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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Belgian-Style Ale has been matured in American and French oak red wine barrels for a year to add layers of complexity to its rich flavor profile of dark fruit and Belgian caramel malts. The oak and red wine flavors imparted by the barrel-aging process blend seamlessly with subtle hints of raisin, plum, and bittersweet chocolate from the beer. Enjoy now or continue to age in a cool, dark place.

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3.5
tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2017
25/II/17 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG (Beerlovers Bar, Antwerpen) - BB: n/a, batch 2 (2017-268) Thanks to kraddel for sharing the bottle!

Clear red brown beer, practically no head. Aroma: caramel, sweet, sugary, overripe banana. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very oxidized, sweet, caramel, bit metallic, ripe banana. Aftertaste: bit sweet, sourish, bit yeasty, some vanilla, sweet, oxidized, some wood notes.

3.2
Aminatchime (169) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2017
Geproefd @ RBBWG 2017. Kleur is bruin met kleine witte schuimkraag. Geur is een of andere sterke drank en zoet. Smaak is zoet, alcoholisch en oud.

3.7
sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2017
Bottle share at RBBWG 2017, thanks for sharing. Couleur cuivre presque acajou, col épais, crémeux et soyeux beige. Arôme au nez plaisant de barrique - boisé et vin rouge, retrouve une légère pointe d’oxydation, peut être que les quasi 4 ans + sont en cause. Fruité noir arrive en rétro, grains et léger raisin. Palais semble un peu passé de date et ela se ressent de prime abord par le côté oxydé qui reste cependant magnifié par un bel ajout de vin rouge et de barrique. Le malt est dans une note pâle, caramel, pointe de chocolat. Amertume est légère avec une bonne effervescence. Le tout garde un caractère presque champenois niveau de la levure. Le profil fruité rouge/noir est complexe mais l’age fit baisser un peu la note.

3.7
kraddel (8733) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2017
Sampled at the RBBWG 2017. Thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours clear, dark copperbrown. Small white head. Smell is bit boozy. Taste is rather sharp bitter, mild bourbon. Sharp boozyness. Some earthy aspects. OK

3.6
77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Thank you kraddel! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG VI (2017). Presumably 2013 Vintage, tried after a vintage bottle of the base beer. Amber orange, little tanned head. Nose is some sweet orange peel, rather boozy with clear stale wine and overt oxidation. Taste is vinous cobwebs, oxidized, orange peel, stale sugar, vinous sugar, huge sugar, basic sweet caramel, too oxidized for its own good, old stale wine,... Feels to old for its own good, wine BA + age must have not helped it. I enjoyed the base beer more. Body is oxidization, stale malts, excessive sugar.

3.7
JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Head gone in seconds, reddish amber beer. Blue cheese, old winebarrels, fusels, aged wine, walnuts, madeirisation, rather sweet nose. Nutty, portwine-like beer, walnuts, vinous as fortified wine. Slick, oily, viscous, alcoholheat. Nice, but a tad overpowering - to put it mildly.

4
Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle shared by kraddel at RBBWG, cheers! Red wine barrel aged variant of AleSmith Grand Cru, which I remember as a decent Belgian style quadrupel and my first encounter with this brewery thirteen-odd years ago. Thin but moussy, off-white, stable head, hazy copper-tinged bronze colour, warm burgundy. Aroma of black cherries, marzipan, old sweet sherry, ripe blue grapes, dried banana, slight bubblegum, candied fig, ruby port, brown bread, honey, caramel sauce, ginger. Sweet fruity onset, fig, strawberry, banana and pear, medium carbonation, sourish gooseberry touch but residual sugars dominate, though not in a cloying way. Thick, full, fluffy mouthfeel, rich caramelly and bready, slightly nutty malt sweet body, drenched in honeyish, almond- and candied fruit-like sweetness, a bit soapy even; the finish then adds a new chapter to this opulently sweet landscape: subtle woody tannins and the typical ’late’ red wine tartness pop up after the malt, fruit and sugar sweetness have done their work, accentuated by a spicy and earthy hop kiss. Some may find the influence of the wine barrel too subtle here, could indeed do with a bit more dryness and oaky tannins, but apart from that, this is a lush, rich, beautiful quad, adding a layer of complexity to the basic beer. Worthy of the high AleSmith quality standard.

3.9
BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2017
750ml bottle thanks to kraddel. Pours out cola color topped with a tan head. Nose is nice barrel bourbon notes pit fruit rich malts. Taste is more of the nice bourbon barrel vanilla pit fruit rich malts.

3.8
dnstone (3485) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Dry fruit aroma. Poured from a bottle; copper color with a nice tan head. Flavors are a nice complexity of dry fruit and Belgian yeast with notable woody character. Notes: Denver Rare Beer tasting

3.8
SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2016
blims .. old barrel, plum, plum skin, booze, cruise, and faint wine .. mouth is solid, long finish .. something to this but that should have been deeper, still, a nice offering .. . . time for the manchester derby!


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