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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Added by mcallister on 03-01-2009

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Photo of Plenum
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I have to wait 7 more months for more of this...

Had it from a bomber...great burnt, almost black orange color. Small amount of lacing...great looking brew.

Some pine in there, can tell there's some chocolate and a bit of fruit/citrus.

Very complex taste...comes in with citrus and pine, and leaves with sugar, chocolate and maybe even a hint of coffee

I liked this one a lot.

Good thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable...even at the high abv.

Well done Troeg' just do more....

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a maroon with a beige head. Nose is bitter, grainy, sugars, candied fruits. Taste is sugar, syrup, not to complex. Was not that hot of a beer. There was a slight sourness to this beer as well. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick for a bwine. Worth trying but not one of my favorites.

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

A- very dark brown, with hints of orange. Head is nearly non-existent, the pour was next to still.

S- amazing. Citrus, especially oranges, with chocolate and sugar and a whiff of alcohol and dirty feet. Very rich, savory-type aroma, but plenty sweet, too.

T- chocolate covered cherries carry the palate, before dissipating into a warm bitterness, framed gently with sweet esthers and some alcohol flavor. Swallow is chocolaty and full of fruit, with a lingering bitter-sweet aftertaste.

M- thick and satisfying, without being cloying or heavy.

D- for the style, and for the ABV, I would consider it drinkable. I don't think I could have another glass tonight, but if I can find more bottles, I will buy them right away.

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Photo of Kraken
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/14/09

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour calls fourth a brief off white head consisting of very fine bubbles. Very fine lace. Color a dark ruby brown.

Nose- Burnt caramel, dark fruits, deep resinous pine. Biscuit and bit of citrus. Touch of booziness. Very complex.

Palate- Heavy and almost quad like. Robust burnt caramel, some plum, raisins and dates. Subtle coffee, and coco. Pine resin bristles up, coupled with some very bitter grapefruit notes to round out a very long finish. Booze is present in the close. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel- A bit thick, dry moderately cloying.

Drinkability- Good. But one is enough at almost 10% Seek out if you can find, apparently this was a limited run

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

22 oz bottle, not sure who brought it but thanks. Also thanks to rhinos00 for sharing some with us on DLD.

Pours a slightly murky reddish brown, thick off white head forms, settles to a thin ring and leaves some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, pine and caramel, very fresh aroma, wood, grapes, alcohol, biscuit, grapefruit and floral, toffee, quite rich, very nice. Taste is good, toffee, grapefruit, light pine, touch of chocolate, raisin, floral, biscuit, vanilla, nice hoppiness, very rich, good balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, ABV is well hidden but there is some warmth, a real nice barleywine. Thanks!

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

A nice barleywine from Troegs. I'm not sure who brought the bottle, but thanks for sharing.

Pours a clean amber with a light tan head that had decent retention and gave up a few spots of sticky lace. Sweet caramel aroma mixed in with citrus and spice. Lots of dark fruit, chocolate and brown sugar in the flavour, along with a full compliment of grapefruit and citrus hopping to remind you that this is an american take on the style. Touch of alcohol and warmth in the finish. Medium to full body with active carbonation that alleviates any potential stickiness.

Drinks far too easily!

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark amber/brown with a nice one finger off white head

S: smells like hoppy candy. Malty but hops are very present with a sweet smell and alcohol.

T: tastes like it smells pretty much. Like hops that have been dipped in sugar and covered in caramel or dark chocolate. Alcohol burn on the throat going down

M: Syrupy, heavy with low carbonation.

D: A sipper for sure. Had it to end my night almost like a dessert. A good barleywine for sure.

Would recommend

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

A murky red orange body, topped by two-plus fingers of beige foam bubbles.

Deep aroma is bready, yeasty and with a bit of nuts.

Thick and rich semi-sweet malt coats the tongue. Earthy hops balance the sweet and make a surge at the swallow to take control in a long lingering afterglow, where the hop bite grows and echos. Alcohol hangs back until taking a bow in the finish.

