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Goose Island Barrel Aged Sai Shan Tea

Goose Island Barrel Aged Sai Shan Tea
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Straw color, Emperor’s Lemon Meritage tea aromas, lemon and spicy ester flavors, medium body

Aged for 1 year in Justin Vineyards Isosceles red wine barrels.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
draft at clybourn, Pours glow orange n minty, herbs, chamomile, Fl tea, chamomile, mint, lemons, soft and doughy, didn’t get much barrel, vinegar,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Sampled on tap at Goose Belgian Fest (Chicago, IL). Pours a golden orange glowing hue, just a touch of haze. A bigger frothy bright white head is decent sized and sticks around, laces well. Aromas are earthy woody tea and lemons, just a touch of oak, light tartness, bready malts. Light vanilla. A touch of spice, grass. Initial is lighter bodied with light lemon and grass, woody tea. Touches of mellow spice, vanilla, yogurt. Some touches of oak. Lots of lingering lemony tea. Woody, grass, and earth. Finish is lingering lemon, dry grass, touch of dry spice, some chalk. Interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcdalough (21) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2011
7-25-11 from Goose Island Cly Tap. Aroma: Nice eucalyptus and light menthol nose. Very mild toastiness as well. Little bit of a Mr. Clean fakey lemon nose. Appearance: Medium to dark straw color. Cloudy appearance. Very inviting. Taste: Mildly tart, with some sour cherry briefly on the palate. Good lemongrass notes. Some of the tannic eucalyptus tea character comes through but is restrained and mixes well with the mild oaking. Palate: Moderate body, no astringency here. Overall: Wonderfully complex while still being lighter in body. Excellent and interesting with the eucalyptus and lemongrass notes. I’ve thought of brewing a beer like this. Maybe I should just drink more of this...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2011
From the tap poured a straw color with a good amount of head. Strong malty tart flavor with a quick finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Draft at GI Cly. Sad that I missed this un-barrel aged. Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a white head. Nose is cool, lots of lemon grass and white pepper notes. The oak is very subtle and nearly non-existent. Faint vanilla notes are there. On tasting, there is a nice crisp acidity from the tea and lemon. Spicy Belgian esters come through the back and pull it together nicely. This was a fun one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
On tap at goose island clybourn... Pours a golden effervescent orangey brown hue, more so the former, and topped with a medium creamy white head... Aroma hits abrupt and vibrantly with lemongrass and a softer Ginger quality. Herbal tea qualities follow-up. Not sure if the wine qualities are all that assertive but a general grapey tartness does exist... Herbal and earthy pale grain textures and flavors upfront that move quickly into more if that lemon tea inspired front. Subdued when compared to the aroma. A subtle acidity and sourness hits very late in the game but provides a nice added touch. Softer bodied, fluffy in the mouth. Finishes on the salty side with a hint of booziness. Odd. Preferred the aroma to the rest.


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