Livery Barrel Aged Umami Wheat Wine
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Named after the 6th sense, Umami is a hybrid ale with 2 different yeast strains and 40 % wheat. Barrel aging gives it a sour counterpoint to the malt sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Golden color with a loose white head. Funk, honey, herbal notes and an acidic finish are well balanced by toasty oak and a floral bretty finsih. Medium body, dry on the finish, and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2010
5th Annual MBG Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Murky orange-brown body, medium off-white head. Sour, lactic nose with balsamic vinaigrette, wet hay, and tropical fruit. Wonderful. Complex, delicious body with sour, puckering lemon, balsamic vinaigrette, grassy, wet hay and tropical fruit (pineapple, banana), with a tart finish. This was the standout of the show, an exemplary sour beer. Thankfully, I was able to acquire one sample; alas, I was unable to secure another, and my fossil longing is stored here, on Ratebeer, for digital eternity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Had this on tap at the MBG winter fest. Poured a murky copper color with very little head. Aroma was hay, cereal, caramel with a touch of sourness. I think others mentioned apricot in the taste, definitely some of that, honey as well, with a bit of sweetness, rounded out by a nice balancing sour flavor. I thought the flavors in this had melded together very well, I really enjoyed this. Would like to try again for sure. My surprise standout for the winter fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Tap at brewery, snifter: Clean beautiful coppery hue with a small but lasting frothy head and spotty lacework. The aroma has notes of apricot and apple esters, some jelly beans and bubblegum notes, phenolic and alcoholic vapours, touch of ginger snaps, red wheat, oak, vanilla, and a dash of lactic acid aromas. The taste starts fruity and boozy but not cloying due to a surpringly tart acidic wine like undertone. Tannic and roasty around the edges with a light clove and juniper spice note upon the finish. The mouth feels oily and smooth with a very warming sensation while drinking, A touch astrengent and dry as well. A powerful sipping brew not for the light of palates, as Rachel Ray would say... DELISH!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kazooka (55) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2009
On tap in a snifter. Dried fruit (plum? apricot?) overtaking sweet malty aroma. Opaque caramel color with white ring around the glass. Medium-heavy sweetness overpowered by very heavy sourness. Cidery on the palate with a light texture and carbonation. Long and predominant sour and sharp finish. I enjoyed this thoroughly, although may be too boozy for some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilligoose (3134) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
On tap. Pours copper with a low-lying off-white head. sweet malt base is nicely complimented by some slight funky sourness. some apricot, honey, and spices. herbal hop bitterness. favorite beer of the night.

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