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Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Fruit Beer
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Never mix grape and grain - were breaking the cardinal rule again for our second grape harvest beer. Chataeu Aro a dark rubescent lager conditioned on the freshly crushed juice and skins of pinot noir grapes from the award winning Escaroment Winery. And the result of this unholy union? Rich, complex and surprising. Remember, beer then wine, youll be fine.

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hop_Hedonist (535) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle - 11% - first the beer then the wine - a beautiful drink - tres sophisticate - another mould-breaking ale from GP - hooray!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (24814) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2016
Bottle @ Rare Beer Breakfast 2016. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy woody grape aroma. Fruity malty spicy grape flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy grape finish with hints of caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (3001) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2016
Pours ruby-tinted brown with a small head. Nose shows soft red wine, woody oak, coconut, brandy and vanilla. Flavours include more red wine notes, a soft acidity, woody oak, heavy tannins, sultanas.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Samtzu (305) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2016
Tasting flight at garage project. Matched with bourgonville bar. The red wine comes through surprisingly well in this beer. The nose has the faint yet distinct aroma. Medium body with a mild tannin after taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoponmate (307) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2016
Darkish color comparable to grape juice. But it is essentially a pinot noir clone with less acidity thanks those beer malts. A weird frakenstein monster.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
explosivedog (668) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2016
650ml bottle. Dark with little head. Starts with malts and finishes with pinot noir. I dont mean a hint of pinot noir, I mean pinot noir. Absolutely stunning.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2016
[8379-20160529] Bottle. Very, very wet oak aroma. Black body with red hues and a quick foamy off-white head. Red wine and oaky wine barrel and then even a little more woody oak in the flavour. Medium body is quite smooth and lovely. Very tasty but all oak and wine. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ Garage Project 91 Aro, Wellington, NZ)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
2016-05-29. Dark brown body, nice beige head fades. 3+ Aroma is intensely oaky, with a boozy vinous red wine character that smacks you in the face on first sniff. Flavour has similar strong red wine and oak character. Lovely mix of malt and red wine below. Vanilla oak grows as you go on. Smooth average bodied palate, low carbonation. 3+ Some lovely moments but the rich oak character is overpowering for me. 6-7/3/7/3/14 2015 Vintage bottle at Garage Project - Aro 91, Wellington, NZ.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (3021) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2015
An interesting concoction. Red in color. Full of grape and vinous flavor. Sweet. Fun. One is enough for me, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Black pepper, earth and black grapes coalesce over this creative crews enjoyable bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the deep chestnut brown.
-Alcohol is well hidden.
-The mouthfeel is once again silky, a recurring theme in what I know of their lineup so far.
-The flavor profile is cohesive.

Bottle.


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