bierkoning (9586) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Secret Santa. Golden coor. Strong oak aroma with blackberries. Vanilla and hints of white wine. Full bodied. Tart vinous oaky flavor with vanilla, gooseberries and blackberries. Oaky notes gaining in the aftertaste. Complex beer with some warming alcohol. A big surprise!
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The beer pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Sort of strange appearance for a beer with blackberries...
S: The nose is intensely grassy with a lot of oak and not all that much blackberry. More than berries, it smells like wine and red grapes. Itís quite jammy and very, very sweet.
T: As with the aroma, the flavor is very sweet. There is actually a decent flavor of berries to it, but itís like blackberry jam with wine and oak chips in it. Heavy on the sugar and just cloying overall.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
O: This was not something Iíd care to have again. Just really all over the map and unenjoyable.
bhensonb (9868) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2251, 5/29/2011, received with thanks from Marcus. Pours hazy orange gold with a transient white head. Aroma starts nearly citrus but shifts to light berry. Med body. Flavor is barnyard to me. Followed by some light fruit that could be berry - but itís a little vinous, so I donít think Iíd have come up with blackberry on my own. A bit oaky. I think itís trying to be sweet, but not succeeding. Astringent. Iíd put this one as an excellent farmhouse or saison. Sour and earthy. Well not all that sour, but much more than sweet!
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ordered this bottle from Blackwellís. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a light orange color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some light Belgian yeast and a bit of earthy spice plus mild oak and wine. Faint berry presence in the background. Flavor is Belgian yeast and mild fruit. Some spice there as well as light tannins and a mild blackberry character. Not sure everything blends together all that well, and the fruit doesnít really add all that much; itís basically just a tease. Light body and good carbonation. No alcohol. Pretty decent, but not worth the $20 price tag.
Serving type: bottle
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Borrrle... Bright golden body, light tan head... Really nice nose of berries, white wine, a touch of oak, really well rounded... The front of the taste is seeet light blackberry syrup with an oak finish, super drinkable, no detection of the abv, a touch
popery (1219) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think Iíll like this beer after more time in the bottle, but itís a bit muddled for me, at this point. Some berries in the nose but not enough. Thereís also a light caramel flavor with some pleasant citric bitterness. Itís a bit over-tannic for my taste. Iím getting a lot more straight oak than wine from the barrel. Kinda musty in an interesting way. Appearance is a dusky orange color. Iíll be interested to see how it develops.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 wow. what a wonderful and complex, layered light beer. on the back of thew bottle is actually described as blonde ale hopped only with citra, aged in red wine barrels on blackberries. the taste is wonderful and unfolds nicely. the start is the fruity ctira hops, then a big burst of black berry, and the wine barrels dry tartness and sweet oakyness bing up the rear wonderfully. one of the most impressively unique beers ive had in a minute. the melody of fruity hops to fruity barrel is just great imo. delicious stuff, i cant wait to see to try some more from these guys! yum!
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Victors Fantasy Tasting-750 bottle-thanks maxxdaddy-pours an off white head with trailing lace and cloudy straw/yellow color. Aroma is tart light malt, acidic, spice/wood, some fruit. Taste is tart light malt, acidic, spice/wood, yeast, some fruit. Drying finish.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Blackberry and yeast aroma with light spice. Blackberry and yeast flavor with spice and malt. Medium bodied. Blackberry and spice linger with yeast and malt.
jtclockwork (6259) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Max at Victorís tasting at Paulís. Pours apricot. White head. Nose/taste of wine barrel, tart blackberries, tart miscellaneous berries, oak and wild yeast. Medium body. Well balanced tartness.