Camons (12809) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2011
Tap @ Falling Rock, Denver. Vintage 2006 version. Pours reddsih golden with a small white head. Aroma of oak, fruit, green apples, sugar, cream, honey. Taste is slightly sour and fruity with oak, honey, grapes, yeast, honey. Thin body, no carbonation. The oak aging works really well adding a clear oak and grape flavor wich suits the beer really good. 080411 cubs (10675) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2011
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 On tap @ Falling Rock. Slightly cloudy, red-orange appearance with light tan head. Boozy, lightly vinous, quite sweet, fruity, tart nose. Pretty sour, sweet sugary, red fruity, woody, vinous flavor. I think the age really make the sourness and fruitiness forefront. 2006 version. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Tap @ Avery. Slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is apple juice, sugar, spicy Belgian yeast and some light oak and horse blanket scents. Flavor is an equal blend of sweet sugary fruit and sour earthy yeast. Medium body with mild carbonation. Nice twist on the original beer, I like the funky oak flavors and scents. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Draft at tap house. Yellow with white head. Aroma is bread/dough, clove, apple cider, peach and banana and cereal. All is much more smoothed over with the oak. Flavors like peach/strawberry smoothie with more malt presence of bread. Still not my fav. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Avery tap room 2009 GABF. Bright yellow hazy with a strong brett nose. Taste is brett and more brett, which overcomes the barrel aging. Light body and easy to drink. OK but over the top.
BeerandBlues2 (13645) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Draught at Avery, GABF week 2009. Pours cloudy dark yellow with a large creamy off-white head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, hay, straw, meal), average hop (flowers, perfume), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, earth) with notes of apple, pear, pineapple, and wine. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and sourness. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Draft at the brewery during GABF week. 2005 vintage. Winey, sweet aroma, the barrel aging vessel quite apparent, lending plenty of wine and oak, along with generous malt sweetness and honey, some lightly floral touches as well. Cloudy light amber color, head is fine and sparse. Flavor shows a truly massively winey profile, just tons of the Chardonnay coming through everywhere, along with the oak and a certain acidic bitterness, the malts largely hidden, surprisingly. Very gentle herbal hoppiness towards the finish, with some light golden apple touches and lingering wine again. Active and sharp palate, body is full. Way winey. FlacoAlto (4213) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2008
2005 Batch; Sampled October 2008 at Avery Brewing Company3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Wow, three years of age has made this far more interesting than I expected. The beer has a pale tan colored, ring of a head that sits on top of a lightly hazy, amber colored beer. The aroma is quite interesting with aromas of fruity-sherry at first, but then in subsequent sniffs I get notes of oak that are quite noticeable. Spicy wood notes, some buttery oak character, soft vanillin are each noticeable and the spicy notes accentuate a warm, almost hot alcohol aroma. There is actually a substantial nutty note to the aroma. I took a break by smelling the dry-hopped IPA and now when I smell this beer I get a massive fig note that couples with some lighter notes of raisin that where actually quite surprising.
The flavor has massive, buttery oak note to it that really lingers on in my palate. As the beer warms some notes of fruity apple and pear mix with the buttery oak character and some soft vanillin notes start to become noticeable. The fruitiness actually becomes quite pronounced as the beer warms up and even picks up some berry flavors, like one would expect to find in a fruity red wine as well as ones found in a fruity white wine (boysenberry, currant and even a touch of apricot and pear / melon). When tasting the dry-hopped IPA before this beer, the salvation becomes a bit tart and the fruit flavors are reduced, despite the fact that it actually accentuates the fruity notes in the aroma.
This can be really quite interesting at times, but it seems to get boring at other times. Overall it is quite tasty and warming this up helps immensely as does refreshing ones palate from time to time (in this case with a different beer). This beer is definitely an experience and is much more enjoyable than the regular version.
2008 GABF week @ Avery. 2005 vintage. Cloudy unfiltered honey orange color, soft white head. White wine nose, crisp notes of grapes and sweet mead. 9% is easily noticeable, comes across slightly boozy and hot. At times it’s too sweet, but the cider and mead character is quite nice... some melon and orange fruit notes present as well. bb (9695) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Yeasty, malty aroma with a bit of tartness. yeasty, tart, earthy, slight almost berry flavor. Medium bodied. Yeasty, malty, tart, vanilla flavors linger.