dagimp (847) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 75cl into a brandy snifter, just to be fancy.... Pours a beautiful golden with a tad bit of white head that never goes away. Aroma is nothing short of magnificent. Lite and saucy, funky, sour, tangy, flower and fantastic. One of the best aromas I’ve ever smelt on a beer. Mouthfeel is rather thick (it’s a 10% beer after all). Slightly tangy as well. The carbonation is just enough to bring it together without making it fizzy. Taste rather sweet. I’m polishing off a bottle myself and towards the end it’s getting cloyingly so. That being said, the flavors are really great. Champagne, grapes, mango, pineapple, funk, mild booze, lolly pop, chalk, white wine all meld together. This was a really top notch beer. I would like to have seen it about 7-8% abv to get rid of the sweetness, but that’s just my .02. Even for the price, I’ll be buying this again.
thornecb (4923) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes leaving sticky lacing to coat surface. Sweet caramel and oak aromas. Sweet, dry caramel and grape front to back turning to a slightly bitter and lasting oak finish.
drfabulous (5049) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750. I think my review was erased with the alias was put in. Nice and dry Belgian ale with fantastic yeast tones.
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow! A delicious and flavorful beer. This beer packs a huge punch of flavor to the point to where it almost goes overboard. Aroma was big and full. Heavy Belgian yeast with apple and pear weaving in and out. Pour was a nice cloudy light to medium gold with a one finger white head. Taste was HUGE and extremely complex. Honey and lemon; very vinous in the front. Strong and sweet. Then the huge oak and wine flavors take over. Vanilla, Chardonnay and more lemon wash over the mouth. Sweet/bitter aftertaste. As good as the flavor is, it begins to become too overwhelming; as good as it is. Lovely beer.
marcus (7815) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours cloudy blonde with a massive white head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a saison-like carbonated malt flavor that is a bit fruity, but dry and winey at the finish.
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear golden / yellow with a white head. The aroma has cream, spices, vanilla, oak and pepper. Medium rich body that’s crisp on the finish and has soft carbonation. The flavor starts with very fruity chardonnay flavors, grapes, peach, vanilla and spice. The finish has lots of smooth fruit, some alcohol and linger oak. Quite nice.
ardiesr (62) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has nice sweet malts mixed with white wine and oak. Taste is oak and wine notes with more oak over a dry but candy-sugar flavoured base. Great beer, tons of oak.
bhensonb (12749) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy orange gold with small floaters and a thick creamy off-white head. Aroma is yeasty bready with citrus and mixed light fruit. Deep inhalation suggests some vinosity. Full bodied. Flavor is vinous and oaky. There’s a mixture of light fruits, but it’s mostly vinous, and finishes astringently oaky. That must have been some chardonnay in those barrels. Excellent ale.
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured hazy yellow with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, grapes, some fruity pear and grass notes in there as well, hints of wine and slight funk. Taste is a mix of funky grapes and wine, going into sweet biscuit, white grape, some white fruit with pear and peach, finishing fairly dry and slightly tart. Nice stuff!
onceblind (5884) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2011 Media Luncheon. Slightly hazy darkish gold, small white laceful head. Great aroma-creamy sweet yeasty bread tones, almost like cake batter, with a side note of lemon meringue. Huge body with a long linger, but also tastes all of it’s ABV. Very balanced with a mild sour tone. Lemon citrus, spicy hoppiness, soft Chardonnay tones, some wood, a touch of dark fruits, and a tinge of toffee. Pretty dang good.