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $7.99. Served mostly cold in a Harpoon tulip.

An average pour generates about 3" of creamy bubbly orangey-tan foam. The brew itself is a dark brown color that gives deep orange-red highlights when held to a light. The smell is sweet, a mix of dark and candy sugars, an intense clash between fruity esters and caramel, butter and smoke. The taste is much the same but at somewhat different proportions. Compared to the smell the taste is stronger on bitter hops and smoke, with the same butter and fruit elements also present. The finish is of lingering smoke, citrus hop, and peppery alcohol. Mouthfeel is moderate-high in thickness, about average for the style.

Overall it is pretty complex and the individual elements are all good, but together it is completely jumbled and goes in too many directions at once. This is a train wreck of a beer, completely incoherent. I had high hopes for this because I have a high opinion of Troegs, and this makes it that much more disappointing.

This tastes like a very young barleywine that desperately needs some mellowing time in the bottle. Damn good reason to put dates on the bottle. And don't bother shipping it out until it's had a couple months to age at the brewery.

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Photo of danadeny
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown / ruby red body and a thin light brown head with large soapy bubbles. WOW! One of the best smelling beers I have come across. Amazing fruit, fig, hint of alcohol, that classic barleywine smell (yeast?), a hint of pine from the hops, and a slight must. Wow again on the taste, the overall balance is what I consider critical in a beer and this one delivers. Heavy, bold malt up front combines with the sweetness of the alcohol to for a flavor and texture similar to molasses. Not much flavor detected in the middle but on the finish is a nice balance of citrus hops, grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is slick and oily do to the alcohol, but also a bit thick (in a good way) due to all the malt. Drinkability is good for a high powered beer; you may only require one bottle though. This is not a session beer, it's a big beer. This beer is on par with my other favorite barleywine style Hog Heaven

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Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,406 ratings
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