SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Hazy amber orange, thin white head, sticky full body, high carbonation.emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Aroma: wheat tartness, belgian or weizen yeast esters, pale malt, stale hops, alcohol, and chamomile.
Taste: belgian triple, lots of yeast esters, alcohol, pale malt, stale hops, wheat tartness, spicy grain, citrus, dry grassy chamomile, and a bit of bright fruity twang from the grapes.
not much actual grape flavor, but plenty of added dimensions and complexity. The grapes do become more apparent about a pint in, but the pale malt and yeast esters of the tripel are still the main features. Interesting food pairing possibilities.
Pours very orange with a small head. Aroma is mostly chamomile with something sour around the edge, like old chamomile tea left too long in the pot. Some earthy, musty smells come out as the beer warms. The grapes dominate the taste, very wine-like. The citrus hops tastes come through in the end. The beer is very thick in the mouth with plenty of alcohol warmth. The flavors here work pretty well together but I found it way too sweet. jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle: Pours a translucent, very light golden color with a thin sandy head. Nose is fruity Belgian yeast and the depicted grapes. The taste I’m getting is mostly the Belgian yeast, a bit fruity, and some dry florals. Seemingly the least impressive of the VE’s I had to date. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bomber 10/31/10). Cloudy golden orange color. Medium off white head. Light yeast aroma, with light alcohol. Flavor of the same. Long duration. Very dry finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 9/16/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Out of the bottle this pours a full golden color, transparent except for a few yeast particles, with light straw color edges. An off-white head bubbles, foams,and fades without leaving too much lace on the glass.
Bready malt is overshadowed by a strong white grape presence. Alcohol phenols are noticeable, and an understated spicy yeast is noticeable as well.
The flavor is strong and mostly sweet. The malt takes on a dry biscuity or crackery quality, with sweet white grapes coming on really strong. A light lemon zest adds a soft tartness, and there is a light peppery quality. There is not much hop presence, just a herbal bite to go along with the alcohol toward the end. Maybe this is from the chamomile.
Maybe I am just too accustomed to Duvel for this style, but the mouthfeel is a little bit off from what I expect. The body lacks the cutting dryness that thins the body out. This is still dry, but the body has more of a medium feel, with softly crisp carbonation.
Given the amount of chatter about this beer series, it can be tough to examine this beer on its own merits. I enjoyed it, although it was a bit sweeter than I would prefer, and it would be nearly impossible to top Duvel in this style.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Hopleaf. Pours a bright gold with a fluffy white head. Nose is woody, strong oak aromatics, though I was told this is NOT the oak-aged version. Faint grape notes and citrus. Clove comes through. On tasting, has a tannic structure that could be from the grapes but seems more woody than that. More of the strong yeast character. This one doesn’t come together at all and is a bit puzzling. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark golden pour, decent amount of carbonation and an aroma of herbs. Flavor was a little bit of white grapes, a bit grassy and sweet on the finish. kathouse (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Dark and foreboding with a thin head. Dark brown sugar and candy aromas. High alcohol and more candies sugars dominate the finish. Hot and sweet finish. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
They are not kidding with the wine. This is a very grape addition to the VE series and probably one that will not age as well. Pours a light yellow. Heavy to drink. Sweet with a touch of sour at the end. Lots of fruit in here. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Clear gold pour. Yeast, white wine(sav blanc), dirty water, yeast. Flavor is grapey, lightly hoppy, lots of yeast, lightly tart. Meh.