Westbrook Wine Barrel Tripel - Bella Vigna Pinot Noir
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This beer is the premier offering in a collaborative series between two South Carolinians—one went to California to make wine, the other stayed home to make beer! We aged this Tripel for 9 months in French oak barrels that were used to mature the 2008 vintage of Whetstone Bella Vigna Pinot Noir. A refermentation in the bottle creates the tiny bubbles that bring this exciting fusion of the brewers’ and winemakers’ crafts to life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (39783) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

Light unclear medium orange colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, fully to mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is light moderate malty, moderate hoppy, moderate yeasty, fruity, grape, wine, wood - dry wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, oak, grape, dry, funky. Body is medium, texture is dry - oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft. [20120921]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36263) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is fruity, light phenolic and light caramelish. Solid carbonation. Sweet, light fruity and mild phenolic. Dense carbonated. Dry and phenolic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottled. An unclear amber beer with a huge yellowish head. The aroma has notes of brettanomyces, malt, straw, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, brettanomyces, alcohol, straw, and alcohol, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Bottle #2. Pours a cloudy opaque golden with a white head. Spicy, dry woody aroma. Medium body, excessive carbonation, a very dry fruitiness and again this very sharp oakiness with some tannins leading to a dry and sharp finish. Again the Westbrook overcarbonation is extremely annoying. 270812

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24032) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Cloudy amber coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of spices, oak and vanilla. Sweet and fruity flavour of spices and oak. Spicy finish of oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21773) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
Bottled, from Ölbutikken, Copenhagen. Hazy golden, lively head. Woody vinous nose with some marzipan. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Fruity with plenty of pepper, grapes and wood. Mid bitter finish with heating alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a longlasting white head. Has a fruity spicy yeasty wine and oak aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty oaky grape flavor Has a sweetish malty winy yeasty oaky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
6th October 2012
Cloudy amber beer, good white head. Palate is fresh and light. Mild crispy carbonation, semi dry. A little creamy malt with a mellow tripel like sweet and spicy vibe. Mild red wine fruits and a little lactose. Touch of wood and minerals. Pretty good but not a patch on the other two wine barrel versions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle. Huge creamy head with excellent duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are wine, wood, fruits, malt and hops. Taste is more white wine than red wine. Nice and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14821) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2013 Bottle shared at the Croydonia July 2013 Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Paul for this one. Bottle #12. Pours lightly hazy gold with a tight, creamy white head. Big doughy malt nose, plenty of yeast, sugary bread, tangerine. Big sweet flavor, lightly boozy, with honey, bready malts, light dry caramel. Medium to full bodied with high, lively carbonation. Sweet finish with more bread and honey, dough and yeast, some ripe fruits, citrus, light pale wood. Nice stuff.

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