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

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
’Never mix grape and grain’ - we’re 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, you’ll be fine.

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3.6
drjoeng (1357) - SINGAPORE - SEP 15, 2017
10.9%ABV. Ruby ale. Poured out red brown. 26ºSRM. Nose has alcoholic fumes carrying raw honey, hint of Muscovado funk, earth and wet leaves reminiscent of forest floor, fresh ripe stone fruit. Nose also has pretty strong earthy fresh fruity aromas suggesting chiku or fresh dates. There are also aromas reminiscent of ume Mouthfeel is juicy. Palate has brief juicy sour, flavors of toast and bread crusts come through and hit of waxy, spicy flavors (suggestive of Brett or some other non-ale yeast getting busy) then a tannin-loaded slide down the rest of the hop flavors. Hop flavors are earthy, woody, hint of sap (overall, like chewing on a fresh twig), grape skins, tannin-like bitter with an astringent mouthfeel and flavor. Overall, a complex brew, but hampered by a very jagged uneven tasting experience.

4.1
Dredd (953) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2017
Pour is ruby brown with tan head. Aroma is big and fruity, raisins almost bordering on muscat notes. Initial palate is a big boozy hit with fruit, spice and a myriad of other flavours. Finish is slightly grippy from tannins and a bit acidic. It is big and brilliant.

4
aleksander9 (1821) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2017
Dark red with off-white head. Red wine, barrels and flemish red. Sweet, woody, slight acidic and spicy finish. The malt brings new flavors to this wine. Very interesting and groundbreaking.

4.5
Hop_Hedonist (614) - 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
anders37 (26824) - Malmö, 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
Davros (3231) - 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
Samtzu (517) - 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
Hoponmate (309) - 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
explosivedog (1398) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2016
650ml bottle. Dark with little head. Starts with malts and finishes with pinot noir. I don’t mean a hint of pinot noir, I mean pinot noir. Absolutely stunning.

3.7
mabel (9246) - 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)


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