JulienHuxley (2142) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at 12th anniversary party of DDC. Dark pour. Aroma of roasted malts, saison-ish and a lot of grapes combine very well together into a complex well woven fresh winey strong beer aroma. Taste is quite enjoyable, I like the saison caracter and the pinot really comes out more than the oak/wood flavors which is nice. Palate was very good for a cask conditioned ale, lightly carbonated and creamy. A real win.
Quevillon (2341) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank on cask (12 oz) at there 12th anniversary party, September 11, 2010. Color black, no head. Aroma of licor berries, well malted. Smoked liquorice taste, sweet barley, aftertaste a bit bitter and dry. Not as fun to drink as the original, still a very good Pinot Noir version!
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Pinot Noir fruitiness, molasses-like dextrins, resinous hop bitterness and alcohol heat converge in this Barrel-Aged Strong Ale cask experiment.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the dark brown.
-The very low carbonation of the gravity cask may not have served this beer perfectly, but it sure gave us wonderful insights on its ingredients.
-The resinous hop bitterness was very long, but always accompanied by caramel-like residual sugars.
-Looking forward to trying this in its regularly carbonated keg format.
-I liked that the Pinot Noir personality was stronger than that of the actual wooden barrel.
On gravity cask at the brewpub.