Vernal - Element Brewing Company
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Reviews by connecticutpoet:
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From the neck label:
"This Dunkel Wheat Wine brewed with Element's house yeast, local maple syrup, and Pioneer Valley grown and malted organic wheat, uses a generous dose of Pacific Northwest hops to infuse crisp citrus flavors into Element's spring offering."
Please serve @ 283.15°K (50°F / 10°C)
Bottle 410 of 564.
I've been waiting for this one since trying 6:56 at the brewery and finally getting to meet Dan face to face. I'd like to think the maple syrup came from a suggestion I made, but I know these guys think WAY outside the box all the time, with delicious results.
After the shortest struggle with one of their corks I've ever had, a nice pour into my pint glass produced a one finger head atop a deep orange-amber, hazy body with plenty of tiny floaters. Gotta love bottle conditioning.
Aroma way many-layered. Strong malt aromas were up front, followed by sweet clean wheat. A spicy/peppery hop aroma followed, which shifted into citrus further down. I could detect some maple way down at the bottom. As it warmed, the sweetness came out more, along with some syrupy scents.
Taste started out bitter with the first swallow, first pine hops and resins, then citrus. By the third swallow, malt came forward more. Sweetness didn't make it through until several more swallows, and it was subtle. The more I drank, the more the malt began to express itself, and it balanced out more. At the moment, I don't know what the ABV is, but I can't detect it in the taste.
Mouthfeel was full, chewy, thick and somewhat oily. Yet it doesn't cling to the tongue.
Overall, a well put together beer. One that is good now, and probably will become even better with a year or two in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2011 01:30:29 | More by connecticutpoet
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A-Pours clear and brown with no head. No lacing either. Dull coloring.
S-Maple syrup all over the place. Sugary sweet with the whole 'brown sugar,caramel, molasses' bill.
T-So much Maple syrup. The first few sips were very cool, then the second half of the glass really became cloying.
M-Every sip lowered the beer's drinkability. It really weighs on you over time.
O/D-Started high and ended low but the overall experience was fun. Happy to have tried it.
Serving type: on-tap
03-21-2013 01:24:14 | More by VelvetExtract
2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Served in a shaker pint glass.
Thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!
Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. Figured I'd bring this over to my Hallowe'en shindig, share some blind fun with others. This stuff pours a clear smoky topaz topped by a finger of relatively short-lived sienna foam. The nose comprises honey, light maple syrup, light clove, and a touch of rye bread. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of wheat and a large amount of waxy orange rind. The bitterness of the latter really detracts from the overall experience for me (others in the room felt otherwise). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, an alright wheatwine, but one that suffers from overly high bitterness. I do like the approach of a dunkel-wheatwine, though...
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2012 19:24:37 | More by TMoney2591
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle dated 3/14/2011. Almost a year and a half old.
A: Pours a very dark amber with a good sized frothy tan head. Fades quickly leaving nice lacework behind.
S: Lots of maple syrup. Dare I say a little brown sugar? Other than that just some bready wheat. Maybe a hint of molasses.
T: A touch of maple syrup and caramel up front, then it's loaded with ridiculous amounts of bread. Literally like drinking bread. On the back end there is again a bit of sweet maple once the bread fades. Some bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, I'm not sure exactly what it's from - maybe resinous hops? Slightest bite of alcohol in the finish as well.
M: Fairly heavy and smooth.
O: It's not bad at all. Just very simple and one dimensional. Bread and maple syrup and a touch of bitterness to round it out. Maple is quite nice, I will admit.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2012 02:41:17 | More by Dope
Vernal from Element Brewing Company
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