Style: Barley Wine

ABV: 16.1 IBU: 42

98/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 5

The Bruery Saule

What the brewers say

“Our ninth anniversary ale, Saule, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain, aged in bourbon barrels and blended using the solera method.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Spiced apple cider with caramel sauce (and a shot of whiskey). There’s a lot of barrel character up front, and the malt is behind that with caramel and toffee. Some raisin, moderate plum, light pear, a touch of cherry and molasses.”

Flavor: “Very, very rich. Malt and whiskey, and barrel characters with oak and moderate fruitiness of cherries, lemons, dates, and raisins. Big dark chocolate flavors complemented by moderate molasses and a light malt sweetness. The alcohol is omnipresent and amplifies every other element of this rich and luxurious beer.”

Overall: “Decadent—a perfect beer for sharing. This is a big complicated caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, malty goodness of a beer, and I’m a sucker for big and complicated beers.”

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