Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.
Pours a nice copper color with a decent white head. The aroma is somewhat pleasant overall but is subjected to far too much honey. The wood is a nice touch, especially alongside a little bit of fruitiness; however, the honey seems to keep crawling back and is just a little too overpowering. There is a slight spiciness that brings back the honey a tad, but one of the two needs to be tweaked to create a bit more balance. The brew itself is medium bodied and, if not for the excessive honey, would be a very drinkable brew.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-01-2009 1 auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 The American Oak Honeywine barrel-aged version on tap during the summer of 2009. Aroma gave a bourbon, oak, and honey-esque glance, puckered with some old yeast. Soft and quiet. Pours a nearly still copper-amber, with yeast particulates and little head. Flavor is completely barrel dominated. All I can tastes is honey oak bourbon over a slightly-old yeast inflected wet pilsener malt base. No complexity and almost no base beer showing through. Boring and overly dominated by the barrel character. Get’s a touch hot. There’s not much exciting happening here.
badgerben (5215) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2009
From the description in the menu, it was aged in American Oak Honeywine barrels, which I would assume to be from Wine Haven. Murky copper color with a thin head. Aroma of apples, honey and vanilla. Strong vanilla and oak flavors. Sweet malt base. Moderately yeasty. Some wheat and white pepper towards the finish. As it warmed, a green apple note first appeared, then got a lot stronger. By the end, it tasted more like a flaw than a feature. Still, pretty okay. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2007
Light amber/brown color with a thing ring of foam. Sweet fruit on the nose. Nice, vaguely bourbon flavor from the barrel with some sweet apple and medicinal herbs. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2007
Draft at brewpub. Aroma: Light citrus and white grapes, oak, floral, and a bit of yeast and bready malt. Appearance: Light amber in color and clear. White head was small and frothy. No lacing. Flavor: Some light bready malt with a bit of yeast, pepper, citrus, grapes, floral, and oak. Everything together tastes a little medicinal. A little tartness into the finish. Finishes pretty dry. Palate: Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Didn’t really get or enjoy this one. The underlying saison seemed to lack flavor/body and the barrel just seemed to add some light grape flavor and a heavy dose of wood.
JK (6201) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2007
The original saison wasn’t very good and the barrel has definitely helped. It has a good aroma. Yeast, oak, light fruit. Strange flavors, which I guess is OK for a saison. Some citrus, a little more wheat, and a sour bite at the end. Some oak, but I don’t taste any wine at all. The beer is gold colored and clear, and there is a moderate head. Body is a little thin. iradog (32) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2007
This beer was aged in a wine barrel and released at Noon 4/7/07. The color was an amber color, the aroma was rather unique with addition of the wine barrel. athe aroma had a hint of alcohal and was present in the flavor. As the beer warmed up the flavor was better.