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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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark amber with a huge light tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of brown sugar, caramel, graham cracker, some mildly cidery hop notes.

T: Some earthy hop flavors, mild burnt caramel and multigrain bread, chocolate, light toffee and a bit of spice from the esters and alcohol.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied.

O: This is pretty nice - very drinkable and offers a nice balance between some hop notes and the malt/esters.

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2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Maxwell
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle pours a deep murky maroon that is nearly candied dark brown. The head is surprisingly large and frothy with a maple-syrup-mixed-into-whipped-cream coloring to it. Lacing from the beer is sticky and web-like over the glass, leaving fat stalactites of foam on my snifter’s walls. The beer smells bitter and sweet, but surprisingly underwhelming, with notes of prickly alcohol and cloyingly sweet candied sugars and caramel assaulting the nose. Brown sugar is also present and enticing, evening out some of the harsher notes of the smell, though it really is a light smell overall. Faint hints of pine and citrus hops can be found, though this is a 2011 bottle of Flying Mouflan, so they have obviously died down a little. Slight bready notes can also be sensed in the edges of the smell, falling away into the sweet alcohol smell. As it warms up the phenol smells grow stronger. The beer tastes big and pleasant. The flavor profile is surprisingly simple, but actually quite tasty. The beer opens as caramelly bready before opening into sweet candied sugars and brown sugar before it transitions into a mixture of slight citrus and the honey-sweet malts. Eventually the beer makes a slow march to harsh aspirin bitters that pepper the tongue in an almost cloying way, though the sweet it not quite too much. Light notes of citrus and pine are also present, but very light. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, as a barleywine should be, moving over the tongue nicely and leaving it sticky but dry while the sides of the mouth wet themselves to try and manage the hoppy bitters. Overall, I think I like the Flying Mouflan. It’s different, and nowhere near as sweet as I was expecting it to be, which I actually like. I would love to try a fresher bottle and see how the juicy hops play with it, but as it stands it was a nice sipper with beautiful notes of brown sugar, though nothing too special. The drawback to this beer was definitely the aspirin bitters that assault the tongue in the close and aftertaste. I’m newer to the barleywine style, so I’m not quite sure how to judge this one on style, but on its own I think it is a nice beer with a little bit of a bitters problem. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to pass up either.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, deep amber hue with a body which is free of haze but has lots of little floaties in it. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam; I want to call it caramelly for some reason. Quite attractive.

Smell: rich, sweet, strong malt aroma with caramel and toffee notes. A low hop character is present; earthy and noble, perhaps. Good.

Taste: big, rich and sweet. Caramelly with a hint of smokiness and very sweet around the outside. Bitterness is comparatively low toward the end. Rich and decadent, but it doesn't wow me like I feel it should. Still, pretty good indeed.

Mouthfeel: big, thick body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not as smooth as I feel it could be, but decent.

Overall: this beer keeps giving me a little bit when I think it should be giving me more, more, more. It's not bad at all, but it lacks a certain je na sais quoi that I wish I could articulate better. It's definitely worth a try, though.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Extra from Lorianneb. 650ml Into Duvel tulip. Pours about a finger of interesting mocha colored head which sticks around for a while. A little alcohol on the nose with some faint hops. Dominated by a sweetness that I can't put my finger on. Auberges marshmallow and vanilla. The taste has a lot of hops and wood. Not very sweet. Some ginger bread. Mouth is very full with decent carbonation.

Overall a good Barleywine. Pretty simple all around. Probably not something I'll seek out again. Not enough sweetness for me.

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4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: This one is pretty murky and very subdued looking, but the head is gorgeous. It remains in tact for a few minutes and it is big, foamy, very uniform and regal looking. Some decent lacing also form on the backside of the glass.

SMELL: The aroma here is everything a Barleywine should be. Big brown sugary malt dominates with banana, chocolate, cinnamon and some other spices along with caramel and a decent hint of bread.

TASTE: The brown sugar follows the nose right off the bat along with some chocolate and caramel. Mid-sip an orange flavor takes hold and transitions into a lemon, grapefruit and smoky finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky and smooth, but with a mild tickle. Playful. Solid mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This is an excellent example of the style that I wish I had greater access to. Can't wait to crack open my second bottle in a year or two and will pick it up again if I find it.

