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Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Flying Mouflan

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.67/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap in a 10oz glass at Bodega on 6/29/10

Dark amber brown; some cloudiness. Poured a thin layer of short-lived foam. Ring on retention & one solitary spot of lace.

Lots of hops in the nose. Floral overtones with dense, juicy citrus & some pine. Caramel & a touch of brown sugar. Smells an awful lot like an Imperial Red Ale.

Tastes like a cross between an Imperial Red & a Barleywine. Malts are more apparent: toasted caramel & brown sugar. Maybe a slight hint of toffee, but not much. Dense, resiny hops, blending citrus & pine tar.

Full bodied; carbonation is moderately low - just enough. Gritty, sticky-sweet feel. Mild alcohol heat. Juicy hops & caramel finish it out.

Drinkability is ok, I guess. I find it too sweet. Somewhat off-kilter for the style, seemingly Flying Mouflan isn't set on being a Barleywine. Overall it's alright, but really weird. I have to dock it for style.

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Photo of NorthsideFred
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kels for this one.

Poured into a snifter as I relaxed after a crazy-busy 4th of July weekend.

The description on the bottle sounds wonderful. I should probably cellar it but I can't wait any longer.

Pours a dark, rusty, hazy, brown with an eggshell-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell is dark fruits and chocolate.

Taste is good. Subtle hoppiness, dark fruits, and some chocolate. I like it even more as it warms up. It has a decadent sweet milky taste.

Full-bodied. Nice carbonation. Tons of tiny bubbles give it a creamy texture.

The ABV is surprising because the alcohol doesn't overwhelm you. Oh, it's there, but not overwhelming. I probably sucked it down faster than I should have, but it was hard not to.

Overall a pretty good beer. I would seek this out again.

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Photo of magine
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a dark brown near black, under the lights is more of a dark caramel amber color. Has some ruby red shining through on the edges. Has a thick creamy tan head, with nice ring lacing and a fluffy lace head island.

Sweet malty nose, and the barley malts. Pine hops, citrus hops, chocolate, dark fruits. Very complex tasty smell.

Very smooth brew, barley malts, chocolate, piney hops, dark fruits, raisins maybe, slightly dry - no real bitterness. Some slight spice. Almost has a hop resin oil texture to it. A bit of a warming effect. Amazing balance.

Tremendous stuff, has all the flavor you would want and leaves you wanting more (sips that is). World class barleywine. Very sessionable, the best sessionable barleywine I have had.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Thick, massive, billowing antique white head. Sitting atop a near black colored brew.

Smells of sweet candied malt, chocolate and dark fruit and piney hops.

Tastes of sweet, big, barley malts, chocolate, raisin and big herbal hops, which are extremely well balanced with the malt sweetness, but in the end it packs quite a hop punch.

Thick and robust, this brew has plenty of balls.

Wow, an excellent American Barleywine to be savored with every sip, letting it warm gradually as you go. Slow and savory.

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Photo of jorg2619
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Mouflan was to much to take for me in 09 but in 2010 I love it.

This monster pours a dark ruby color and does not have more than an a cm or two of head but it stays nicely. This beer smells of malt and pine. The hop aromas become stronger as the beer warms along with a hint of booze. This beer tastes complex. There is a pine mouth chapping taste of hops followed by smooth malts that are battered by a wave of booze leaving a hoppy sweet booze flavor behind for a drink more aftertaste. Probably one of the fastest drinkers of all the barlywines I have had.

I was not a fan last year of this beer but my palette has evolved and I can now appreciate this beer to its fullest.

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Photo of STEG
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep amber color that is predominantly brown. Smell is hoppy up front with pine and grapefruit dominating with a chocolatey nutty presence intermingled. Taste is surprisingly sweet I was expecting something much harsher given the description on the bottle and the abv. The alcohol is so well hidden with this one, with the mouthfeel slightly syrupy. This is scary drinkable given the abv. Will be buying more

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Photo of Fish113d
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*22 oz bottle served chilled into a tulip glass

Pours a dark-copper color that allows very little light to get through the glass with a 1 finger thick head of that forms at the top, and then slowly dissipates to a slight foam surface layer on top with some lacing on the glass. Fantastic presentation!

Aroma first is of some big, billowy malts with some citrus hops coming through. On a "deep" sniff, the hops are floral and earthy. Maybe a bit of oak also comes through but nothing too crazy.

