JulienHuxley (5855) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2017
Sample from a bottle, thanks guys! Cloudy purple brown pour with thin white head. Aroma is super interesting, tons of currant, very jammy, fruity, intense fruity red wine, light leather notes, light spice. Taste is tart, sour, fruity, not too acidic, definitely can’t tell it’s 11%. Palate is full bodied, long mouthfeel but not sweet. A bit of an oddity for sure, but a rather enjoyable one. blutt59 (6565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Bottled purpley black color, tart sour fruit aroma , flavor is nice balance of sour tart berry and malty chocolate , tart finish thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
(750ml bottle) deep purple color, fine tan bubbles. Nose of umami currant, dark fruit, lactose, rich in fruit and lacto, smells incredible. Taste of rich blackberry, currant, cream, oak, incredibly fruit forward. Soft body and carbonation. mar (5423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Deep purple pour with a pink head. Mixed fruit, acidic, tart. Great palate, heavy fruit, light alcohol, tart berry. ClarkVV (6759) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Bottled 10/28/15, drunk 7/24/16.
AirForceHops (7337) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Beautiful dark maroon-violet body shows great clarity and a big, chalky-purple head with moderate to moderately strong retention.
Smells highly aromatic from a mile away....ok this is going to be good I think. Closer up there’s plentiful grape and currant character with lots of wood, wine and black pepper. I do get some base malt underneath it, adding soft, creamy vanilla. Alcohol nicely concealed. Love the tannic character and seediness of the fruit. Very deep, complex nose that takes some work to unlock.
In the mouth it’s incredibly unique. Kind of melds aspects of porter, lambic, sour ales...Good maltiness, but dry. Soft texture and low but fairly tight carbonation. Not alcoholic. Very tannic and vinous. Difficult to get a handle on. Vanilla, black pepper, lots of grape, but not really grapey. Puckering, somewhat, on the finish. For all the barrels used, you can’t pinpoint one and it’s not over-barreled in the least, which is impressive given the amount of different barrels used.
Just a wacky, wacky beer, but quite nice. I could definitely see letting this sit for another year or two, though the dryness and relatively lighter, low-on-tannin body suggest it’s probably better to drink it sooner than later.
750 ml bottle shared by ClarkVV. Bottled on 10/28/2015. Thanks for the share. Color is a deep purple with pink bubbly head. Aroma is a metric ass load of red grapes, raspberry, currents, blueberries. Good amount of barrel is also noticed. Chalumeaux (1570) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
The flavor as a lot going on. The level of grapes and current runs deep. Bold grapes with a mild tannic oak with the alcohol completely hidden. The pucker hints the back of my tastes buds. Pretty massive pucker for me. Honestly, the barrel is not over the top considering the barrels the Brewer uses.
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV dated 10/28/15 deep purple ruby color with a nice tan head. Aromas of sour grapes dark red fruity jam mild funk and earth. Taste is tart jammy berry grape skin mild oak. Wow very complex flavors. ctipping (2134) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2016
750 mL bottle. Pours a deep reddish purple. Light purple head. Looks spectacular. Smells of lots of currant, oak, and some yogurt acidity. Tastes of rich currant up front, but the sourness immediately take over. Oak and sourness with just a slight semblance of beer in the middle. Red wine builds throughout and culminates in the finish. Well carbonated. Strong sourness, but doesn’t overwhelm. Tastes very big, but I was stunned by the 11% alcohol. This has a remarkable fruit and wine flavor, but it’s just a little bit difficult to drink. Bule (2188) - California, USA - APR 13, 2016
750ml bottle pours a deep purple color with a bit of head. Lots of black current jammy fruit. Nice barrel flavors though very mild. Alcohol well hidden. More sour than funk.
j12601 (12700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pouring at NotF in Boston. Pours a fairly clear crimson brown with a medium sized tan head. Acetone and funk on the nose. Medium-bodied, big soft sweet acid. Light acetone and faint wood. Nutty, malt, big warmth into the finish.