J_man (796) - 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.
drfabulous (4908) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky dark with fading cream head. Some tannins, plum, grape, fruit in general. Very smooth. Bit pricey but good.
BroadestTom (211) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma wine, grapes, caramel, banana, clove, raisin,
Appearance red, clear, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate medium body, sticky, fizzy, lively,
Overall definitely a wine characteristic to it. I get some wood on the taste from the barrel but it is light. Really nice barrel aged beer that I would suggest to a friend.
superspak (3486) - Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled on 6/18/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon/wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, red wine, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine/bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged dubbel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine/bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
mikesaum (654) - Newark, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark cola color with a tan head. Aroma is cherry, light bourbon, figs, raisins, brown sugar, drinks easy, not as heavy as I expected. Good brew
MarinaMarket (224) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light aroma of candi sugar, malts. Solid dubbel with some heat and traces of cabernet on the finish. A little more complex than the average dubbel, but well balanced and enjoyable. Tasted @ 60F.
beerbastard (789) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, Brown pour. Pretty much flat. Mild roasty caramel fruity nose. Mild cola flavors with dark fruits. Some barrel qualities of wood, vinous notes. Vanilla and Bourbon in the background. Mostly this does not stand out, but more mildy blended. Astringent dry finish. Very expensive, not worth it, too many other good Dubbels at much better prices.
alliance100 (1002) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle - pours amber with off white head . Sweet dark fruit aroma . Taste is sweet up front with a slightly tart finish .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle -
Quite the stunner in the 12oz bottle. I’m usually on the side of "the bigger the bottle, the better the beer" when compared to the 12oz and the 22oz/750ml bottle, especially when bottle fermented. This had a high wow factor for me. A deep, vinous nose with leather and tobacco with just the lurking of tartness there. The flavors of toasted sugar, minerally yet layers of leather and dark fruits are easily found. Very complex with a depth of flavor that I really enjoyed.
bu11zeye (12301) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml bottle) Pours a hazy brown body with a small cream head. Aroma of brown sugar, oak, vanilla, caramel, nuts, leather, and toffee. Flavor of brown sugar, caramel, nuts, vinous, oak, and yeast with a dry finish.
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"The barrels used, though still making this a totally different beer than the dubbel base, complemented (or supplemented the base) very very well. The brandy was subtle but prevents the sour tannic aspects of the red wine barrels to completely overtake things. What you are left with is a very highly drinkable moderately tart and funky beer with a firm malty base and hints of belgian yeast and sweet brandy. No hint of booziness. Quite good. (For approval purposed and to verify barrel percentages, check the photos for 9/28 from Sierra Tap House facebook page as there is a picture of the keg collar)."