jflopsu (1474) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with light brown head. A string dark fruit and dark alcohol aroma. A strong dark fruit, dark alcohol, red wine and dry yeast taste. A lingering dark alcohol and dry aftertaste.
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016 My Bottom Line:
Pinot Noir fruitiness, dark chocolate, resinous hop bitterness, toasted bread and alcohol heat converge over refreshing acidity in this cohesive and creative Barrel-Aged Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam surrounds the darkness.
-Carbonation is fluffy enough to make the residual sugars appear comfortable.
-The finish is a beautiful segue of fruity acidity and specialty malt character.
-I even get some coconut milk and curry paste subtleties underneath it all... Next time I’m opening a bottle, I’m cooking masaman curry to go with it.
-I liked that the Pinot Noir personality was stronger than that of the actual wooden barrel.
Bottles and on gravity cask at the brewpub.
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012-12-31. Black body with a nice foamy brown head. Fruity with a mild wine influence, modest dark malt character. 7+ Flavour is lovely, rich dark malt, modest fruity character throughout, light wine, very light roast note. Smooth rich palate with light carbonation. More nuanced than I have described here, lovely stuff. Very very good. Bottle at Volo, Toronto
Marheb (5423) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
À la brasserie pour l’anniversaire: Un mariage réussi entre les malt rôtis, les tanins et la pointe vineuse. Derrière la scène, des accents plus complexes de fruits rouges, fudge et noisettes affluent sans relâche. Excellent liquide de dégustation.
Stoned99 (1427) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2016 Update again: Sep 2015 bottle. This is just amazing. Red wine and alcohol is much more present but so well blended at the same time. I need to buy a case of this beer in the next bottle release. Just too good. Upraded rating from 4.1 to 4.3. Wow!
Update: bottle from 2016 fail bottle release taken from cellar at 53F. Much more strong alcohol aroma than detected the first time on tap. Quite woody too. In mouth we definitely detect the red wine and it’s really dry. Wonder why I didn’t notice it on tap. Maybe too many beers that day at the tap takeover or beer was too cold. Anyway the wine barrel really does stand out. Old rating: 12 ounces glass on tap at Dieu du Ciel tap takeover at Lagabière. Aroma: chocolate, roasted malt, quite only roasted aroma... App: pitch dark, medium brown head, great lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, smooth, alcohol and bitter finish. Overall: quite good but honestly can?t really detect any pinot noir in there. Wonder if its really a pinot noir version. Anyway, liked it.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the DDC 13th anniversity party. Deep brown in colour with an off white coloured head. The aroma is slight sweet, some dark fruits, light wine. The flavour has some light roast, some caramel sweetness, wood and grape skins. Finishes long, some light sweetness, woody and warm.
teorn88 (7465) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from BD Camden during tap takeover. It pours a hazy apricot color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is fruity, funky, zesty, tangy, very nice. Taste has notes, of red wine, funk, hay, lemon, wood, orange zest, vanilla. Finishes acidic with notes of citrus and mango. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, great beer, delicious
AlainG (2100) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une forte effervescence encourage la mousse à s’épanouir. Le liquide noir laisse le tout disparaître. Le vin est bien présent au travers des effluves boisées et grillées. Le goût en est aussi imprégné par la barrique. Un petit quelque chose de sauvageon civilisé dans les saveurs. . L’alcool, longtemps ensuite, se fait sentir tout le long du tube digestif. Des pointes acidulées côtoient d’autres particularités plutôt herbacées et des saveurs minérales qui agrémentent la dégustation. (1807-210416)
JulienHuxley (5701) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at 12th anniversary party of DDC. Dark pour. Aroma of roasted malts, saison-ish and a lot of grapes combine very well together into a complex well woven fresh winey strong beer aroma. Taste is quite enjoyable, I like the saison caracter and the pinot really comes out more than the oak/wood flavors which is nice. Palate was very good for a cask conditioned ale, lightly carbonated and creamy. A real win.
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Yes, I had this, that’s all I’m gonna say. Was told this involves brett, but details were not forthcoming beyond that. Hazy orange, fairly bright, with a decent-sized lasting creamy off-white head. Lovely funky aroma, smells like aromatherapy orange oil, citrus zest and 2-yr-old Orval with a hint of oak, plus some sweet nutty malt character. The taste is more dominated by the oak, some vanilla along with the resin, but it’s a lot like a wine-barrel aged citrus cantillon - not boozy, but definitely strong - fantastic, really, what more to say? Average body, slick, slightly astringent mouthfeel, mild carbonation, with a bit of an acidic linger - smooth and balanced, takes its time, leaves a dry aftertaste - lovely, loved it, well done DdC, let’s see more experiments like this one!