Sipping reveals a huge brown malt palate that opens up to a sweet toffee with a "citrusy" hops flavor to balance it. A slight bit of vanilla also comes through I think. Very yummy!

Full-bodied, chewy even when cold with a very smooth finish. Alcohol is hidden very well, maybe almost TOO WELL (dangerous!). Great feel.

Tough to say, but I think this may be my favorite offering of Troegs, even over the Troegenator or Mad Elf, at which I feel like I'm cheating on my favorite winter-time offering (Elf). Fantastic brew!!!

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

Wow. Bottled on 6.10.10

The Mouflan is exactly as described. An ode to Nugget Nectar pushed over the edge of a cliff with delicious sweet malt wrapped around luscious chewy hop resin pungency.

Ok, so that is not not "exactly" how Troegs describes it, but I digress.

The beer is dark reddish brown, with a touch of haziness, like a dry hopped brown ale. A nice sticky foam head tannish to light brown in color.

The aroma is brown sugar, cotton candy, milk chocolate, orange juice, pineapple and a little floral heat from the alcohol.

The flavor is tremendous. Malted milk balls, dried pineapple, orange creamsicle, concord grape, some pine sap, maple syrup, with nice firm bitterness in the finish. The alcohol seemed a bit more prominent in the nose, but warming is definitely detectable upfront and in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. For a rich and flavorful ale it has a decidedly approachable drinkability, with excellent malt to hop balance.

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Photo of bum732
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Citrus and sweet hops, juicy, touch of molasses and vanilla, touch of cocoa.

L: Murky brown, nice creamy head that dissipates.

T: Light caramel backbone, big citrus hop flavor leading to moderate high bitterness. This leads to some more strong fruitiness and some dryness.

M: Good creamy mouthfeel, hop dryness, moderate carbonation.

A solid barleywine, this baby was fresh and evident of the strong hop presence. Nothing really stood out, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 4/7/10 into a snifter...

A - A very dark caramel amber color. Appears black but when looked at closer it is a very dark murky brown. A 2 finger off white head foams up as well.

S - A fistful of hops greets you right up front, but it is apparent that there is a solid malt backbone as well. To be honest the smell is quite reminicsent of Nugget Nectar with a latier profile.

T - A muuuch sweeter Nugget Nectar. The hops are very strong even after letting it sit for a few months. But there is a dark toffee component which follows the hoppy punch. A candy flavor accompanies everything as well as if, like the label says, hops really were dipped in candies sugar rolled in dark chocolate nibs. Although I am failing to grasp any real chocolate component on this one.

M - Thicker than I expected. Sugary feel to it, but still pleasant. Very much like a barleywine style ale.

D - This one was awflly sweet for me. At the end of each sip I just got this sugary overload type of a feeling which wasn't great. However, this is great if you want to experience a Hulked up version of Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights. with one finger of creamy tan head. Not a great deal of lacing, but it coats the glass well.

Smell -- Hop aromas dominate: lots of pine, with some grapefruit rind. Toffee, caramel, and butterscotch are also present.

Taste -- Hop forward for certain. Lots of earthy, resinous hops with burnt sugar, raisin, plum, cocoa powder, caramel, and a bit of menthol. Finish is quite bitter and earthy/herbal.

Mouthfeel -- Not quite as thick as expected: medium in body, slick, with creamy carbonation. As time goes on, the alcohol becomes more and more evident.

Drinkability -- A bit too thin for the style, but otherwise really exceptional. The candied plum-like maltiness with the deep piney/herbal hops make for a great combination. Wasn't sure if I cared for this offering at first, but I definitely came around. A great offering from Tröegs.

Suggestion: drink slightly warmer than what seems appropriate; the rich and fruity malt character seems to peak at just below room temp.

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

A fresh 2010 bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Deep murky copper with a thin to nonexistent head.

S - Fruity citrus hops right up front. Grapefruit and orange with a sweet malty aroma.

T - Very similar to Nugget Nectar with the bitter grapefruit hops, but much more intense. Bitter from the hops, but the sweet malt backbone held this beer together.

M - Subtle carbonation with a creamy quality.

D - The alcohol is hidden very well. I'm glad I only had this one 750ml bottle around otherwise I think I could have continued to drink this one all night. I'm very interested to see how this one ages so I'll be sure to pick up a few more.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 bottle shared with pleepleus.

Pours dark brown with couple finger tan bubbly head, lots of lacing.

