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5 Seasons Westside Johannís Barrel Aged Grand Cru

5 Seasons Westside Johannís Barrel Aged Grand Cru
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This beer is beautiful, straw gold in color. It was brewed as a rustic, farmhouse Belgian-style Golden Ale, simple, yet elegant. The grain bill is 100% Belgian pilsner malt, with sugar added to the kettle to help dry it out. The Belgian yeast produces wonderful soft fruit flavors during fermentation of peach, apricot, muscadine and apple.

We then aged the beer in a beautiful French oak barrel for 7 months adding notes of oak and vanilla from the wood. Wonderful, soft aromas waft from the glass.

Grain: Belgian Pilsner
Hops: Czech Saaz
OG: 19.5 Plato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours much lighter than I was expecting, more of a straw yellow than a golden color. There is a decent white head that recedes to a thick collar and leaves great lacing. Aroma is very sweet, a combination of vanilla and sugar-coated pears. The sweetness of the pilsner malts is definitely present as is the oak. Taste is also heavy on the sweetness with tons of apricots, sugar and pilsner malts. But there is also an interesting dry white wine character in the finish. Really interesting combination of sweetness and barrel character. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and syrupy for the style with the barrel cutting the sweetness a little bit. I enjoyed this beer though I think the original Adamís might be better. Definitely not my favorite 5 Seasons BA beer, but thatís a seriously high hurdle. Still better than most things out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Johannís Grand Cru
Date: August 11, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: opaque orange, creamy off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of oak, sweet vanilla, light floral
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Appearance: Served a hazed, dull straw-hued body with only a thin ring of white suds up top.

Smell: Floral overtones atop a tumbler of oak-choked white wine with hints of honey sugar and sugar-coated European malts.

Taste: Pale and pilsner malts, slender tanginess, and a medium degree of sweetness throughout. A spurt of florals, a small pinch of sea salt, and then some lemon juice and white wine. A bit more sugar leading to a slackening tannin quality, a loosening acidity, but, then they jolt back, along with some more sweetness for the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A nice, interesting beer, but, personally, I think I may prefer the original Adamís Grand Cru.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
A huge thanks to Gford217 for this interesting brew. Corked and caged 750ml with a super tight cork. Expecting a gusher but thankfully it wasnít... This doesnít start off great with a really ugly pour. Looks like thin pear juice, cloudy, gross. A very weak off white head without much retention or lacing at all... The aroma is very vinous at first, white wine, grape skin, oak, butter, interesting and new. As it warms bourbon notes come out with lots of vanilla... The taste shows off the bourbon angle more as well, buttery bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Yet I still get tannins and grape skin, Iím constantly confused. Makes me think this is what a bourbon barrel aged pinot grigrio would take like. Vanilla is the main player on this, very sweet, totally complex and drinkable. Most people wonít like this but I think its really unique.

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