SNL (417) - - JUN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy Golden Brown pour, minimal White head.
Red wine is very apparent in both Nose and taste, typical IPA besides that.
Sort of strange, but good, at least for one pint. Red wine again in the long bitter finish.
Soft carbonation, heavy body.
tomciccateri (1032) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at O’Niell’s. Pours a dense orangish amber color with a fine-bubble head. Big "bret" aroma but fortunately does dominate flavors. Medium body, nice hop flavor and supporting malty sweetness. Great complexity from wood aging. A lot going on but it works.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O Niell's. Very dry. Rather fruity in a nice way. Funky aroma. Refreshing and tart.
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crossovert (9207) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Gold pou slightly tanner head. Smell is barrel dominant. Oak and vanilla and some wine. IPA is tasted in the flavor with some bitterness and spice, still a lot of barrel, vanilla and red wine soaked pears.
DrSilverworm (8548) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10oz on tap at Neons, for $7. Pretty much entirely hazy orange amber color. Thin white head. Leaves good splotches, ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly slick body, then mrs dry in the finish. Spicy tannic taste up front. Get a lot of red wine barrel up front, as well as a general tart sourness to the taste, and moderate IPA bitterness. No mistake, this is way different than standard cali-belg. Some spicy earthy hops, tons of red wine tannin, and interesting spicy kind of grapefruity tropical fruitiness. A bit more heat than standard cali-belg, but it’s a mild, welcoming warmth. Oak. A lot less belgian yeast influence than I remember from standard cali-belg. Getting the apple cider, pear notes. Vinous, peppery. Touch of vanilla, slight mint. Really interesting, how strikingly different this is from the base. Kind of a lingering tannic-tart spicy sweet taste at the end, makes it harder to drink, but overall, this was very a very interesting, complex beer. 5oz of this would have gone a long way, 10oz made me write a page and half. Very interesting, what a red wine barrel did to this IPA. Much more interesting than expected.
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chosen to be on my second flight at Stone’s Liberty Station outlet in San Diego on a sunny 17th March 2014. 8.2% ABV according to the beer menu. Cloudy dull gold body, with a small white covering. Sweet and fruity in both the nose and the taste. Hints of many different flavours from start to finish, easy to pick up some (wine notes, wood, bubble gum to name but three). Interesting and different, I liked it, the base beer of Cali-Belgique obviously helps, as that is a fine beer on it’s own without the extra barreling etc, etc.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Kudu. Deep honey pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma of red wine, maraschino cherry, oak, buttered toast, subtle vanilla with faint citrus and yeast. Smooth round body with, oak dominating the flavor with cherry, dark fruits, buttered toast, marmite with some underlying citrus. Nice carbonation and mild warming finish. Pretty solid and one of the better aged IPAs out there.
Sarlacc83 (1366) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Mongers.
A: Cloudy red with a thin white head. Lacing.
N: Big cherry, lemon zest, yeast, diacetyl, burnt grain, esters, oak, sage.
T: Slight sourness surrounded by big bitterness.
M: Resinous, medium body, dry.
O: A beer that shows more wine barrel than Belgian IPA character. I don’t know that I’d have it again. Very oaky, without any the flavors i enjoy in the original.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured pale, hazy yellow with a mild head. Aroma of earthy hops with vinous fruit. Belgian yeast played nicely with the wine barrel characters. With some age bitterness was low a nice fruity tones from the barrel and yeast.
marcus (7558) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Fredfest 2014. Pours golden with a modest off-white head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a strange tropical fruit flavor with a red wine finish.