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Bellwoods No Rest For The Wicked

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


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Brett Barrel Aged Strong Sour Stout. Released on Draft at 8.7% ABV on April 24. Bottles at 9.5%. Mad tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (900) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Thanks to Nick for this one! Une impérial stout brettée sûre, sauvage et barriquée partagée avec Mademoiselle Irina et Guillaume. La bière est bien noire mais celle-ci n’a clairement pas la densité d’un stout impérial habituel. Cette dernière semble bien mince et légère, malgré sa robe sombre et sa toison blanche dégarnie. Des arômes acétiques de barriques de chêne neuve, de cerises griottes et de légère torréfaction. Bel équilibre à ce niveau. On est vraiment à la croisée des chemins entre ces styles, bien que l’acidité due au vieillissement dirige la valse. En bouche le liquide est effectivement très mince. Des saveurs très serrées de café froid, de chêne et de cerises non mûries et rouges vif. Une pétillance chatouille ma langue et me fait même grimacer. Sèche, intense, et vivante, la drive de cette bière me plaît!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (7217) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2015
24/X/15 - 500ml bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ MOAR buffalo turds tasting (home) - BB: n/a (2015-1513) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, big creamy irregular beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: vinegar, artificial brett, red currants, fruity touch, soft roast, mocha. MF: soft to no carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish, vinegar, very sour, bitter touch, very generic brett flavours (artificial Wyeast package?), citric acidity. Aftertaste: slightly earthy, sour, roasted touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8270) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2015
50cl courtesy of and shared with Klaas. Brune foncée, col fin blanc-cassé - presque moka. Arôme au bouquet acidulé, brett, fruité noir avec un nez s’approchant d’une vieille brune. Palais reste sur cette impression initiale de vieille brune mais dont le côté levure sauvage - brett nous fait de suite retomber cette impression. Caramel, grillé malté avec un léger ajout de barrique et un petit côté vineux presque de vin rouge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (842) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2015
500ml bottle from trade with whatup. Thanks. Aroma: lots of sour cherries, tiny bit of grapes and roasted malt. App: dark brown almost black with small brown head. Taste and palate: medium body, medium carbonation, creamy but that acidity quickly stops this smoothness, which is a great contrast. Light sweetness with lot long fruity, chocolate and acidity finish. Overall: liked it a lot. Not too sweet. Great contrast between the sweetness and the acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (9748) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle - Dark soured malts, purple grape and a touch of molasses. Jet black with a small beige head. Soured dark malts, touch of balsamic, prune and some cocoa notes. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlennHendry (201) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
It smells like vinegar, chocolate and sour grapes. A very odd combination but it seems to work. Looks like a stout - all dark and oily - and tastes like sour grapes and pickles with a bit of roasted malt. A strange brew (and expensive -$17!) but I’m glad I tried it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helsdon (325) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
Nice! I was the first to rate this beer a year a ago. And looks like I’m first up with this new version! (Muha ha ha ) This is also the first time re-rating beer for me, I usually don’t bother. But this beer should be sufficiently different one from the first version. The original aged 3 months, while this guy apparently went for 509 days (nearly a year and a half, me mathy tells me.) Plus three months conditioning in the bottle, which is more time than my newborn son’s been around. Looking forward to it.
Bottle marked bottled March 5, 2015. Pours inky black with dark tan head that reduces to a thick ring. The nose...oh man... coffee, roasted malts, grapes, chocolate, a little booze, blackberries. The taste...is awesome. Those bugs have really done there work. Smooth tartness of sour grapes, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a little sour milk on the finish. That extra time in the barrels has really mellowed out that malty bitterness of the original version of this beer, which was it’s biggest failing. Makes me want to get back on my bike, ride down and get more.
This beer is worth staying up for.
Original rating: Well what do you know. I’m the first to rate a beer. The responsibility, the POWER! Muha ha ha! Anyway... Aroma 9, App 3, Taste 7, Palate 3, Overall 17. Drank at the Brewpub on April the 24th, obviously a little early on the deScription’s release date. It came in a stemmed wine glass. Looks very much what you would expect from a stout, very dark opaque brown, in this case only about a 1/2 finger of thick foamy tan head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was very nice, with both chocolate and toasty malts, as well as sour grapes. The taste delivers a nice hit of sour green apples right up front, which overlays the tones of chocolate, lots of roasted malts, with a little must and a undercurrent of oak in the mix. There is a bitterness to the finish that really doesn’t do this brew a favour, and ultimately brought down the score for me. The idea of a sour stout is an interesting one, and a new one for me, not sure it meshes as well as I would have hoped, but try it, it’s well worth it. Thanks Bellwoods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammyboyy (69)
- Shawinigan, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Very interesting. The appearence is great, just like a nice stout. The taste is sour at first. Almost taste like a kriek, very nice balanced in my opinion and then it suddenly changes to taste like a good chocolate stout. It’s a great beer! I’m happily surprised that we can taste both sourness and then chocolate stout one after the other and not at the same time. Not a style we see everyday. Doesn’t do its 9.5 alcohol at all!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2857) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Thanks to nicklass for this. Interesting beer and so good. Pours black with a thin white wisp. Aroma is nice mild vinegar sourness with a hint of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is a nice soft sourness the overshadows the stout but the stout provides a great body and mouthfeel. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1268) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 Bouteille 500ml, gracieuseté d?AlexGenois, merci Alex! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée riche mais fuyante laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de chocolat, malt torréfié, côté fruité, cerise?, cacao, alcool, légère touche florale. Goût de malt torréfié, chocolat noir, bonne acidité, cerise, café fin de bouche. Carbonatation élevée, corps moyen.

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