Big smooth slick mouthfeel. Surprising, dangerous drinkability.

Perfect for having a sipper on the back porch after dark.

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

A: Amber-brown, bubbly, light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Good hopping, predominantly nectarine, with underlying toffee and candied fruit.

T: Alcohol is upfront and quite warming. Pine, citrus and some good fruitiness. Bitterness is assertive, but not harsh.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has some residual sweetness, with a drying alcohol finish.

D: It's a bit of a brute, but a tasty one.

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

Bottle (purchased in April, refrigerated from purchase to opening) into red wine glass.

Pours deep ruby brown, hard to see through but gorgeous color when the light finally breaks through, with a thin, soapy light-khaki head that settles into a wispy layer. Decent lacing.

Nose is replete with tangerines and ripe red stone fruits, with a nice, rich caramel note coming through underneath. Spicy fusel alcohols give the nose a bit of a shimmery effect. Very tempting.

Taste is really nice as well. Citrus rind oil, grapefruit, and more ripe dark stone fruits come through on top of a slightly prickly light bitterness that starts with the first taste and lingers through the long finish. Rich, dark caramel and toffee notes, even some dark toasty bready malts, make up the underlying base for the whole experience. More spicy fusel alcohols and a big dose of fruity esters round out the taste, which while big and sweet, is much more drinkable than I expected.

Full flavor but with a medium-full body, lighter than expected. Light but fairly crisp carbonation keeps things interesting.

Drinkability is pretty damn good for the size and style of these beer. Balanced in a way that's deceptive and very tasty.

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

Received in a trade as an extra from Tanger. What a great extra it is! No freshness dating. 22oz bottle.

The color of dates with a café au lait colored head which never builds to much but what is there sticks around for a long, long time and crushes the glass with a pinpoint cascade of lacing.

The nose leans towards the sweet side of things. Fig, deep caramel malts, lots of brown sugar, prunes and a touch of underlying navel orange from the hops that peak through the dense malty core.

This is not really like any barleywine I've had before. I guess I haven't experienced too many outside of the "West Coast" style. This is surely not one of those. The malt is so aggressive building and building, but never becoming cloying or syrupy. The hops peak out from this big malt blanket with flavors of bitterroot and crushed aspirin. This is big stuff that would do well in the cellar.

The mouthfeel is pure luxury, creamy, textural, rich and completely polished, with lifting pinpoint carbonation and great energy overall.

This is surely something I would search out again, drink without hesitation and want to have on hand at all times during the fall and winter. Easily one of the best barleywines I've ever experienced, at least for my tastebuds.

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

A - Nice dark brown coloration with amber hues.

S - Hops with a nice malt background. Dark, slightly fruity and well rounded.

T - Hop bite is very forward in this beer. Dark fruit and malt in the backbone, with some spice notes. Aging would mellow out the hotness, and smooth this beer out.

M - Moderate mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

D - Aging would rellt help the drinkability of this beer. Nice barleywine, but just a little too hot and hoppy. With aging this beer would mellow out quite a bit. This sample was fresh, about a month old.

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with a silky tan head. Nose has bitter hops, fruity malts and caramel. Taste also has lots of sweet candy malts that are well balanced by fruity hops. Big, creamy body has a crisp carbonation. Nice resiny hops in the finish. Good stuff,should age quite well.

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

From a cask at Standard Tap, Philadelphia, PA.

Appearance: Hazy, very dark chestnut with red-amber highlights at the bottom of the glass. A thin, big-bubbled tan head caps it. The limited carbonation of the cask obviously cuts down on the head retention a bit. Small smears of spotty lacing.

Aroma: The nose is restrained but hoppy with citrus rind (grapefruit/pineapple) and piney hops. No alcohol is present, but it does appear in the flavor.

Taste: The flavor follows the suggestions of the nose, melding in some apple, melon, pine, pineapple, lemon zest, deep caramel, and alcoholic spice. A firm bitterness balances it very nicely, however there's some heat in the finish that's distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, but but through with alcohol. Still, dextrinous.

