Tröegs Flying Mouflan | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Flying Mouflan
1,406 Ratings
Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Flying Mouflan

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by mcallister on 03-01-2009

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 04/07/10

Dark crimson colored that cannot be seen through. One finger of head that slowly settled to a thin skin of suds. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is both hoppy and malty. Elements of figs, prunes, citrus, and a little spicy alcohol blends nicely together. Still plenty of hop bitterness left in the flavor. Very bitter and boozy beers are not a favorite of mine, but this beer walks a fine line. Maybe fresh I would not like it as much as I do now with four months of age. The subtle malt flavors are starting to develope. I get some caramel and dark fruit. The alcohol is a player but does not dominate and acts to cleanse the palate. A little warmth as well. The body is surprising not that big. It is a little modest in fact. Nicely carbonated and has a nice soft texture.

Not sure if this beer would benefit from additional age as the hops play a major role in the flavor and not sure the malt could pick up the slack.

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

Thanks go out to sbaldwin for providing this one. According to Troegs, this beer's "Dubbed the Flying Mouflan (for reasons that become clearer toward the bottom of the glass)." I looked it up, and the Mouflan Ram is a type of horned sheep that's a popular hunting game in Texas. Huh.

Looks: how interesting. A pour verging on sadistic give me an oaken head of about 1.5 fingers. Dense and sticky, it gris the sides of the glass in persistent sheets. The color is nice: a murky deep crimson, with notes of dark amber and lighter brownish-yellow. I appreciate the depth, and hope there's and accompanying maltiness to follow.

Smells: like sugared fruit gummies. There's a nice, bright citrusy flavor permeating the air around the beer's crown, reminding of lemons, orange and grapes. A honey-sweet malt backbone rounds it out. The aroma strikes a great balance between the two aspects.

Tastes: less hoppy than expected. The citrusy flavors are first, imparting a subtle juicy fruitiness (a bit of pineapple, more grapefruit) at the beginning. Malts soon take over the show, with notes of caramel, toast, and chocolate covered raisins. Apparently they used cane sugar in this, which makes sense -- there's a lot of candy sweetness going on. A very bitter, hoppy finish rounds it all out.

Feels: soft. The body is a notch below medium-light, the carbonation is dimly prickly. The 9% alcohol has been lion-tamed, as it's hardly noticeable.

Drinks: like a good barleywine. Not great, but good. It was, however, INCREDIBLE with Thai chicken. Fours all around!

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Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split and served in Chimay chalice's

A - short-lived finger of loose forthy khaki colored foam...quickly settles to a few big bubbles and film in the glass. the beer is very dark amber/copper colored, slightly hazy.

S - big, ripe, fresh fruity hops...melon, pineapple, orange rinds. sweet toffee and caramel. smells like a malt-heavy DIPA and I love it. mouth-watering.

T - begins with a flash of melon and citrus hops...juicy with more pineapple, juicy fruit gum, spicy earthy hops. spiced more at the end with cinnamon, toffee, molasses along with some tobacco bite. finishes with an assertive alcohol kick and citrusy hops.

M - medium-light bodied, syrupy and slightly oily...playful prickly carbonation stays out of the way when it should. getting a bit watery as it warms, barely able to hold up the big sweet malts and bitter hops.

D - solid, hop-heavy barleywine...really excited to see what this does with some time. not far off the advertisement of being an Imperial NN. more of a hybrid but very enjoyable.

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Photo of nas5755
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour revealed a nice head with a caramel like hue and nice retention. The nose reminds me of citrusy hops and big caramel hops and dark fruits with raisins. The taste is filled caramel, raisins, toffee and a citrus hop that doesnt linger, a very mellow touch of heat. The carb levels are decent, a heavy beer that is slighty on the syrupy side. This is a sipper. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, I thought the hops would be more bitter on the back-end but as the bottle says this is Nugget Nectar after it was pushed off the side of cliff. It is really an incredibly malty version of Nugget Nectar. I want to see what some age does to this cause I think a year or two will really make this beer shine.

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

Found at Premiere Gourmet. A superior beer, better in every way. Pours a dark amber colour. Full mouthfeel supported by caramel malts. It is very hoppy like an American barleywine usually is. Like a Double IPA, tasty orange-grapefruit citrus. Appropriate carbonation.

