arkurzynski (2456) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Big thanks to GAManiac for this gem. Hazy orange-red with plenty of floaties. Tangy red wine, wood, floral citrus zest. Flavor is dried citrus fruits, red wine, oak, light toasted malt. Springy carbonation, lightly creamy. Nice dry, woody finish. Lingering tart red wine and citrus. A little acidic, but not bad. Some heat on the finish, as well. Still...very, very good. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours a deep clear reddish amber with a small bubbly beige head that recedes to a small cap.
Smell is sweet and fruity with some grapes and plenty of Belgian yeast with a light spiciness.
Taste also has a very sugary sweet character up front and some spicy yeast. The alcohol and wine barrel are very evident in the finish with a big burn after each sip.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and lots of red wine character.
This is a big sweet saison and I think the wine barrel probably mellows the sweetness of the base beer a bit. Not his best BA saison (Burgundian, Crouching Tiger....so good), but that’s a really high bar. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: October 20, 2011
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy beige head with frothy edges, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet grapey wine aroma, nice spicyness
Flavor: sweet winey flavor, fruity sweetness, balancing spicyness from the saison, just a hint of oak, touch of herbal mint character coming through from the base saison, light bitter finish
Date: February 23, 2012
continues to blend and mellow, sweetness and spices combine,
Date: July 21, 2012
Appearance: opaque rust, fine off white head with frothy edges
Aroma: sweet wine and caramel aroma
Flavor: grape and caramel flavor, fruity and sweet, light balancing sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4