Ernest (7284) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, sugar cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon, pineapple, sour apple, pepper, oak.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Like the other "private reserve" beer I have tried from PPBC, this is substantially better than their standard beers. Rather like Boulevard in that regard. Fairly tripel-like nose, but it’s quite sour in the mouth (somewhat in the vein of Anchorage Brewing’s always-sour versions of Belgian styles). In the context the sourness works well, because thank god it’s not a syrupy sweet sugar bomb. Wine barrel is obvious but not obnoxious. So yeah, once again I am mostly rewarded for taking a chance on one of these PPBC private reserve beers, and miraculously it’s not as insanely priced as so many 750mL American beers are (this was $11). Maybe not quite the level of QPR that would lead me to buy another bottle, but they might have a 4+ quality brew in them someday.
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. bottle (#1535) poured into a Tulip at 43°. Color is a bright gold with a slight haze. It has good carbonation with a small white head. Aroma is a sour scent with notes of yeast and leather. It has a lighter medium body that goes down with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor of oak and a touch of citrus then the yeast gives it a sweetness with a note of apple. After taste comes out dry, almost tart with a mild barnyard taste giving it a Bret like feel. Overall its a very intresting and complex brew with delicate flavors.
drjay44 (3372) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. capped bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled white head, slight curtain lacing, over an effervescent, slightly hazy, light gold (SRM 4) body.....nose is vinous, cereal, light herbal hops, balance to the malts......taste is dry, lightly vinous, with light cereal, hints of light colored fruits (pear, apple) light peppery phenolics, minimal hops, balance to the barrel, malts, and yeast.....mouth feel, light body, moderate alcohol warmth, high carbonation, with massive tingle, and high acid. Many aspects of this beer are spot on for a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Appearance and effervescence are the most obvious. The Wine Barrel is a bit too apparent, and masks the yeast contribution somewhat. I wonder about a yeast change and an increase in fermentation temperature, and a smidgen less time in the barrel. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Ratman197 (13084) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of straw, vinous notes, white pepper, light oak and light fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, white pepper, vinous notes and light oak with a smooth dry peppery finish.
Concealer (1148) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Hazy yellow with a foamy white head that laces and lasts on the side but is spotty in the middle. Aromas of citrus, pepper, clove, yeast, and wood. Flavor is sweet and tart citrus, pepper, light yeast, and wood. Medium bodied, thick mouth feel, slightly dry and carbonated finish with a hint of booze.