MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Devgod opened a bottle while visiting NYC. Everything that you would expect in a nicely balanced Belgian-style IPA. The chardonnay barrel adds a little oak but does not overwhelm the taste. Excellent beer.
CObiased (103) - - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber - pours kinda cloudy with a golden sunset yellow color. Smells like a yeasty Belgian style IPA - wheat, fruity, bitter light citrus hop, a hint of sour and some malty backbone that hides the big ABV. It is unique in how the hop is lessened from the Chardonnay barreling . The oaky fruit comes thru in complexity and body.
ajnepple (3287) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at FreshCraft. Darker orange and hazy apppearance. Aroma of citrus zest, tropical fruits, spicy hops, white wine, light grape, light oak, tannins, peach and grapefruit. Similar flavor, a little funky and lightly tart. Complex and fun to drink with a medium to full body. Nicely done.
cards04 (2217) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is insane. I have never had a beer quite like this. Aromas of white wine, sauerkraut, rhubarb, lemon, barnyard funk. Perfect balance between sour and bitter. Wow. Flavor bomb right here.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to my cousin for the Christmas gift!
A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. While its retention isnít the best, itís both beautifully creamy and leaves a decent ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Very fruity. Intensely fruity, actually. Apples, grapes, pears, oranges, and grapefruit all intertwine on the nose, with a building bubblegum character coming out the more it warms up. The barrel character is moderately strong without being overpowering. One disappointing feature is that I donít pick up much hoppiness, apart from some of the citrusy characteristics blending within the esters. Otherwise, this is an excellent example of a barrel aged tripel, at least on the nose.
T: From the start, the esters hit the palate immediately with strong bubblegum, apple, and pear. Itís on the finish where the hop profile makes itself known. Theyíre more citrusy than piny, and thatís good. The finish is also loaded with a clean oak characteristic - this feature is actually quite powerful, almost overly so. Wait not almost, definitely overly so. The toasted oak flavors run roughshod everything else when sufficiently warmed up. Getting past that, itís a solid brew.
M: Surprisingly on the clean side, with the barrel characteristics doing a good job of drying it out. The tannins are a bit harsh, actually - itís too dry in my mind. On the plus side, thereís very little in the way of prevalent alcohol.
O: Clearly, this isnít much of an IPA, Belgian-style or otherwise: the hops are only a slight addition here, playing second fiddle to the barrel character. This is a perfect example of an over-barreled beer - the base beer pretty much cowers in fear of the chardonnay barrels. Itís a reasonable beer, but considering how much this brewery charges, Iím having a lot of trouble recommending this one (except to barrel lovers, that is).
AirForceHops (4373) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml capped bottle. Dirty, cloudy bright gold with lasting head retention. Aroma upfront is mild white wine with a touch of floral type hops, traces of yeast.
Flavor start with oak tannins, funky grape hints, and a hop blend that get progressively more bitter as I sip. Oak hangs around after the sip with the bitterness. A lot going on in this brew, really busy. Yeast chewiness with a dry finish. Lots of oak and Chardonnay grapes, honestly the hops are not present here, but a mild alcohol burn is.
drsordr (1485) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at FoBAB 2014 pours avg gold. Nose slightly dank, tannin, and hoppy. Some spice in nose as well. Taste similar to nose, but with more spicy character.
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"My favorite in a line of really really good Nebraska beers last night. I didnít know what to expect from the chardonnay barrels as Iíve had everything from mellow soft and buttery, to light apple, to sour. This had a light tropical fruitiness and a coconut aspect to the barreling that has been noticed in bourbon aged beers like Bruery White Oak. The aroma is tantalizing fruits and coconut, oak and hops. The hops are subdued but not covered by the barreling and their presence put this one over the top compared to the Melange (same barrels). Expensive, but soooo stinkin good. Mouthfeel soft and full and oh so smooth."
Travlr (15617) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Maxís. Cloudy golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of vanilla, lemon, light brandy. Taste is rich, complex, boozy vanilla and summer fruit.
Tstamba (421) - Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at White Oak Tavern. Deep golden hue with substantial head and ample lacing. Citrus and fruity hops with Chardonnay on the nose. Complex flavor profile with sweet malt, citrus, oak tannins and dry white wine finish. A truly outstanding Belgian style trippel...
Maxbier (681) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden with big white head. Musty white wine funk aroma. Slightly spicy white wine and funk flavors up front. Hoppy wine slightly tart finish.