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

A--Reddish hue, lacing and a little bit of retention.

S--Very piney, some caramel notes, but mainly very hoppy.

T--Very solid Barleywine, has a smooth flavor but a little bit more hops than I would like in my BW

M--Smooth, good mouthfeel.

D--Need to listen to the brewers who say on the label, "patient beer lovers who cellar will be rewarded" I have to agree this is a beer that needs some time to mellow and lose some of its hoppy bite. Think that is the plan with the other bottles I have...

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Photo of stakem
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 5/27/10.

What a rare treat to get to have this on tap. Served in the tasting room at Troegs care of American Craft Beer Week/Philly beer week, etc.

Pours a hazy amber brown color with a brownish tan head that doesn't retain all that well but leaves copious amounts of spotty lace all about the glass. The aroma has a bright citrusy aroma that exceeds it's bottled version. The heat of the alcohol character is somewhat abrasive. However, the flavor has a deeper complexity of malt back on draft than from the bottle. The malt comes across tasting more like a dark sugary caramel with an indication of some chocolate that I never experienced before in the bottled version. Very warming and bitter finish that leaves an oily resinous bitterness that is piercing to the palate.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this! Found it at Beer Nutz in Fox Chapel, PA for 6.99 a bomber! Score!

A - Pours a dark amber but see through. Pour produced little head but has lacing on sides of glass.

S - Mostly hops but I can smell slight toffee, caramel, and mild chocolate malt in the base.

T - Starts off tasting pretty candy like with toffee and caramel and then leaves the palate with a slight hoppy bitterness that really doesn't linger. ABV is well hidden in this big beer! No warming feeling at all!

M - Very heavy yet flavor has really mellowed from the age.

D - Well I assume this beer is a bit old, at least 4 or 5 months since I have seen it before at the shop and they don't seem to rotate stock. It has aged well on the shelf and hops have mellowed to give this beer more flavor and less ABV burn. Well done Troegs!

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Photo of JamisonM
2.96/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark reddish brown color tan head

S: hops and chocolate

T: hops and malt dont mesh well for me its kind of a mess

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: off aftertaste does not really make this drinkable

overall: sorry I know a lot of people like this beer but i don't. The first beer from Troegs I have had that I did not like. oh well you cant like em all right? cheers

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Damian for sending me this beer awhile back.

A: The pour is a great copper/burnt orange color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: The nose is typical barleywine: good solid malt (caramel) base with toffee, bread, and brown sugar. A nice piney and slightly citrusy hop note to it as well.

T: Surprisingly bitter, much more like a west coast barleywine (ie. Bigfoot, Old Guardian) in that respect. A fair amount of oranges which goes quite well with the caramel, brown sugar, and toffee notes.

M: The body is medium, nothing out of the ordinary for the style, with a lively carbonation.

D: Plenty drinkable (as much as you can get for a barleywine), with good flavors. This is one I could enjoy fresh or probably with some age on it.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip.
Brewed on date was unfortunately rubbed off of the bottle, but this was a fairly fresh batch.

A - Dark brown in colour with cream coloured bubbly head and good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malt nose with some brown sugar and molasses in the background accentuating the sweetness. Some citrus hop notes are present too and a very slight hop bitterness comes through the nose as well. The more I let this warm up and the more I smelled it, the hop bitterness became more and more prevalent in the nose.

T - An excellent balance of malts and hops. The hops that existed more in the background in the nose are much more evident in the palate, with notes of citrus and pine and a nice bitterness. The balancing malt flavours are sweet and sticky toffee, caramel and brown sugar. A nice hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium body, thick and juicy.

D - I am normally not a barley wine drinker but this one was superb. I will buy this one again.

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

22oz. bomber: this one pours a ruby tinged very dark amber color. It was fairly clear and had a small tan head on it. Leaves a little lacing. Some pine and citrus hops to the nose. I also get some Subtle caramel and dark fruits. The taste is full bodied and good. Nice balance of caramel sweetness and some citrus hop bite. The alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth and easy drinking

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Photo of brianjay
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful, dark brown body. Not much head, but an attractive, white, bubbly lace ring which compliments the dark body nicely.

