alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty nice looking, orange-ish tan colored and mostly clear, fairly good white head and not bad lace. Smell is very sour-like, notable chardonnay and wood, malt and hops aren’t as strong as I suspected but make a nice appearance. Tastes like a kind of strange, earthy sour. Hops are noticeable but I’m not sure why this is a "God" of the hop. Definitely woody notes. A good malt base that makes it enjoyable and tries to balance out the kind of overbearing barrel aging. You kind of catch the hops on the backbite, second half of the swig. Body is smooth and luscious, very enjoyable, especially as it warmed. Pretty thick and full bodied despite the color and style. Mild tang and warming from the alcohol. Bitterness is pretty high but is somewhat masked by a sweet finish. It’s quite likeable, though a bit odd and I’m not sure what style/category it should really be in. However, if you like sours or you like chardonnay (as I like both a lot), definitely try this one for a special occasion sometime, with sophisticated beer drinkers ONLY. If you’re expecting some kind of bold IPA you will probably be disappointed.
HonkeyBra (4034) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Expensive 750 ml. bottle. Pours an opaque orangish caramel. Slightly offwhite, sticky white head. Aroma of apricot, strong belgian yeast esters, citrus, some caramel. Mild barrel and chardonay notes. Flavor of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, fruity esters. Mild caramel, fairly dry and delicious. Pretty nice, actually, one of the better attenuated "Belgian" IPAs I’ve had in a long time. Nice carbonation, medium bodied, finishes on a dry tropical fruit note. Some chardonay notes. Pretty nice, definitely one of the better Belgian IPAs I’ve ever had.
alexsdad06 (8919) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 750 ml bottle (from notes). Pours a hazy golden orange color with a medium sized fluffy off white head. The aroma had ample notes of citrus and florals, more subtle woody, vanilla and sweet malts. The flavor offers citrus and subtle peach, vanilla, oak, some tannins and sweeter malts. Medium body;mild bitterness to the finish, very interesting beer. This was a one time taste and I would love to try this again to compare notes.
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Location/Date:Bottle shared on November 24th with Dave.
Appearance: Pours a dark copperish color.
Aroma: Aroma is fruity, malty..
Taste:Malty to start, sweet, then oak on the finish.
Palate:Medium light body.
Summary: A really interesting beer.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thought this was fantastic. You get a lot from the oak barrels. It’s somewhat thick and sweet and very very dry from the aging. Lots of oakiness. The barrel aging imparts something of a saison character to what is already a very good tripel. Highly recommended.
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer has a variety of textures and tastes. The chardonnay oak barrels seem to compete with the yeast and hops from this peculiar style. Very layered though, the nice thing about this beer is it acts like the wine it was barrel aged from. The taste unfolds at the end with a yeasty sour finish, but the first taste that hits my mouth is the crisp buttery notes indicative to chardonnay.
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky golden orange with a white head. Aroma is malty, citrus, yeasty spice, and brett. Flavor is sweet, fruity, citrus, green apple, woody, horseblanket, and a good bit of hoppy bitterness.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/5/11 bottle at rbwg.
pale orange with a small white head.
a= belgo yeast meets lemon, white white and dank hops.
the flavor is a bit hot... lots of barrel qualities, wine, mild tannins and bitter hoppiness. odd but pretty dece. 7/3/7/3/15
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Rating #82. Hazy bright orange pour with a nice white head. Intense aroma, yeasty, spicy and hoppy all in one big aromatic explosion. Nice big flavor as well, moderate bitterness, a little woody with a nice little spicy kick. Really nice beer. (1981)
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Spots of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and pine countered by sweet citrus and other light fruit. Slight alcohol presence and light fruit from the Belgian yeast. Hints of apple and pear along with slight lemon. Subtle earthy oak with a prominent vinous/white wine character that compliments the fruit notes nicely.
Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a blast of dry earthy hops up front that linger over the earthy oak and sweet fruit notes into a slightly dry, lingering finish. Hints of pine needle as well as some prominent lemon citrus and apple flavor. The barrel presence is pretty strong with notes of dry toasted oak and a powerful vinous white wine character. Lots of vinous grape and white wine which compliments the fruit from the hops and Belgian yeast. Subtle alcohol but easy to drink with decently masked ABV. Hops complimented by oak/barrel and citrus complimented by estery fruit notes. Pretty good.