Marheb (3897) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vineux avec un support surette en accord avec les sucres des malts. Des notes de cerises et de chêne composent le corps, la finale est plutôt discrète. Agréable avec une montagne de crabes des neiges.
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 Another beer-wine hybrid from Italy: apparently the premise was a Belgian strong ale, to which must of Freisa (an Italian red wine grape variety) was added for refermentation. I had similar Italian experiments before and keep fond memories of them, so I expect a lot from this 2011 vintage bottle (to be consumed before end 2015, according to the back label). Pours a deep, warm and ’autumny’ coppery amber colour, lightly hazy with low sparkling, under a regularly shaped, lightly lacing, moussy egg-white head retaining well around the edges in the first instants, but quickly disappearing altogether, so that the content of the glass (especially in the oversized wine glass I’m using) eventually looks more like some wine-based apéritif than a beer. As more of the bottle is emptied in the glass, the overall looks become increasingly headless and murky. Strong aroma of rosé wine, FFF (freshly fermented farmland) but remaining elegant in some sort of way, old dry sherry, strawberry wine, elderberry syrup, ripe purple gooseberries, balsamico, pickled gherkins, candied orange, melting brown sugar, honey liqueur. Vividly fruity onset, blue grapes as expected, along with passion fruit, strong red raspberry and bittersweet prunes, soft carbo but still quite tingling seen this bottle’s age; supple, vinous mouthfeel, deep and restrainedly caramelly malt sweetish base supporting a sherryish and raspberry vinegar tartness which makes up the core of this beer and lending this a sour-sweet effect not unlike an ’oud bruin’ (Flemish sour ale). This ’sherry- and berry’-like fruitiness continues deep into the finish, drying the mouth cavity in a gentle but certain way, becoming even a slight bit lemony every now and then; oxidation is there, but is apparently very restrained even at four years of age and does not conflict with other flavours - it blends in nicely, as in a high quality oloroso sherry. Hops are nowhere to be seen; a liqueurish alcohol glow is there, but only subtly so and not becoming astringent. Bizarre, but it does have a theme: ever since Baladín introduced craft beer to wine-soaked Italy, this country has spawned an array of innovative craft brewers which, instead of reacting against their own ancient wine culture (which I have the impression Spain is doing now), have embraced it and made (still little exposed) cross-pollinations between both, of which this one is an excellent example. Especially with the head having left (grape pits are known for being counterproductive towards head formation - ask Cantillon), I almost felt like I was rating some fortified wine instead of a beer - but fortunately the old familiar malts weren’t that far away. Succulent late night sipper worth cellaring for some years. Va bene!
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2011. Pours a hazy and reddish brown beer with a weak offwhite head. The aroma is malt, tart and fruit. The flavor follows the nose with additional redwine. The palate is sweetness. Overall a good beer.
jesperhammer (3786) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11-Nov-2011, draft @"Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa", Rome.
Red with lasting white low head.
Very very fruity - mostly red fruits. Tart, not sour. Fantasitc smooth and fresh. low on carbonation, but the tartness makes up for it.
Love the tart red fruit juice.
rodenbach99 (3775) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Style et résumé: Bière sure avec l’ajout de moût de raisins.
Comment: Bouteille de 330ml partagé avec Patrick #PDUV04-0911.
DeScription: Bière cuivrée avec une mousse beige-rose bruyante. Le nez est bien vineux, boisé avec des notes de raisins verts. Il y a aussi des notes surettes de la levure sauvage. La bouche est tout aussi vineuse. Il y a un bel équilibre entre le sucré et le suret. J’aime cette équilibre des forces en présence. L’alcool est discret. La levure laisse sa marque en fin de bouche. Millésime 2011.
Palme (3604) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33l bottle shared with ClubGonzo and the rest of Bergen Tasting Crew. This one pours a clouded reddish-brown body with a small small bubbly beige head. Aroma is light sour, there’s definitely some red currants in here, notes of sweet cherries? Average carbonation, oily mouthfeel and medium-bodied. Good flavors on this one. It’s sweet, has notes of cherries - almost like it’s concentrated and thickened sweet & sour cherry. Hints of wood and perhaps some gooseberries?. Ends nice and warming with a nice sweet alcohol finish.
goozen (3581) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0,75ltr: Hazy red coloured beer with an gentle sour taste, can taste the red grapes and some well hidden caramel too.
abemorsten (3442) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Inch thick tan colored fizzy head on a clear orange body. Brettannomyces, fruits, berries and cherries on the nose. More berries and fruits in the mouth along with malts and a light bitterness. Medium body. Astringent with a dry tongue.
Garrold (3338) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brewdog Leeds. Hazy red grape juice appearance. No head. Sour black cherry aroma and a dirty sour taste. A beer to savour. Bella.
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, hazy amber-red hue, with a beige head, disappearing quickly, leaving a thin ring of head, with a yeasty, faint earthy raspberry, musty red berry nose, with some light fruit acidity, wet wood accent, with some red wine tannin, leathery, subtle wheat, pale malt sour notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, light earthy musty acidic redberry, leathery, iron, doughy, pomegranate sourness, wheat, pale, toasted malt character with some soft red wine tannin, woody flavours, leading towards a warming yeasty, earthy acidic redberry, winey woody finish.