brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange in color with a white head. Sweet malt nose of bread and hints of caramel. Some wine and oak, a touch of pear, light apple, and grape. There’s a light funk to the flavor, but still somewhat sweet and fruity. Pear, apple, grape, and perhaps some golden raisin. Bread, mild caramel, wine, oak, and a very slight tartness.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
DLD 2012: Hazy coppery hue with a nice lasting head. Has notes of grassy and slight herbal hops, moderate white wine and oak, some nice farmhouse notes with just a touch of funk and earthiness. Very refreshing mouth feel and lightly dry woody finish. I really liked this and was happy it was not some sour’d bomb or over hopped version of the style.
ddemmingjr (657) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rare Beer Club: pours rich deep reddish brown, light brown head that settles to dense ring. Nose of vanilla, cherries, bourbon Oaked oat malts. Lots of dark fruits, subtle bourbon barrel, dark chocolate with lots of richness and texture. Thoroughly pleasant and drinkable
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TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Bottle # 02898 from Summer 2012. Pours a hazy amber with a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is woody and wine-like with earthy notes, yeast, grains and ripe fruits. Taste is wood, earthy notes, yeast, fermented fruits, grape skins, wine notes, sweet malt, toasted grains and caramel. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation and light stickiness. Oak barrels more pronounced during the finish and there’s a touch of coconut as a results. Add more yeast, ripe fruits, earthy notes, straw, toasted grains, caramel, and wine. Nice beer! Based on it being almost a year old, this has aged well!
Beergeek23322 (1954) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle from a beer club membership. Pours copper with a white head. Floral and grassy notes mixed with the funky aroma from the yeast. The barrel aging adds a bit of structure and complexity.
Brouwerij (845) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy copper-orange with a finger of fine light tan head. Settles in minutes with minimal lacing. Aroma is mild, slightly funky, hay/wheat/bread, floral, hints of fruit, apple, pear, wine, and oak. Flavor is tart apple, pear, wheat, hay up front, building slightly. Fades into bitter grain, mild malt, wheat and oak and alcohol tones. Soft to moderate carbonation and medium body, smooth, slightly watery and acidic mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, alcoholic finish. Not as funky as I’d hoped but a solid beer.
flylikeabanana (177) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 A mild but tasty Belgian ale. Reddish brown, cloudy with a white head. Fruity, slightly sour, and a bit sweet. Doesn’t taste as alcoholic (7.5%) as it is.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Nice deep orange pour, with tight, crisp carbonation and spotty lacing. Aroma struck me immediately as make or break in its potent, resonant combo of buttery Chard (West Coast, no?) and healthy yeast. Make for me, thankfully, even though that’s not how I enjoy my Chardonnay. Light spice gives the mouthfeel a bit of a tang, and it’s the kind of thing that comes through even more in the taste. Mouthfeel not quite as substantial as desired, but still robust. Flavors are fruity, biere de garde like the Jolly Pumpkin IO, combined with saison spice and the oak/wine combo. Pretty nice.
UncleKorm (582) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap poured a clear red hue w/ quickly diminishing head. Moderate aroma of chardonnay and oak. Initial flavor light sweet with almost no noticeable sour in the finish. Very light belgian yeast and only a hint of funk the flavor of the chardonnay barrel is the focus of this beer. Light bodied, watery texture, soft carbonation. Drinks like a wine cooler, without a noticeable dryness this 7.5% will sneak up on you.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle purchased at Supermarket Liquors. pours a hazy orange with a white head. Belgian yeast nose with esters and light oak. med body with some acetaldehyde (green apple flavors), Chardonnay grapes, light butter, vanilla, oak and citrus notes. heavy barrel finish with a light tart and sharp metallic finish.