Aroma was super hoppy: pine dominated along with some hints of citrus fruit. Only slight hints of brown sugar made it through the nose. This was definitely an american barley wine but the nose was just not right.

Flavor was a slight caramel and vanilla sweetness up front followed by a gigantic in your face hop bitterness that lingered for minutes on the tongue. They wanted big bitter and they got it.

Overall, slightly too carbonated and the alcohol a bit too prevalent. I am definitely not a fan of this beer fresh but I'd give it a shot with some age.

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Photo of muttyd
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper/brown body with a foamy tan/white head. Sticks all over the glass. Almost ruby as I hold it up to the light.

S - Very hop forward. Piney/earth hops mixed with a sweet toffee/caramel malt sweetness.

T - Toffee, brown/burnt sugar, and the expected piney/earthy hop flavor. Very hoppy barleywine. Bitter hoppy finish.

M - Chewy, creamy, and viscus.

D - Will most likely be picking up another bottle or two to age. Great beer.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From bomber to wine glass. Bottled on 04/07/10 and sampled within 3 weeks of bottling. Picked up a few more to age. Review from notes.

A: Pours with a 1 finger, dense cinnamon colored cap. Respectable head retention and a fair amount of splotchy lacing. The lower-end ABV allows the head to come forward and the lacing to briefly stick. The body is murky with a gradient of color and value: tawny to amber, medium to dark.

S: Heavy toasted malts of caramel and grain balanced by heavy hops, boasting aromas of resiny pine mixed with grapefruit and a touch of orange. Even the yeast qualities are very present, earthy and slightly woody.

T: It's evident that the base beer is a cousin of Nugget Nectar (who is the big brother to Hopback Amber). Alcoholic warmth was present on the nose and even more so on the palate. Moderately sweet. Bitterness is above average and the flavor duration is below.

M: Lighter body than expected and very slick. Smooth, silky texture. The alcohol is most noticable on the mouthfeel. The Flying Mouflan is too hot right now. Soft fizzy carbonation. If it weren't for the light body and the heat, I'd say that the mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

D: The drinkability is good (as is the beer overall) although I'm hoping that it ages gracefully and becomes considerably better.

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

Poured into an Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is nice clear russet brown or chestnut color with a 1" tan head that recedes slowly to leave an irregular shape island patch of foam, a ring around the glass and some leggy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping produces small patches of lacing, some of which slide back down into the liquid and some of which cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is definite but not strong. It has mostly citric hops (grapefruit zest) with pine resin and an undertone of dark caramel from the malt. As the beer warms the hops recede into the background with the caramel up front.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose. The lightly sweet dark caramel backbone from the malt supports the mix of hop flavors and bitterness so that it is possible enjoy both the grapefruit zest bitterness and the pine character as flavors that are integrated with the whole.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and both smooth and prickly with the moderate carbonation. The finish is long and begins with some malt sweetness that is quickly replaced by the bitterness of the grapefruit zest and the pine from the hops. There is also a trace of an almost burnt character in the finish. Eventually the bitterness disappears, leaving a nice wide-spread dryness throughout the back of the palate.

Drinkability: I've enjoyed drinking this beer and each sip led easily and naturally to the next. It is an interesting take on the American Barleywine style that I'll probably return to once in a while. That said its not at the top of my shopping list if only because the finish has an almost earthy or burnt bitterness that seems to me to jar and detract just a bit from the whole.

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Photo of sitarist
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep walnut, the head is tan and falls to a ring that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells like a dank, humid, pine forest, with some funky humus / earthy scents, fresh cut wood, candied apple, there are hints of allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, pecan, kind buds, pumpernickel, a lot of bold scents.

Strong flavors: licorice, clove, candied apple, toasted pecans, smokey roasted meat, a lot of spice. Bold and balanced.

Sticky, thick, and warm. It sticks to my tongue, warms my throat, and tickles my brain.

Cant get any closer to perfect! This beer isn't for the weak. Im so glad I tried this, what a great surprise. WOW! I cant imagine how this will age?

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very dark translucent reddish brown color. the head is tight and a faint tan, quite creamy and a nice lace left behind.

S-big hop presence, a light note of toffee and caramel right up front with an assertive hop aroma taking over, fruity plums, citrus, and piney hops.

T-great smooth flavor, slightly burnt caramel, notes of plums, citrus hops, light pine hop and a present but light hop bitterness at the finish. no presence of alcohol throughout.

