ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750ml bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is VERY nice looking - itís two fingers high, white shaded, and beautifully creamy. I think it retains well for 11.5%, and the lacing it leaves behind is pretty but inconsistent. This one looks good in a glass.
S: I get both the BSPA portion and the BA wheatwine portion, with the former coming through more vividly. Apple and pear esters tend to dominate, while its barrel characteristics (oak, vanilla, even coconut!) slowly build up as this opens up. If thereís a problem, itís that there seems to be a disconnect between the fruit esters and the barrel notes - as if theyíre not coexisting in perfect harmony with each other. Individually, though, these two tones are actually quite satisfying.
T: Apple and pear esters are at the forefront of the flavor profile, and incidentally, thatís the best part of this beer. After that, it goes right into íclusterfuck cityí. Iím getting wisps of a lot of notes (oak barrel, vanilla, booze, marshmallow, coconut, tomato, tart cherries, wheat), all popping up at various stages in the flavor profile. I will give it this - itís complex. Wait, no, it isnít complex. Itís complicated. Complex beers have a semblance of harmony and balance, this is just a hilarious jumble of flavors. A sweet, boozy hilarious jumble of flavors, with a finish thatís cloying to the point of annoyance.
M: Because all the notes sort of get jammed together in a doorway, it doesnít really inspire the palate to find them out - and that means you donít care to find the notes, therefore you just want to drink this. Insomuch as the drinkability goes, itís actually quite good. Itís pretty light on the palate, and in spite of all the booze and sugar, goes down relatively easily...that is, until the sweetness overwhelms the palate. Which it will.
O: I declare this the Three Stooges of beerdom. All the flavors do is get jammed in a doorway, with the sugary sweetness poking the fruit esters in the eyes and bonking the oak barrel in the head. Thereís no way I could finish a whole 750 solo, which is why I split it with a couple friends. Donít need to ever have this one again...I really hope the bottle of Bois Iím sitting on isnít like this.
tectactoe (1896) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dense, fuzzy, burnt yellow body, completely opaque & topped with a much larger head than I expected; slightly off-white & quite foamy. Varied aroma of mellow boozy wood, honey coated plums, tart pineapple, hints of coconut & vanilla, a bit of toffee, blanketed caramel, figs, & maybe even a slight touch of white grape... Vinous? No... not really. But, sort of? Perplexing, but pretty good overall. Flavor is an amped up transpose of the aroma; a little more woody, a little more boozy, a little more fruity, & a little more sweet. Honey, soft wheat, bourbon soaked oak, dry coconut, clove, peach, musty pineapple with an offsetting tartness, sugarplums, white grape (definitely), & a touch of vanilla sweetness. More spicy oak in the finish, some yeasty esters, fruit sweetness, & a small lingering boozy warmth. Lots of stuff going on, here. A full bottle would be daunting, & it would certainly get a bit cloying; but smaller samples are fun to try.
scarletfire65 (955) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Gingerman. Aroma is yeasty, banana, fruity esters, booze, wood. Tastes wheatty, spicy, and heavy oak. Slight acidity and funk on the finish. Very good.
andrewje41 (445) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at the beer authority tasting event. Pours a light golden color with a soapy lemon aroma. 2013 pour. Spicy flavor with a lot of yeast and an aged feel to it. A lot of funk to it. Good beer overall. Unique. Tasty.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[5694-20130817] Bottle. Mild lemon yeast aroma. Slightly hazy, pale orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Yeasty toasted fruit flavour has a light doughy finish. Medium body. Good, though you wouldnít tell by smelling it. (6/4/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)
Barrelbelly (638) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy goldan with long lasting head. Aroma of banana, coconut, wood. Taste coconut, yeast, sweet alcohol, bread, mango, banana. Great complexity.
Abio (1572) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange coloured brew. A big nice holding head. A bit hard to smell, but the taste is nice, with much going on. Wood, vanilla, coconut, white chocolate, citrus. Refreshing and good.
umich03jm (1976) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy light orange pour with a big foamy head that fades to a ring. Aroma is packed with coconut and vanilla. Some wheat, lemon peel, and rum too. Tastes like coconut, bourbon, and vanilla with some caramel and wheat too. So much barrel influence, makes me wonder what the base beer tastes like. A touch of lemon juice in the finish. Odd beer. Decent but just a bit too much coconut and bourbon for me to fully enjoy.
DuffMan (6752) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with my father-in-law. Hazy orange amber, thick off white head that retains nicely. Aroma is raw oak over caramel, vague fruits, green coconut. The palate is somewhat sticky, with fruity caramel dominating, some oaky vanilla and coconut water as background notes. Nice enough.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a cloudy orange with a short lived white head. Aroma is funky, lemon, tart. Flavor is fruity, orange, bubble gum, yeast, vanilla. Finish is lemon, citrus, tart, spicy. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.
Taverner (1098) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, smooth, smooth! Definitely taste the bourbon barrels. Tastes coconutty, general nutty, and finishes clean. Who knew Wheat had this much flavor?