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Heart Of Gold - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Heart Of GoldHeart Of Gold

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very good

38 Reviews

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 175
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.3%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AlCaponeJunior on 11-07-2011

Silver Medal at the 2012 GABF in Category 13 (Other Strong Beer).
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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 175
Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from HalftimeBeverage.com. Bottled 09/12. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a deep red hued gold with three fingers of lively off-white head. A good few lacey spots, more than I expected considering the high-ish abv.

Smells of sweet biscuits, wheat, grass, toffee and honey/caramel. Very nice and it gets better as it warms.

A good bit of honey and caramel in the flavor with hay, toffee, bitter floral, earth, grapefruit peel, a hint of vanilla, wet grass and some alcohol heat peaking through towards the end.

Creamy, medium heavy body with relatively mild carbonation. Dry, bitter earthy sweet aftertaste.

A really good wheat wine. One of my favorites that I think will do well in the cellar for a couple years. It does a much better job of hiding it's alcohol than many others that I've tried. I wish that expense and shipping didn't prevent easier access to this but I'm happy to have a couple more. Fans of the style should try it if/when possible.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle at a recent bottle share and I think the consensus was that it was a damn good wheatwine

Look: Pours a almost copper color with a 1/4 inch head and good retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Some citrus wheat and caramel

Taste: Upfront you are greeted by a light fruit note and a touch of citrus hops. Back end has some nice toffee, caramel and fig notes. Very good flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation

Overall: This was my first time trying a wheatwine so I really had no comparisons to make here but I really enjoyed the hell out of it and I will seek it out again

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours a burnt orange color, thin white head, thin collar.

S - Sweet rich fruity notes, sugary malts, vanilla, caramel, and some brown sugar. Really sweet, yet not overly so...no sign of booze.

T - Similar to the nose. Sweet fruity notes, tropical-esque, caramel, fig, brown sugar. No alcohol burn whatsoever, which is really nice and how a wheatwine should be.

M - Medium, light carbonation, creamy fruity finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one and quite possible one of my favorites in this style. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully and the sweetness is just perfect to enjoy a couple of pours, which I would really never want from this style normally. Recommend.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

January 15, 2015

Draft, snifter

A – Deep amber. Slightly hazy. Some off-white lacing but little real head here. Low retention.

S – Sweet caramel malt, a lot of residual sweetness, with some warm, smooth booze. A bit of cherries. No hops are discernible.

T – Caramel and apricot, with a strong impression of crème brulee. Some booze and oak, vanilla. Hops are spicy and provide some balancing bitterness.

M – Carbonation is moderate and palate-cleansing. Residual sweetness is balanced by the hop bitterness. A slight carbonic bite. Booze is warm and inviting.

O – So many great things going on for this beer, a ton of complexity, warm and inviting. Hard to pack all this in and keep it in balance, but it’s well done here.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at bridge in stl. Pours a slight amber golden syrup color. Not much head but its there. Smells off toffee and sweet malts with a bit of alcohol. Taste is fantastic. Sweet toffee malty booze. Slight vanilla and molasses. So easy to drink for such a high abv. Really liked this brew and my fav of the style for sure. Well worth a try but a bottle is on the spendy side

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous deep dark amber with some nice orange and copper hints. The color is so alluring and enticing. There is a nice 1 inch medium dense head with some slight chunky bubbles. The head recedes at a good pace. The head is a slight ecru.

S - Wow. Strong wheat notes up front. Very fresh and slightly citrusy. Fresh baked bread notes and some nice earthy and clean grain notes. There are some nice fruit juice notes with some pear and apple present. Slightly vinous notes as well as some slight boozy sweetness.

T & M - Starts off with a nice oily wheat note that is bready and delicious. Then there is a nice slight caramel sweetness that comes up and blends very well with the bread and grain. The middle portion has some slight pear juice notes as well as some slight alcoholic heat and sweetness. There is also some slight hop notes with some pine and mild citrus on the middle and back end of the beer. Very delicious wheat wine. I can definitely taste the Heart of Gold name. The beer has a nice slick finish with some grainy aftertaste as well as some nice bitterness. The body is light-medium but is definitely enjoyable.

O - Very impressed with this wheatwine. Perennial has been releasing some great brews and I keep looking forward to their development.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from 9/2013. 10% abv.

L: pours dark honey to amber color. head fades fast but lots of lace.

S: booze, raisin, caramel, honey, wheat.

T: vanilla, toffee, wheat. sweetness dissipates nicely, touch of white grape near the close.

M: thick and creamy, light carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

my first try with this style, but can't help to think that this benefited from some aging time as i found it far from boring or simple as some did.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Cuvee Jacobins tulip.

Pours with a ruddy, amber-copper hue. Superbly retained head of creamy khaki foam--quite a feat given the high ABV. I'm sure the wheat (and uppity carbonation level) helps a great deal. Aroma is sharp with apple skin, raisin, and fruity yeast esters. A touch of alcohol and wheat in the background. Probably the weakest point of the beer, as it's so subtle that you really have to dig to get a good sense of how this beer smells.

