holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011 marcus (10742) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed at Triple Rock Sour Sunday. Pours light bronze with a thin off-white head and an oaky aroma. There is a very strong oak flavor infused into the caramel malt, with a noticeable alcohol trail.
Sampled at FOBAB 2010. Clear gold. Alcohol and hops with some caramel underneath. Alcohol citrus too boozy. Not good. 7/3/5/3/11 drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
at FOBAB. pours hazed golden with white head, nose has white wine and green apple. flavors are green apple, musty white wine notes. brokensail (16670) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy head that’s just a bit off of white and some nice lacing. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
S: Smells like slightly tart fruits such as green apples, grapes, and pears. A good spicy note to it as well, but it’s sort of a mild, estery spice quality. A touch of oak and wine are present as well.
T: The flavor is very dry and almost cidery. Lots of apple and pear flavors which do provide a mild sweetness. A touch of spicy oak and wine as well as some nice tannic qualities. A fair amount of bretty yeast flavors as well.
M: The body is maybe a bit on the light side, with a fairly high level of carbonation and a dry finish.
D: Not everyone at the festival was a big fan of this one, but I quite liked it. A nice funked up (even if unintentionally) Belgian beer that worked out quite well.
Draft at the San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010. Hazy dark gold pour, off-white head. Sweet malts, belgian yeast, light spice, fruit, pear, grape, and a bit of light tartness. A nice beer, but pales in comparison to the others on draft.
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
On tap at San Diego Strong Ale Festival NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a lasting small bubbly head.
Aroma: Sweet white grape juice.
Taste: Wood, bitter spicy yeast and fruity champagne like note in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Tanic, astringent.
Overall: Interesting, complex, not a beer I would drink by itself. Needs a poultry dish to pair with.
Draft at FoBAB 8. Pours a deep gold with perhaps pinkish hints at the edge. Nose is quite nice, spicy phenol, light clove and nutmeg. Robust red wine notes and some light malic acid. On taste, the barren really works well with this one, throwing a hint of vanilla and some nice tannins into the mix. Could use a bit more work, but a quite interesting and spicy beer. Nice. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Sampled at FoBAB 2010 (Chicago, IL). Pours a glowing hazy golden pour, huge offwhite head, laces well. Aromas are touches of red wine and belgian spice, vanilla, bread, cereal grains, apples. initial is spicy, wet bread, pear and apple, spicy yeast, pepper, touches of red wine tannins, wet oaky vanilla, toffee, spicey yeasty, finish mellow, dry, sweet. Beautiful, tasty, a bit underwhelming in barrel complexity, with just a kiss of red wine and oaky barrel tannins, faint dryness washed out by the agressive spice and sweetness of thw base.