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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This Belgian-Style Ale has been matured in American and French oak red wine barrels for a year to add layers of complexity to its rich flavor profile of dark fruit and Belgian caramel malts. The oak and red wine flavors imparted by the barrel-aging process blend seamlessly with subtle hints of raisin, plum, and bittersweet chocolate from the beer. Enjoy now or continue to age in a cool, dark place.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7802) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2016
blims .. old barrel, plum, plum skin, booze, cruise, and faint wine .. mouth is solid, long finish .. something to this but that should have been deeper, still, a nice offering .. . . time for the manchester derby!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle courtesy of an old trade with hamilton23. Cheers, Steve! Pours a murky orange with a white head. Nose is some sweet malt, some brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and some bourbon. Flavor is similar with sweet malt, some Belgian fruit, and some oaky bourbon. Light to medium in body and nice overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3520) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters, showing a clear, coppery color, with a modest layer of bubbly, off white head foam that reduced rather quickly to a ring and light film, leaving wavy lacing on the glass. The nose was cherry & berry, with a slight hint of banana among the esters, some vinous nature, light spice, subtle oaky/barrel hints, and ready alcohol. The taste was similar notes, with lively carbonation, modest to low bitterness with a bit of tannic bite to it, and noticeable but fairly hidden warmth. Pleasant & tasty, but not overly Strong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2015
750ml black foiled bottle pours with a brown-amber-mahogany colored body that supports a very short lived assembly of tan bubbles. The aroma offers brown sugar, figs and dates and then it gets pretty boozy with a dash of molasses. The taste starts with some mild tartness that has a fig sweetened red wine sensation moving sluggishly into brown sugar and molasses. The muted red wine bubbles to the surface midway and into the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ibrew2or3 shared at Anchorage Apr ’15 Tasting: Poured caramel brown with a bubble tan head. Aroma is sticky fruit, coconut, and sugary. Wow that red wine really stuck to this and flashes through from the start, really sticky sweet caramel malt lingers in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8809) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish copper with a nice beige head and an enticing molasses and red wine aroma. There is a mellow dark malt flavor with a hint of wine. A very nice sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13735) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Capped 750 from Malt & Vine. Pours dark orange brown with a beige/tan head. Aroma is red berry and treacle. Amazing smell. Full bodied. Flavor is red berry, treacle, oak and arguably wine. Not a dry finish, but just sweet enough.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1786) - Portland, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8434) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6116) - 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.


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