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Vernal - Element Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dunkel Wheatwine.

(Beer added by: connecticutpoet on 04-02-2011)
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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
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Vernal from Element Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.