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Style: Belgian Ale
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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This special release is aged in an oak barrel that was previously used to mature a pinot noir.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
papat444 (23) - Mercier, Quebec, - JAN 16, 2010
***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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (305) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
Bière de la réserve 2015 dégustée en compagnie de Ju-Lo au brewpub. Cheers man! Cette bière a, à mon avis, deux qualités que je me dois de souligner. La première est sa majestueuse beauté. La bière dans mon ballon ressemble à une grosse pêche à la tête mousseuse, blanche et collante. Le liquide est orangé et semble lourd dans mon verre lorsque je le fais tournoyer dans mon verre. De longues jambes collantes restent accrochées sur le verre et la mousse y reste également accrochée. Vraiment un look sublime! La deuxième grande qualité de cette bière réside dans le temps de maturation en fût. En effet, je redoutais fortement un liquide lourdement boisé, acide (dû au chêne) et vineux mais ce n’était nullement le cas. Ce vieillissement en barrique de pinot est d’une grande subtilité. Est-ce attribuable à une courte période de maturation, ou alors à des fûts ayant servi plus d’une fois à y faire vieillir de la bière? Il faudrait interroger le brasseur à ce sujet, mais toujours est-il que mes papilles ont été préservées! Pour le reste, le tout est plutôt ordinaire: houblons sans personnalité, malts discrets, corps moyen. Peu d’arrière-goût et bouquet tristounet. Loin d’être mauvaise, mais également loin d’être très bonne.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8822) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle at BD Edinburgh. It pours lightly hazy orange amber with a small white head. The nose is soft, juicy, bready malts, brioche, stewed orange, vinous, gooseberry, earth, kumquat, marmalade, straw and some floral notes. The taste is crisp, bitter, vinous, some warming alcohol up front, grape skin, gooseberry, orange rind, straw, pepper, light lactic bite, earth and some orange marmalade with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Good depth of flavour for sure. Perhaps a touch boozy, but very nice nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (17022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle at brewdog.. Golden amber.. Thin white lacing.. Soft fruits.. Soft zezty fruits.. Juicy lemon nose... Soft floral fruit.. Zezty lemon fruits.. Juicy fruits... Big soft floral fruit zezty lime fruit

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1615) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours hazy orange. Nose is red wine, light sour, wood, fruits. Taste is Vineous, fruits, yeast, oak, grapes. Quite interesting and nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (6188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle at brewdog Edinburgh. Pours hazy orange, nose is grape, toffee, fruity, taste is juicy, fruity, dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (3140) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours a hazy golden beer with a big white head on top. Aroma is vineous, oaky, yeasty, white fruits and a hint of Brett. Flavor is slightly acidic, vineous, tarty with a touch of oak. A bit strange overall, with a light stringent sourness in the aftertaste and also some bitter touches. Hard to place this one, but I rather like it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4005) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2015
12oz bottle pour at Lakehouse for sunday breakfast. Golden orange and cloudy. Ripe peach and grapefruit aroma. Super fruity beer. Flowers and banana. Interesting. Good for the style

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle sample from tasting. Pours hazy golden straw color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is an inviting mix of fruits, citrus, spicy yeast, pale malt, oak, vinous character and light floral hops and grass. The flavor begins on a smooth note with lemon zest, yeast, pale malt, plum, vinous notes, oak, tannins, good, not great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (861) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
2011 bottle that I can’t remember if it was from a trade or not, but if it was thank you very much. Pours a little copperish like. White head that dissapates quickly, but not completely. Nose is a touch sour, and sweet. Tastes immediately of barrell vanilla, then fruit like pear andesite wine grapes. Just great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkska101 (1206) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
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.


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