M-medium body, chewy, syrupy, extremely smooth and creamy on the palate with a nice smooth but firm finish.

D-huge hop presence but still enough malt to have some balance. so smooth and virtually no showing of any alcohol.

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Photo of meatyard
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy, dark, orange/amber with a 2", light tan head that falls to a cover while having decent retention and nice lacing but only on the 2nd pour.
S: Smell starts with pine & citrus hops followed by sweetish malt.
T: Is the same pine hops but stronger, didn't get much of the way in citrus here, and a rich malt flavor that is decidedly sweet but not overly so.
M: Is medium and pleasantly creamy with mild carbonation.
D: Drinks pretty well but one 22 oz. bottle is plenty at a sitting. I would like to try both an ultra fresh and a 1-3 year old bottle so I will pick up another to age and look out for the next release.

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

Pours a nice brown, with some red highlights, thick, stiff yet short cap of khaki head, leaves good lacing. Scent is a strong whiff of carmel and citrusy hops, hints of toffee, nuts, cocoa, popcorn. Taste is aggressive, yet muted hops - possibly that in between period between fresh and aged - with a full carmel, roasted nut taste with minimal prescence of chocolate and butterscotch. Medium to full bodied, thick, chewey but not coating. A good beer, which has some muddled flavors that could be stuck between fresh and aged, would try another.

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Photo of phillybeer7779
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark brown in color with over a half inch of head that dissapated quickly. Candied flavor with a very hoppy finish. One of my favorite American barleywines, as the big hop and malt flavor give this a big, enjoyable flavor. Kinda over the top, but that's what I want from this style.

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

A dark brown body with ruby highlights with a small tan head. The head is small, but it's a thick head that manages to lay down a little bit of lacing. I think if poured from a bottle, this beer would have a big head with pretty good lacing (especially when I look at my Scratch #4 review and see that it looked great).

The aroma packs a big hop presence with juicy citrus notes. This was definitely dry hopped, and the one hop that I can pick out is warrior, so I assume that was the hop (or one of the hops) used to dry-hop this beer. The malt is in there too though, providing rich, sweet, notes.

The hops in Flying Mouflan pack a ton of bitterness and lots of juicy hop flavors. Grapefruit juice and other citrus fruits like orange come through along with a bit of pine and a considerable blast of bitterness. The hop profile in Flying Mouflan reminds me of the hops in Nugget Nectar. They aren't the same, but they are similar, which is great. Backing up that big hop bite is a ton of malt and a bit of alcoholic heat. The malts are big and rich, even big enough to balance out those hops a little bit. Sweet, with toffee and powdered chocolate. A little bit of raisin is in the background. The finish has a tingly blast of heat that manages not to be overwhelming or overly strong.

The mouthfeel isn't quite full: it's probably on the light side for the style. Moderate carbonation.

I've tried Scratch #4, which is the same recipe as Flying Mouflan. I've even tried Flying Mouflan itself. When I saw this on tap, however, I realized that I have never tried this beer fresh, so I ordered it. I'm glad I did. This beer is great aged and great fresh, but it's completely different each way. The hop profile is great, but it's a little hot in the finish.

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Photo of beerhan
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer explodes with flavor into your mouth but it loses its novelty fast. For being a barleywine this is delicious but overall I think that if this beer was packaged in a smaller quantity I would have enjoyed it more. I just felt big after one bottle--good flavor but no drinkability.

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a thick head that just sits atop the liquid and lingers, leaving many strands of lace

Smell: Figgy pudding; pith and pine, with a serious dose of caramel underneath

Taste: First, the caramel backbone lays down its foundation, adding the complexity of the figgy pudding; it doesn't take long, however, for the piney hop flavors to take over, notching the bitterness up a few levels; after the swallow, the fig and date flavors re-emerge to provide a balanced sweet and bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; the alcohol was well-hidden

Overall: Certainly among the top American barleywines out there; wonderful balancing act between the hops and the malt

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troegs out did themselves on this one...definitely one of their "stronger" beers.

Appearance: Unfiltered, deep copper-brown with a foamy tan head

Smell: Sweet malt with floral hops

Taste: Big hop flavor with flavorful toasted malt and mild sweetness

Mouthfeel: Well balanced; bitter lingering finish

Drinkability: full flavored excellence, robust with plenty of hops

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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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