kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow body with a small frothy off-white head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is a mix of heavy sweet malt, lots of oak, Belgian yeast, and a big if alcohol. The flavor is more dominated by the barrel than the malts or yeast. Really heavy raw oak tannins grab you right up front. The oak faded to a dense and sweet maltiness, and finally a fruity Belgian yeasy laced finish. A bit of a blunt force weapon on the palate, very intense levels of flavors. The alcohol gets to be a bit warming, especially on the finish towards the end of the glass and as it approaches room temperature. Heavy on the tongue with a clingy sweet finish and fizzy active carbonation level. Interesting beer, but I think any more than this 10 oz portion would be a bit tiring to take down.
NikkTwist (1747) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Cloudy light orange gold pour that, though well carbonated, was presented with no head at all. Vinous light amber fruits. White peaches. Apricot fuzz. Clementines. Lots of vinous oaky Chardonnay notes figure strongly in here as well. The nose has the complexity of a good fresh white wine. Just enough spicy hops to keep any sweetness in check. The listed 11.3% ABV is almost ridiculously well hidden. Feels like a juicy orange Mimosa.
jefcon (1426) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of alcohol doesn’t dampen the experience of this full-flavored, winelike, oaky, sour fruit-laden, dry and delectable belgian.
Iphonephan (3652) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick off white head. Funky vinous nose with some minty notes. Flavors of tropical fruits and some cheesy bits. Tart finish.
shoulderbroken (2202) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Watering Hole. Aroma is boozy, bit of veg. Taste is good, booze, sweet, fruity, mushrooms, cheesy and a bit funky. Vanilla. Nice stuff.
KyotoLefty (6739) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Watering Hole. Bright golden color, fine, thick head, cloudy. Nose of vanilla, wood, vinegar, grapes. FLavor is oily vanilla, white grapes, lemon, sweet, tart and bitter. Not great, but interesting.
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Lightly sweet and spicy aroma with light wood notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity at the start with a dry and spicy middle and a very pronounced grape and wood note at the end.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Nebraska beer of the night. Not sure what to expect. Aroma just barely hints at being sour but there is no sour present in the flavor. Fruity, with coconut and oak, and a nice belgian golden underneath. Very good brew, if a little overpriced. Super smooth like the others."
ineedbeer (892) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 750 mL bottle with a date of 03/01/2014.
Aroma is a nice blend of fruit esters and oak character. Moderate stone fruit with some light tropical fruit that works well with some drier white wine notes and oak tannins. Hints of alcohol spice along with some light phenolic notes of coriander.
Pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a big, thick white head that shows pretty decent retention. Fairly high lacing with moderate legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with some light caramel malt notes and some bread. Quite a bit of stone fruit character with some tropical fruit notes as well. Nice chardonnay addition that adds a drier fruit character. Medium light oak notes with light oak tannins and light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, I am not a huge fan of the base beer but it works well with the wine barrel character. A sweet beer with a drying barrel and wine character.
BadAprilia1000 (284) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy straw color with a decent sized head that laces fairly well. Aroma is huge, yeasty bread with tons of fruit, pear, tart green apple, white/green grapes, sweet orange, almost more like oj than the whole fruit, a bit of spice, and a ton of white wine on the finish. Taste is extremely different from most beers I’ve had. Notes of oj, pear, green grape, very tart green apple all up front, the middle turns to that strong white wine tanginess, then the finish comes in perfectly balanced with an odd peppery note with yeast, bread, and biscuit with a great oak finish. Crazy good beer, slightly pricey but worth it for a good occasion or to share with a friend who also rates, a much different mix of aromas and flavors than anything I have had.