Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Baltic porter aged in brett barrels with additional beasties.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, toffee, slight funky, vinous note with a hint of oak, slight roast, coffee. Taste was a mix of coffee, oak, funk into a bit of vinous, tart notes with a hint of toffee, roast, finishing fairly tart. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LouisP (326) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2016
La bouteille de 500 mL laisse entrevoir une couleur noire, opaque, avec de beaux reflets rouge, ne laissant pas voir de carbonatation ni deffervescence. La senteur est particulire pour un porter, avec notamment des olives, mais aussi la classique mlasse et les fruits confis. Au got, cest sr, vinaigr (on devine que la bire a t vieillie en barriques de vins) et avec saveurs traditionnels dun porter. Un peu bois et vineux en finale. La Donkey Venom affiche une belle complexit. Belle rondeur du corps. Complexe.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
yourilevesque (1610) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
Thanks to Nick for this bottle. Batch 3, 2015. Robe noire et mousse blanche modre tenace. Aucun signe dinfection. Le liquide na pas jacul avec violence de la bouteille et la mousse tient bien sur mon verre. Tout semble tout--fait normal. Cest mme trs joli et invitant. Un nez qui empeste la sauce soya, le concombre, les sushis. De la mlasse passe date - comme si une telle chose tait possible. Une cerise rouge acide. Tout ce que je fuis dans un porter. Mmmmm je suis sceptique. Profondment mme. En bouche, le carnaval se poursuit avec cette fois un got fort dsagrable de terreau acide, de cerise griotte qui accompagne cette mme sauce soya sirupeuse, sucre et mme vineuse. Cest clair que cette nest pas bonne. Je refuse toutefois de croire une contamination. Cette bouteille fut brasse il y a moins dun an et a beau avoir tre leve partir de brett, elle fut conserve au rfrigrateur depuis sa mise ne bouteille. La brett na donc pu voluer. a demeure franchement imbuvable. Je maintiens ce rating jusqu ce que je puisse en boire une deuxime mais je suis convaincu que la mienne tait bonne. Dsolant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1419) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2016
500ml bottle from trade. Aroma: strong brett, pear, nuts, subtle burned caramel, chocolate and subtle roasted malt. App: dark brown Coca-Cola-like, minimal brown head leaving shy lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, light sweetness, soft carbonation, moderate acidity and chocolaty finish. Overall: hum. Interesting. For sure the brett took over the control in this beer. We can still perceived it was originally a porter but the brett is really present. I prefer brett in other styles but its still well made. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6097) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a nice large brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with nice funky Brett notes also observable. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with some funky Brett notes and a dry finish with some vinous and oak notes also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice level of complexity while retaining some drinkability.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cattaneopapa (350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2016
500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours an opaque black colour with a small tanned head that reduces to a ring. Aroma is fantastic. Complex fruity aroma with notes of plum, raisin, and dark cherries. Taste matches the aroma with some red wine notes and oaky finish. The high alcohol content is concealed well. However it leaves a long warming feel in the chest. To sum up: 1 part of oak aged shiraz+1/2 part of porter+1/2 part of club soda = Donkey Venom:) Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1654) - CANADA - AUG 30, 2016
Appearance: opaque deep brown with one finger of thin beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart red wine, dried fruit, chocolate, oak, leather. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, moderate-low bitter. (8/10) Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, medium duration moderately tart finish. (4/5) Whoa. Thats a Baltic that might make you change your mind about Baltics. I usually find the style to be too sweet, often to the point of being sickly, but this is all about the tart. In fact, the vinous tart, and to a lesser degree, the oaky woodiness, dominate this so completely that Im not getting much of the Brettanomyces and other bugs it was supposedly aged with, at all. To the point where Im equal parts disappointed and intrigued by the hypothetical: What would happen if I aged this for a year or three, just to give the Brett a chance to really take hold? The other really noteworthy thing about this is the thing thats barely noticeable at all. Sort of a Hound of the Baskervilles thing, if you follow: the ABV. This is almost 10%, but if its a sipper at all - and I submit it need not be - its because the vinous tart makes you adopt red wine drinking behaviour, not because its hot, because it isnt. At all. In fact, its dangerously easy to drink. All of which isnt to say I consider this without fault. Its got a fairly serious flaw, and Im not being facetious at all here: its too simple. This is all about the big barrel woody tart, and nothing else. All right, all right! I hear you say, Bottom line it for me. Enough waffling. Whats your opinion of it? Well, Ill tell you this: its good enough that I dont regret drinking a porter during the summer. Nuff said? (16/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SlovakSniper (5315) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2016
(Bottled on August 14th, 2014. Batch #2) Un porter aux Bretts qui dborde lorsque je dcapsule la bouteille. Une feuille de mousse, tout au plus, flotte sur ce venin dne. Au nez, les fruits sont acides et la base noire de la bire transforme tout jamais. Au got, voil une trange concoction compose de porter et de levures sauvages qui nest pas tant ncessaire. En bouche, le liquide est plutt mince et agit. En finale, tout ce que mes papilles naiment pas dune noire rendue sauvage. Dsol mais ce truc nest pas trs bon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2016
Funkfest 2016. Where else can you get Bellwoods for the same price as everyone else. The sour balances the sweet very nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (11819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Draft. I guess its an imperial version of one of those old-school porters. Its okay, dont know what a brett barrel is but this had a medicinal funk to it, decent.

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