Lucid Dreams - Odd Side Ales

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 12-30-2011

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz bottle poured into tulip

A- Deep maroon, barely any light allowed through
S- Vinigar sourness, red wine, berries... reminds me of GI Lolita in smell
T- Sweet and vinigar sour almost like an Oud Braun. The red wine barrel aging gives it a great tanin flavoring but seem to drive a very short finish on the flavor. Boldish flavors that fade too quick
M- Thin, but works fine

O- Fun beer to try. Love the use of red wine barrels. The flavors are good, they just fade so quick

Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

It is brown in color with burnt orange and copper highlights. It is capped with an inch of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

It definitely has a vinous smell. I get some dark fruit, figs and dates, from the dubbel base.

The wine is big in the taste. I get a dry wine taste. I'm having trouble detecting the dark fruit from the smell.

Medium and dry

It's a pretty good beer. The wine really carries this one. It is interesting just like all of Odd Side's beers. That's what keeps me trying them all.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Odd Side Ale's Lucid Dreams last week for $4.29 at The Lager Mill. I don't think I've ever had a wine barrel aged beer that wasn't a sour or a Saison and I'm interested to see how the barrel works with the Dubbel base, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage, fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks pretty good, I like the name and the design goes really well with it, I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a unique ruby/amber color that took on more of a crimson like hue when held to the light and it had a little under a two fingers worth of head which died down to a thin ring fairly quickly and it left some nice spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer and it actually had a wine like color, but I wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness and it's followed by a nice tart aroma being the first to show up along with a nice fruit aroma with some cherry and dark fruits seeming to show up the most. Up next comes a slight funky farmhouse ale like aroma followed by the wine barrel which imparts a very oaky and red wine like aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, even though it was only a little Dubbel like it still had some pretty good aromas to it and it could be mistaken for a wild ale from the aroma.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a pretty light amount of tartness that lead right into a nice fruit flavor with some dark fruit and wine like flavors coming through and there's a little bit of Belgian yeast like flavors in the background along with a pretty light farmhouse ale like flavor. Up next comes the barrel which imparst a little more wine flavors and some big oaky flavors. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of bitterness along with some slightly warming alcohol and it had a dark fruit, wine and oak like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the wine barrel were pretty heavy, but they imparted some nice flavors that I enjoyed.

M- Smooth, a little complex, just crisp enough, ,medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but I wish it had just a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought this was a pretty good example of a Wine Barrel aged beer, I can't say it's too recognizable as Dubbel so it certainly isn't a true example of a Dubbel, but it's still an enjoyable and tasty beer nonetheless. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little complex, just crisp enough, not filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I think two of these would be my limit and this seems like a good beer to enjoy on a cool summer night. What I like the most about this beer was the how well the wine barrels are showcased, in pretty much all the wine barrel aged beers I've had in the past they have had a fairly light wine barrel aspect, but in this beer the wine barrel really showed up and it sticks out just as much as bourbon barrels do in some stouts. What I liked the least about this beer was the carbonation, if it had just a little more carbonation the mouthfeel would be very nice. I would buy this beer again and I'm glad I got a four pack when I had the chance and I'd like to see how this beer would age. I would recommend this beer to most people and it's a must try if you like wine barrel aged beers. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I thought it was nice change of pace and so far this is the most barrel heavy beer I've had from Oddsides. I think it's one of the better Oddside beers I've had and it's one of the most memorable wine barrel aged beer I've had simply because the wine barrel really showed up. Good job guys, this was a pretty unique and enjoyable beer, keep up the great creative work.

Photo of Izraehl
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful reddish color. Probably leeched color for the red wine barrrels.

S - Can really taste the oak wood. Sour smell. Cabernet.

T - Can taste the red wine character. Oak. Slight belgian character in the back end. Finishes tart. Surprisingly doesn't taste sour like the smell would indicate.

M - Leaves the tongue dry.

O - This beer is some thing new. I don't think there's much else out there comparable. Medium complexity and enjoyable.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Odd Side during my Christmas trip to Michigan.

A Belgian dubbel aged in red wine barrels.

Pours a dark amber color with a good off-white head. The nose brings some red wine notes with faint oak and a bit of dark fruit. There's a light acidic component as well. The flavor has nice bits of red wine plus light sourness and tannin. Medium body and dry finish. Very solid.

