DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2015
750ml bottle, shared with staff. 2009 vintage. Some dark fruit flavor, tannins, a bit of mustiness, but itís not bad. I was skeptical opening up this bottle up, but itís a good one to sip and share. Some oxidization, as expected, but Iíve had many other 6 yr old beers that were drinking far worse than this. Taste is moderate-plus bitter, slightly astrigent. Very dry finish. Very mild sweet. Medium-plus body. Drinks a bit lighter in body than the 9.3%, but you donít want to take more than a sip with that big drying finish, and somewhat musty aftertaste. Hazy darker orange color. Thin off-white head, leaving some bits of lace. Solid, interesting belgian strong ale, esp. for 6 years. Iím sure it was much better earlier, but Iím impressed that itís not straight awful now (I think Iím a bit more skeptical towards aged beers than most). Just kind of musty, mildly oxidized, mild bandaid character to it that sort of drags a bit. yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle, 75cl corked. A dense, finger-thick beige head forms over a hazy orange colored body. Lacings. The aroma has a vinous touch, without the alcohol, thereís a generic fruityness, some caramel and green raisins and a faint sweetish touch. Itís medium sweet on the palate, full-bodied and with a nice carbonation level. Caramel, some nuts and dried fruits, a generic fruity touch and something vinous. Still no alcohol warmth, the alcohol is barely detectable actually. Lasting fruity and grape-like finish where the alcohol finally shows up, in a good way that is. Nothing exciting going on here, but itís a solid one anyway. 150612 Meilby (11366) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle 750ml @ Hotel Room, Hotel Lord Berri, Montrťal, QCBeerdedDave (1676) - Beckley, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, dried fruits and grapes. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long slightly warm, malty, yeasty and grape skin finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
on tap at The Big Hunt in Washington DC; deep amber color; fruity, red wine aroma; lots of fruity, red wine flavor and sweet malt with an underlying bitterness; fruity, red wine finish boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2015
750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy Amber color. Minimal head and no lacing. Good nose. Notes of red wine from the grapes. Yeasty and breadiness evident. Some sweet candy sugar and caramel malts. The taste is very good. Some red wine flavors, as well as sweet malts, yeast and candy sugar. Very smooth. I would definitely buy this again.
radagast83 (8006) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color, light off-white head. Aroma was light, cookie, sweet malts, grain. Some earthy hops. Touch of red wine notes. Light vinous character, dried fruits, some light grain, earthy notes. Tasty, and I love Allagash, but this was a pretty pricy purchase for what it was. Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2015
Grape beer (so should perhaps be classified as a fruit beer), tasted some years ago, thanks Lieven. Cloudy brownish bronze colour, thin off-white head, quickly disappearing (I guess the oil from the grape seeds could be responsible for this). Very fruity, pleasant, vinous aroma, grapes of course, orange, peach, banana, flowers, toasted bread, honey, pepper, hints of spice. Fruity, estery, íBelgianí taste, grapes clearly there with wine-like effect, honeyish and caramelly malt sweetness, thinnish mouthfeel, touch of peppery hop bitterness in the finish with a whiff of warming, bourbon-like alcohol. Very nice and interesting, since grape beers remain a rarity. AirForceHops (7139) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2015
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Mostly clear gold color with the lace in a Allagash chalice, thin lace down the sides as I drank. Aroma shows a subtle red grape, house yeast, and a moderate level of sugar. ejh8 (118) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Body has some of the sugar I am smelling with a mild malt billing. The sugar almost covers the red grape notes, gives a light Welchís juice character. Mildly light a red wine but more like a juice. This maybe a nice gateway brew if I ever want to convert a wine drinker into the craft beer world. Vinous notes are here without question and it was a nice enough drink.
Not as good as Victoria but a nice strong ale with a small hint of sour ale that doesn't linger or overwhelm. Nice strong ale, not the best though.
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Keg at World of Beer Charlottesville, 11/19/14. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin fizzy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel, doughy malt, mild cherries and other fruits. The taste is tart stone fruits, citrus, caramel, yeast, spice. Medium bodied, lingering spice.