Flying Mouflan | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Flying MouflanFlying 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 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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Photo of rawthar
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber red body with a persistently foamy fluff of head on top that leaves legs as it stubbornly sinks.

S- Smells just like a Nugget Nectar, if you ask me. Orange zest and slight bitters. Same hop mixture, maybe? Same sweet background as well. This is a good thing, but I guess I expected a little more.

T- Tastes a lot like Nugget Nectar as well, but a little heavier and maybe a little sweeter. Aftertaste is definitely more grainy and boozy, but the booze is surprisingly well hidden.

M- Very thick and sticky, like cola or a caramel solution.

D- This could definitely create a sloppy night.

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

Drinking during the flyers...hopefully the name helps

A: Pours a darkish brown. Tan-ish head, with carbonation in the glass. alright lacing

S: kind of citrusy, hoppy, almost like a jacked up nugget nectar

T: Hoppy up front. alchohol is there, but not dominating. refreshing for a barleywine. I mean after the upfront taste, there is a toffee flavor. not really malty, but something. still a little citrus bit at the end

M: rich. slightly syrupy, but not overpowering. not a killer

D: A little hoppy, a little sweet, but a pretty good drink. can definitely handle more then one

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

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz. snifter at an appropriate temperature (05/18/10).

A: Pours a thick and creamy dark golden amber with some mahogany hues. Capped with a creamy two finger with nice retention and lacing.

S: Intense aroma of piney hops coated in a thick blanket of a caramel/toffee malt with some citrus tones. Extremely complex and rich.

T: Piney hops come through first followed by a quick blast of a sweet caramel and toffee malt with layers of citrus. Rather sweet, but not overly so and very complex.

M: Full-bodied with a nice heavy creaminess and low carbonation. Extremely rich and somewhat syrupy allowing the entire palate to be coated.

D: Quite drinkable as the 9.3% is somewhat masked, but the intense flavors and some sweetness knock it down just a bit.

Overall I am quite impressed with this beer on-tap. Definitely an incredible American Barleywine and just an overall wonderfully complex beer. I do prefer this beer with some age on it, but fresh it is quite nice as well. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this from the Wine Merchant in Findlay, OH. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very cloudy dark amber/mahogany. A large, frothy off-white head caps it off. Excellent retention. Left lots of lace and sip rings. Scents of sharp pine, grapefruit, candy, honey. This smells like hop candy. Love it.

The body is creamy, but a little thinner than I'd like. Some mild carbonation on the tongue. I guess this bottle has been on the shelves for a few months. I can only imagine that the hops were more pronounced in flavor when fresh. They have faded for sure. There is still a mildly bitter aftertaste, but the malts have come to the forefront. Some toasted caramel and toffee noted. This was still a great beer, I just wish I could have tried it earlier.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you G311 for the bottle. You are THE man VInce.

NIce thick frothy dome over a maroon brew.(exact color of the bottle)

Smell is of citrus and leafy hops, sticky sweet malts.

The flavor is hop forward, citrusy. Cherries assorted candied fruits and a big malt backround makes a nice canvas for lingering hops. Heat from the alcohol becomes more and more appearant. While I like my hops, this one is a bit too hot. I am willing to bet it will be better with age. This bottle is quite fresh.

The body is thinner than expected with a smooth texture and okay carbonation. The lack of body(for style) adds drinkability, but when I am drinking an American BW 'drinkability' is not a quality I am looking for, I want a beast of a sipper!

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Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought this week from Lena's in Painesville for $7.99. Seems like a good deal, huh? I was drawn in by the writing on the neck label which mentions: This alluring ale is like "pushing our Nugget Nectar off the side of a cliff" This is like throwing Nugget Nectar over a cliff" tastes like hops dipped in candied sugar and rolled in dark chocolate nibs. No observed "best by" date but the other side of the label on the neck suggests that patient beer drinkers may be rewarded with aging it (and it is 9.3% ABV) so I do not think that it really matters. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Great 4 inch head that I underestimated while pouring and had to sip a bit up before it spilled over a really nice looking dark caramel/mahogany body that lets light through but it is really murky. 4.5

S This is like an Imperial Nugget Nectar which is to say that there is a strong hop presence to the nose but also a welcomed increase in sweetness and even a burn of alcohol. I do not pick up the chocolate mentioned in the description on the label but look forward to that in the taste. Note: I love the smell of Nugget Nectar so I had anticipated enjoying this one, and I was not dissapointed. 4.5

T I am not sure the type of hops featured here but I can say that I really like this type. It has a slightly bitter bite but it is not harsh like other types. Anyway, taste is of an Imperial Nugget Nectar with an extra syrupy sweetness and burn of alcohol. I still don't pick up the chocolate but that is o.k. Upon reading that description I thought it was a bit strange anyway. Just as is NN there is an orangey citrus sweetness along with the hops that really just works. There may also be a sense of honey as well. Really very well done. 4.5