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer from this brewery thanks to rudzud.

Pours a nice fizzy fluffy1/2 finger head after a forced pour, darker hazy ruby maroon brownish color.

NOse is pretty nice, a big wine barrel note, buttery oak, sweet candy like and syrupy darker like Belgian style malts, little yeasty note and Belgian yeast like funk thing, mild brown malt, generic tart fruit and nice vinous notes.

Taste starts with buttery oak, a big buttery oaked chardonnay like barrel note, little vinous, some sweet candy like malts, syrupy notes, little brown malt note, etc. Finish brings lots more buttery oak chardonnay, little tannins, little bitter notes, mild tart like fruit and vinous notes.

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent carb, little heavier thick viscous actually, mild warming booze.

Overall interesting, not a huge oaked chardonnay fan, and it def overpowers most of the other characters in this beer, but still fairly tasty and seems to go well in this one.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: garnet to mahogany color, dark but with a small amount of clarity. a half finger of a tannish head that fades slowly and leaves a slight lacing.

Smell: a noticeable red wine to a huge oakiness. some dark fruits.

Taste: opens up with red wine with a little but of a tartness too it. huge oak and wooden character. a light but still there belgian candi sweetness and yeast character.

Mouthfeel: good medium body, tartness dies away and leaves behind a moderate dryness.

Overall: another interesting and well done barrel aged beer from Odd Side. one of the better beers with wine characteristics.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels.

Poured out into the glass with a clear, reddish hue and a wisp of off white head. Detecting no barrel presence in the smell. Mostly malt sweetness. Tastes pretty much like an irish red but on the very carbonated side. What did they do, barrel this for an hour? Taste is light and overall disappointing.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, tannic red wine, oak, clove, toast, candi sugar, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with well balance fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, toast, tannic red wine, oak, clove, light pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of tannic tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, toast, red wine, oak, clove, light pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, wine barrel flavors; with a great balance of the wine and yeast notes with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wine barrel aged dubbel! All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Sean9689
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at my place with Alex.

A - Pours a darker amber color, cream-colored head, spotty lace.

S - Light sourness, vinous notes, oak, and dark fruits. The barrel notes and base beer work together pretty well.

T - Similar to the nose, vinous, oak, dark fruits, light tartness.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy fruity finish.

O - A nice Dubbel with the barrel notes working decently well with the base beer. Not something I'd really go after again, but hey, not all that bad.

Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear light brown with a thin head and light lacing.

S - Aromas of brown sugar, red wine, Belgian yeasts and esters, lots of barrels, darker malts and fruits.

T - Taste is more brown sugar, red wine, Belgian yeasts, malts, esters, great barrel notes with some good buttery oak, chardonnay, great sweet malts and vinous notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and easy drinking.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer, nice wine notes with good Belgian aspects. Really tasty.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date rubbed off. $4.99 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy ruby. Aggressive pour gave small brown head that fizzled away quickly.

Smell: Red wine and barrel. That's really it. The barrel is subtle though.

Taste/feel: Red wine and barrel. Tastes like this beer is half wine, half beer. A lot of red wine character that also includes that warmth wine has. Barrel character is mostly only tasted on the front of each sip. Subtle, but there. Not much depth of flavor at all, but that's alright in this case. Feel is about moderate all around. Not bitter. Tangy sweet wine finish (and start, for that matter).

If you hate red wine, you'll hate this beer. Personally, I don't hate wine, so I enjoyed this pretty unique beer quite a lot. Loads of red wine character, a little barrel woodiness, and that's about it. There are some other nuances in there that make this beer great as well, such as the Belgian yeast, and then a nice malty character at the end to remind you you're drinking a beer.

$4.99 puts this beer at a price I'm thinking I wouldn't ever pay again, but this is absolutely a great beer choice for a wine drinker.

Photo of coriswrasse
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle poured intwo two snifters. no date which can affect ratings.

looks great. excellent head. dark amber and great carbonation.

nose has all kinds of dark fruit and wine.

taste up front is good but quickly turns to awfull bitter.

perhaps a bad bottle?

Lucid Dreams from Odd Side Ales
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.