DerWeg (1419) - Toronto, Ontario, - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pear juice gold with foggy look, fine carbonation and slim white head. Aromas and taste are a bit prickly with pear and faint citrus, bit more lemon behind the sweet fruit in the taste. A bit perfumey, very smooth and subtle. Oaking in pinot barrel achieves the Belgian character of subtle spice and a wine-like frutiness. Beguiling and charming aged beer.
neongolden (286) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Bryden’s, Sept 22 2012 as ’Amsterdam Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Golden Ale’) Pours a quite cloudy pale gold with a very thin, disappearing white head without much lacing. Aroma filled with fruit, particularly a sour crabapple aroma with some banana, some candy sugar and slightly grainy malt, light Noble-type hops and a faint woody earthiness. Flavour of slightly tart green apple, banana, bit of bubblegum, pale grain, light sugariness and a bit of wood. Not very bitter, finishes slightly sweet with a bit of alcohol heat. An interesting, fruit-forward strong golden Belgian with the barrel seemingly contributing different flavors than I expected. Something to drink in small volumes, however.
HogTownHarry (5918) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 2, 2012 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel - bomber c/o gregclow. Bottom pour. Very hazy slightly orange-tinged gold with a smallish frothy/bubbly white head. Aroma is standard Belgian golden - sweet malt (pear), yeasty, mildly spicy, don’t smell the pinot - mostly light and fruity. Taste - some barrel, but more like chardonnay wine character, very light oak - otherwise follows the aroma with an admix of grapeseed bitterness not present on the nose, a little alcohol warmth. Thick mouthfeel, a littl spicy/astringent, not much carbonation, with a quickish finish and a crushed grapeseed bitter linger - a little dry from alcohol presence too. Nice!
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with a bit of white head that dissipates quickly and has a bit of active carbonation. Smell is quite fruity with some cherries, a bit of woodiness, and maybe a bit of hoppiness in the background, very nice smell. Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly lacking carbonation. Taste is kind of sweet at first but then has a nice bitter fruity kick that leads into a slightly bitter and slightly sweet aftertaste. Very nice, the barrel did it good.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Belgian pale that is overwhelmed by sweet wine, with some tannins in the finish. Decently done, although I wouldn’t have it again. A tad below average mouthfeel for what it is, a showoff for the wine taste. I would like something less one dimensional for the style.
Doug’s bottle from the brewery.
matt7215 (2082) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber shared with jeff and joel from a trade with bartowels wilco. deep golden, white head. nice wine and barrel in the nose. the flavour showcases the base beer but the barrel has added a ton of depth. medium body and the swetness is in check, better then i expected.
Johnsense (611) - - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper pour with very little head to speak of. Aroma of Pinot noir, sweet fruits, notable pear. Taste of ear, Oak, slight lemon, red wine. Medium body, light carbonation. An adventerous brew from Amsterdam and one that works. Thanks for sharing Peter!
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4915-20121102] 650mL bottle. Buttery tanned grainy malt aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange brown with a quick foamy off-white head. More wine barrel and boozy buttery wood grain in the flavour. Medium-full body. Quite tasty. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(c/o GregClow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Translates to, ’It would taste a lot better at seven percent.’"
blankboy (5631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle [650ml] shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o GregClow. Pours a murky copper-gold with almost no head. Aroma has lots of wood, some wine, lots of alcohol and finally light herbs & spices. Flavour follows the aroma, there is lots of wine and wood from the barrels. Average to medium bodied. Just O.K., the barrel-aging is overdone.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-11-02. Lightly hazy orange body, small white head. 3+ Pleasant aroma, sweet fruity character, wine barrel and a healthy does of alcohol in the second wave. 7++ Flavour is similar, pleasant fruity wine character, white wine, mild woody undertones. 7+ Smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ Nice, the highlights are lovely but I find it just a touch too boozy overall. I am curious if it started that way - the base beer is relatively strong presumably - or if the barrel aging brought that out. Bottle shared by GregClow