Sweet, sweet smell. Notes bring about the image of an American pale ale dipped in caramel.

The taste is loaded with candy sugar, dusted off with some earthy, hoppy flavors on top; imagine if Whole Foods had a candy shop.

Finish is reminiscent of candied yams. There is very dry end to this one. The body is smooth, but due to the sweetness of this one you will need to take your time. Would like to see this one aged.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color with a tan head. Little bubbles like in a Belgian dubbel. Few lacey splashes.

Candied fruit and citrus hop. Grape soda. Smells really, really good.

Aged for 4 months, the alcohol has largely faded out. The bottle states Flying Mouflan "tastes like hops dipped in candied sugar and rolled around in cocoa nibs." That sounds right on.

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

Troegs Flying Mouflan, the bottle claims that this is like taking Nugget Nectar and pushing it off a cliff. Bottled 4-7-10

Appearance: Cloudy, reddish orange, small head with lots of soapy bubbles, not alot of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, bready malt, alcohol. I can tell this is a big beer and a well hopped one at that.

Taste: Ample bitterness on a solid malt body. Piney hops are there in force but not overpowering. Theres alot of malt here, lending burnt caramel flavors. Some roasted malts also are there. Not bad at all and lacking alot of the over the top sweetness alot of barleywines have.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, mild bite.

Drinkability: A nice mellow barleywine. Easier to drink than most, love the hops. Pretty decent showing from Troegs.

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Photo of Manoftyr
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a dark walnut brown with ruby highlights into the glass, a sizable tan head rises from the pour and slowly bubbles back down leaving some strings of lace.

Aroma-Rich sticky caramel malt is the first thing I smell followed by an undercurrent of fruity hops imparting a pineapple-like aroma.

Tate-Much like the nose with the sticky caramel malt mingling with fruity hoppiness. I taste caramel and pineapple predominately with some citric and piny characters on the outside, although they are somewhat muted by the rather hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Syrupy body with medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability-Just a good, straight forward, tasty Barleywine, not quite as hop-forward as Bigfoot but somewhat richer in malt character. I could drink a glass or two.

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Photo of cavedave
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 6/7/10

The pour is a thing of real beauty. It's a lightly cloudy gem, light brown with ruby highlights, toped by a two finger head of dark beige. The oily film that coddles ample lace bubbling tells of both the size and hopping of this baby. Take a picture.

The smell is a light/med. aroma, but what an aroma! Effervescent citrus, deep pine tar, crazy deep caramel sweet, alcohol spice, with some rounded and tart yeasty notes tying it together. Sniffs as I drink reveal floral hop, and herbal bitter in this.

This has been called NN on steroids. There it is. The familiar malt base, and the basic hop profile amped up. There's a new player in town here, though, really tasteful and highly aromatic alcohol. This has turned it into a barleywine of American ingenuity that is mindblowingly delicious. Fuck the subtle fruit esters in other wimpy English wannabe's, this is American hopping artistry meets the depth of English BW. A marvelous taste for which words do little justice. The finish is a deep bitter burn that holds just the right amount of sweet. It walks the tightrope between dry and juicy like a Wallenda.

Perfectly carb.'ed, light/med., and highlights all its assets, with a light feel in the mouth that hides its size, and a finish that is excellent, though not stunning. Troegs always shines here.

Drinkability, rated against its peers, it is top of the class. Were I to gain unlimited access to this brew, prudence would dictate the coroner be forewarned.

Impression: Finally tasting this semi-fresh (six weeks old). This is a delicious masterpiece from true craft beer artists.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good one here from Troegs, though I may have let it go for a bit too long. I was hoping for a bit more hopping, but that's probably my fault since the batch has been out for a couple of months. Pours a very interesting dark apricot brown, hazy, with only a ring of tan head.

Aroma is largely malty, nice caramel malts with a bit of sweetness behind it. Hops poke through, but only to whisper grapefruit.

Tastes like a big American Barleywine--big caramel malt backbone, a bit of roast to it, followed by some nice bittering hops to even it out and give it an overall very nice drinkability. Thick in the mouth, it's coating. Good amount of carbonation to keep it moving. Nice work here.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice ruby color with a 2 finger with head with is slow to recede.

