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Smuttynose Short Batch #6 - Oak Aged Tripel With Brett
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Style | ABV
Limited (brewed once).
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
Belgian-style Tripel aged in a used J. Lohr Chardonnay barrel.
(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-01-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had over at Novare Res during their Christmas beer geek week, from my limited notes.
12oz pour, listed as 10.1% so I figured this was the correct Short Batch Oak Aged Tripel from Smuttynose.
Pours a golden/orange color, good sized head, no lacing and no cap on top.
Smell has a great woody oak aged aroma coming from it with a nice light malt backing, not picking up any alcohol in the nose which is surprising, hints of Belgian spiciness.
Taste has a good crisp carbonation, still can't pick up the alcohol at all, the oak really has a large presence in this beer, lightly spicy with the sweet malt, although the barrel aging has a larger than usual presence it really does help this beer from being overly sweet.
Serving type: on-tap
01-05-2011 18:05:49 |
More by deltatauhobbit
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Its a shortbatch, its oaked, its a tripel, its super limited (only one barrel made, and its at the abbey!) While theres an oak tripel and a shortbatch entry, I felt due to the limited availability and just how this came to be it should get its own entry. After all, each shortbatch is going to be different (#6 should be distinctly different than #2, etc.).
So this stuff is 10.1%, super rare experimental beer. And only $7 per snifter? Yes please!. This tripel was aged in J. Lohr Chardonnay barrels for a whoppig TEN months!
A - A great two finger fluffy white head. Clear deep amber body. As the tripel is drunk there is nice , heavy lacing down the sides.
S - HUGE oak notes. The first thing to hit the nose is that deep, earthy wood aroma. Excellent. After the oak comes a hard hit of sweet, almost candy malts. The finish is a very light sour wine, almost indistinguishable.
T - Smooth and creamy. Like the nose there are distinct almost smokey oak flavors. Very earthy and woody, but in a great way! Those sweet malt flavors really work with this accented by that light, faint sourness at the very end.
M - Low carbonation due to aging, that being said this is NOT syrupy at all. In fact, its quite smooth.
D - Super interesting. This tripel has a ton going for it. Oaky, smooth but strong, mildly sour...an excellent example of a beer aged in wine barrels. I dont imagine to know how much it cost to get a chardonnay barrel from this fine vineyard in California but this would be amazing to drink from the bottle. I would pay top dollar for this!
Serving type: on-tap
09-01-2010 03:41:53 |
More by rudzud
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
The beer arrives with a frothy, pale, one-finger thick head. The color is red with gold tones to it. The aroma smells of orange flowers, vanilla, some woody notes and only a hint of oak spiciness. Honey-like malt aromatics combine with the orange notes to remind me of an orange-creamsicle (a mix of fruit and malt/sugar). Some spiciness is here in the nose as well with turpenes, pepper, a slight medicinal note and some ginger that all subtly influence the aroma. I really like the oak integration here in the aroma.
Much more oak character is noticeable in the aroma than it was in the nose; here it is quite spicy with notes of pepper, hot notes that accentuate the alcohol and an astringent finish with some light tannins. Big orange and vanilla flavors are also noticeable in the flavor and these mix well with sweet honey-like flavors. The texture is smooth, but has a peppery carbonation to it; the beer is on the thick side of the style, but this works with the oak notes and other flavors. The beer is quite well balanced between sweet and fruit notes with the oak character and fermentation derived spiciness. This is really quite enjoyable; the balance between the extremes really works here, if it hadn't this would have been unbalanced by either the too sweet / fruity or by the sharp / spicy / alcohol notes.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2010 15:06:12 |
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