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Alchemist Bacchus

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Alchemist Bacchus
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Formerly brewed at The Alchemist
Style: Fruit Beer
Waterbury, Vermont USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian ale brewed with red wine grapes and wild yeast.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
meeps2002 (4) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2010 does not count
Very good elixer, one of the many tasty treats offered by this Waterbury, VT establishment.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
A light red brugundy ale with a thin wite head. A wonderful Brett and grape juice aroma, enticing. In mouth, a decent grape juice with light Brett notes, a bit thin but pleasant. On tap at brewpub, Nov. 29 2008, Alchemist’s 5th Anniversary.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2008
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Poured a mildly hazed blood red color with a small white head. The beer smells like Kosher wine (but not the sweet stuff) and nothing else. The taste is like the same wine and nothing else. Some tang to it. Light to medium bodied. I’m pissed somebody owes me $7 for this stuff.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2008
Tap and Blind Tiger. Bright red colour, thin fast fading white head. Smells like sweet concord grapes with a bit of earthy grape skins, but nothing really wild per se. A little bit lactic with only a hint of tartness but still too sweet. Fruity and grapey and possibly underattenuated. They need to throw some brett in here, and close it up for a year... maybe then it would work. Right now, it’s sort of like grape soda. It doesn’t really taste bad, it just doesn’t taste like beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Tap at blind tiger. Well, this certainly was a pretty beer. Poured like the best fruit lambics, bright red with a nice pink head. Unfortunately there is no sourness to be found here at all, nothing belgian, just your typical fruity American Wheat. What the hell happened with this? They shouldn’t have even released this if you ask me. For a brewpub that takes pride in their beers, this is an embarrassment and a mistake.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger - well dammit to hell, the one beer I was really looking forward to at this event and it wasn’t very good - reddish-purple, kool-aid looking beer - the aroma is heavy with grapes, some wheaty character, mild yogurt/tart qualities, a kind of berry/fruit juice thing going on - the flavor is a bit sweet and juice like, with very mild funky character way in the back - the flavor reminds me a bit of fruit-flavored yogurt - very mild acidity - maybe it the "wild" bacteria have more time to do their thing, this will be better, but for now it’s just meh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Clearish red pour, some bubbly head. Aroma is grain and grape skins. The flavor is sweet, like grape juice, and a little bit of grainy malt. Not stellar, but not completely bad either. Very fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Draft at Brewpub - This version has the same subtle grape aroma, better brett/grape balance than previous batches. The brewers label "juicy" is dead on, it starts very grapey smooths out and you catch the bretts towards the end

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Sampled on tap at the brewpub on 9/18/07: Pours a transparent ruby red with a small-bubbled frothy light pink head. Aroma of sweet red grapes and complex funky brett and oak. Body starts with good fullness, sweet caramely malt and fairly vinous qualities well-balanced with a funky, leathery oak tartness toward a clean finish. Has good complexity and drinkability.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2007
BBF 07. Pours a bright pinkish red with a fluffy white head- looked enticing, but this was really bad. Aroma is wierd funk, foot, sweaty gym-scok, butyl acetate, fatty, goaty with light red grapeskin tartness. Wierd acidity as well in the flavor- malo-lactic? Slick and buttery, some dms, fatty and slick flavor with some fruitiness. This was a drainpour for sure. Surprising miss from an otherwise excellent brewer.


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