Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
Purplish colour with a thick purple head. Rich cab nose with light beeriness and some pepper. Dry and hugely vinous - a big expressive beer. Nice round beery body, finishing very dry with a huge grapey character. Crisp, fruity finish. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
A: The pour is an intriguing one: dark purple in color with plenty of red mixed in. The head is fluffy and pink, but short lived.
S: The nose is definitely "grapey". There isn’t much to it, to be honest. Other than some vinous qualities, there’s some mixed berries, and a bit of sweetness.
T: The flavor is similarly wine-like. The skins provide some mild tannins on the palate, but again, there’s just a bit of mixed berry flavor (mostly raspberries), and some grape juice.
M: The body is a bit on the light side and has a bit of dryness to it. Despite being carbonated, the beer seems a little flat on the tongue, but for some reason, it works.
D: I was hoping this beer would have a little tartness to it, but was disappointed on that front. A decent enough beer, but I wouldn’t look to try this again. Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2008
On draught at O’Brien’s in San Diego. This beer pours a deep reddish-purple color with a medium thin and fizzy pinkish head that burns away steadily. Spotty lacing on the chalice. Vinous aroma with notes of sweet malt in the background. Medium, dry body with tart cabernet grape and malt flavors, along with a bit of spice. The finish is fruity with a lingering fermented grape aftertaste. Interesting and pretty enjoyable overall. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On tap at the Bruery Provisions. Poured a reddish purple color with a pinkish colored head. Aromas of grapes, vinous, and berries. Tastes of grapes vinous and fruity. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"I’d definitely call this a wild ale, not a strong. It’s like a Consecration light. Cab barreled, winey, tart but not quite sour. Hints of sweetness, oak, leather. Pretty nice brew."
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Tap at Haven gastropub in Pasadena. Clear deep purple pour. Purple to pink weak foam. Pretty. Nose is raspberry popsicle. Taste is raspberry tea herbal, fruity popsicle, cranberry ocean spray, mixed drink cranberry cocktail. Tasty but barely beer in profile. Alcohol is high given the light berry flavor. Decent grape tannin provides a dusty dry finish. blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft. Beautiful reddish purple with no head. Cabernet grapes. That’s it. If you served this to me blind I would assume it was just some shitty wine. I don’t get it. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Draft. Purple-ish beer with a pink head. Wine-like aroma. Wine and light malt flavor with big red fruit. Medium bodied. Wine notes linger with grape and fruit. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 Glass thanks to Mark at Craftsman. Pours a hazy purple to red color with a very generous white head that stays for the duration. Aroma is a bit spicy, and vinous with grapes. Taste is very nice, with a bit of tart grapes (albeit not sour), and some nice Belgian yeast esters that add a bit of spiciness. Smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Pleasant beer. Very well hidden alcohol if it really is 8%. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
on more recent tastings, jam and sage notes toward the finish...and of course wine.
Draft at Obriens. I liked the concept on this one, but it ended up being not beery enough for me. It pours dark red with a pinkish head. The aroma has a ton of sweet red berry fruit. Mostly grapes obviously. The flavor was the same. Very sweet and grapey with some malt flavor that seemed out of place. Tasty enough, and certainly brewed well. Just not my thing. I give them credit for an unusual brew though.