The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged Sucre. Placentia, CA. Old Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels 16.9% ABV.
Served on tap at Upright Brew House and poured into a wine glass. Pours a reddish amber color with no head. Smell is sweet and sugar, with hints of the bourbon from their aging process. Hints of fruits and spices as well. Carbonation is low with a full body. Taste is very sugary-much more so than the regular Sucre variety. The bourbon is mostly evident in the aftertaste, and for a 16.9% ABV beer, this drinks surprisingly light. Hints of vanilla and oak in the taste as well.
Overall this was a solid beer by The Bruery, and I like it a lot more than the original Sucre beer. A lot more. This was much more sugary and the Bourbon aging did wonders for the beer. Upright has been holding onto this keg for a long time and I was thrilled to be able to try it when they finally tapped it. As most of my readers know, if I ever see something by The Bruery on tap, I buy it immediately. Such a phenomenal and innovative brewery making nothing but world class beers. Not cheap, but worth it.
On a side note, our team blogger Kevin Scott delivered me some of his favorite Trillium selections this weekend, so look for a review in the coming weeks from me. Also, he will be reviewing my home-brewed Belgian Tripel soon, and I told him to be as tough as possible!
$10/6 oz pour at Upright
(Only 1 review on Beer Advocate-that's how rare this is-so no BA score)