pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy yellowy brown with a white even head. Sharp tangy nose. bone dry with some fruity esters, though nothing too crazy. Full smooth creamy, higher carbonation mouthfeel. Bone dry! Almost completely lacking any residual sugars. A bit fruity. Very tannic. The oak yeilded no vanilla, but lots of tea. Extremely refreshing, what a delight!
BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery: Hazy golden hue with a frothy head and clingy lace. The aroma is fruity like blackberry and white grape instead of Merlot. Bready pale malts, hint of oak, and grassy notes from the dry hopping also noted on the nose.
The taste starts with a moderate sour and tannic overtone with a light red grape character. Balanced by soft grains and a touch of whispery bitterness. Earthy yeast notes as found within. The mouth feel is VERY REFRESHING and oh so SESSIONABLE!, crisp and lively.
IMO this is close to a world-class beer where the barrel really adds to the basic beer. Reminded me a bit of an Orval, but not quite that either... I DIG THIS, IT ROCKS!