M Working my way past the significant head that remained creamy and full of carbonation well into my second pint, there I find a heavy, thick body of beer that allows the taste to linger on my tongue for a bit longer, stimulating both the bitter and sweet receptors there. The taste probably lingers for about 3 minutes. 4.0

D I enjoyed every drop but this is not a sessionable beer IMHO. Rather, it is to be savored at the end of a long day or on a cold day. 3.5

Notes: I am impressed with this beer that I did not know existed until I saw it at Lena's in Painesville this week. I would recommend it at least to anyone who appreciated NN. I find Barleywines to be particularly not drinkable but this might be the best American Barleywine after the sublime Great Lakes Barley Wine and it is certainly better than Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

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

Pours a deep, rich mahogany color, capped off with a very nice, airy yellow-beige foam. Nice piney hop aromas, with bubblegum and apricots. Flavors of citrusy hops, caramel malt and some alcohol. Another good beer from the East. The more I try from Troegs, the more I am impressed.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a thick, dense, 2 finger butter cream head that lasted till next week! Upon recession, the bubble stuck all over the glass. The body is deep brownish amber with ruby and orange highlights.

The nose has lots of caramel and hop notes. Some bready characters and sweet maltiness are in the background.

Hmm...the taste follows the nose pretty well. There is a sweet, caramel flavor throughout. Starts off with a toasted malt flavor that fades into a bitter, hop (citrus) finish. You can put up a little booziness in the finish also, but nothing overpowering.

The mouth feel is medium (thicker side), slightly oily and has moderate carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable beer. I need to pick up a few more bottles to stash away!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more barleywines I try, the more I'm starting to dig and desire a moderate hop presence. Flying Mouflan, I believe, falls perfectly down the middle between what I consider a strong hop character in SN Bigfoot and one like Victory's Old Horizontal, whose hoppiness is mellower and understated.

Shared a growler of this with my brother-in-law. The first 2 pours each yielded the best head and retention. Rusty/wheat-shaded, the head's consistency I would compare to that of the foam on a root beer float - light, cool, and creamy, breaking off in tasty chunks - something you might spoon out, little by little, diligently and indulgently.

Cherry cola sweetness and sticky, oily hops in the nose. Smoky sangria color.

The earthy hop nuances are expertly matched with a rich berry, vaguely tea-like flavor, and a clean malt body.

The delicious fruitiness and buzzing hop haze floating on top gives this a refreshing zing that just about neutralizes the alcohol presence, which does come out to rinse the palate in the finish.

Tasty, so tasty. Recommended fo' sho'.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter for a hearty brown body with good tan head that receeds at a medium pace and leaves cloying lace. The smell is a great mix of sugary malts like caramel and chocolate and there is a nice juicy fruit burst like cherries in there; citric hop smell is pushed to the back. Medium-bodied with chewiness and a mix of citric hoppy dryness. Large burst of sweetness derived from chocolate and cherry along with hints of tropical fruit. Has a little bit of breadiness to it in the back as it finishes dry. The sweet and fruit flavors, along with the minor hop bit, combine for a well-balanced and strong sipper that is great to relax with.

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


Pours a deep cloudy chocolate brown with a cherry red glow held to light. Coarse, off white head retains as a film.

Smells of apples, pine, and floral hops.

The taste is rich. Floral hops mix with subtle sweetness and malts.

Feel is moderate to full with mild carbonation throughout.

Delicious. Strong, but easy to drink considering its strength. Flavorful and worth trying. I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of badbassrandy
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A sheer delight of a modern American barleywine style ale. Having FM on draught was a very rare treat, and it did not disappoint. The Troegs hop attack of funky alpha acid-dominated hops shown through more than any bottled version I've tasted, so for hop-loving barleywine drinkers, this is one of the rare candidates for rock n roll stardom among the "new" craft scene.

This is not your father's BW-style. It's part of the new school, which offers experimentation in hop-forward beers but the downside is a loss of some of the enegmatic, historic craft that first engineered this style of beer before America was even founded.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this in a recent BIF from cmurren25, muchas gracias! 22 oz bomber with a bottled on date of 4/07/2010. Pours a hazed garnet hue with an eerie bright yellow cap of foam, thick and creamy. Pretty good retention and decent lacing.

Nose is hoppy alright, juicy with bubblegum and minty notes. Sweet, firm torched caramel sweetness. Chalky even. Has a nice aroma, but I prefer NN over it.

