Worry - Heretic Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +20.4%
On tap at Toronado in SF. Served at around 48-50 degrees F.
I haven't had much luck with Bay Area Belgian-style beers, but this one was definitely a worthwhile drink.
It was a brilliant, slightly hazy gold with a bit of a white head. Bubbles rose at a moderate speed and it left sexy effervescent legs on the side of the glass.
Smelled sweet with whiffs of bright fruit and brett.
The flavor was almost overwhelming, but totally balanced. A rush of everything I smelled plus some good tartness, finished off by a delicate but noticeable floral hoppiness. Left me feeling plenty warm on the inside, but the booze didn't burn.
I've gotten so used to simply spicy strong Belgians. This one does give other beers something to worry about.
06-07-2012 05:44:48 | More by musicman575
4.43/5 rDev +19.1%
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of some strong Chardonnay barrel character with some oak and white grape, alongside some Belgian yeast esters with farmhouse smells and a bit of spice coming through.
T - Starts off with some white grape and some Belgian yeast flavor with some light coriander and clove and a bit of Pilsner malt. Through the middle, some oak comes through alongside a bit of vanilla and some farmhouse flavors and a bit of tartness. The finish is a mix of white grape and other light fruits, oak, Belgian yeasts, and just a touch of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, light estery, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice BSPA with the Chardonnay barrel aging really adding a good deal of complexity and depth to the beer.
06-01-2012 06:36:09 | More by ngeunit1
4.38/5 rDev +17.7%
Inflatablechair provided this bottle tonight... Poured into my HotD goblet... Foamy white head dies pretty quickly.. decent lacing.. slightly hazed golden brew.
Nose shows plenty of oak with pears and sweet apple essence.. a bit spicy.. light clove
Flavor is dry fruitiness with some heavy pale malt essence that doesn't actually add to the sweetness.. White grape and chardonnay notes really open up with warmth.. great barrel presence...
Surprising body for such a dry finish... good carbonation and fairly long finish.
I liked this one pretty much... and I am told it is going to be available for an approachable price.
Thanks a ton Sammy!! Cool brew... I will definitely buy as soon as it hits shelf.
05-26-2012 04:32:13 | More by JohnGalt1
4.28/5 rDev +15.1%
Really enjoyed this at Tap 25 in Livermore.
Appearance: Very light gold in color
Smell: no off notes, light floral citrus
Taste: oh yah, lots of orange, robust, very little burn? Hints of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: sparkly soft. I'm not up on the terms, but it's ok
Overall: I really like this local beer, at 10% alcohol, can manage only one.
07-19-2012 20:29:40 | More by MicahBurke
4.23/5 rDev +13.7%
Corked and caged 375 ml with a reluctant cork imprinted CBB 01.
A: Initial 1 finger bright white fine head over a hazy pale orangish yellow which leaves lace rings and smear. Quick swirls return a 1/4-inch foamy top.
N: Juicy white grape skins, spring flowers in bloom, fruits (pears and apples) along with some sweet notes and faint yeast.
T: Belgian yeast is present but not overwhelming or bold. Vinous with mild and subtle oak tannins. Complex fruit and understated spices.
M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and mellow. Semi-sweet and dry finish.
O: Chardonnay barrel character stands out nicely and plays well with the yeast and grape quality. Very enjoyable.
06-02-2012 02:40:31 | More by wethorseblanket
3.98/5 rDev +7%
On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and slight wine and wood aromas. Taste is very much the same with a mild spice bitterness after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a more subtle barrel aging that works well with the base beer.
06-19-2012 02:03:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours an effervescent, semi-translucent, dark golden yellow color with a small off-white head that dissipates leaving some spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with vinous white grape skins and oak. Underneath I get some sweet honey maltiness, bordering on rock candy with some green apple and the flesh of unripened plums/peaches. Chardonnay definitely shows it's presence here. Toasted bready/biscuity maltiness emerges as it warms but not much, if any, of the traditional Belgian yeast characteristics.
The tastes begin with that sweet candy sugar maltiness, coupled with the unripened stone fruits. Vinous white grapes and oak hit you mid-palate and then the finish has much more traditional Belgian flavors than I was able to decipher in the aroma; typical peppery and slightly fruity yeast esters/phenols that I was failing to pick out in the aroma.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry, but not as dry as I was hoping for or expecting for the style. Sweetness slightly over-powers the drying oak flavors.
Overall this is a good first barrel-aged offering from Jamil in a style I normally dislike. A bit too sweet and could have used a bit more time in the barrel or maybe more time in the bottle will allow the sweetness to die down and allow for a more balanced and enjoyable finish for my palate. Worth a go if you can easily find it and are a fan of either white wine barrel aged beers or strong Belgian Pale Ales.
07-12-2012 23:44:49 | More by claspada
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
1371st Review on BA
Bottle to HF Stemware
Purchased from El Cerrito Liquor
App- Kinda a mingled color. A little bit of apple juice with some white wine clarity and at first a VERY white head with some grey(?) mixed in. Bit of a pancake batter look that receded quickly and then left very small dots of foam.
Smell- When I first opened the very stubborn cork it was the most I have ever thought it was a beer that smelled like white wine. Dry, crisp, tannin and a bit of oak. Nice and aromatic but smelled a bit thick.
Taste- Much like the aromatics on the nose, the flavors carry over nicely. A bit muddled but still a flavorful beer. The wine flavors really pull together nicely and marry with the pale ale to add a little spice, a nice dry crispness and some oaky flavors. A bit thick but nice.
Mouth- The mouth on this one is a bit thicker than I wouldve liked. It needed to thin a bit more and be a bit crisper. As warmed a little bit of apple juice and oak flavors were all I got residually.
Drink- A nice beer, something new and creative from someone who knows what they are doing. A bit thick as me but something I would like to have again.
06-30-2012 03:13:59 | More by FosterJM
Worry from Heretic Brewing Company
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