papat444 (22) - 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.
punkska101 (894) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from local IGA A: vanilla/coconut, pinnaple/peach, coriander, spicy. app: hazy pale tick white head with excellent lacing t/p: med body with a moderate long bitter finish with a touch of acidity. o: great. the wood adds a great depth /roundness. would definitely buy next year edition.
neongolden (413) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2013 bottle at the DDC tap takeover @ barVolo, Aug 23 2014) Pours a deep orange gold with a small white head and no lace. Aroma prominently oaky pinot noir barrel and light Belgian yeast with grapefruit juice. Palate sweetish pale malts, grapefruit flesh, slightly herbal hops, a bit of wood and wine towards the finish, ends dry and herbal with moderate hop bitterness and lingering oak. Mouthfeel average with fairly high carb. The hops have faded a bit as expected but the effect is surprisingly nice, they integrate well with the quite strong barrel character and supporting yeast. Vinous and delicious sipper, better than I expected and better than the base beer.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2068) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hopfenstark Ho.st. A complete dense opaque honey gold pour with a thick solid milky cream head.
A big thick boozy Pinot noir aroma - solid. Very full bodied, velvety with a huge barrel quality - oaky, vanilla, Pinot noir, tart vinous flavor. Very nice, very tart oaky sour Belgian goodness. This is all about the barrel...
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours a nice bright yellow, with a nice head, aroma is floral and some barnyard funk. Taste is very nice, its floral, with some spicy notes, with a nice smooth barrel finish, the barrel is not too strong but just right, really nice stuff
gEUS (1057) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
small bottle at home - gift from tommy10101 - thanks! Pours hazy golden yellow with a thin fine mousse head. That nose is. just. incredible. True refined Pinot est(h)ers - makes one think of that other great Pinot Noir barrel aged beer called Supplication: the subtle-est of the forest’s fruit scents, mixed with the fines peach nose. Medium body with a full fruit profilz and a slight bitter smoky finish. Taste is a tad less subtle than the aroma, on the green bitter side.
Spab (2401) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle at Bar Hop. Pours a murky, dull golden orange with modest-sized white head. Aroma has nice balance of red wine barrel and Belgian IPA with equal parts vinous and funky yeast notes. Flavour is funky Belgian yeast, citric hops and subtle but readily apparent red grape and barrel character. Carbonation fairly lively. Quite nice.
AdamJackson (2626) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crisp golden 1 finger sticky head. Really nice nose. tannic merlot grape, sticky sweet with a very mild bitterness of oak and pine cone. grape skin and apricot. Taste is nice. great bitterness, wine really dominates the taste. it’s sweet, minor medicinal. Oaky spice finish.
shaynsawchuk (483) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 mL bottle. Light honey with a splotchy white cap. Nose is pleasently winey, grape, oak, candy floss and spicy hop, citrus peels and juicy fruit gum. Mildly sweet and well bittered. A light body and above average carbonation shows a touch of alcohol. Creamy palate. Very well done.
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally putting in written reviews I’ve forgotten about. Pours a bright orange with a lot of haze. The nose is rather vinous and funky with barrel notes blending well with fruity aromas. A bit sweet in the middle with woody and earthen notes. A bit of citric tartness towards the finish with light hop notes and beautiful Belgian esters. Quite vinous and woody with pervasive funky notes.
neuromatt (1155) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 mL bottle at Volo, served in a stem glass. Pours hazy orange-golden with a small white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has big white wine notes, along with oak, citrus, herbs, yeast and subtle hops. The flavour is balanced, moderately sweet with honey and pale malts, herbal notes and subtle floral and citric hops. There is also a hint of tartness from the wine barrel. The finish is long, moderately sweet with citric notes, along with white wine notes and subtle oak. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall this is a very nice wine barrel aged blond ale. A very harmonious blend of flavours. 2013-07-15