MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
omega (701) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Pdubyah (391) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Jimthechap (1663) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was a surprise and I am pleased to report it was a pleasant surprise. Gorgeous red mahogany colour with a cream coloured head and an aroma of red-grape juiciness. The flavour was dominated by the juiciness of the pinot noir, which was sweetish without being cloying and endearing - like a favourite niece. Not the most lengthy finish, but I would have happily gone back for seconds if time allowed.
beer-yum (481) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicious companion brew to their ’white’ Sauvin Nouveau. I prefer the latter myself but would gladly drink this in its stead.
inceptioj (47) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Smells slightly fruity but that’s less exciting than the taste. It starts off very beery, dark malt, but sidles quickly into slightly sharp winey fruit, unsurprisingly not unlike a very young pinot noir. The experience ends with chocolate bitterness that lingers amongst the grape. Enjoyable, and not just for the mutant wine-beer value.