marcus (7293) - 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 (4557) - 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 (12130) - 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 (8462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (5206) - 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.
italianjohn (2447) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale golden pour thin creamy white head decent lacing ..... aroma of grains, fruits, oak and vinous .... taste is oaky and grainy with a fruity vinous grape chardonnay flavor ... mouth feel is dry sweet and smooth oaky with a great wine like flavors ... abv hidden perfectly reason this has won medals its a great brew
craftbeerdesign (2228) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. yellow pour with a nice white head. grape nose with banana and citrus. sweet medium body with banana, grapes, light oak and yeast esters. sweet finish with a touch of Chardonnay.
phaleslu (7226) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from 33. Pours a pretty much clear gold color with an inch of active, bubbly white head that sticks for a surprisingly long time and leaves trailing lace. Aroma of white grapes, oak (the chardonnay really pops here), sweet malts, and earthy grains. Flavor of chardonnay, with more grape and oak, sweet malts, mild spice, and some faint herbs and hay. Medium-bodied, with moderate soft carbonation and a smooth, vinous mouthfeel. Really nice.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Steve’s Liquor and More in Madison, WI. Pours a very hazy, orange-gold colored body with a finger-width, dense, frothy and foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a great lacing throughout. Aroma is really nice. Lots of chardonnay and wet oak up front with a touch of apple and white grape tartness. Pears, a light citrus, lightly sweetened pale malts, a touch of bread, a hint of Belgian yeast spice, and florals. Flavor is excellent. Initially spicy with a bready pale maltiness. Plenty of oak with some hints of sweet vanilla that round the malts out along with a crisp white grape chardonnay that blends nicely. Some semi-tart apples, a light citrus, more pears, florals, a touch of grass, doughy Belgian yeast, and a hint of funk. The spice and light tartness kick it up a tad bit into the finish as this ends similar to a dry white wine with a really nice oaky, vanilla, and doughy yeast. The bready malt lingers very smoothly in a lengthy aftertaste along with the spicy yeast, florals, and mixture of fruits. Medium, very soft and smooth body with a moderately soft and somewhat lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty impressive and complex beer. Excellent feel on the palate. So smooth and clean with a very pleasant finish and no hint of the ABV%. Everything is perfectly balanced with a really nice mix of spices, malts, fruits, yeast, and just enough of a tartness to keep things interesting. The barrel aging on this is quite impressive. I really dug this one.