AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
adamjackson (1319) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – JUN 24, 2013
Cellar Reserve ’13 Release. Enjoyed at 60F in a stemmed wine glass.
A – Appearance is cloudy and burnt orange. Nice 2 finger head, sticky lacing throughout.
S – Nose has oranges, cloves, lacto yeast and other citrus notes. There’s a lot of funk with some lemon peel and ropey qualities and just a hint of tropical notes.
T – Taste big and dry. Starts sweet and citrus like, taste up front is very similar to a Gueuze. In the middle, you get a big oaky sour taste with orange peel. The finish is a boozy, bourbon taste and burn. It tastes like a 10% beer and not a 7% beer.
M – Dry, smooth, medium body, really fills the mouth with carbonation
O – Overall, it’s drinkable and delicious but the whiskey comes through very strong. I might like the standard version more if it was as sour as this. I have 3 more of these so maybe I’lll wait a bit before cracking the rest open. I love the Gueuze like qualities in this beer but the whiskey is something added that doesn’t need to be there.