bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2017
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of cherry, brandy, wood, vanilla, and tobacco. Flavor of brandy, wood, nuts, toffee, dried apricot, and toffee. Overly sweet and boozy, but could certainly mature into a better beer with some age. superspak (6379) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2017
Got in a BIF from jdell15. 375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours hazy deep reddish copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, apple, red wine, brandy, toasted oak, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, herbal, leather, tobacco, vanilla, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Some booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, apple, red wine, brandy, toasted oak, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, chocolate, herbal, leather, tobacco, vanilla, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast and brandy/oak spiciness on the finish. Slight fruit tang/tartness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, apple, red wine, brandy, toasted oak, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, biscuit, vanilla, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, leather, tobacco, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel flavors; with a great malt and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from yeast/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a light-moderate increasing warmth of 12.8%, not too much booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on with the mellowly spicy/tannic/drying finish. Really impressive balance between all flavors. Cherries complement the dark fruity yeast perfectly. Not too jammy, but nice overall flavor contribution. Complex dark/bready malt backbone. Tons of brandy barrel presence, without being too boozy. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. wombat23 (2168) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2017
Draft at the Prairie brewpub. Clear amber, off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, dark fruits, cherry notes. Taste is cherry, vanilla, toffee, oak, dark fruits, brandy. Very nice. swanmann (784) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Review for Brandy Barrel aged DNR with cherries - poured from 375 ml caged/corked bottle. Deep, dark, cloudy iced tea color with a few, quickly dissipating tan bubbles. The aroma is slightly smoky, with wine, dark fruit, cherries, banana, alcohol, toffee. The flavor is sweet, vinous, toasty bitter finish. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel. It’s a great belgian strong ale, but I’m not sure I could pick up the difference between this and regular DNR. Beachmaster (580) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2017
On draught. Pours a deep orange-amber, with a medium whitish head that persists, leaving minimal lacing. Nose is caramel and cherries. Taste follows, with yeasty, bready notes. Long finish. Nice.
ineedbeer (2331) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Poured from a 375 ml bottle.
Aroma is rich and malty with lots of caramel and toffee. Lighter toasted bread, nuts and burnt sugar notes. Somewhat fruity with cherries being the strongest note but also some raisin, fig, date and prune notes. Hint of alcohol spice.
Pours a somewhat dark brown with some amber tones and ruby hues on the edges. Moderately large, tan, head that recedes quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. No lacing and moderate length legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. Some lighter burnt sugar notes with some even lighter notes of chocolate and toasted bread. Medium light bitterness with light alcohol spice. Fairly fruity with quite a bit of cherry flavor as well as some lighter raisin, fig, prune and date notes. Some light grape notes as well.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a decent beer with nice malt and fruit notes, but it does not jump out as an amazingly special beer either. Solid Belgian Strong Ale with cherries. Cavie (4905) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2017
Enjoyed at BTBF 2017. Hazy red color, tan head. Sweet aroma, malty and fruity. Sweet flavor, light tartness, cherry syrup. RobertDale (7052) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Sample at KC Beerfest 2016. Comes a clear reddish brown with an average beige head. Aroma of cherry, caramel, and malt. Taste is cherry, malt, caramel, and grain. Decent. deyholla (12676) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Sampled from the tap at the Oklahoma Craft Beer Fest. Pours a clear orangish amber with a yellowish tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains and cherry with a bit of smoked cherry wood as well. Flavor has sweet cherry and sweet grains with a touch of smoked cherry wood.