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Heart Of Gold - Perennial Artisan Ales

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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 StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

odd beer but another tasty one from perennial. on tap at hops and pie, this has a pale golden color, perfectly clear, but not much head or visible carbonation. smells quite sweet, like honey and wheat malt, somehow still light despite its obvious gravity and alcohol strength. I smell some fruity esters too, maybe even berries or honeysuckle or something lush and springy. the flavor is on the sweet side, residual sugars abound, and its subtle malt flavor is less prominent than it probably should be, although I am admittedly not much of a wheat wine connoisseur. the alcohol doesn't come out until the end, and the flavor is actually rather pleasant, just very sweet. a good glass to share. smooth in the feel, gentle vibes, but lacking the carbonation that I need in a beer like this. it gets heavy as a result, and starts to get tough to drink. the booze comes out as it warms and it can really get you smashed if you don't look out. a good beer from perennial. maybe not quite up to the level of some others, but a unique and enjoyable cold weather brew.

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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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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 russpowell
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/12

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of beige colored head. Nice viscosity to this, below average head retention & lacing

S: Doughyness, pears & peaches

T: Follows the nose, leafy hops, a touch of wine sap apples & pipe tobacco notes up front. Pears & leafy hops continue to dominate as this warms, a touch of white grape as well. Finishes dry, fruity & warming with more leafy hops & apricot; plus a bit of cardboard/oxidation

MF: Chewy, fairly firm carbonation that softens over time. Becomes fairly warming over time

Alright for the style, not near as quaffable as Harvest Dance, so far this brewery isn't really impressing me, especially a pricey as they were at Brown Derby

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep caramel colored. A few bubbles. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Caramel and a bit of hops. Sweet and wheaty. Smells like a bit of honey too.

Taste - Sweet with a bit of oxidation. Wheat and caramel. Nothing else but booze.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and kinda sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - This is hella dull.

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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 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 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 brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light reddish, burgundy with a few finger tan head and a few wisps of lace.

S -Wheat malt, fruity, toffee and caramel, honey, herbal, slightly boozy.

T - Strong alcohol sweetness, slight alcohol burn, herbal bitterness, nutty with light caramel and toffee. Maybe a touch metallic as it warms.

M - Creamy but tough to get past the sting of carbonation and warming alcohol. Once that passes it has decent flavor.

D - Hard to get past the initial alcohol taste/carbonation sting. Decent beer on the finish but the initial notes are below average.

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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 TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Memories of Hitchhiker's Guide flowing back for some reason... Anyway, this stuff pours a slightly hazy sunset amber topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, wet grass, flowers, light perfume-y orange peel, and lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some grapefruit peel. The alcohol isn't quite as present as I'd expected from other encounters with this brewery, which is a nice bit of surprise. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a sorta/kinda fluid feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a kinda limp wheatwine, one with little character and a subsequently bland flavor.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap in a snifter. Appearance is a slightly hazy with a dark golden hue. Minimal head with some spotty lacing. Nose is full of wheat and bread, rich herbal hops come next with a bit of booziness. Taste is a bit sweet up front with heavy wheat character and burn. Mouthfeel is heavy with light carbonation. Overall, a little one note.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass, thanks to Doug for the assist.

Pours a tawny reddish orange, ascending trails of carbonation rising in the center. Lasting sticky foam that has an offwhite color, leaving residual lacing here and there around the edges.

Smells grainy and sweet, mellow with slight caramel touches.

Flavor has some slight citrus, otherwise a mellow, hearty caramel malt and burly wheat presence and a light herbal bitterness. Not much definitive character here, but it's alright and drinkable. Medium bodied, and fairly smooth considering the 10% abv.

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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 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 FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1057th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml c/c

2011 Vintage

Thanks to???? for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- This was very bright in the glass. Similar to an electric yellow. Not sure why, maybe bottle variation but was a bit more alive than most wheatwines I have seen. Small head, and very little cling.

Smell- It wasn't like the other two wheatwines I have had, this was a touch lactic, a little malty and a bit citrusy. Overall, kinda nice on the nose but didn’t wow.

Taste- So I was excited to try a new wheatwine, seeing as they are hard to find. This one was a bit more powerful with the citrus and the backing malts. Didn’t overpower really but didn’t wow me either similar to the nose. A bit of grain, a little bit of citrus and a little bit of that wheatwine punch was there from some bitter hops.

Mouth- A little bit more thick on the feel leaning towards a thicker medium with a paired thicker medium carbonation level. A little bit of residual bitter hop bite.

Drink- This was a unique wheatwine and I didn't really think it was all that special. I think it was getting a bit fatigued at the tasting at this point as well.

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