Bierwerk Renosterbos

Formerly brewed at Boston Breweries (South Africa)

Style: Barley Wine
Western Cape, South Africa
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
A complex ale brewed with South African cane sugar and fermented with both ale- and wine yeast. A seven month maturation period on redwine barrels innoculated with naturally occuring brettanomyces yeast provides the beer with its rustique character and balancing tartness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (26857) - Malmö, - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty malty spicy aroma with hints of caramel. Sweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty weak wine and dark fruit finish.

TEJA (3141) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle sampled at omhper, thanks. Short beighe heaqd. Cloudy brown color. The wine yeast and barel aeging have contributed to a fine madrification of the beer. The beer is also sweet and sparkling. There is a fine balance between the sweetness and the bitternss.

esp0r (2924) - NORWAY - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle shared with daje, edvard and Simonsen at The "Esp0r #2000 Weekend in The Woods" 2014
A gusher! Red, quite hazy, thin beige head. Smell of fernet branca, dark fruits, some port tendensies, red wine and malts. Medium sweet, some tart fruits, moderate bitter. Strange but not bad

daje (4436) - NORWAY - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle shared with esp0r, edvard and Simonsen at The "Esp0r #2000 Weekend in The Woods" 2014. Dark amber body with a small beige head. Aroma is vineous with honey, raisin, perfume. Taste is red fruity with vanilla and a slight sour sting, rich body, sweet red wine finish.

visionthing (5472) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2014
55cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks! Pours hazy murky brown with a minimal white head. Vinous aroma with raisins, caramel and hints of wood, malt, yeast and alcohol. Fairly sweet with flavours that reminds me of home made wine and not so much beer. Strange thing, slightly interesting, but not quite my thing. Drinkable, but not enjoyable in my book.

Arve_Christian (5208) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, Norway- special October release. Dark brown hazy color, some foam. Aromas of wine, oak, dried fruits, malt, ok yeast influence; medium aroma intensity. Medium/ full body & medium / high complexity. On the sweet side. Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Simonsen (1306) - NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Flaske drukket på dags hyttetur. Mørk uklar karamell farget. Lavt karbonert. Noe tynn skumrand. Smaker karamell, malt og fusel. Ikkr spesielt god i min gane

aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
Vinous caramely and raisiny aroma. The taste is raisins with red wine taking over the beer. Astringent finish with some sweetness.

Staffan47 (909) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2013
Brutalt tung kropp med tydlig fugdekola. Tar flera minuter att svälja en klunk. Sjukt bra, vilket för mig var lite otippat. Kola och honung finns tydligt i smakbilden.

Pyrmir (6170) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2013
500 ml bottle. Clear dark brown with very little head. Aroma is sweet, raisin, dried fruit, sugar and alcohol. Taste is very sweet, dried fruits, caramel, alcohol and plums. Extremely sweet and no brett notes that I could detect.

ComradeK (1250) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2013
550ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep ruby chestnut, with a minimal off-white head, which fades rapidly without leaving any lacing. Savoury, meaty notes, oaky red wine and a touch of muscat make up the aroma. It is much less hoppy than most barleywines, with only very mild peppery hops up front. These give way to smooth red wine, with some oak coming into the mid-palate. There is an unusual vinegary red wine flavour to the finish, which is a little off-putting. The brettanomyces don’t seem very evident at all. There are some very good aspects to this beer, but the finish lets it down, and it just somehow doesn’t seem to come together. Reasonable, but not wondrous.

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