skoisirius (1136) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My review of the Reference Brew: "A nice blend of Belgian inspired ideas combined with a mild Northwestern IPA. Malty and grassy on the nose, while mildly orangey and yeasty in the flavor and body. Fairly carbonated. Gentle and smooth IPA style hop blast towards the finish, very clean. Lots of fruit notes. Not overly complex. 11% ABV WELL hidden. Good stuff!"
The French Oaked version here is basically all that with: a nice light oaky vanilla sense on the nose, and through the main flavor of the brew. A sharper wood flavor is detectable throughout the finish, and lingers mildly, but nicely. YUM.
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour thanks to daknole! Orange with a fluffy eggshell head. Overall this is pretty much like the reference. The fruit intensity seems to have dulled down. The mouthfeel is a little more gripping with some additional supporting tannin, and the hops even feel somewhat stickier. I didnít notice any vanilla and I blind guessed that this was American. Hmmm, interesting.
3fourths (6932) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
exact same appearance. differences in the nose from the american oak are mild cream notes that seem blended with the orange liqueur. the oak is still heavy, bitterness is still heavy, pungent is still excessive, but it does tend to smell and taste slightly softened overall compared the american oak. go figure.
Bov (8158) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from Erzbierschof.ch - cloudy dark orange in colour and with a poor foam left; a solid woody aroma with fair notes of hops leaving fruity tones (oranges dominate), full-bodied and juicy palate, robust bitterness which lasts long in a solid woody and hoppy finish - too much wood character in this version
argo0 (10338) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml, tasted side-by-side with American Oak and Acasia. Large off-white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, wood, Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some lemon, light grape. Medium body, alcohol well contained.
daknole (7193) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coudy orange. Big foamy white head. Spicy hops, dry yeast, citrus, earthy notes. I didnít like this quite as much as the base beer.
bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy amber with a decent foamy off-white head. Aroma is strongly oak. Medium body, strong but soft carbonation. Flavor is really mellow wood ending with a sharp oak kick. Bitter is even softer than the acasia version. Itís still really bitter, but itís oak astringent. Very nice. Dispite being bitter, it manages to suggest sweet.
marcus (4989) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bhensonb Woodworks tasting. Pours hazy golden with a beautiful fluffy white head and a big oak aroma. There flavor has become very smooth and the bitterness sure doesnít seem like 110 IBU, as it is more sour than bitter. Very nice brew.
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml Bottle: GUSHED. Aroma of wood, oak, honey, light yeast, slight vanilla, and a hint of Bourbon. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a medium-sized, loose, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malts, wood, oak, hops, light honey, light grapes, slight dark ripe fruit, and some yeast. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Lively carbonation. Oak, wood, hops, malt, and yeast finish is dry. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
sayravai (4654) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled, sampled 2010-06-27) Hazy copper with a small, but firm and lightly lacy head. Aroma has a touch of exotic fruit, grainy-caramely malt, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is slightly stingy-tannic-woody with mild exotic fruitiness, not much bitterness, and some caramely maltiness. Alcohol well hidden. Medium body, soft carbonation, warming. Feels more bland than the reference in both aroma and flavor - as if the French oak would undo the Neoson Sauvin fruitiness. Also had the smallest pop of the series from opening the cork.