Serendipity No. 8 - Tree Brewing
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3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
650ml bottle. Used to be that I had to be in the Okanagan at the right time to grab one of the Serendipity series - now I can buy this at my local bottleshop, word. No idea what kind of beer this is, other than it is aged for over 100 days in whiskey and port barrels - we'll figure that out afterwards.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark reddish amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and thickly foamy ecru head, which leaves some nice cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.
It smells of strongly woody caramel and vanilla notes, grainy, bready malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, moderately spicy rye whiskey, an ethereal red wine fruitiness, and earthy, musty, and leafy hops. The taste is rather spicy grainy, lightly roasted caramel, rye, and pale malt, wet wheat crackers, a bourbon barrel acrid vanilla woodiness, a faint boozy and tart Pinot Noir black fruit character, an isolated stoney flintiness, and muted earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy hops.
The carbonation is a bit tight up front, but settles to a low-key frothiness soon enough, the body on the lee side of a respectable medium weight, and perhaps a tad thin in its plain, workaday smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the mixed-origin caramel and vanilla still facing a strong and heady rye barrel wood and grain astringency.
As has been my previous experience with these barrel-treated offerings from Tree, it seems here that the base beer suffers from an overdose of less than integrated woodiness. A little too edgy overall to recommend as a pleasant repeat drinking experience.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 04:09:34 | More by biboergosum
Serendipity No. 8 from Tree Brewing
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