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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The Barrel Aged version of 2008 Anniversary Belgium IIPA brew, twice dry hopped and aged in three barrels including a final in Merlot Wine cask to give it a hint of wild yeast character.

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3.9
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Big thanks to hoppymeal for this one. Pours a deep, hazy amber with a short-lived soapy white head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves streaky legs on the side. Whole lot going on in the nose with citrus hops starting things out - lemons and orange rinds. Maybe come evergreen hints but also with an oaky barrel character with some spiciness. Definitely a little funk as well. The taste is more of the same with thick citrus and resinous hops forming a backbone for all the barrel characteristics. Spicy yeast in the middle with some vanilla sweetness before the dry oak and bourbon burn finish things off. The mouthfeel is slick and on the fuller side of things with a soft carbonation. Given it’s a growler, I’d say the carbonation is a little lower than intended but really doesn’t affect the quality of the beer. This is my first Livery beer and I’m thoroughly impressed. I’m normally not a fan of barrel-aged IPA’s but this one pulled it off. Thanks Derek!

3.6
Drake (14061) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2010
From a keg at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy peach color with a minimal head. Fruity and floral aroma with a light tartness, citrus and earthy notes. The taste is citrus, stone fruits, caramel and a faint tartness. Medium bodied.

3.7
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2010
Copper orange pour with big white head. Floral aroma with hints of citrus, bread and oak. Flavor is quite bitter, big citrus and vinous characteristics. Oak backbone. Overly carbonated. Quite good

4.1
MeadMe (1680) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2010
Big thanks to Urbain and the guys at Struise for sending this one over gratis for the group to try at the ratebeer winter gathering. A: Pours a nice brillant red with a small whitish pink head. Lite retention and no lace. S: Aromas of tart cherry, mild spice, and bretty funk. T: Light cherry, raspberries, oak, spices, and a mild brett tartness. M: On the lighter side of medium. Nicely carbonated, lighter and less tart than I expected. D: Good, a nice little sour beer one I am honored to try as I never thought I would get a shot at it. Cheers to Urbain for being so generous.

3.8
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Poured a hazy amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Hop forward aroma with citrus and floral notes. Some wood in the background. The aroma was sweet with some alcohol hitting the nostrils. Citrus and lemon flavor. Malty finish with a woody character.

3.7
1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Thanks for sharing Jason. The beer pours to a bright orange body with a foamy white head. The aroma is orange peel and wine. Light oak. The flavor is orange peel and bitter hops. Some vinous notes. There’s lots of Belgian yeasts to boot. The palate is hoppy and bitter.

3.7
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Thanks to Mike for the 750mL bottle. Too bad the thing rocketed out of the bottle onto my keyboard.. Poured hazy medium orange with a dense cap of white head. The aroma picked up black pepper, dusty spices, vinous notes, and oak over honey notes and pale malts.. the Brett really took hold.. more orange peel as it warmed up. The flavor found pale and fruity notes at the core.. dry, peppery notes, funky earth, and orange peel around.. spicy, dry finish. Medium-bodied and very dry on the palate.. the Brett dried it out and the age mellowed out the IIPA part of this.. I did enjoy the wine and oak influence.. this wasn’t great, but it was definitely interesting.

3.5
patrick767 (4108) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2010
tap at the brewery (beer hunters please note: my notes are months old) - Pours hazy coper color with light carbonation. The aroma is mild Belgian yeast and hops. The flavor is definitely hops led with some citrus and a long, lingering bitterness. Whatever Brett is there is very subdued. Tasty.

4
SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 11, 2009
Generous gift from BBB63. Thanks Mike, I owe ya one. Pours a hazy orange with a big bubbled white head. nice lookin. big head, but diminishes quickly. aroma of horse blanket funk, perfume, flowers. flabor is footy funk, bread. Interesting beer. really enjoyed This!

3.6
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
thanks mike for sharing this at dld09, pours hazy gold with off white head. nose is bready, oaky, and floral. flavors is yeasty, fruit, oak, vanilla, slightly sweet doughiness.


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