Drinkability: The heat in the finish was distracting, but I don't think that would be noticed within standard serving types (draft or bottle). Pretty nice sipper!

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a one-finger, thick, creamy head of foam. It left patchy, intricate lace.

S - It smelled grassy and hoppy. Some citrus and burnt toast malt, aromas, too.

T - It was very very spicy and hoppy. It was balanced by some sweet caramel malt and bready flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied barleywine.

D - A great tasting barleywine. The hops really pack a punch.

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

Pours a hazy dark amber to brown in color with a good sized creamy, light tan head that slowly recedes. Aroma shows some ripe berries along with a good dose of citrusy hoppiness, strong grapefruit. Some caramel in the aroma as well. Taste follows and is dominated by a big hoppiness up front, lots of tangerine and citrus notes, some sweet maltiness and berry notes come in mid taste, but are mainly a quick flash before the citrusy hops kick back in, in a grape-fruity finish that mixes with a little toasted bread flavor. Mouthfeel is outstanding, big body, but not heavy, rather nice and creamy feel mixes very nicely with the hoppy flavors and bitterness in the finish. Decent hoppy bite at the finish, slightly drying, alcohol is pretty well hidden. A very good hoppy barleywine, extremely drinkable, I am sure the malts will eventually become the showcase, but this beer drinks incredibly well fresh right now.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a snifter. Pours a deep ruby color with an off white heading. That leaves lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is amazing very nice fruity aroma's pulling through here and a tremendous hop aroma as well

Taste is all the same but a heavier fruity taste.

Mouth is full bodied amazing carbonation a slight bitterness left on the tongue matches extremely well with the sweet malts. Very stickey on the lips

Drinkability well is a bit rough for the most part.The more I drink of this the more flavorful this is.

The best barleywine I've had so far.

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Photo of Deuane
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The return of Scratch 4--All right!

A-Deep copper with brighter highlights with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin veil. Ending with a nice coating of webbing lace.

S-A big smack of pine, spice and bitter citrus rind hop explosion. Sweet caramel and toffee notes follows with a bit of alcohol sneaking in at the end.

T-Resinous pine and bitter citrus initially. This is a hop forward brew but is backed up well with a healthy malt backbone of sweet caramel malt, a bit of toffee and some toasted biscuit.

M-Medium, bordering on medium-heavy and quite smooth despite the massive amount of hop bitterness. Good lingering hop and caramel flavours.

D-Fresh, like this one it's a DIPA. put some age on it and it turns into a barleywine. While I like it more fresh, I did a side by side with an aged Scratch 4 and tastes pretty damn good too! Either way hard to go wrong. IMHO this is one of the best beers Troegs has ever made. A fine concoction of hops and malt!

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rich, opaque caramel amber with little head or lacing.

S-Caramel, raisins and brown sugar and a fair blast of hops.

T-Sweet up front with brown sugar and dark fruit, closing with a piney hop kick. A bit of alcohol as well.

M-Heavy and nicely rich with medium carbonation.

D-Very nice medium ABV (for the style) American barleywine. Glad they brought back Scratch #4.


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

Presentation: 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Very deep copper to mahogany color, and translucent. 1 1/2 fingers of tan head, which fades slowly into a thin cap. Heavy lacing.

S- Big caramel malt, and big citrus/pine hop assault.

T- As indicated by the nose, lots of big hop and malt flavor. Pine and grapefruit, balanced by a fairly sweet malt pressence. Moderate bitterness. Alcohol is fairly present, though far from boozy. All comes together for an interesting blend.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly full body, though not syrupy. Smooth. Moderate alcohol warming presence.

D- Considering the 9+% ABV, excellent.

Future outlook: An interesting and enjoyable deviation of a barleywine that I will be happy to try again.

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

Big thanks to chcfan for this great extra.

Poured from a brown bomber into an oversized snifter. The pour produces a 1'' tan head slow to recede and leaving a thick meaty collar with assorted sized bubble islands. The color on this is an extremely pale brown, with very little light penetration.

