Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A vinous and very oaky Belgian amber ale. Very good 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: Side-by-side with its white wine barrel sister (Hopfenstark Maïa Fût de Vin Blanc). Very similar to the white wine barrel treatment, both had heavy presence of wine barrels but not particularly white wine or red wine in either. (insert copy-and-paste of my description of Maïa Fût de Vin Blanc) except that this treatment was a little more fruity and had a little less dry oak. I slightly prefered its sister. Going to a Hopfenstark anniversary party makes me feel like I’m a drunk teenager trapped inside the body of an immature alcoholic adult.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Hopfenstark during their anniversary party. Pours a fairly clear amber with a medium sized white to beige head. Wine on the nose, distinct from the white wine version. Sweeter and spicier on the nose, the wood is more in the background here. More subtlety. Medium bodied, sweet and zesty, spicy alcohol and wine tannins early on. Warming alcohol hits nearly immediately as well. Spicy malt, chewy wine tannins, a background of oak. Finishes with warming alcohol, a touch of wood drying it out, tannins. Very nice though I think I like the white wine version better.