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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Early summer, this barrel aged wheat wine is coming out very nicely (12% ABV) White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.
2012 vintage - 11.5% abv


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Wonderfully spicy and fruity wheat wine. Flavors are fairly dense and intense especially as it warms up. Alcohol not particularly well hidden, but not overwhelming either. Overall a very nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2212) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). From kbudd19, thanks! Slightly hazy golden medium white head and good lacing. Aroma is kind of soapy with fruity notes, bourbon, Belgium yeast and spices. Taste is moderately sweet with fruity notes, bourbon, soap and spices. Warming alcohol Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Ok Barley Wine (?), but a little strange for the style (more of a Tripel?). Too soapy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (982) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2014 Pour is a hazy golden with a medium white head that leaves great lacing. Some strange particles dance into the glass. Aroma is of alcohol, yellow fruits and spices. Taste is also fruity and spicy. Alcohol warms you a little and mouthfeel is really light. Strange beast, more akin to a tripel than a barleywine in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1578) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours dark blond/light golden with high soapy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of soap, perfume, fruits. Taste is of soap, fruits, heavy flowers, alcohol, somewhat belgian yeast. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Good. Nice yeast action, but a bit classic. Soapy. Pretty good, but not outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1308) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours a golden yellow slightly hazy. Big foamy white head. Slightly wheaty and funky on the nose. Light and oaky. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (7925) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
750 mL bottle from Beer Run. Pours a hazy yellow color with a thin fizzy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of wood, coconut, caramel, vanilla, dry citrus, buttered toast, apple. The taste is caramel, toast, candied fruits, vanilla, toffee, wood, candied apple, citrus. Medium bodied, low carbonation, faintest bit of heat. On the sweet side but decent enough balance. Nice sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1263) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2014
75cl bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small stable white head. NOSE: sweet, fruity, little hoppy, caramel, alcohol. TASTE: sweet, caramel, port.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (697) - Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle pours clear dark yellow with thick soapy white head. Aroma yeasty with a hint of funk? Taste very sweet with light fruits and citrus, Belgian yeasts, honey. Oak and bourbon really pretty subdued. Palate orange peel. Thick palate. Improves as it warms. Alcohol well hidden.

Better than I expected. This seems to be fairly easy to find so I figured it wasn’t this good. A cross between Belgian ale and barleywine with some aging characteristics thrown in. I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
Aged and surprisingly good. Pours fruity with lots of lace, and some head. Some bourbon, it’s significant bourbon and not overwhelming. The vanilla is mid-sip and nice some citrus aftertaste.Dangerously drinkable and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dansac (70) - Loa Angeles, USA - DEC 28, 2013
I really, really love this beer. One of my favorite seasonals by the brewery. Pours a hazy orange yellow, with some head. Aroma is slight tartness from the wine barrels, lots of yeast, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet frizzly. Taste is huge: orange, vanilla, a bit of white wine tartness, bourbon, wheat, yeast, sweetness. This is absolutely declisiou stuff, and really very unique. Think of a hybrid between a belgian triple, a bourbon barrel aged barleywine, and a white barrel aged wheat beer... Complex, decadent, and just plain fantastic.


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