Review: Microbrasserie L'Hermite Vin d'Orge

Today I'm checking out Microbrasserie L'Hermite's Vin d'Orge affiné en barrique Cabernet Sauvignon, an English-style Barley Wine aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Whenever I see a beer aged or finished in barrels, I feel like it should be in a bottle with a waxed top rather than a can as Barley Wines are meant to age but the entire beer industry is moving way from bottles so this is where we are now. 9.3% ABV

Appearance: Murky and muddy brown with a bit of a brown bread hue to it. Very, very heavy. Moderate amount of head on the beer with a beige hue to it.

Aroma: Decently sweet with a heavy presence of raisins. Lots of caramel popping up and it's really reminding me of a sweet pastry dessert, predominantly butter tart or tarte au sucre. Slightly woody at the end.

Taste: At 9.3% ABV, you can really taste that it's that heavy. There's a good deal of dark fruit popping up with mostly raisins but also a hint of fig as well, notes of burnt caramel that give off a dessert vibe again. Moderate amount of woodiness, a bit of a red wine tartness. Slight amount of earthiness popping up here and there.

Overall Thoughts: Interesting Barley Wine - it's quite a bit more raisin-forward than most, as well as has an aroma that reminds me of tarte au sucre. Slightly woody, quite sweet, boozy for sure, I like it.

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