TaktikMTL (5377) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille de 375 ml partagée. Dégustée directement à la brasserie lors du party 6e anniversaire. Arôme: Odeur de fruits tropicaux. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruits tropicaux avec une pointe de raisins. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #4649)
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A vinous and very oaky Belgian amber ale. Excellent wine barrels extravaganza.
How: Bottle 375ml at the brewery tasting room, fresh, the day of the beer release, Hopfenstark 6th anniversary party.
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: Nose is rather fruity (tropical fruits and grapes) with moderate wine barrel presence. Taste has a surprising strong toasty wood flavor, grape skin, some tannins, muted fruity notes (tropical, berries), a whole lot of oak. A very mild acidity & sourness. The juicy-vinous attacks morphs into a dry and somewhat toasty finish. Nice mouthfeel with lots of very soft bubbles. Side-by-side with its red wine barrel sister (Hopfenstark Maïa Fût de Vin Rouge) I found this white wine barrel version a bit drier and more woody. I slightly preferred this white wine barrel treatment. At $15 for a 375ml this was a very expensive little bottle, they say the best things in life are free and that’s why I buy expensive beers, I’ve got a low self-esteem problem and I believe I don’t deserve the best.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hopfenstark during their anniversary party. Pours a rather clear amber with a thin white to beige head. Big bright wood and a touch of funkiness, some clear vinous notes. Medium bodied, a bit funky and showing off a little bit of acidity and sourness. Warm and toasty right away. Chewy wood, soft musk and wood, toasty. The barrel really comes through, drying everything out. The wood might be a bit heavy handed but it ends up balancing the sweetness of the base beer nicely. Long dry wood through the finish, more wine notes. Good execution.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit salad pulp, white wine and peppery hops merge and lift each other before alcohol warmth, fruity tartness and polite resinous hop bitterness seal this compelling Barrel-Aged Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy slice of foam decorates the misty deep amber.
-The natural carbonation adds comfort to an already beautifully soft mouthfeel.
-The tropical fruitiness spans from pineapple to lychee, from starfruit to honeymelon.
-Light cereal crunch can be tasted if you want to pay attention.
-The white wine barrel is quite apparent, but it fits so perfectly with the base brew that both become difficult to dissociate.
Bottle at the brewery.