EDIT: Finally tried that second bottle from this same batch on 1/19/15.

A: The murkiness and impressive head are both still there.

S: Big, brown sugar all over this.

T: There is a lot more hop character than expected at this stage, but it also tastes a little peaty. The malt has developed, providing more caramel, but less chocolate. It also tastes a tiny bit oxidized, but not bad considering this beer's age.

O: Nice bottle to cellar, but I do have to say I remember liking this better when fresh. The hop character was obviously stronger and lent itself nicely to the rest of the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

A: deep brown body with a frothy tan head, dropped motes of minute foam along the glass

S: sweet barley and caramel - cereal and syrup

T: chewy caramel and hops, sugary but with rich malt backbone and layers of bitter hop - i would go so far as to say this beer treads the line between an English and an American barleywine: it has sweet, boozy fruit flavors, like an English barleywine would, but it also has the tough malt and more hoppy flavors that are more typical of American barleywines.

M: medium to heavy on the tongue, soft and slick, like cold wine; subtle alcohol tingle and warmth

O: I love barleywines - both kinds - as well as wee heavies and old ales - and I was really pleased with this beer. Super-complexity, rich flavors, tons of fruit and citrus and deep savory malt flavors and aromas. Bought it blind because I didn't even know it was a barleywine, but just saw the one random bottle on the shelf, and it rang a bell somehow. Thank you, bells in my head.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Original score: (4.5/4.0/4.0/4.5/4.0)

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

After finding another bottle of this, I decided to put it down for a couple months and see how the hops fade/malts come out. The end result balances out damn near perfectly, becoming even less harsh and more drinkable. There are still hops on the finish, but it's a subtle quality that rounds out the initial maltiness. It's not hyper-complex like some Belgian ales, but subtly complex (moreso than a younger bottle) as a good barleywine should be. The texture, naturally, is thick and a little syrupy, but the hops provide a great touch of dryness. If it weren't for my preference against toasted caramel malt backbones, this would score even higher (read: into the fabled 4.5+ range) Still, I love the savory leather/tobacco qualities it develops at a warmer temperature.

End result? Troegs does it again. I'd love to see a BA version of this in the near future.


22 oz. bottle poured into a glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with low clarity. The head is a two finger light mocha color with impressive retention and thick sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. A good looking barleywine that showcases its amber ale roots nicely.

S: Lots of tropical fruit - mango, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple - with a bit of an herbal/pine kick as well. Darker fruit are also found when concentrating for aromatic nuances, as well as its caramel malt base and some alcohol. It doesn't break ground, but it's a great scent.

T: First thing I notice is how well the hops and the malt backbone coalesce with one another - it's not a harsh barleywine despite the notable presence of alcohol. The malt backbone provides strong caramel/toffee flavors along with a bit of charred ash, tobacco and smoke. Some powdered dark chocolate on the finish. Slight resiny buildup on the aftertaste, but nowhere near to the level of Bigfoot. Alcohol is prevalent throughout, occasionally becoming a little overbearing at times. Rather than completely relying on subtle malt nuances, this chooses to create a simpler malt base, and allow the citric hops to work in harmony together. In this regard, balance is crucial, luckily it features just that.

Having said that, allowing it to warm up will reveal some malt subtleties - however minor they may be - in the progression of flavors. Had there been a little more nuance in the malt base, this would have received a higher score. It's great right now, but I envision this being even better with about a year of age on it. (Shame on me not buying multiple bottles of this...)

M: Thick, rich, and silky smooth, with a lingering bitter aftertaste, both from the malt and hop profiles. Hints of a finishing dryness pop up. Alcohol nicely warms the throat and stomach. Carbonation and drinkability are low (in a good way); this is meant to be sipped slowly, and it's perfectly aware of that fact.

O: It isn't perfect, but it's a hoppy barleywine that does a great job of refusing to forsake its malt backbone for hop domination. On a personal note, I'm not terribly fond of the burnt caramel malt backbone, but reviewing it objectively, it still works well with everything else going on. Not what I expected from a barleywine - but exactly what I expected from a revved up Nugget Nectar. In spite of its numerous merits though, I'd take NN over this quite easily. Still a very nice barleywine, though.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,409 ratings