The flavor, on the other hand, is excellent. Wheat crispness and lots of fruit esters up front, as expected. But the high point is the caramel/toffee gooey-ness that ensues. Delicious--more like a barleywine with a touch of wheat than the contrary, but I'm perfectly fine with that. Mouthfeel is chewy and thick on the palate, but comes off as easy to drink thanks to the fine carbonation. Overall, a fantastic wheatwine, and is right up there with New Holland's Pilgrims Dole for my favorites within the style. Nicely done, Perennial!

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Photo of brap
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a great mouthfeel and aroma. The head. Great but I rated this higher that I probably would have in a blind taste test just because I am not a fan of barleywine and this wheatwine opened my eyes to the fact that I shouldn't write off the style categorically. This was strong without being boozy, like some barleyines that I have had and their were fruit tones and sweetness that made it really excellent for the style.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of this one, and I love a good wheat wine. I have high hopes for this new brewery, so here goes...

Nice looking wheatwine. Orange to copper in color, a bit hazy but not so much that it conceals the nice stream of fine rising bubbles coming from the bottom of my glass. The head was nice and it lasted, leaving nice lace behind.

Smell is a bit fruity and earthy with wheat aromas. Some maltiness filters through as well. Smells good but isn't that strong smelling.

Tastes good! The wheat is pronounced as is the sweet fruitiness. There's a touch of bitterness from a nice addition of hops, but it's not overpowering at all, just right.

Body is great! Smooth and thick, you can feel the wheaty goodness rolling across your tongue and down your throat. Carbs are smooth and add the perfect amount of tang. Exceptionally smooth, I can't imagine how good an aged one would be.

This is an exceptional wheat wine. I fully plan to get more of this and both trade and age it. Because of this bottle I'm going to order more of this brewery's stuff right now. Must try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: single finger head with excellent retention on a hazy golden amber body.

S: honey, candied sugar, Fruity and caramel.

T: the booze hit you right away. Wheat, tropical fruit, toffee, caramel and Citrus hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: initially I thought this one was boozy but it mellows out forming a Wheateine unlike any other I have had. Very nice version of the style.

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

750ml brown bottle with a bottled on date of 10/2011. At 10% abv I am sure this one will be fine to cellar, the labeling even suggests it. Had to crack mine now.

LOOK: Bubbly, slightly hazed, amber, epic lacing

SMELL: Raw honey, faint treacle, bready, mineral, ligonberries, boozy, golden raisins, herbal

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, big bodied, loaf of bread, warming alcohol, nutty, slightly grassy, buckwheat honey, herbal, modest hopping, marsala wine, persimmons, figs, melon rind, drying grassy finish

Massive sleeping giant of a beer. It took a few sips to really fall into this beer and see the complexities open up. Very mellow, the 10% does not fully show until the end. A lovely Wheat Wine, yet another one that may show this style being more malt forward which is fine by me.

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Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks for opening this one, DarthKostrizer!

Bright, burnished golden color with a moderately sized off-white head that eventually left the glass spotted with stick.

Bright citrus aromas, along with sweet toffee and caramel, and a bit of simple bread to round things out. Very little alcohol presence, though some.

The flavor too is quite citrus-forward, with wheat, simple sweetness, and a moderate level of bitterness making this a very drinkable wheatwine.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A citrusy, easy-drinking version of a rarely attempted style. I have been more than impressed with this brewery so far and look forward to enjoying more of their offerings--I just wish I could buy them off the shelves in San Diego.

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

Look: Aggressive pour into the snifter yielded a finger of white head, body is amber/orange hued.

Smell: Apricot with some citrus, no discernible malt.

Taste: Apricots, oranges, and cherries (if that makes sense), plus a bit of toffee malt which is really nice.

Feel: Well carbonated, very dry.

Overall: only my 2nd wheat wine that I'm aware of, I'm glad I found this in the beverage fridge after 2+ years. It held up extraordinarily well. Rating = 4.00

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

Nice wheat wine, fresh fruity layer coating the experience.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Label illustrated in pastel colors with a soft image of a sunset over a field of wheat. Notes bottling on 10/2011, and 10.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Slightly hazy amber pour, nice finger of frothy head, good retention and lacing.

S - Nice fruity nose, caramel wheaty touches, floral hint…

T - Wheaty with a long sweet fruity sense that feels rather fresh, caramel, touch of apples, light resin and citrus as it weaves itself back to the grain.

M - Medium body and carbonation, maybe a tad thin at one point but the freshness, and the boozy edge, which is noticeable but works well, make it rather enjoyable.

O - Pretty nice wheat wine. It is not too profound but the fresh flowery/fruity dash and its general sense make for a rather pleasing brew.

Notes: Really glad I got to try this one. Very few stuff from Perennial reaching me, and while all I've tasted felt quality this one might be the one that will make the bigger dent in my memory so far.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Local Option, Chicago, IL, into a tulip glass

Pours a very ruddy, muddy brown color. It looks like some mulled cider, the kind you throw a ton of cinnamon sticks into. Not much head at all, barely 1/2 of a finger. Didn't really lace either, but its probably too strong in alcohol content for that.

