radagast83 (5663) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4oz draft pour at Rustico - Alexandria. Poured a deep amber color with a small, foamy white head. Aroma was light balsamic notes, grapes, wine, light vanilla notes. Flavor was similar, with very minor balsamic notes. Red wine character comes through, but isn’t too harsh. Always interesting beers to drink from these people.
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Max’s Rare and Obscure Part 8. Pours a lightly hazy amber with zero head. Nose is vegetal, apple cider vinegar, some pear, red grape, nail polish, cognac. Flavor has lots of nail polish, booze, vanilla, fortified wine, pear brandy, vanilla, some apple cider vinegar. Full bodied, acetic finish.
PartyFowle (631) - - APR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is a biere de garde brewed in 2009 and aged in barrels that once held Vin Juane, a special type of French wine that’s matured in a barrel under a layer of yeast for exactly six years and three months, and is colored yellow. No hiss when the cap is popped; hardly any head when the beer is poured. Some watery bubbles hang out at the edges of the murky maroon liquid. Crazy nose. Barnyard funk mixed with mulled apple cider, cinnamon, pears, a hint of white vinegar. Wow. The flavor carries a little bit of the apple cider quality as well as some increased sweet cherry notes. Funky hay, a bit of honeyed oxidation, green apple, toasted oak. Flashes of cherry jolly ranchers at the swallow. Mild acidity. It’s flat as a two-by-four, carbonation-wise, but the medium-full body has nice heft. No noticeable alcohol. Great flavor, great aroma. Just needs CO2.
Travlr (15870) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Austin and Terry at Trappeze. Hazi deep golden amber, very slight carbonation. Aroma of summer fruit, white wine, caramel. Taste is vanilla, butterscotch, funky caramel. Very nice.
_angst_ (3545) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1500 ml bottle courtesy of Victor (non-RB). Pours hazy orangish wooden brown with a small frothy offwhite head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sour and fruity with dark grapes, lemon juice, wood, plums, grapefruit juice, moist soil, balsamic vinegar, alcohol and lemon grass. Taste is tiny sweet, sour, fruity and metallic with dark grapes, plums, lemon juice, moist soil, wood, sheet metal, cereal, vinegar, grass and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, slightly tart and medium bodied. Finish is sour and slightly tart with grapes, plums, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, hay, vinegar, wood and sheet metal.
rlgk (13385) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Hazy orange beer with yeast, small offwhite head. Sourish fruity aroma, grapes, sour, rubber, horse blanket. Sourish fruity flavor, citrus, grapefruit, spicy, sour, leather notes, grapes, some hop notes, vinous, some rubber.
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this and all the other versions. Never had any of these and never even heard of them. VJ2, brewed in 2009.
2.5 A: Pours a completely still, murky plum color. No evidence of carbonation.
4.5 S: Potent vinous character. Lots of sherry, which is probably a combination of slight oxidation and the barrels used. I’m wholly unfamiliar with vin jaune, so I’m not quite sure what that contributes. Anyway, the nose on this is powerful and complex past the grape components. Lactic tanginess, strong tart cherry, apple, melon, and plenty of plum. Toffee, faint raisin, plenty of oak, and vanilla.
4.0 T: The taste is intensely oaky with a strong tannic component and a moderate astringency. Again, big vinous aspects featuring sherry. Lactic tanginess and rotting wood funkiness. Tons of cherry flavor with apple, melon, and plum falling far behind. While the nose had some sweetness to it, the taste is definitely on the drier end. Light toffee. Booze is very well hidden. Tasty and complex.
2.5 M: Medium body. While this isn’t horrible without carbonation (probably due to the grape influence), it still suffers for it. Feels pretty much like a heavier wine.
4.0 D: I enjoyed this quite a bit. Super complex and tasty. The astringency lowers the drinkibility, but all in all this is a good beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-18-2012 03:18:43
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks Eric. Hazy nut tan, small bubbled cream head, ring with wisps. Nose is vinegar, white grape, bit of tomato. Flavor is more grape skin, acid, heavy Chardonnay through finish.
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL 2009 thanks to EricE. Hazy deep orange pour. Low carbonation to none. Bourbon liquor nose we tamarind. Taste is apple sauce with muted sweet berries. Ending is dry and tea tannic. Palate is tangy and mildly citric. Nice stuff. Mild salt brine.
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EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy orange brown pour with a thin tan head. Metallic malt aroma. Slightly nutty malt. Seems slightly oxidized. Flavor is dry and malty. Light tartness which lingers to the finish. Very little carbonation. A bit fruity, maybe some grape.