J_man (697) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Sierra Nevada gift shop. Crystal clear copper amber with red highlights. Very low carbonation and the thin head disappears quickly. Sour, funky and slight red wine vinious aromas follow very directly into the taste. Taste is tart but not as sour as the aroma would make you anticipate. This is balanced very nicely by sweet caramel and honey sweetness. The sour red wine taste wraps around the sides of the tongue in an interesting way. The body is a bit thin and the lack of carbonation makes it fall a little flat. Finishes with a lasting sourness and woody wine barrel flavors. Good overall, but I prefer the regular dubbel.
hockey9930 (84) - - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with a slight auburn tinge. Aroma is yeasty with dried fruit and a little metallic. It has flavors of caramel, dough, raisins, and wood. Very spicy for a dubbel and it has lively palate which makes a bit more exciting.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in a bottle that was aged for two years. A crisp malty brew. Pours dark with a white head on it. The barrel taste is subtle at the starts and lingers
Ferris (3800) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Vintage 2011 - Cherry with plums and some light sourness. Cloudy orange red with a thin white head. Cherry and lots of white wine notes. Effervescent and a slight acidity. Very different but good.
patrick767 (3566) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, rated Aug 2013 - Amber colored, this beer has an aroma led by dark fruit, especially red wine. The flavor is very sweet with dark fruit, oak, and vanilla. Really tasty. It’s smooth and medium to full bodied. It has a gentle, sweet, oak finish. Some may find this beer too sweet, but it’s very well done. Excellent.
alexanderj (3311) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating backlog, from Oct 2012. Amber type color with not much head. Aroma of wine barrel, fruit, alcohol, yeast and dark fruit. Flavor was similar with a subtle touch of tartness. Liked this one.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. From notes. Loads of dark fermented fruits. Somewhat funky, decent bit of the wine barrel comes out. Would love a bottle of this to Tay down for a bit.
AmEricanbrew (5792) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber color with ivory head. Vinous red wine, wet wood, spicy yeast aromas. medium body, average carbonation. Spicy, tart red wine, wet wood flavors with some toffee sweetness, and spicy yeast---tasty.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazed amber hued body with a thin off-white head. Aromas are of leather, dark fruits, some tannin, alcohol and leather. Flavors are fruity, leather, tannins, plums, leather, minerals and dark fruit, medium carbonation, very lost, a bit boring.
ineedbeer (698) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a balanced fruit note with some light malt character along with a nice wine character. Light raisin and prune with a hint of plum and cherry. Tannic, vinous red wine notes. Malt has a bit of a toasted bread and light chocolate notes, but the fruit and barrel notes are most prevalent.
Pours a moderately dark copper brown with a lot of ruby highlights. Thin light tan head that recedes to the edges fairly quickly. No lacing and small legs.
Flavor starts with a hint of a tannic character which helps balance all the fruit notes. Tons of prunes, plums, and cherries with a hint of raisin. Light oak notes with a moderate red wine character. Light bitterness and no hop flavor. Malt notes are light but there are hints of caramel, toasted bread and light chocolate and toffee. Slight red wine alcohol note in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low tannic astringency with medium low alcohol warmth. Slight sticky sweetness on my lips in the finish.
Overall a fairly nice beer but the wine barrel character overwhelms the malt leaving fairly little of the classic Belgian malt character. A decent yeast character with nice fruit esters.
Landmonger (156) - USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draughn is a tulip glas, aroma of fruit, taste of fig, plum, sweet, mild carbonation, feels thin on the palate but overall good
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