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Upstream Barrel-Aged  Belgian Brown
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RATINGS: 1   MEAN: 4.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This Belgian Brown spent the last year maturing in Cabernet French Oak casks. The wine-like flavor comes through nicely in the earthly Belgian Brown. This beer has a medium body and a velvety texture. We added tart and sweet cherries, which balances the ‘twangy’ character nicely. This is one of the most interesting beers of the year, a must try for any beer adventurist.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 Appearance: Pours a hazed, walnut brown body with a thin, short-lived, off-white head. Smell: Rich-smelling aroma that’s simply alive with notes of caramel, chocolate, jammy red wine, soil-covered wood, plums, and discarded cherry skins. Mmm-mm! Taste: Pleasant initial maltiness tasting of heavily toasted bread crusts smothered in dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate with a medium-low sweetness. Then up springs a lightly tart, lightly tannic red wine character blanketed in a rich woody earthiness. A touch lactic throughout. Towards the end, the beer gets an injection of fruitiness and rebounding tastes of caramel and cocoa. Finishes modestly dry. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: Excellent stuff, this BA-BB. It’s one of the most compelling wine barrel-aged beers you’ll likely find and one, sadly, I doubt more than a handful of people will get to experience. Hopefully Upstream will consider revisiting this one from time to time. **210 days and it still breaks my heart I’m the only guy on here to have tried this.**


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