nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
22oz bottle. Hazy orangish-golden color with a small white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of blackberries, pepper, honey, oak, red wine, and some farmyard notes. The flavor is very nice, with a touch of sweetness and a mild tartness. The yeast profile is distinctively Belgian with maybe even a touch of brett, and there is a peppery/spicy character to it. Blackberries are somewhat assertive and there’s just a hint of red wine. Decent oakiness. Great mouthfeel with lively carbonation and not too much heft to it given the ABV. This is a nice beer that has evolved in the bottle in the few months since it was released. If you didn’t care for it when it first came out, I recommend giving it a second try. Jesse and Damian are doing great things with this brewery and they’re definitely one to watch. deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Bottle thanks to Baker, shared at freetail release. Pours a cloudy deep gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice dark tart fruits with a backing dry wine and funk. Dry throughout with a bit of blackberry, wine and grain. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden color; fine-bubbled white head. Pleasantly phenolic aroma showing white pepper, vinous alcohol, and some dry dark fruits; peppery and sharp. Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Overall impression is a lightly barrel-aged and dark fruited tripel with very mild tartness; plenty of white pepper and yeastiness, and none of the rougher phenolics noticed early on (six months ago); light acetone notes throughout. Medium-length finish of dark fruits and some emergent toastiness. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Tasted on 8/23/11 from a 750mL bottle purchased at City Beer, bottled on 5/29/11, bottle number 3705. Pours cloudy orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to uneven lace, leaving a bit of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is very fruity with the blackberry showing nicely, along with some spicy yeast aroma, a ton of kumquat citrus that I always get off of citra hopped beers, and some banana and coconut aromas from the oak treatment. The flavor is spicy yeast up front, moving to the awesome fruity flavor, and finishing with some light malt hints and the citrus hops and a hint of the coconut and banana oak. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long spicy yeast, fruity, citrus, and lightly oaky finish. bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle from Secret Santa. Golden coor. Strong oak aroma with blackberries. Vanilla and hints of white wine. Full bodied. Tart vinous oaky flavor with vanilla, gooseberries and blackberries. Oaky notes gaining in the aftertaste. Complex beer with some warming alcohol. A big surprise!
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
A: The beer pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Sort of strange appearance for a beer with blackberries...
S: The nose is intensely grassy with a lot of oak and not all that much blackberry. More than berries, it smells like wine and red grapes. It’s quite jammy and very, very sweet.
T: As with the aroma, the flavor is very sweet. There is actually a decent flavor of berries to it, but it’s like blackberry jam with wine and oak chips in it. Heavy on the sugar and just cloying overall.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
O: This was not something I’d care to have again. Just really all over the map and unenjoyable. bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle 2251, 5/29/2011, received with thanks from Marcus. Pours hazy orange gold with a transient white head. Aroma starts nearly citrus but shifts to light berry. Med body. Flavor is barnyard to me. Followed by some light fruit that could be berry - but it’s a little vinous, so I don’t think I’d have come up with blackberry on my own. A bit oaky. I think it’s trying to be sweet, but not succeeding. Astringent. I’d put this one as an excellent farmhouse or saison. Sour and earthy. Well not all that sour, but much more than sweet! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Ordered this bottle from Blackwell’s. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a light orange color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some light Belgian yeast and a bit of earthy spice plus mild oak and wine. Faint berry presence in the background. Flavor is Belgian yeast and mild fruit. Some spice there as well as light tannins and a mild blackberry character. Not sure everything blends together all that well, and the fruit doesn’t really add all that much; it’s basically just a tease. Light body and good carbonation. No alcohol. Pretty decent, but not worth the $20 price tag.
Serving type: bottle chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Borrrle... Bright golden body, light tan head... Really nice nose of berries, white wine, a touch of oak, really well rounded... The front of the taste is seeet light blackberry syrup with an oak finish, super drinkable, no detection of the abv, a touch popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
I think I’ll like this beer after more time in the bottle, but it’s a bit muddled for me, at this point. Some berries in the nose but not enough. There’s also a light caramel flavor with some pleasant citric bitterness. It’s a bit over-tannic for my taste. I’m getting a lot more straight oak than wine from the barrel. Kinda musty in an interesting way. Appearance is a dusky orange color. I’ll be interested to see how it develops.