JohnnyJ (4765) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Oakquinox 2013. Sweet fruitiness, mild citrus, muted hops, white grape, light oak, sweet muddled malts, and a bit grassy. Not really my cup of tea.
brokensail (12277) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Oakquinox 2013. Golden amber pour with a white head. There is a really nice fruit forward aroma to this. Peach, apple, and some pineapple. Floral hops, wine, bread, and a touch of oak. The flavor is a bit on the astringent and bitter side. Some decent fruit character, mild wine, and a touch of oak. Lightly grassy and floral.
thornecb (4690) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Bright white head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Oak and citrus aromas. Soft with sweet yeast and citrus upfront turning to grape and oak in the lasting finish.
deekyn (1320) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - pours hazy effervescent dark apple juice golden with 2 finger very fluffy head. The head is dense almost like egg white. S - you can smell the barrel aging sour funky beer notes when the bottle was first opened, Chardonnay, funk, salt. After it sat for a few, aromas were more reminiscent of a saison. Hay, floral notes, and citrus up front. Subtle notes of apple, barnyard funk, and soap. M - Drier mf, lightly sweet first. Spicy on the back of the throat, bitter and thicker end . T - interesting play the mouth. Very discordant, all the tastes seem to come in at the same time in different parts of my mouth. Jangled but not in the most unpleasant way. Sweet fruity notes and sugary malts in the front of the mouth. Chardonnay grapes, fresh orange, muted lime mix with brown sugar, simple sugars, vanilla. A long lasting bitter citrus and grassy hoppy burn linger on the back of the throat. At the same time subtle funky notes, ripe apples, Belgian yeasts lay on the palate. O - interesting but muddled. 3.7
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Marheb (2817) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Le caractère de la double ipa met du temps à s’établir croulant devant la sécheresse du brett. Plus ça avance, plus le côté juteux ressort mais en général c’est l’équilibre que je retiendrai.
pkavulak (21) - Louisville, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chard character and the hop profile mingle to create a very rich aroma. Persistent head in a tulip glass with great lacing throughout the entire experience. Grapefruit, Chardonnay, mango, pineapple and other tropical fruits dominate. Entirely different from the draft version
Kinz (3414) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer 36 Asheville trip, draft at Thirsty Monk. Hazy gold, nice head. Aroma is lightly of funk. Flavor is fruity, with some fruity hop notes (muted), followed by a bitter but winey finish. Interesting. I’m a bit of a sucker for Chard barrel experiments for some reason.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
[5034-20121229] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Orange juicy flesh and spent grains aroma. Hazy, dark orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Boozy mouldy orange and tangerine peel flavour with a long fruit mould aftertaste. Medium-full body. The Chardonnay-barrel aging was an unfortunate process because I believe it ruined what was potentially an amazing base beer. Boooo. (7/3/3/4/8) 2.5
(c/o blankboy, w/ jercraigs)
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012-12-29. Hazy amber body, good sized creamy off-white head and lace. 3+ Vinous aroma has a good amount of the chardonnay barrel present, muted hops and malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, fruity, vinous white wine character, mild wood and wood tannins, moderate bitterness throughout, mild malt. Lingering alcohol in a fairly dry finish. Average plus bodied palate is pleasantly effervescent. The barrel dominates the flavour profile, and the hops are fairly restrained, I suspect a combination of the age of the bottle and the barrel aging. Quite enjoyable, just a touch too alcoholic at times. Bottle aged a few months, courtesy of Blankboy
piscator34 (2036) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Orange in colour with a bit of haze and medium carbonation. Aromas are of oaked white wine, vanilla, and white grapefruit. Tart white grapefruit and wine are upfront on the palate, but a heavy malt sweetness comes through mid-sip and lasts through the finish. A bit heavy bodied, and not at all bitter. Not bad overall, and surprisingly drinkable.