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Review by seaoflament on 02/27/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 16 4 8 2008
Another beer I am able to try thanks to the generosity of iceicebaby.

12oz bottle Grand Reserve oak aged 21 months, batch 130/131. I received this one in the summer of 08.

Pours a dark amber with a half inch of foam. Pretty good retention, a well formed ring around the tulip glass.

Instantly I pick up some sour green apples, oak, cherries, vinegar, sour berries, sweet and sour oranges, spicy and citrus grains of paradise, and lemony coriander. There’s also a delicate toast sweetness that wants to be more present but the acidity and acetic qualities push it to the back, maybe when it warms up I can pick up more malt. Slight plastic aroma but very faint. I’m picking up a little more oak and spices with a complex vinegar background, almost to the degree of a Flemish sour. Some toast and caramel sweetness once the beer warms up a bit, also a touch of salty crackers.

A little more reserved on the palate but still complex. I first get a citrus bitterness greeting, in the form of hops, then the spicy and lemony coriander and grains of paradise come in. A bit of vinegar in the middle but well contained so it does not overpower the beer. Some oak in the finish. Semi-dry finish at first but it seems to intensity with each sip. Feels a tad thin near the finish. Old bread or old toast flavor in the end. More brett and leather flavor as the beer warms up. I was really digging the flavor the first few sips but after half the bottle the lemony flavors of the coriander and grains of paradise with the oak get a little tiring.

Soft, delicate, and bubbly on the palate. Very enjoyable mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation, very easy to drink as well.

Served In: Tulip