papat444 (24) - Mercier, Quebec, - JAN 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
***2009 Vintage (bottled Aug. 2009)***
Despite what the label says, the ABV is 7.5% as per JF Gravel of DDC.
I’m kind of excited as this is my first local barrel-aged beer.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle.
Appearance: A slightly clear, gold body fills the glass that gets decidedly hazier as i pour the last of the bottle and the yeast mixs in. A thick and insistent head that gradually receds leaving lots of lacing. A good start for sure.
Smell: Citrus & yeast that come out at first followed by some funk & bubblegum. Bananas & cloves are present as well. At first i don’t smell the Pinot but later on i get a whiff of wine. Very nice indeed.
Taste: I’m struck as to how the Pinot aspect is quite present in the first sips. Has a slight vinegar edge, not unpleasant, with a dose of funk and an overall dryness to it. Definite wood presence also. Some banana flavor mixed in there as well as a spicy clove finish. Though there is a definite Belgian influence, the Pinot is the prime player here.
Mouthfeel: The best feature of this beer IMO. Very low carbonation which makes this beer just glide in my mouth with effortless ease. Though the Pinot is strong, i find the body quite literally amazing. So very good.
Drinkability: Drinks quite well with an ABV that is not easily perceptible in the taste. Though the strength of the barrel-aged Pinot took me some getting used to, i grew accustomed to it and ended up loving the taste.
Overall: While drinking this beer, i could sense that this was an experiment but i believe that they pulled it off quite well. Too bad not many people will get a chance to try it but worth the effort to acquire IMO.
fletchfighters (1407) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to Owen for sharing
hazy orange color. white head. Sticky head and lacing.
Nose is red wine, oak, yeast, some funk, apple, and pear. Barrel has really taken over.
taste is dominated by the barrel. Wine and oak. Lots of bugs. Very funky, apple and pear. Soft bitterness.
Medium bodied, Prickly feel. Very complex and a lot going on. Highly suggested as more funky at this point and highly interesting.
Handypaul (430) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours hazy, orange white a frothy, fully-lasting, white head that leaves scant lacing. Aroma of clove, grapes, and spices. Lightly bitter and lightly sour, solid malt backbone, medium body, flavors of orange zest, cloves, leather and bread, appropriate carbonation and a lightly sour/dry bitter finish. Will definitely drink this again.
Johnsense (1352) - - AUG 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2016 Amber/orange pour with a smaller white cap. Wine in the aroma, oak, pine resin. Vinous up front, oak, lighter red wine notes, resin, grape, somewhat sweet, yeasty. Medium body, understated carbonation. Pair this with a funky cheese platter.
50belair (3380) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle ’15. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Interesting with vinous notes that melt with the hoppy bitterness. Good body and mouthfeel.
ctipping (1350) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange without much of a head. Smells of grapefruit and orange, some pale malt, and red wine. Tastes pretty much the same. Red wine permeates a grapefruit and orange hop flavor. The hops are not bright, as you would imagine. A little bit of sweetness with oak and bitterness. Red wine lingers in the aftertaste. Low carbonation. Tastes pretty good, but it might be a struggle to drink a whole bottle.
Flanfl (621) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - JUL 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark golden amber body. Huge lasting white head. Aroma of dark fruits, grappe, oak, overall quite vinous. I'm getting some grainy caramely notes. Flavours of dark fruits, grappe, oak. Long bitter finish, oak, grappe, grain. Paly aftertaste. Well balanced, complex and very interesting.
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Bawelt (553) - Lyon, FRANCE - JUN 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nez hyper frais, légèrement vineux, très porté sur le raisin frais, un faux air de lambic. Notes très poivrées.
Bouche : ultra équilibrée, plutôt légère sans être aqueuse, fine, très agréable ! Le vineux se ressent mais on partirait finalement presque sur un riesling et un côté relativement sec. Un fond vert subsiste mais on perd le caractère houblonné. Vinaigre très légèrement perceptible, juste ce qu’il faut pour redonner de la pêche, un peu de fraîcheur, un fond acide. Quelques notes agrumes. Un superbe panorama floral.
Finale a priori sèche mais longueur très douce et fruitée.
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/V/16 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - bottled: I/2015 (2016-511)
Clear orange beer, irregular yellow head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, bit floral, spicy, melons. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very fruity, bit spicy, sweet touch, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: bit funky, spices, pretty bitter. Decent!
JefVerstraete (2923) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botle from tderoeck. Many thanks! Nose of red wine, well balanced with the base beer. Light sweet, light tart. Refreshing. Good.
ElManana (1893) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tderoeck's place, thanks! Better than the brett one, still why?! Light wine, meh.