badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Hazy very dark yellow with almost no head. Great bourbon vanilla and caramel aroma and taste with a toasted oak finish. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Tasted at the 6th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/12/2011. This Abbey Tripel pours a light gold color from the tap. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with a ton of wood, vanilla and oak. A medium bodied Tripel. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange peel and tropical. The hops are herbal. Mild carbonation. Touch of wood. Nice mix of flavors that have mellowed and blended together very well. Smooth tasting and sweet without being overwhelming. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. nickd717 (4679) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at the Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. This was listed as being aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels for 25 months (rather than Heaven Hill -bals), so maybe it should be a separate listing. Slightly hazy golden orange with a small white head. Great tropical fruit aroma with pineapple and coconut and some oak. The flavor is very nice too. The great base beer plays well with the barrel notes. Oak, pineapple, apricot, pineapple, honey, and coconut flavors. Nice on the palate, fairly light for the ABV with soft carbonation. Very solid. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On draft at the Bistro Barrel fest. It pours orange with notes of tropical fruit, yeast and bourbon in the aroma. The flavor is balanced with some tangerine, bourbon and light butteriness on the palate. The flavors remain bright and satisfying. One of my favorites of the night. Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a hazy gold with a lasting oiff white head. Aromas of bourbon, straw, fruittiness, light oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, straw, fruittiness, oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
drdisque (838) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
FoBAB 2011. Sweet, a little hoppy but not overwhelming. Picked up some really nice bourbon flavors from the barrels. First beer I tasted at FoBAB so my notes on this one probably aren’t the best. jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest. This was the one that spent 25 months in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. Pours a hazy amber with a small white head that disappears quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is definitely barrel dominated. Big vanilla, some bourbon, oak, underneath is a bit of apricot, and some yeast as well as a bit of alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with some oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Then a bit of apricot and yeastiness come through. The finish is clean and crisp. Medium body. Low carbonation. This wasn’t bad, but I just felt like the bourbon barrel didn’t meld well with the tripel characteristics. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Phone rate. Draught at Toronado SD. Clear amber, small light beige head. Huge bourbon nose, light fruitiness behind. Flavor has huge bourbonand bananafruit, light tropical notes. None dry, bitterness at a 2, some alcohol noted. Mod carbonation with a full body. Tinge of acrtone as it warmed. Since I like booze (and bourbon), this is a big improvement over the regularbeer. If you don’t like bourbon, stay away, cuz it dominates like hell. No finesseat all. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Yeast and light bourbon aroma with malt. Maltand yeast flavor with fruity esters and light bourbon. Medium bodied.Malt and yeast lingers with fruity esters and light bourbon. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Draft. Minimal head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, some Bourbon, light candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, some sour mash. Sticky medium-full body.