alexsdad06 (8268) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(From notes) Tap at the Solstice party 07 provided by some kind soul who thought driving up from Cincinnati for the event deserved a free drink. Pours a deep amber brown with a small off white head that disappears quickly. The aroma has ample dark fruits and vanilla with strong vinous qualities. It seems to be favoring red grapes. Hints of oak and alcohol. The flavor is mildly tart and vinous, again favoring red grapes. Additional notes of vanilla, caramel and oak. The alcohol remains hidden for the most part. Definitely a standout for the evening.
kramer (5739) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown body with a minimal beige head that ran quickly to a thin ring. The nose is very vinous and moderately oaky with some dark fruits and light alcohol. Some nice vanilla notes in there as well. The flavor is lightly tart and vinous, very distinct red wine influence. Tastes like I’m taking a bite of a rich bold red grape. Heavy dark fruity malt and caramel under all the wine qualities. Rather well hidden alcohol, especially given the high ABV on this guy. The mouthfeel dries out a good bit with the oakiness on the finish, even for how sweet it starts out. Overall this is a really rich and decadent beer.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Muddy brown, somewhat thick, small sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Vinous nose, slight woody notes.   Dry and tart on the tongue, quite vinous, minor brown sugar and dark pitted fruit.   This one
is quite unique in that is it has some Red Wine characteristics.   Yeah, very vinous on the tongue.   Not alcoholic, but appears to be of a higher ABV.   Tart on the exit.   Not seeing all the normal Dubbel
characteristics (damn that looks like a long word) on the tongue.   This almost seems to have more in common with Wine that it does Beer.   Slightly tart and dry on the exit, otherwise vinous.   Weird, this is quite a Wine
influenced beer, moreso than most.   This is beer?   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full   Thanks Chris for this unique and interesting brew!
joet (2502) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
vinous nose, unaffected color, tangy, citric, wood, toast, reddish hued, light medium feel and some tannins affecting feel
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle - 2005 vintage; thanks BVC!! dark brown, mostly clear with very little carbonation; musky, toffee and red wine; texture is still and flat; tons of red wine notes coming through mixed with belgian candy sugar, vanilla and touch of sour; very sweet and drinkable; very unique and tasty overall
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bgbirdman - thanks! 2005 bottle with a nice looking brown color. Aroma has some dubbel characteristics with light wine and barrel notes. Flavor is more dubbel than anything, with some light oak notes, vanilla, and med-bold red wine. Overall good, but could have been better.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a very thin off-white head which dissipated immediately. Nose was a nice bourbon, oak and vinous fruit. I enjoyed the fragrance of this for awhile before tasting. Taste was largely vinous fruit, almost wine-like, with grapes dominant and oak and bourbon secondary. Mouthfeel was medium-thin with some alcohol warmth. This was very much like a mellow-bodied wine.
dmac (5233) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from artusory served in an Ommegang chalice. Murky mahogany brown body with a small tightly packed bubbly light beige body from a rather vigorous pour. Very interesting aroma that smells more like a red wine then a beer. Lots of vinous character, grapes, slight oak and some sweet malts remain in the background to remind that this is a beer. Medium bodied with light carbonation and lots of alcohol warming reminiscent of a red wine. Flavor is much like the aroma and very vinous yet tart with notes of grapes, grene apples and a slight touch of wood. Very nice and very interesting but this was just too wine like for me to really enjoy.
sloth (2765) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin tan head thats short lived, no lace too speak of. Color is amber, good clarity with a light red hue. Nose is vinous, caramelly, sweet malt undertones. Body is medium, low carbonation. Medium sweet caramel flavors buried under the red wine flavors with notes of cocoa appearing as it warmed. Lightly sweet finish , fruits, malts and wood. Interesting brew. Props to my bud eaglefan for sharing.
after4ever (7361) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz., 3 years old, thanks, BVC! Awesome selection. Crystal clear but very dark brown. Headless, laceless. Humongous red wine nose, sweetly vinous. Caramel, lemon, and sour wine grapes, complete with tannins, on the mid-palate. Not a real dimensional or varied mid-palate, but a unique experience without a doubt, and one to savor a bit.