Evil Twin Brunello Wine Barrel Aged Justin Blåbær - Evil Twin Brewing
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.34/5 rDev +4.8%
Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no dating to be found. The only thing that differentiates from regular ol' Justin Blåbær is a bit of text on the upper-right corner of the label. Whereas non-BA Blåbær says "malt beverage brewed with blueberries", the BA version says "ale aged in wine barrels with blueberries added". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series chalice glass.
Appearance - The hue of the BA version is much darker than the regular version, with an overall tone of dark burgundy-amber with some undertones of eggplant purple. I had to hold it up directly in front of the light to see the color, as it was too dark to see through the reflections on the bowl of the glass. The head is about a finger thick and ethereal, a bit like champagne head, and dissipates quickly, leaving a thin film of fine bubbles across the top of the body. Eventually even that dissipates to nothing. The color of the foam is a pinkish hue.
Smell - Great notes of oak and tannins, along with muted-fruit vinous elements from the second-use barrels. The blueberries are also on full display, contributing a tart fruitiness that plays well alongside the slightly more rich oak characteristics. Some sweeter notes of vanilla and merlot-infused caramel (no really, it's a thing) cut the acidity.
Taste - In a lot of ways it reminds me of the non-BA version, but with more depth and complexity. Notes of red wind must are definitely present here where they were not in the original. The original is very tasty, but a bit one note--blueberry tartness. This one has that same acidity and hints of vinegar, but now there are impressions of more fruit complexity, with black currant and plum making an appearance. The oak tannins are again present in the taste.
Mouthfeel - Surprisingly, the barrel aging has not had a terribly negative impact on the effervescence of this beer. There is still a fairly high amount of carbonation to provide a prickly mouthfeel. The body is medium-light.
Overall, a better beer than the base, but not by as much as I had expected. The barrel really lends additional complexity to the taste and makes for a very different looking beer, but the smell and mouthfeel are pretty similar. All else being equal, I would probably choose the wine barrel version of this beer, but it's also more expensive and much harder to come by, and I'm not sure it's enough better than the base to compensate for those drawbacks. Still worth a try if you come across it--especially if you can do it side-by-side with the base.
02-12-2014 15:40:53 | More by LambicPentameter
4.65/5 rDev +12.3%
A4 an amber purple in color with a slight bit of head, looks pretty much like a Chardonnay.
S4.5 wine barrels, that jasmine like Brett scent. Slight hint of blueberries
T5 sour and tart like all hell, blueberries are definitely thereby not overwhelming, the sourness though is dominant and fantastic. Definitely get a wine barrel flavor too.
M4 light body with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing treat.
O4.5 definitely loving this. Wish they had the bottle to go, was really hoping To get Matt a taste of this one :(
Aside from that it's a lovely sour Berliner weisse wih hints of blueberry. Lovely in every aspect.
02-02-2014 03:56:20 | More by facundoCNB
3.56/5 rDev -14%
Pour / Appearance: High carbonation, likely due to bottle conditioning and is somewhat expected with a berliner. Head dissipates quickly but sticks around the glass rim. Nice lacing! Looks nothing like a berliner in any way; very dark and even muddy when held in the light. Almost like an american brown ale. If I got this at a bar I’d be somewhat confused.
Aroma: Definite oak, and light tannins. Hard to tell if this is from the red wine residuals or the actual barrel. Lactic at the back, but not overbearing. Obviously no real hops, but smells oddly alcoholic at 4.5%. No blueberries, which is a shame but I suppose it’s to be expected if it was barrel aged after the fact. Disappointed again.
Taste: Lactic acid then an odd combination of brown, caramel, and vienna. And, once it hits the throat, bits of smoke. Like, I thought maybe I was getting tannins again, but honest to god smoke. Definite red wine and oak influence, and very drinkable. But again, very little blueberry and honestly much of anything but acid and oak.
Overall: Honestly I’m really disappointed, both from the folks who brewed this and in the beer itself. It’s more of a very strange flanders red than it is a berliner. Maybe when it wasn’t barrel aged it was different?
Bottom Line: Avoid unless you’re trying to tick it off a list, or love any of the breweries involved. For the price you’re not getting much. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s a specialty beer for a reason. I like it and will seek out the original to compare, but only out of loving Evil Twin and Fano.
12-24-2013 23:31:11 | More by VincentFrey
3.64/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a one finger fine off-white head with hints of red tones. Aroma of tart vinous grape and berry notes, a hint of oaky vanilla, slight funk. Flavor is very tart berry, red wine, oak, hints of citrus. Finishes somewhat flat, with mild tannic wine and residual tart berries. Light bodied with active carbonation. The original Justin Blaeber was light and refreshing, the light berry notes have been subsumed here into the wine barrel components. I hesitated getting this because the style is not one of my favorites, but I enjoyed the original so much and always give Evil Twin a chance and picked this up. Hard to review because I often don't enjoy tart wine barrel ales. Obviously well made, but not to my taste. The finish seemed a bit lacking in interesting flavors.
12-21-2013 21:02:49 | More by LiquidAmber
Evil Twin Brunello Wine Barrel Aged Justin Blåbær from Evil Twin Brewing
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