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Brewed by Brussels Beer Project
Style: Amber Ale
Bruxelles, Belgium

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Imperial red ale aged in Nuits Saint Georges & Rully 1er cru.

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3.4
Vignale (4020) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2017
Flaska från belgiuminabox. Vacker rödbrun färg, klar, krämigt beige skum. Doft av fat och trä, kärnfrukt, söt torr vinäger. Smaker mer trä än vad trä gör. Aldrig har jag druckit något med så mycket fatkaraktär, torr och strams träig men där finns stenfrukt, druvor, balsamvinäger med syrlighet och lite sötma och en rejäl träig kärnbeska på slutet. Unikt och faktiskt ganska komplext men också väl svårflörtad. Kul ändå.

3.3
Iznogud (4359) - CROATIA - OCT 26, 2017
Bottle, 250 ml, shared with JFK10000 and Max. Hazy brownish, medium off white head. Fruity, some red grapes, caramel, light wood, sweet, sourish, bitterish finish. Medium bodied. Bit thin, lacking more background, complexity.

3.9
Christian (13823) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2017
Dunkbar Pilsnerfestival Pre-tasting. Copper to chestnut colour with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit with funky notes of leather. Sweet flavour of dried fruit, bubblegum, oak and red berries. Nice tannic finish

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16393) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle @ Pre-Pils-Festival, Odense. Pours Amber copper with a White head. Red Wine, vanilla, caramel, dried fruit. Sippable and well integrated flavors.

3.5
nutjes (1243) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2017
Proefglas van 33cl-fles tijdens een activiteit van H.O.P. (Heerlijk Objectief Proeven) in het dakcafé te Kortrijk. U: Troebel licht kastanjebruin met een beige schuimkraag. G: Vineus (rode wijn), melkchocolade, donker fruit en steranijs. S: Zoet met een zeer lichte zurige toets. Hout, rode wijn, gist en noten. Droge afdronk. M: Medium volmondig met een zachte carbonatie.

3.8
Hopverdju (1495) - BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2017
Troebel roodbruin bier met crème kleurig schuim. Geur: licht zoet, karamel, licht zuur, hout, wat fruitig, vineus, de rode wijn is duidelijk aanwezig, zelfs ietwat chocolade. Smaak: bitterzoet, wat gedroogd fruit, rozijn, rode wijn, wat tannine. Goede koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: bitterzoet, droog, hout, noten. Dit zou waarschijnlijk het resultaat zijn als men een geut mild oud bruin bier zou bijgieten in een glas gecorseerde rode wijn. Helemaal niet slecht.

3.8
MonsterMagnet (1569) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2017
Bottle, pours a deep ruby red with an off white head. Great aroma with red fruit, almond, oak, red wine, marzipan, grapes. Taste doesn't have the complexity of the nose. It is quite soft, sweet, somewhat vinous, with oak, vanilla and red wine, mostly barrel it seems. Dry, lasting finish. Very nice, if only the taste had the complexity and intensity of the nose...

3.8
Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle from Belgiuminabox. Strong Belgian dark aged on wine barrels (Nuits Saint Georges to be precise, the same wine of which barrels are used in Bush de Nuits, among others). Medium thick, stable, pale yellowish beige, compact head, slowly dissipating here and there in the middle, over a hazy maroon brown beer with wine red hue. Noble aroma of dried plums, caramel candy, soaking wet wood, passion fruit, fig, wrinkled old red apple peel, blue grapes, gingerbread, red wine indeed but nicely interwoven into the whole, old sweet sherry, chestnuts, dry tree leaves, toffee, cranberries, black peppercorns, jute bags, dusty attic. Nobility in the mouth as well: lots of dried fruit in the onset, unripe cherries, dried figs, blueberries, grape skins - only restrainedly sweetish, with a sourish edge from the wine barrels. Carbonation is a bit on the spritzy side for this type of beer, mouthfeel is rounded, supple and resiny, but perhaps a bit thinner than expected for an 8% ABV Belgian - clearly not an all-malt beer, in which fermentable sugars were added in some or other form to keep the body light whilst increasing alcohol strength, but in that sense no different from countless Belgian ales, of course. Nutty, lightly bready, eventually bitterish toasty maltiness, again sweetish but only restrainedly so, working towards a drying, very tannic finish, old furniture almost - or indeed old wine barrels, with a slightly astringent effect; the wine itself helps to provide tartness, as in all wine barrel aged craft beers, and reveals its tart and grapey flavour only at the very end, yet subtly so, as it is overcome by the nuttiness of the malts, the wood itself and, importantly, a firm dosis of leafy, peppery, wormwood-like bittering hops, stretching a long way down the throat but still not becoming overly dominant. Dry, subdued in its sweetness and ending tannic and astringent with a good amount of hop bitterness, this is a fine wine barrel aged Belgian, reminiscent of not only Bush de Nuits but also e.g. Ben's Strong Dark Oak Aged, Ben Vinken's wine barrel aged dubbel released in Delhaize supermarkets a couple of years ago. All these beers have a nutty, bready core, a dried fruit-like quality, woody tannins and a drying, tart, effectively dry red wine-like finish in common, with an overall effect that superficially resembles oud bruin. Nicely done, BBP is getting better I have the impression, especially now that they have discovered the benefits of barrel aging. Probably ages nicely as well.

3.7
SimonBlok (767) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2017
25cl bottle at home. Appearance: clear brown with medium cream white head. Aroma: brett, red wine, ethyl acetate, grapes and caramel. Taste: medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Unlike the aroma suggests, almost no sourness. Notes of caramel, brett, red fruits, oak and a trace of red wine. Palate: medium bodied, oily texture and lively carbonation. The fancy design with the big shouting 'Barrel Aged' on the bottle gave me too high expectations because the oak barrel is barely noticable. A beer full of surprises. Pretty good.

3.5
Syfher (494) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle of 25cl, in a Trappist glass; from the fridge. Nice barrel aged beer, with a really nice wine-ish colour. The aroma is full sweet-sour notes, with some oak too. The taste is a nice, light barrel aged one. Unfortunately, less good than a Bush de Nuit...


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