S- This is weird I am picking up a slight hoppines with a black licorice smell, dunno if this is par for this brew but it has me intrigued.

T- A nice mingle of hop bitterness and malty backbone. tastes almost of a american strong ale than a barleywine.(besides the 2010 bigfoot from SN)

M- In a word Great... medium bodied slightly reminescent of SSRA I mean WOW is this an amber SSRA.

D- Certainly among the top American barleywines out there; wonderful balancing act between the hops and the malt reminiscent of one of my favorite beers. I would call this a Red Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale very next to perfect!!!

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Photo of jculler82
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, fridge aged about 3 months, to pint glass, nice amber edges around a ruddy dark red middle.

Smell is piney hops mixed with dark caramel malts up front, with some subtle grapefruit in the background, as well as some fruity alcohol.

Taste mirrors the smell almost exactly. Nice piney hop flavor, with dark malts following, lots of dark crystal flavor actually. Some alcohol, but not with every sip. Warming finish. Firmly bitter as well. Medium full mouthfeel.

More imperial amber than barleywine in my opinion, but a good beer none the less.

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Photo of Casey10
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while in MA so glad I got to try this. I will state that any fans of barley wines will love this one.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with nice lacings stuck to the sides of the glass foamy but thin head covers the beer.

S - Light malts some breadiness as well not bad.

T - Nice malt background with almost oak like flavors strong this one is.

M - stays with you feels sticky and sort of sweet at the same time.

D - Definate have again would love to compare aged so looking forward to getting more of this and aging it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. I've actually been buying it lately and trading it, keep thinking that I should hang onto it for myself but never do. It was pretty good, glad I got to enjoy it. Troegs is such a cool brewery.

Beer is brown and mostly clear forms a head of medium and small bubbles. Overall the head is relatively unimpressive. Leaves some lacing behind though, carbonation is overall low and the head fails.

Aroma is mostly sweet and malty, mild alcohol tinge. Overall mild but acceptable.

Beer is medium bodied and creamy smooth in the mouth. Very malty, finishes slightly dry, moderate bitterness, just enough. I don't know the vintage but I'll assume it is young. There is a hint of alcohol in the forward mouth. Overall, very good.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to G311 for this brew. You were right (again), this beer is fantastic!

A - Deep ruby-mahogany, khaki head

S - Big hop. Impressions of dank cannabis and pink grapefruit abound. I am not thinking 'Barleywine'.

T - Fantastic DIPA flavor when drank fresh. I'm interested to see how it tastes after a bit of age. I can't see how it could improve upon this very impressive hop-sicle of deliciousness.

M - Much like a DIPA, again. Not as viscous as I would expect from a BW, and more brightly carbonated.

D - I would like to have a case of this stuff!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tröegs Flying Mouflan is a clear, reddish brown ale with a thick, dense, bubbly, oily beige head that has outstanding retention. The aroma is slightly sweet and quite hoppy. It smells floral, with notes of orange, grass, caramel and bubble gum. It has a super smooth full body with a clean dry finish. It tastes bold and well balanced. It's slightly sweet with caramel and has a roastiness, like chocolate and coffee. There are notes of orange peel and black pepper. Juniper and wood resin provide the taste for the finish. This is super enjoyable. There are lots of different flavors going on, but they never interfere with each other. This is a world class ale, the kind I run across once or twice a year. I never even thought of it as a barleywine. I was just kind of thinking of it as an American strong ale while I was drinking it. Now that I think about it, I guess it could be a barleywine. Either way, it's epic!

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber brown color with a small frothy tan head. Head loses nothing and has decent lacing.

S- Sweet malty aroma begins the beer with touches of caramel highlighting the sweetness. Towards the middle of the beer the hops pick up to round out the beer.

T- Caramel malt begins the taste as dark fruits (possibly figs and plumes) add to the malty profile. Hops creep in towards the middle and keeping on until the end. A slight citric bite from the hops towards the end lets you know this is an American barleywine, but I thought a little more needed to be done to make that differentiation definitive.

M- Thick, chewy, and syrupy in the mouth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Could get difficult to put a lot of this down, but I wouldn't mind finishing out the night with something like this regularly.

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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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