Aroma is super biscuity with loads of sweet caramel and slightly burnt sugar. Loads of sweet caramel malts, cereal grains, grapefruity hops. This smells like the carmelised sugars and cream ontop of crembrulee, absolutely delicious.

Mmmm, the taste is to die for. It brings that caramel into the taste, with a bit of sweetness upfront. Becoming dramatically less sweet and more dry into the swallow. Hops come forward into the swallow also, presenting themselves more strong after some warming.
Mouthfeel is slick and sticky with a thick full feel, mixing with carbonation throughout. More burnt carmelised sugars after the sweetness runs its course. Some warm light alcohol booziness also present into the swallow.

Finishing dry with some raisins, dark fruit, a bite of bittering hops and still plenty of malt, but much less sweet now.
This is not somthing I could call traditional, based on what I've tasted in other American Barleywines, but its an exceptional take on the style and very enjoyable. Drinkability has a slite cut in it due to some of that warming. A little more sweetness after the swallow would have helped to mask that, helping this be a real easy drinker. It is definatly a sipper, but a great beer too.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep deep amber color with a nice thick off white head that recedes to a ring around the glass but comes back to life with a quick swirl of the snifter.

S: Big all up in your nose hops. Burnt brown sugar, caramel maltiness, and a nice dark fruitiness. Very nice nose.

T: More big hoppiness and a big caramel backbone

M: Nice full bodied and plenty of carbonation. A touch of oiliness left behind as well.

D: I'd say this is a pretty drinkable barleywine. If you enjoy fresh Bigfoot this will be right up your alley. I can only imagine how well this would age.

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Photo of maximum12
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a fine trader, AdamDC, for swinging two bottles of this gem my way. Troegs barleywine with lots of hops? Where do I sign!!

Looks like murky, unfiltered, reddish stained muck, & I mean that kindly. The smell is richly sweet, with a nice touch of hops. My mouth is watering. As the Mouflan warms, the hops come out even more in the nose, almost like a good IPA. Wow.

Damn! The Flying Mouflan, whatever it might be, is chunky tasty. The sweet Belgian candy taste rattles my gums & make my fillings ache with happiness. The hops come in behind & keep the mouth-melting sweets from becoming cloying & overwhelming with a tart, dry bitterness that jumps like hoppy fire up into my nose to tickle my old man hairs (time to pluck!). The combination is just stellar. As it warms both sweet & hop become even more pronounced & dance like Prince & Sheena. You know what I mean.

I could drink this until I woke up having given my fortune to Bernie Madoff.

Wow. Spectacular beer & one of the best straight-up barleywines I've ever had - the hops just reload the taste into a different stratosphere. Grasping for a reason not to give this an A+. I simply can't find one. Wow.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

very dark red with dark garnet when held to the light along with some floating deposits. A light yellow head hangs around for a bit before leaving.
Orange rind, clove, and an allspice finish. Hops lead the way with a hint of bread.
Orange, spice several of which are associated with christmas including allspice, and clove. Alcohol is present and hops contribute to the overall character.
Full body with good carbonation.
A good beer that would benefit with age.

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

22oz bomber. new release, but couldn't find any dating. tasted in late april/early may 2009.

dark brown amber. clear gemstone under the light. vigorous pour gives a huge, yellowish tan head. fades to constant thin layer. decent lacing in the 1st half of the glass, very little later on.

aroma: fresh, fruity citrus (orange and grapefruit, both fruit and zest), cherry and a backend of fresh pine. underlying dark caramel and brown sugar, but it's the very fruity and fresh hops that are center stage. occasional whiffs of alcohol.

taste: fresh hop assault continues, with richly caramelized malts to back it up, plus even a hint of cocoa. cherry sweetness meets the fruity hop, caramel malt and yeast esters. hops give bold and resinous bitterness, with the resins in particular lasting into the finish.

medium to almost lightly syrupy body, with some hop resins in the finish. mild to moderate carbonation. overall feel is actually creamy.

nice stuff, but eventually the resins will get to you, cutting down on drinkability.

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Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,410 ratings