Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
At Bruery Sucré Tasting in Bruges. Shows a bit more stable head than the NAO and Tequila versions but otherwise looks the same as NAO. Aroma is very similar as well, but adorned by a strong, sweet port odour, reminiscent of white port more than ruby port; more outspoken vanilla tannins and almond impression as well. Sweeter than the NAO with more outspoken alcohol, like the Tequila version but less ’hot’, yet still a bit wry on the root of the tongue. Impressive, but still no match for the NAO version to me, booziness was a little over the top here just like the Tequila version.
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour is a darker copper color, somewhat clear, but it’s dark. There is a thick, light off-white colored head leaving some soapy lace. The aroma is a ton of wine! There is a good caramel malt and the dark fruits that run rampant in the base Sucré. It’s got a strong woodiness from the barrel in this as well, which does seem a little much compared to the bourbon. The flavor starts off on the sweet side and moves through a nice caramel and into a ton of wine. I’m not sure what it is about the Tawny Port, but every beer I have with these barrels just gets manhandled! There is a huge distinct grape and wine dominance on the back end. The mouth feel is thinner and a touch light with a decent carbonation and a lingeringly winey finish that lasts and lasts. If they could find a way to get the wine to not dominate, this would be excellent.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Port Barrel Aged Sucré; Sampled January 2014
A steady pour into my globe glass produces a three-finger thick, dark amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a clear, red-tinged, amber-brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells sweet, dense with notes of brown sugar, lots of caramelized malt, rich nutty sherry, and a dark, concentrated fruitiness that reminds me of port, concentrated grape jam (and certainly not of the concord variety), figs and prunes. The oak plays a noticeable, but more supporting role in the aroma with a firm, peppery woody note, some saw-dust like character, accentuating vanillin notes, as well as something that I can’t describe other than a spicy, green, oaky character.
The beer is sweet, but has some spicy oak, and an oxidation character that helps to temper this a bit. Flavors of nutty, sweet sherry, melds with port, prune and fig flavors, perhaps a touch of date, lots of caramelized maltiness, touches of cocoa toasted, sweet roasted nuts, especially towards the finish the beer has a solid, sweet, port / sherry like grape fruitiness. The oak character provides a firmness to the beer, lots of green spicy oak, a woody flavor and tannic astringency, as well as some toasted oak character that accentuates the nutty notes in this beer; there is also a finish that has lingering vanillin, and perhaps even a touch of sweetened, toasted coconut character. The body is viscous, though perhaps not quite as heavy as the sweetness might suggest (all that alcohol helps to lighten the body), and the oak provides a tannic structure to the beer as well; it is not cloying in small amounts, and is certainly a beer that needs to be sipped.
Again, this is pretty good in small amounts; I think I like the wine-type barrel finishes on these beers, as the spirit based ones just get too hot and harsh. This is quite smooth, though it is warming as one would expect from a beer of this strength.
Bule (1653) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle pours a dark reddy brown color with a bit of head. The port barrel adds some lovely plum flavor. Fruity sweetness.
BeerandBlues2 (11662) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Urge Gastropub. Pours brown with a small, frothy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malt, port, dates and figs with light nutmeg notes. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, dates and figs, light tart plums, port, light earthiness and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
snoworsummer (4261) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours clear ruby brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like booze, raisins, red wine, earthy, woody, dried dark fruits. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like red wine, raisins, earthy, woody, and dried dark fruits.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really stemless integration of raisins and grapes into the sweet profile of Sucre with a tinge of oxidation on the end to clean it up. The port comes through much stronger than I expected.
BucannonXC5 (1305) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Type: 32-oz. hydro flask
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Purchased: Jan. 25, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 2, 2015
Misc.: Opened it on Feb. 1; Reviewed it on Feb. 2
Poured a brown. Reddish, murky color with minimal head. Couldn’t see any bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. No retention. Not docking this as much as half of it was finished yesterday, certainly affecting the look. (Sight - 3.75)
Smelled port dessert wine, caramel, toffee, tobacco, sour fruit, plum, woody malts, purple grape, buttery malts and faint chocolate. (Smell - 4.38)
Tasted very good, even better than the smell. Got plum, leathery tobacco, dates, port win, caramel, toffee, purple grape, woody malts, sour fruit, light chocolate, vanilla and sweet sugar. (Taste - 4.50)
Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Just fantastic. (Feel - 4.88)
This was just a great beer. I can’t stop thinking about it. Lovely. (Overall - 4.50)
4.48 99 A
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Poured a deep brown color with an off white head. Brown sugary sweet, vanilla, dark fruits, wood, caramel and some vinous qualities. Is there some alcohol there, yeah but it is 15% - yet I had no problems finishing this one all to myself ...
Blairgus (3884) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 jan 2015, tap at the Bruery. Brown and a tad murky. Nose is fruitcake, alcohol, sweet bread. Med body and mildly fizzy. Fruit cake, nuts, rather sweet bread, alcohol. Decent.