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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Aged in red wine barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1014) - Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle from Chris. Thanks. A: Red color with a creme foam head. Lacing. N: Wine, oak, cocoa, tootsie rolls, toffee, prune, raisin, quick bread, leather, tobacco. T: Quite sweet with some light tartness and bitterness. M: Creamy medium body, fuzzy carbonation, hidden alcohol. O: Tasty BDSA. Wine is a bit subdued, but the base works.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6101) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by Jstax at Natifest (from notes). Pours a clear reddish caramel brown color with a small sized beige head that doesn’t last long. The aroma has a nice Belgian yeast character, chocolate, vanilla, raisins and other dark fruits, wood with a bunch of vinous character added from the barrel. The flavor is much of the same, the barrel is very noticeable again, but adds some caramel and yeasty bread. There is a nice tangy bite at the beginning that moves into a smooth tasty finish. Glad to have tried this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4782) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2014
This poured a dark amber color with a white head. Atoms was light vineous, Belgian yeast, candy sugar. Flavor similar, light spice and light wine, bit a rare disappointment from alesmith.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2150) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle from Phil as part of the 12K joint tasting. Light mahogany with beige head. Raisin, apple, belgian yeast, tannin, caramel, mellows as it warms up, fairly malty, oak, moderate carbonation and body, not sure it all works together but as it warms up it works a little better, alcohol warms you up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured an hazy amber color ale with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt with some residual sugar, some caramel and light dry fruit notes. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some sweet malt with caramel malt and light dry fruit notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but not as complex as I was hoping and barrel was not as apparent as I would have expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Sample from 2012 batch at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Partial rings of lace. Aroma of oak, dark fruit and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of vinous oak, caramel malt and earthy yeast. The finish is oaky with a dark fruit aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1457) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
Pours light brown clear with limited head and no lacing. Nose is vanilla, syrup and red wine. Flavours are vanilla, Cheerios, some bourbon and some red wine. Taste medium sweet, medium bitter. Lightish body with medium carbonation. Beer became more flavourful as it warmed to room temperature. I think I like the regular grand cru better, but this was a nice experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
A dark hazed amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity candy sugar malt with, plums, licorice, alcohol warmth, light grapeskins. In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with candy sugar, coriander, curacao, very nice alcohol warmth, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (944) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased fifteen months ago at the brewery ($28.00). Pours the same nice garnet / tea color as the regular Grand Cru with two fingers of fizzy beige foam that quickly recedes. AROMA of quality red wine (tannic, jammy, lightly smoky), brown sugar, oak, dark fruits, and caramel. FLAVOR of sweet-ish red wine, dark chocolate, dark fruits, rich toffee, and candi sugar. Moderate sweetness throughout. The high ABV is well concealed. The red wine certainly makes this interesting and quite differentiated from the excellent base Grand Cru. Alesmith has blown me away with their bourbon barrle-aged creations -- the absurdly good triumvirate of BA Wee Heavy, BA Old Numbskull, and BA Speedway. Though the red wine oak barrel works very well here, I would be more interested in seeing how well the Grand Cru would turn out after a year in bourbon rather than wine barrels. (44, 910)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6164) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
"Insanely complex, and a perfect "contemplative yet highly drinkable" brew. Hints at so many things yet was so mellow at the same time. Hard to score and judge for sure. I don’t know how many 10% 750’s I’d like to sit down with by myself, but this was one. Toffee and candi sugar sweetness. Tartness and layers of oak and tobacco and dark fruit from the barrels are all so subtle but definitely all there. 10% blends in seemlessly! I like that this imparted the vinous character from the oak without becoming too wild. The original beer still shines, but this was also a whole ’nother animal. Stuck between 4.3-4, This is better than soooooo many of the 99-100th percentile beers on rb, yet is "only" a 95. :) An underrated gem."

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