FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, almost orange tinged, copper color. The aroma is quite vinous and fruity smelling; bright sweet grapes, tropical fruit notes, and perhaps even a hint of citrus is backed by spicy, astringent oak, perhaps even a touch of grassy oak character, some savory pale malt notes (malted cracker).
This has a light sweetness to it which accentuates the fruit character; notes of Muscat, floral tropical fruit, Chardonnay raisins, guava, and perhaps some melon are balanced out by some spicy, woody, slightly astringent, tongue coating oak character. The body of this brew has some definite heft to it, but it is actually on the light side for a beer of this strength. This is nicely balanced between the fruit character, the oak, the light malt, and the light yeast character. The latter contributes a yeasty, not quite savory bite in the finish, esetery, somewhat phenolic, light notes of medicinal / plastic character, and fruit accentuating notes. Faint notes of cheese, and earthy character that is muted, but accentuating, spicy notes of pepper, perhaps a touch of bell pepper, spicy alcohol, buttery oak becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up. Perhaps a touch of tartness (from the barrel ageing maybe), accentuates the bright fruit character just enough. Rounded malt notes provide a touch of savory character.
This is one of those brews meant to be sipped, the more I sit with it the more it grows on me, and it wasn’t that bad to begin with (in fact it was quite good), thoroughtly satisfying in the end.
tdtm82 (1389) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to madmitch76! Huge farmhouse aroma. Brett. Funk. Fruity yeast esters. Chardonnay. Oak. Taste is band aid, Chardonnay, oak, funk, wet cardboard, sugar and summer fruits. A tad harsh but interesting.
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375cl bottle at home, with some age on it. poured a clearer dark amber colour with a slight ff head. aroma of sweet flesh fruits, mango, rapes, bitter grape skin, white wine, raspberries, sweet pears,could use way more tartness when i’m looking to the style. maybe it’s over it’s peak, but if to sweet
__Rb81 (411) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home (best before 16/10/14, shared). Pours a slightly hazy amber with fast disappearing head. Aroma is almost bourbon like, malts, wood, dried fruit, Brett, alcohol. Taste is vineous, Brett, sweet warming alcohol, dry ending with a slightly sour, bitter, aftertaste. Strange (maybe stored too long), but still nice.
DrSilverworm (9083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Code on cap reads 8071210. Hazy red orange color. Thin off-white head, leaving short ropes of lace.. Drinking this immediately after trying the It’s Alive! Grand Marnier barrel... This is much less brighty carbonated, lighter carbonation, more crisp texture, bit more slick. Definitely a vanilla kind of flavor, which is sort of surprising. Very nice white wine oak influence, and lemon citrus, some caramel malt, mikkeller sour fun character. Toasty oak. Moderate sweet taste, light bit of warmth on the end. Moderate bright, funky sour taste over top the slighty bigger sweetness, it’s a nice mix. Tasty full-bodied slightly rich sour ale to sip on, very complex pleasant taste.
Fredd_an (224) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mer maltig än jag trodde. Men ganska trevlig maltighet. Svag bretta. Men känner tonen av Chardonnay. Helt okej.
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caesar (5966) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from de Molen beershop, BB 2 days ago, large sample, served in a tulip glass. Almost clear amber to copper color, short frothy off-white head. Aroma is quite fruity, white wine, strawberry, bit oak wood, slight sour, bit citric acid. Bit sweet, bit sour. Bit dry woody note. Fruity as well. Soft carbonation.
slowrunner77 (7854) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly funkier than the base, for better or worse, and also slightly sweeter from the grapes and oak. I liked em both, though a little steep in price.
Dfonorow (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at three floyds. Pour is orange/rose with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of pear, crystal malt, sour green apple, and dried fruit. Finish is dry and boozy.
Steve_0 (3582) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home with my wife. Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Oaky, lemon, some raisins, figs, caramel, some toffee, and tangy aroma. Taste is somewhat oxidized, toffee, tangy, cardboard, wood, and caramel with a light sour finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Very muddled - not good.
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark orange and thin film tight ringed head. Sherbert grapefruit and Brett. Initial taste is rich tropical delicious, nice pushing grape and soft bitterness. Fruit juice and fizz mouthfeel. Finishes is soap bomb fruity. Linger is easy going. SMASHY SMASHY.
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