De Hemel Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru 2003
Another paradigm killer, but even more profound than the J.W. Lees. This beer is also officially billed as a Barley Wine, but it couldn’t be further from the basic formula than it is. A dark brown, cloudy colour in the glass, the nose brought out a holy *#$(* moment when it mimicked a high quality Sauternes with its profound candied pear, apple, and grapefruit notes.
The palate was, simply put, insanely complex and deep. Layers and layers of honey, grapefruit, pear, and nuts. This is a bastard child of Sauternes and posseses an incredible balance of acidity and sweetness. Pretty much not only the best Barley Wine I’ve ever had, but maybe the best beer I’ve ever had. Who would have thought a 6 year old beer could kill it so well.
$10 at the Toronado beer sale (totally unavailable now)