Heart Of Gold - Perennial Artisan Ales
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District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-21-2012 03:54:25 | More by Daniellobo
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-24-2012 00:08:30 | More by Reaper16
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-16-2012 14:12:49 | More by zeff80
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
11-27-2011 20:26:05 | More by StlHopHead77
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
01-11-2013 17:55:01 | More by sweemzander
3.9/5 rDev +1%
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.
06-14-2012 22:33:31 | More by claspada
Heart Of Gold from Perennial Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.