humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2004: Barely a barley wine with 57% wheat, but delicious none the less. It certainly tastes wheaty with loads of bananna and clove yeastiness. The malt is dry and smooth and clean. The flavor is rich yet mellow and easy. Bananna esters dominate and a hop bitterness seals the deal. Pours cloudy and light brown. Overall, very nice and very unique. Reminds me of Franziskaner dunkle-weiss. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Strange brew this one certainly was. Lots of pepper, very yeasty, a bit fruity. But mostly just an odd beer. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Yellow amber color with medium sized white head. Aroma is yeasty, leathery, with a bit of sourness. Flavor is malty, slightly sour, with decent caramel notes. Nefinitely a quality brew.
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2005
750 ml bottle (2003), The Great Montreal Barley Wine Blowout with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Yowie, #3. Light, cloudy apricot...very fruity and much more wheaty/estery than the earlier batches, without any real hop sharpness in the nose...body sour, citrusy (orange-lemon), light and almost crisp...juicy, long sour finish. Not a patch on the ’00, but interesting and different, and worth having in its own right. asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Yellowy brown-orange with a sudsy head that quickly dissipates. Some yeast balls at the bottom of the glass. Aroma rife with woody cherry, some spicy caramel malt, and pine hops. The flavour is bitter right up front closely followed by a sourness that comes from the wheat malt, and then some buttery flavour. At the very end there’s a little hops bitterness punch. Explosive carbonation and medium body. I got some woody astringency from this one. Still, very pleasant.
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Cloudy orange color with no head. Strong fruity and yeasty aroma, slightly reminiscing of a saison. The flavor is sour, fruity and acidic. Light body, vinous texture, very soft carbonation. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
The Lure:tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Meek tropical fruit acidity in a bolder wheat character than any other Bare Tree vintage. Decent malt sweetness descends onto a pie crust where tons of floating yeast frolick.
A juicy old grapefruit’s pulp enlivens the surprising white wine. Fat-bubbled but thin-bodied, a quizzical sourness remains within the yeasty flakiness and the bitter ending. Immensely different from its previous incarnations.
Breakfast is served in the barnyard on summer Sundays.
Peppery yeast, apricot, caramelized butterscotch, sweet round malts and crisp wheat in the aroma. Opaque orange/pale tan with some small particles of yeast in suspension. Fine-bubbled dark tan head recedes to generous cover with some patchy lacing. Citrus-lemon character with some sour wheat and a strong finishing bitterness. Fair alcohol flavour and strong warming. Airy, fluffy, fine-bubbled texture with nice carbonation and medium body. This was the 2003 version (22.7 Plato) sampled as part of a three year Bare Tree vertical. Bottle enjoyed with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 2003: Nice heavy white head tops the cloudy golden hue. While this is the strongest of the bare tree, it holds the less alcohol flavor. Its aroma is highly vinous and yeasty. It feels pretty weird, like an extremely strong weizen, surprisingly pale and sour. Lots of lemony overtones over a grassy display. Sour and bitter fights up on the palate with no clear winner. Expressive wheat, lemony and kinda dryish in the finish. Light alcohol flavor contributes to the vinous overall feeling though it is cut short by those salty hops. Medium bodied, foamy texture, not quite what I expected, I couldn’t pick up so many flavors and didn’t globally enjoy it as much as I thought. Last raters seem to have experienced similar flavor ranges, so I can only reject the hypothesis that this bottle was not in prime shape, but I feel they may just have gone a little too far with the wheat though the bill claims not more than the other vintages. davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2004
2002 Vintage: Deep golden color. Lively carbonation, big, fluffy egg shell colored head. Fruity, spicy aroma. Peppery, Belgian-like nose. Some wheat characteristic in the nose too. Fizzy on the tongue. Dry, musty flavor profile. Woody notes, but not particulary whisky or wine like. Dry, hoppy finish. Alcohol is noticable, but at 11%, it is hardly overbearing. This beer is not quite what I was expecting. I thought it would have a fuller body, darker color and would be much sweeter. Instead, this resembles a Belgian Golden Ale, like Duvel, more than a barleywine.