Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - OCT 30, 2012Samtzu (417) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2017
Isn’t that interesting? Mine had a faulty closure too with beer deciding to start bubbling out on the floor of the car on the way home. Fortunately it was in a plastic bag and double fortunately the beer wasn’t spoilt. I agree that this is wine drinkers beer and then you’ve got to be one of those wine drinkers that can handle a big meaty Shiraz with plenty of tannin. This is not a beer to be taken idly or lightly. It appears deep, dark brown with russet and haze in the bottom of the glass with a persistent collar of mocha head on it. The aromas are of charriness, dark cherry and coffee which is very much reflected in the flavour. What is remarkable is the mouthfeel: it is full, sherbety and fluffy. Not only that, but the carbonation keeps going and going for a good twenty minutes after a mouthful. It is quite remarkable. It also accentuates any black pepper coming out of the flavour. I initially thought I have been sold a pup, but it turns out this is a memorable ale.
500ml Bottle. Pours a deep black with light brown head. Semi zesty nose with hidden grape notes. Light body with hints of coffee and vanilla but had a rather horrid after taste. I feel like this was simply a porter and some Pinot Noir mixed together. explosivedog (1106) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 22, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours dark. Pinot noir, chocolate, some red fruits, bit sharp. Pretty nice. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
[8338-20160521] Bottle. Fragrant yeasty fruit grains aroma. Murky, dark brown body with a huge foamy tan head that foamed out of the bottle. Nutty roasted fruit grains flavour. Medium-full body has a bit of funk. Average. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2 jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
2016-05-21. Very hazy brown black body, massive foamy tan head fades. Aroma is slightly musty, funky and vinous, red wine fruit. 7+ Flavour is similar, sort of dry dusty malt core, lightly tangy vinous quality, lightly musty. Touch of yeast, some Brett perhaps? Average to light bodied palate, effervescent carbonation. Super interesting, the dark malt and the tangy vinous character interweave in pleasant waves but the overall impression suggests either a geniusly executed balancing act or perhaps more likely an infection that happens to work rather nicely. Curious how much is intentional and how much is random. Regardless, very interesting albeit a touch hard to drink at times. 7-8/3-4/7-8/3/16-17 Bottle from Hallertau, Auckland, NZ. jbeatty (1247) - New York, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle from a shop in Christchurch bought last year, tasted 11/5/2015. Black pour with large fizzy tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is dark fruits, grapes, whiff of red wine character, backed by soft chocolate and mellow roast, rustic yeast and brett present near the end. Taste is lightly acidic and tart, jammy fruitiness, balanced with mild chocolate and coffee bitterness, very dry finish. Light body. Very interesting, well-crafted beer, glad to have tried.
Cam_Dynamite (119) - AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2015
Interesting beer. Comes out with all the fizzy characteristics of cola. Very funk/Brett driven. Some porter bitterness and some plum/cherry notes. Otherwise very ’belgiumy’. Not bad fletchfighters (1519) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2015
Partner bought this for me in Auckland.
Black with touches of ruby, nearly a gusher. Lots of light tan head with this.
Nose is tannins, acid, soft funk, oak, cherry, and red wine. Not a lot of porter character, Brett has really taken over this.
Taste is chocolate, cherry, oak, red wine and red wine tannins. Really sticks to gums well. Very thin though. Decent carbonation but more wine like at this stage with some Brett character.
Solid and fun. Underrated for what they can do with barrels and Brett. More body and this wins in a big way Cantabrian (1114) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle courtesy of the ever so generous Jimthechap. This was a surprise, as I did not expect that Belgian beer bubbliness, that sour feel. This deep black beer has a lovely compo of red fruits and flowery tones on the aroma and flavour, with chocolates being somewhere submersed into a basket of fruits and hay going sour. It is indeed sour, but never unpleasant, with a spumante mouthfeel. Excellent that the alcohol level is not too high. nimbleprop (8297) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
750ml bottle pours a watery black with some very active, brown head. Nose has some grape jelly, malt, a little vinegar, berry. Flavor is sweet, malty, grape jelly, a little berry. Ends with caramel and coffee. Dry finish. Interesting. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
contrasting sepia body with paper white small bubbled head, islands and ring. Sugary plum nose, woody barrel notes, plenty of sugar. Balanced flavor is sugar, chocolate and light oats. Light barrel, hints of red fruit but almost no barrel.