Drake (11442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of white wine, bright citrus, spice, bready malts, cider apples, a mild candi fruit-like sweetness. The taste is wood, coconut, vanilla, wine, apples, spice, bready caramel malts. Medium bodied. Quite nice.
Vignale (2853) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från SB, ca 2 år gammal. Disig gyllengul vätska med högt skum. Relativt mycket kolsyra. Väldigt mycket smörig och ekad chardonnay i doften. Fatkaraktären dominerar smaken men grundölet klara det riktigt bra och kombinationen är riktigt fin. Trippelns lätta sötma funkar väldigt bra med fatkaraktären. Druvor, söta äpplen, fat, halvtorrt mousserande vin. Riktigt snygg.
Leafs93 (1990) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep gold with a medium white fluffy head. Aroma is chardonnay, oak, florals, grass and hay. Taste is sweet with a tinge of sourness that is rounded out with some spiciness. Medium bodied, slick texture and a drying finish. Overall, this is solid and the aging turns this into a very enjoyable and well rounded beer.
AndySnow (5974) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Tasting 2015-10-09, bought from Systembolaget.
Appearance: Golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Caramel, spices, alcohol, dried fruit.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, vinous, spices, alcohol.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, bright golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
The barrel presence is really strong in the aroma which is surprising considering it was only aged for three months. Decent amount of oak but not too overpowering or toothpick-like. Subtle vinous wine presence with grape, raisin and other light berries. The most prominent barrel characteristics in the nose are toasted coconut and vanilla. They really stand out and add another dimension to the base beer. That being said, the base beer is overshadowed with faint hints of American tripel. Picking up some ester-y light fruit along with some bready yeast, faint spice and alcohol. The barrel elements smell pretty good but I would have preferred a little more of the base beer in the nose. I don’t think I could have guessed that it was Golden Monkey if I didn’t know that it was the base beer.
Medium body with soft carbonation and strong barrel flavors that linger over the yeast, spice, light fruit and alcohol into a sweet, slightly dry finish. A little more toothpick than in the nose but not overly charred or harsh. Dry, toasted oak along with some toasted coconut and vanilla. Again, these are most prominent but the white wine character is a little stronger in the flavor profile. Hints of wine, grape, raisin and other vinous fruit followed by peppery spice, bready yeast, light fruit and boozy sweetness. Some sourdough bread alng with cider and pear flavor before finishing with a touch of heat. The high ABV is decently masked, however and this beer is surprisingly easy to drink given it’s complexity. Overall, this isn’t the most interesting barrel aged beer but the white wine barrels provide a nice variation on the regular version.
rumproasts (4504) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Golden with two finger head. Really interesting flavors here. The white wine adds some mild tartness. The sweetness of the base tripel counters. Plenty of belgian esters. Yeasty goodness. Mild booze. A bit of a sipper, but very nice beer.
milewide (1901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tripel with some oak and sour aroma and flavor added. On special for $5.99 for 750 ML. No dating but will probably age for years!
CloakedDagger (1534) - - AUG 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Lovely complex vinous, woody aroma - very refined. Rich, malty, fruity body. Tart, citric again with this lovely silver lining of wood, Lovely and sophisticated and neatly balanced. 180815
Mark_Eck (1376) - - AUG 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a darkish golden color. Aroma and taste are white wine, fruits, and spices.
beechner224 (981) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle in fridge. Pours a golden color, white head. Aroma is mostly wine. Taste is dry, sweet wine, weird. Not my thing.
brnandersen (2882) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. Slightly hazy, amber-golden colour with a thin, white head. Fruity aroma with citrus fruits, caramel malts, spices and vanilla. Taste is lightly sweet. Excellent flavour. Medium to full body, creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and herbal-spicy with fruity hints. OK