Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours rusty brown and cloudy with some sparse carbonation. Smells of dry malt, some underlying funkiness, some brett, slightly tarte, peppery, floral, perfumy. Nice nose on this one. Tastes dry and spicy with some peppery splashes, and a dry, oaky finish. Interesting.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy, orangish-brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grapes/wine, brett and a touch of sweetness. Flavors of grapes/wine, brett, vanilla and wood. A touch of hops and more woodiness in the finish. Very interesting beer.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Label shows "Brewed in 2009" and "Ale Aged in Oak Barrels". Pours a murky brown with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is strong grape and grape skins, wet wood and big yeast notes. Taste reflects the barrel aging and the effects of the wine on the beer. More woody notes with strong grape/wine notes, soft maltiness, big yeast notes and dried fruit. Body is light-medium with a soft carbonation and a pleasant dryness throughout. Ends with more wood notes, wine/grape flavors, soft malt, dusty yeast and dried fruit.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, golden orange pour to bubbly foam head, bready fruit aromas, with bitter kumquat flavor
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle... ugly murky brown, hardly any head... weak but nice nose, sour wine with caramel, dead finish with oak, a sweet generic fruit on the finish... really disappointing taste, super light and watery, woody raspberry wine juice, not a fan, wow, borderline bad
madmitch76 (13081) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
21st June 2009
Cloudy orange brown beer. Frothy white head. Dry frothy palate. Sourish malt with a trace of water chesnuts. A little oakiness but nothing sweet. Some mild aniseed and spice in the finish. Warming afterglow.
Gription79 (2135) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz bottle. Nose was of wine. It was woody, earthy, and had a noticeable Brett character. Taste had elements of fruit and wine, Bretty malts, and a nice dry finish. Not bad son, not bad.
douglas88 (5482) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cool unusual bottle thanks to Gription79. Pours a cloudy brown color, very murky, with a medium brown head. A wonderful vinous and woody nose, some hints of funk and sweet malts. The flavor is an interesting beast; woody, lots of grapes here, only light suggestions of sourness, more dry funkiness from Brett, sweet Belgian fruity esters. Very nice. Odd, quite a lot here, but it works. Good.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received as an extra in a past trade with WilliamD.
Pours a dark, hazy golden amber/chestnut brown color with a two finger frothy off white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Earthy oak aroma with hints of vanilla as well as some crisp light fruit and vinous dark fruit. Slightly funky with hints of grape and strawberry.
Vinous medium body that is slightly funky/tart but not acidic with hints of dark fruit and earthy oak. I’m picking up hints of cherry, strawberry and grape as well as some subtle vanilla. Dry finish.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: pours clear in the tired and worn hues wood of the wood barrels she was aged in. Touch of dregs at the bottom dirties it up. Bubbles form a loose collar while swirls produce nothing. Little apparent carbonation.
Nose: I can smell it from my chair as it rests on the table. Amazing woody sourness up front and leather in the back; old and worn. Grape skins, cranberries, and plums, especially their skins. Planks of wood await the skilled touch of a cooper’s hand. Wonderfully invigorating; smells of labor, love, earth, and old-world artisanal skills.
Palate: thin yet not watery mouthfeel carries the flavors cleanly over, around, and down. Wisp of caramel up front while plums and dark grapes linger longest in the back. Different to and similar to the nose. Freshly juiced grapes, plums, apples, pears for liquid sweetness while their skins cleanse the finish. Love the smooth mouthfeel thanks to no discernable carbonation; not flat thought. Wood and leather are faint, soft brushes and gentle whispers throughout our slow session. Bread sops up the fruit juices while cinnamon and nutmeg add to the bitter tickle in the back of each quaff. Tartness snaps in the middle, then poof! Gone. Brett is a subtle wooer. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: hands down this is one of the most intriguing beers I have tasted to date. Similar to some and yet so far removed from others, she’s almost her own entity unto herself. I could drink this beauty on any given day, though something tells me she’d be especially endearing whilst gazing upon the slow beauty of Italy’s rolling hills and mountains.