craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Churchkey. Mahogany colored pour with a beautiful rich and thick off-white head. Nose holds lush notes of rich spice including pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon, along with beautiful dryness from the barrel and a touch of vinous presence. The flavor is truly wonderful; a delightful combination of spicy, fruity Belgian yeast presence and dry, bready saison-like attenuation. The barrel notes come through as a beautiful melding of the two, combining the fruity depth of Bordeaux with brilliant woody dryness. It would be a reasonable mistake to think this was spontaneously fermented. Palate is crisp, dry finish. Awesome.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany pour with a vivacious white head. Lots of spicy dough notes with a backbone of cheesecloth and super attenuated bready vinous woody Belgian esters. Huge fluffy palate with ample acidity and a dry crisp finish. Great barreling.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the map room. Pours a very nice deep amber red brown color lightly hazy with a thick off white head. Aroma is funky and dark fruits Brett and a bit pleasantly cheesy over a light tartness. Flavor really draws out the woody and vanilla notes with the wine character. Still heavy funk and Brett into a slightly bland but smooth finish of wood. Medium body and a crisp carbonation. Excellent
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice red wine nose with lots of cherry and berry, light funk, a touch of toffee, a hint of cola. The taste is lightly sweet, just lightly tart, lots of tannic pinot noir, a hint of rose’, light floral notes, plenty of sour pale cherry and just a touch of toffee.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good beer. Yes sir. On draft. Brett is in perfect balance with the malts and faded German hops, just a great Brett B aroma! Flavor follows, nice balance, smooth caramel malt with slight grassiness, low amounts of iron, cherry pie, med/low bitterness, touch of white wine from the hops and beautiful red wine fruitiness, excellent dryness. Only complaint is the dryness makes it a bit thin on the finish/aftertaste... but it’s damn good.
musinj6 (390) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, murky brown with four finger head that persists for a long while and leaves a large amount of lacing. Aromas include dark raisin and plum aromas with sweet flavor up front that is mild, but not tart. Mild to moderate bitterness overtakes the middle and it has a long finish with hints of tobacco. Chewy palate, full body with soft carbonation. This was well done.
Travlr (10035) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy brown color, small tan head. Aroma of almonds, caramel candy. Barrel is subtle but present. Well done.
hawthorne00 (2399) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky brown with a large light beige head that lasts pretty well. Aroma of caramel, apples, plums, red wine. Sweet with some tartness, bitterness is herbal. Plenty of wine and oak, less caramel and more bread than suggested by the aroma. Plums, poached quinces and some raspberries. The wood is fairly prominent but doesn’t drown out the other flavours. Good, certainly autumnal.
pumpmaster (1124) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $10.99 Very good!
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Max’s today during their Stillwater event. Served in a cervoise.
Pours a moderate brown color with a medium off-white head and moderate lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a good dosing of red wine and it is fairly barrel-heavy throughout. Behind that is a bit of light spice and some earthiness. A bit of bready malt. Oak is heavy through the nose and flavor but is masked by red wine. While the wine is dominant, it is a pleasant addition to the beer. Earthy background and a bit of yeast. Medium body with a dry and slightly too tannic finish. Quite good, but not as good as some of the other barrel-aged offerings.