The aroma is real toasty. Toasted breadcrusts (wheat bread, very obviously), an array of spices. Sweet brown sugar notes. The flavor is unlike other wheatwines I've had, which tend to be pretty hop forward. This is a total malt bomb: sticky with toffee flavor. It's not nearly as deep as great barelywines I've had, and it isn't as complex as the best wheatwines (like Boulevard's Harvest Dance). But it's a lovely and unique sipper in its own right.

The mouthfeel isn't as sticky as I thought it would be. You want to sip this, if only because of the slight boozy finish. Overall, a good beer. The world needed a wheatwine like this one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, burgundy color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam that left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, booziness and some toffee.

T - It tasted of wheat, toffee and caramel. There was a strong spiciness and just a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is yet another really good beer from Perennial.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep,slightly hazy orangish,amber body with a one inch crown of determined,snow white foam that left nice clingy rings of lacing.

S-Smells of hearty wheat,jammy citrus,fresh grass,wildflower honey,dried cherry,golden raisin and brown sugar.

T-Sweetened wheat cereal,tart cherry,blonde tobacco,a blend of herbal/citric hop bitterness,roasted almond and a slight note of good bourbon.

M-Medium body with a well-developed sweetness that is balanced by earthy/bitter hops.Maybe just one note from being spot on.

O-Seriously good example of the style.Some of this is currently aging in Bourbon barrels at The Wine and Cheese Place and I can't wait.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Matt for sharing yet again!

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish amber color. Produced some white froth and lace.

(S)- A sweet and rich body. A touch sherry/port-like with bits of fig and honey. Ever so slightly biscuit like in the background.

(T)- A heavy sweetness with honey, fig, and a subtle biscuit like wheat.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but it fits. Quite sweet malts with a nice balance for the style.

(O)- Its actually quite a nice beer for the style. I am by no means an expert when it comes to wheatwines, but compared to previous beers I have had in the style, this is actually near the top.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter brown (reddish brown) with minimal head and lacing and had a strong boozy aroma, mixed with touches of caramel and dark fruit notes as well as some wheat is noticeable. The wheat helps make for a fuller body, not chewey but close, smooth drinking, the booze is noticeable as it has a slightly heavy boozy taste, not quite bourbon/woody, the dark fruits like plums, raisins, figs are in there, touches of bitter citric hops and spice. Enjoyed this beer but the balances seems to be slightly off as the finish is muddled and at some points was really biting.

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper orange with a large off-white sticky foamy, bubbly, head, that leaves some residual lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aromas are kind of a let down to be honest. They begin and end pretty much with maltiness both slightly grainy and sweet, with slight caramel touches. There is a light earthiness and a touch of citrus hop aromas as it warms a little but I am stretching to find anything else.

The flavor is thankfully a slight step up from the aroma. Starts with that slight citrus I was getting in the nose, but the dominant flavor profile is still centered around the mellow caramel maltiness and much more in your face wheat/grainy presence. As it warms more you get some of that sourness you find in wheat heavy beers and and a light herbal bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly lacking but not unpleasant. Sourish wheat malt and light herbal hop bitterness are the main highlights.

Overall this is a decent beer, but forgettable overall. It is good but doesn't shine in any specific aspect. I would def like a bit more of a hop presence, even for being over 6 mo old, it still would benefit greatly from a more dominant citrus punch. I cannot recommend seeking this out even for fans of the style as you can probably get a better example locally. Make no mistake this is a highly crafted ale, the ABV is non-existent even at close-to-room temps which is commendable, just lacks the necessary pop for a higher rating.

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Photo of mecummins
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a reddish gold honey color. Lots of ivory foam, 3 fingers at least. Not much lacing for all that head though.

S- caramel, honey, lots of wheat grains and some bready yeast. A bit of herbal, earthy hops

T- slightly sweet from the caramel & honey notes. Wheat grains right upfront too. A bit boozy. Nice light herbal/ earthy hops layered in.

M- ever so slightly syrupy, but leans towards medium mouthfeel than thick

F- medium and slightly boozy

A nice beer that I'll appreciate more come Fall

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Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours an murky amberish maple with a nice white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Floral, honey-like esters, cotton candy, light caramelized malt.

T: Dryish maple and molasses, brown sugar, bitter grain, a bit nutty, whole wheat bread, dark booze underneath.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, but it's a bit one-noted.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of caramel and toffee are present in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has light flavors of caramel and toffee along with a slight amount of sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are bits of warming from the alcohol once the beer warms up.
O: This beer reminds me like a muted version of a barleywine as you can taste the malty flavors but it doesn't seem as heavy on the body as the wheat lightens things up. It is rather easy to drink considering its strength.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich deep brown in color. Minimal head quickly disappears, but I see active carbonation bubbles. The aroma is a lush, inviting dark wheat aroma. The mouthfeel is very surprisingly smooth considering the strength. There's an earthiness that blends with the carbonation and makes its presence known by prickling the tongue. I've had a handful of other wheat wines and they haven't been good experiences, but this is very intriguing and inviting. There's a bit of a dark malt and buttery cracker refreshing aftertaste.

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Heart Of Gold from Perennial Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.