Tag Archives: oak barrel aged

8 Wired Once Upon A Time In Blenheim

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 8.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Barrel aged for 3 years. Ale brewed with wild Sauvignon Blanc grape juice. 100% spontaneously fermented lambic style. 2014 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This is the last barrel aged beer we brewed in Blenheim, before uprooting and setting up a new brewery in the North. A 100% spontaneous fermented and barrel aged lambic inspired beer, co-fermented with the equally spontaneous fermented Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc juice from our fine friends at Cirro Wines.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.94
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2014 vintage, with a best before date of 24th November 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left behind no lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, oak, vanilla, white grape and a touch of lemon juice.
Taste: Tart and sour, white grape, vinous, lemon, green apple, oak, funk and light vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Maybe the oak and vanilla flavours were a little strong and overpowering, but I think it was saved a bit by the Sauvignon Blanc flavours which came through nicely.

Advertisements

Bruery Terreux Orchard Wit

Brewery: The Bruery (Bruery Terreux)
Country: USA
ABV: 5.7%
Style: Belgian Witbier

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Tart Wheat Beer. Brewed with spices and aged in an oak foeder. Refreshing – crisp – witty.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.91
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml bottle, bottle on 19th December 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour, stone fruits, peach, apricot, grass, wheat, oak and funk.
Taste: Sour and tart, light stone fruit, citrus, lemon, orange, coriander, wheat and funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: An interesting twist on the classic Witbier with tart and sourness coming through prominently, while still keeping it nicely balanced.

Bruery Terreux Frucht: Raspberry

Brewery: The Bruery (Bruery Terreux)
Country: USA
ABV: 4.3%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: 2018 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Berlin-style tart wheat beer. Aged in oak foeders with raspberries.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.06
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 375ml bottle, 2018 vintage, bottled on 6th November 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy reddish orange colour with a two finger very light pink head that dissipated quite quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Jammy sweet, lightly tart, raspberry, strawberry and light wheat.
Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, lemon, lemon juice, with maybe a touch of oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: While flavours were not bad, it was perhaps held back by being almost on the verge of being overwhelmingly sour.

Mikkeller Spontanseabuckthorn

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour ale brewed with sea buckthorn & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 7th September 2027. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark golden orange colour with a two finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour, funky, mango, apricot with a touch of oak, lemon and vinegar.
Taste: Tart, sour, acidic, lemon, sour orange, vinegar and funk with hints of mango and apricot.
Mouthfeel: Acidic (maybe a bit too much), medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I have no idea what sea buckthorn tastes like, but this was quite interesting with tart and sour citrus plus hints of tropical fruit. However, it was also on the verge of being overly sharp with acidity and vinegar, which definitely held it back.

Mikkeller Spontanrosehip

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour ale brewed with rosehip & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 21st September 2027. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A murky dark orange brown colour with a two finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, lightly sweet and sour, strawberry yoghurt, lightly lactic, peachy and a touch floral.
Taste: Tart, peach, oak, yoghurt with a hint of funk and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very different to all others in the Spontan lineup with its lactic and yoghurty notes and also a whole lot less funky. I’m not sure what rosehip is supposed to smell or taste like, but this beer was pretty nice.