koleminer20 (3978) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed at the Great Taste of the Midwest on August 08. Recommended by Aly of Goose Island as we were talking about a number of things. The pour is a dark gold with a small head that just lasts and lasts. The aroma is heavy on hops. There is also a resounding dankness that melds well with all of the vinous grape scents that come from the barrel. There is a nice oakiness on the back end and a little spice. The flavor is also very hoppy for what I was expecting. The grapes and Chardonnay come through in force once you swallow it and its pretty well received. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, with a soft carbonation and a bitterness that just lingers. There is a little sweetness on the back end, but for the most part, this was just a great recommendation. Thanks Aly! csaso (2322) - Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Tap - good size foamy head, dark gold color, moderate earthy hop aroma and flavor, fair malt backbone, definite Belgian yeasty kick in there, mild wine like notes, very good overall
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At beachhouse in Bethany. Pours a cloudy gold with a fizzy white head. The nose is a yeasty bomb...can't say I find it pleasant. The taste is ok - Belgian yeastiness, some bitter hops, with some fruit mixed in - but, overall, this really is not my thing.
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On tap at 2015 GTMW, pours a hazy gold with a light white head, the aroma is all over the place, spices mixed well with a hop touch and fruit at the same time, the flavor has a spice like front end with a good amount of fruit in the finish, not too sweet but hoppy too, interesting. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2015
At Jerry’s. Golly! A big beer in all directions, big belgian yeasty and fruitiness, big hops, winey, oak(although not a big as the others) and boozey. Could have been a mess but came together nicely. Serving: Tap
kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2015
This is a huge. Had this as part of a draft flight at Jerrys in Andersonville. White head on a clear orange pour. Smells like flowers and apricot. Oak, wine, dry, dried fruit and earthy taste. Good brew CObiased (544) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bomber - pours kinda cloudy with a golden sunset yellow color. Smells like a yeasty Belgian style IPA - wheat, fruity, bitter light citrus hop, a hint of sour and some malty backbone that hides the big ABV. It is unique in how the hop is lessened from the Chardonnay barreling . The oaky fruit comes thru in complexity and body. ajnepple (7104) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2015
On tap at FreshCraft. Darker orange and hazy apppearance. Aroma of citrus zest, tropical fruits, spicy hops, white wine, light grape, light oak, tannins, peach and grapefruit. Similar flavor, a little funky and lightly tart. Complex and fun to drink with a medium to full body. Nicely done. cards04 (2924) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
This is insane. I have never had a beer quite like this. Aromas of white wine, sauerkraut, rhubarb, lemon, barnyard funk. Perfect balance between sour and bitter. Wow. Flavor bomb right here. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to my cousin for the Christmas gift!
A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. While its retention isn’t the best, it’s both beautifully creamy and leaves a decent ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Very fruity. Intensely fruity, actually. Apples, grapes, pears, oranges, and grapefruit all intertwine on the nose, with a building bubblegum character coming out the more it warms up. The barrel character is moderately strong without being overpowering. One disappointing feature is that I don’t pick up much hoppiness, apart from some of the citrusy characteristics blending within the esters. Otherwise, this is an excellent example of a barrel aged tripel, at least on the nose.
T: From the start, the esters hit the palate immediately with strong bubblegum, apple, and pear. It’s on the finish where the hop profile makes itself known. They’re more citrusy than piny, and that’s good. The finish is also loaded with a clean oak characteristic - this feature is actually quite powerful, almost overly so. Wait not almost, definitely overly so. The toasted oak flavors run roughshod everything else when sufficiently warmed up. Getting past that, it’s a solid brew.
M: Surprisingly on the clean side, with the barrel characteristics doing a good job of drying it out. The tannins are a bit harsh, actually - it’s too dry in my mind. On the plus side, there’s very little in the way of prevalent alcohol.
O: Clearly, this isn’t much of an IPA, Belgian-style or otherwise: the hops are only a slight addition here, playing second fiddle to the barrel character. This is a perfect example of an over-barreled beer - the base beer pretty much cowers in fear of the chardonnay barrels. It’s a reasonable beer, but considering how much this brewery charges, I’m having a lot of trouble recommending this one (except to barrel lovers, that is).