Heavy toast, toffee and caramel are balanced, overpowered even, by a hearty hop load with tons of minty and floral flavor and a bit less bitterness. The lupulin that is there on the finish lingers on and on for quite some time. Does not lack for flavor punch, that is for sure and far from subtle. Maybe a bit overdone perhaps? Alcohol is big and feels right at about the 9% or so range. I prefer Nugget Nectar to this, but it was a fun beer to try. I think this falls more into the realm of Imperial Red ale like a Lagunitas Lucky 13 than a barleywine, as classified here.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a really nice mahogany brown color with one finger head; semi-clear

S-a nice hop citrus but also a nice dark fruit alcohol flavor comes through as well

T-spicy, hop citrus; almost a cognac/dark rum profile; kind of a potent but still drinkable

M-smooth and leaves a slightly bitter quality at the sides of your mouth

D-quite nice for a 9.3% beer; not a huge barleywine fan, but this was quite good with lots of flavor and hoppy spiciness

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

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours brown with hints of amber. Fat two finger khaki head. Some bubbles in the foam, and nice chunks of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smells of caramel and toffee with lots of citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange rind).

Taste follows smell. There is caramel and toffee from the malts. Then grapefruit and orange rind from the hops. Nice balance, but nothing too complicated.

High end of medium carbonation. Thick and syrupy. Quite smooth. Very nice mouthfeel.

Very easy to drink. A really inviting, but straight forward barleywine.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep amber from a bomber to a dogfish head signature glass with a foamy two finger long lasting tan head with lacing left behind.

fairly hoppy nose that remained evident throughout til the beer was through.

initially the hops are way up front in each sip, slightly fruity, leading to a bit of a bitter finish. drinks very smooth, and after about 10 minutes, it becomes even smoother as the hops mellow.

second glass much smoother and the hops have faded to citrus and spice.

nice barleywine.

thumbs up.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours a light watery brown with nice carbonation. Very nice creamy tan head, good retention and lacing...The aroma is super light, borderline boring, light hops and a touch of caramel. The taste is also super light. What I can pull out actually taste's pretty good, just not a ton of flavor. This is an easy to drink crushable barleywine, can't believe its 9%.

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

Pours a dark deep amber color with touches of brunette. Head is nice fluffy khaki color with hints of chocolate falls to ringed bubbles leaves some sparse lace.

Aroma is hops nice aromatic with out being in over done. Fruity citrus, layered with pine needles then sprinkled with flowers very nice. Don't forget the nice rich malts hints of chocolate, caramel dripping off apples touches of earthy notes. Aroma is almost perfect blend of hoppy and malty.

Taste is nice malty chewy caramel that lingers then changes to molasses like flavors with hints of bakers chocolate and touches of sweet honey, maybe even hints of earthy peat. Hops are also present fruity old oranges, apricot rolled in dirt again sprinkled with pine needles that lingers with the molasses. Almost tastes aged right from the bottle not as hop intensive as most American's malt really shows thru. Finish is nice and lingering touches of alcohol appear and blend well. Almost wish it was winter could fire up the gas logs and enjoy.

Mouthfeel is full rich malty carbonation is nice medium maybe mellow, perfect for this brew.

Drinkability is wonderful man this is enjoyable or I am just in the Barleywine mood or something. Would defiantly recommend this one, and will be buying more.

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Photo of argock
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 040710 stamped on bottle neck. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.29.

A: Rusty garnet brown with solid-sticky 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and a few spots along the glass.

S: Hops are significantly less than Nugget Nectar but still provide floral, earthy, citrus aromas. Maltiness is sugary and bready. SOme nutty woody overtones are there as well.

T: Flavors are nice echoes of the best qualities of the aromas with citrus and floral hops balancing with the sugary, vanilla, maple malt flavors.

M: A really lush feeling beer with low carbonation, medium-full body, and long caramel aftertaste.

D: The feel makes this a very drinkable barleywine with plenty of hops but malts making a strong statement in the over profile of this beer.

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

Amber/coppery color with a nice, somewhat off white head. Heavy caramel aroma and a decent dose of hops. Slick, malty flavors. Heavy caramel/treacle like sweetness. Big blast of hops that tend to linger. Nice citrus after taste. Very full mouthfeel. On par with most other US barleywines. Great flavor overall-could use a bit more hops to bring it in line. I'd sail again.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troegs The Flying Mouflan is delicious, complex, and balanced to the extreme.

I often ask myself what beer I would choose if I could only have one forever. The Flying Mouflan is a serious contender for best-beer-ever. It poured mud-brown with reddish-purple hints, with a thick tan head that quickly dissipated. The smell and taste were complex and rich, with sweet dark fruit and hints of honey and chocolate. This may have had the most flavor I've experienced from a beer. The feel was extreme and extremely well-balanced, with smooth maltyness and a nice bitter finish. The alcohol level felt perfect with the complex flavor, leaving a perfect amount of warmth to compliment the complex flavor and feel.

The Flying Mouflan provides a remarkable multi-sensory happy-to-be-alive experience.

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Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,410 ratings