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Bellwoods Donkey Venom

Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Baltic porter aged in brett barrels with additional beasties.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazy_cat_lady (273) - - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle from the brewery bottle shop. Lovely, interesting and complex aroma of sourness and chocolate and coffee. Mild sourness up front with underlying chocolate and coffee porter flavours. Wonderfully complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoR (812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
500 ml bottle from the brewery store. Pours a black colour with a small brown head. Aroma is malt and light coffee. Taste is roasted coffee, alcohol, toffee, nuts, some fruits. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewGoblin (592) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Many thanks to Hogie from the excellent Upstreet brewery for bringing this back to me on his travels. What a many wondrous aromas and flavours this predator has lurking behind glass walls. To glance and dismiss it as another Porter would be easy yet absurd; the standard appearance hides a depth of character that requires contemplation and reckoning. Hints of bright lemon and tart cherries usher forth from a pleasant backdrop of rich lava-cake chocolate and vanilla. With a tip of the snifter I am treated to so much more. Funky but not fiendish swirls of Brett induced wet hay and horse-blanket jazz marry vinous and fruity staccato spikes and are all rounded out by a smooth mocha silk. A viscous, almost slick character is side-swiped by an unexpected but pleasingly prickly carbonation that allows the flavours to rest on the tongue and really be driven home. Freaky and uniquey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (572) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with dark head. Smells funky, a bit of balsamic, and coffee. Flavour was roasted and coffee like with a distinct balsamic character, some vinegar on the palate, despite the strong roasted flavour the body was medium to light, although the flavours of funk provided all the balance this beer needed. Good one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23682) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Draught@Moeder Lambic, Brussels. Black colour, small brown head. aroma is liquorice, alcohol, mild toffee and some roasted and mild sour wooden notes. Flavour is fruity, some liquorice, mild sourness, alcohol and some berries. A bit out of balance in the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (1826) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2015
Black with a medium big head. The aroma has strong notes of barrel aging. it reminds of dry red wine. It has also lots of toffee, chocolate and nuts. The taste is less rich then the aroma. It has surprisingly light body and sour coffee aftertaste. Still nice to drink but a bit disappointing since the aroma is very promising.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
laiti (7743) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2015
Draught @ Moeder Lambic, Brussels. Aroma has sourish tones, balsamico, red wine and mild tobacco & licorice. Flavour has licorice, red wine, woody tones, balsamico and mild spices. Too oud bruin for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1210) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
Bouteille 500ml, gracieuseté d’AlexGenois, merci Alex! Couleur brun très foncé presque noir, mousse moka aéré laissant une légère dentelle. Arôme de malt torréfié, acidité, chocolat, boisé, vineux, bibittes cuirées, fruité. Goût de malt torréfié, bonne acidité, cerise noire, chocolat, Brett, boisé en fin de bouche, cuir en arrière-goût. Carbonatation élevée, corps moyen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4637) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle shared. Black pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is winey, nice brett, roasty notes, red wine. Taste is tart, nice earthy notes, good balance of roastiness and tart flavors. Palate is light, good carbonation, dry finish. Palate really boosts the drinkability of this beer, I’m not a huge fan of the style but this works well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Where and how: on tap at Volo
Aroma smoke, coffee roast, slight refined notes of alcohol. Balanced, mature blend.
Appearance :
Top: mid lighter top.
Base: dark brown.
Palate : mid bodied, mellow end.
Taste: vanilla, dark chocolate with fragmental bitterness on sides. Very nicely composed.
other notes excellent brew

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