Friday, December 21, 2012

Brau Brothers Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale

This massive 11.5% ABV beer is from the Brau Brothers Brewing Company of Lucan, Minnesota. This Belgian style ale is aged in used whiskey barrels from Templeton Rye of Templeton, Iowa.

The beer pours medium to dark brown, a bit hazy, with tones of orange and ruby. There is a slight head of very light brown foam that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla, oak, dark caramel and plums with a sour tang on the end. The taste follows the aromas, with the fruit being a combination of overripe and under ripened plums, some rich sweetness, some astringent tartness. There is wood and earthy, sour yeast, along with vanilla and light whiskey. There is mild carbonation and a light creaminess. The alcohol appears as rye whiskey, but without any burn, although it does slowly warm as the bottle progresses. 

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