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Garage Project Chateau Aro

Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Fruit Beer
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
’Never mix grape and grain’ - we’re breaking the cardinal rule again for our second grape harvest beer. Chataeu Aro a dark rubescent lager conditioned on the freshly crushed juice and skins of pinot noir grapes from the award winning Escaroment Winery. And the result of this unholy union? Rich, complex and surprising. Remember, beer then wine, you’ll be fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2782) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2016
Pours ruby-tinted brown with a small head. Nose shows soft red wine, woody oak, coconut, brandy and vanilla. Flavours include more red wine notes, a soft acidity, woody oak, heavy tannins, sultanas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Samtzu (190) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2016
Tasting flight at garage project. Matched with bourgonville bar. The red wine comes through surprisingly well in this beer. The nose has the faint yet distinct aroma. Medium body with a mild tannin after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoponmate (109) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2016
Darkish color comparable to grape juice. But it is essentially a pinot noir clone with less acidity thanks those beer malts. A weird frakenstein monster.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
explosivedog (294) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2016
650ml bottle. Dark with little head. Starts with malts and finishes with pinot noir. I don’t mean a hint of pinot noir, I mean pinot noir. Absolutely stunning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2016
[8379-20160529] Bottle. Very, very wet oak aroma. Black body with red hues and a quick foamy off-white head. Red wine and oaky wine barrel and then even a little more woody oak in the flavour. Medium body is quite smooth and lovely. Very tasty but all oak and wine. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ Garage Project 91 Aro, Wellington, NZ)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9840) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
2016-05-29. Dark brown body, nice beige head fades. 3+ Aroma is intensely oaky, with a boozy vinous red wine character that smacks you in the face on first sniff. Flavour has similar strong red wine and oak character. Lovely mix of malt and red wine below. Vanilla oak grows as you go on. Smooth average bodied palate, low carbonation. 3+ Some lovely moments but the rich oak character is overpowering for me. 6-7/3/7/3/14 2015 Vintage bottle at Garage Project - Aro 91, Wellington, NZ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2015
An interesting concoction. Red in color. Full of grape and vinous flavor. Sweet. Fun. One is enough for me, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Black pepper, earth and black grapes coalesce over this creative crew’s enjoyable bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the deep chestnut brown.
-Alcohol is well hidden.
-The mouthfeel is once again silky, a recurring theme in what I know of their lineup so far.
-The flavor profile is cohesive.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 1, 2014
A lovely beer that has charm and character. Dare I say a lager that I like? The addition of the noir from Escarpment (one of NZ finest) makes this a beer to savour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (636) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2014
ok, I thought this started off really strongly and then didn’t have the legs to carry it. But it is a nicely mellow and enjoyable beer that is neither sharp or bitter, neither is it too sweet or cloying. I don’t know what a wine drinker would think of this. Overall it’s enjoyable and makes a really pleasing change to over-hopped beers that I could be drinking.

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