Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a amber golden body with an off white head with modest retention. Malty body sweet body. Light grapes, hints of apples, over ripe fruit tones, orange rinds and a hint of oak. A lighter vinous note, seems more apparent amongst the warming. Light barrel, could go for a milder etoh, but still enjoyable.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a translucent, burnt orange with a creamy, bright white head. Nose is sweet, malty, floral, a little candy sugar. Flavor is apples, candy sugar, white grapes, a little wood. Full bodied, chalky finish. Decent.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle, thanks ? Medium white head, lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, funk, some straw. Taste is moderately sweet, funk, some straw, grape, light lemon. Medium body.
BeerandBlues2 (8445) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear gold with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma and flavor is heavy malt (biscuit, cookie), medium hops (floral), peach, pear, and barnyard. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is probably the most vinous beer I’ve ever had. It almost tastes exactly like a glass of chardonnay. Very fruity grape aroma . Dry oaky flavor. Creamy and woody. Lots of chardonnay and honey.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet vinous nose with lots of honey and chardonnay. Taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly sour, some light vinegar, lots of white wine.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011
This pours with a frothy, white colored head that sits on top of a hazed, amber-gold colored beer. The beer smells lightly tart, definitely yeasty, a definite oak influence, there is a chardonnay fruit like character as well as a hint of vanillin and some buttery-oak character. I was expecting to be able to smell some Brettanomyces influence and funkiness, but the nose is quite clean.
My first sip has me noticing a big vanilla flavor to it from the oak as well as a solid chardonnay grape fruitiness and even tartness (this seems to be from the grapes rather than from any wile influence). This beer is not really funky at all & I have had to recalibrate my expectations of this beer. This drinks quite a bit smaller than the 10% alcohol would suggest, there is some viscous heft to the texture, but it is definitely light for its strength.
After tasting this beer, the vanillin in the nose comes out quite a bit more prominently. This beer has a very nice chardonnay character, but it would definitely benefit from some funkiness; it is good as it is, but that can’t keep me for wishing for more. This is perhaps the best chardonnay character in a beer that I have had.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy body, with a moderate head. Neutral aromas. Above average mouthfeel, very drinkable, and gentle masterful blend of the chardonnay barrelling taste and the Belgian blonde. A great and simple idea, well executed.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a three finger tight, white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is funky sour fruit, flavor is sweet and tart fruit, Not finding any white wine flavors. High ABV is hidden. Warming. Good but not worth $23.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark gold with a fluffy head that subsides to a thin yet dense cap. A few visible pieces of yeast sediment float around the goblet.
Aroma: Faint white wine, vanilla, fruit, funky sour yeast.
Taste: A sharp vanilla tannic oak note to start, a white wine bite on the front of the tongue. Spices, banana and euro hops. Has a great subtle sour note that weaves in and out through the entire session.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with average carbonation.
Overall: I was blown away by this beer. Very well done, very complex, super tasty.