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Weft & Warp - Bellwoods Brewery

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Weft & Warp
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BA SCORE
85
very good

16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sour Berliner Weisse aged one year in chardonnay barrels.

(Beer added by: TheSevenDuffs on 01-30-2014)
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Reviews by biegaman:
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Though aged in barrels once containing Chardonnay, there's no way Weft & Warp could pass for one. Its frail yellow colour and clear complexion looks unmistakably like beer (albeit not a very good one given it's entirely devoid of beer's most distinguishing characteristic, a proper foamy head).

You don't have to be a wine expert to know whether or not you like barrel-aged Chardonnay; they aren't your typically light, friendly, and easily dismissed white wines. People tend to either love or hate the notoriously bold buttery, oaky, vanilla-laced qualities; unfortunately, I don't get any of those. This doesn't smell barrel-aged. Nor does it smell like a Berliner Weisse.

So far there's not a ton to distinguish Weft & Warp from its tequila barrel-aged counterpart, Warp & Weft. Both beers feature gum-numbing acidity, a soft, sweet malt backdrop, and light salinity. As in the aroma, the presence of the wine is disappointingly little - ditto for any malty, hoppy, yeast or bacterial derived flavours. I can imagine what Bellwoods was aiming for - this isn't it.

While easily enjoyed, any kind of dissection begs a few questions: Where's the lactic sourness? Where's the presence of Brett? Where's the influence of the wine grapes and barrel? This style is all about sourness, acidity and refreshment, yet this offering is only mildly tart, negligibly citric, and has next to no carbonation. It dries out the mouth without fair exchange of flavour.

Berliner Weisse aged in Chardonnay barrels is, on paper, a genius pairing; I expected the typical granny smith apple sourness and grainy wheat notes of the beer to be right at home with the orchard fruit and vanilla notes of the wine and oak. A little life lesson however: not everything works out the way it should. This experiment was cool but had better intentions than results.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:08:40 | More by biegaman
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed pale golden colour, ring of white head, no lace to speak of though. Smell is full of white wine, tart fruit, green apple and lemon, a subtle oak is there but the wine continues to linger around even after taking the glass away from my nose. Taste starts with a sharp tartness, acidic fruit flavours come in with more of that apple-lemon combination in the nose, citrus, white wine aftertaste, finishes dry. Medium drying carbonation, medium bodied. solid stuff here, very easy drinking, I would say this is certainly quite an offstyle berliner but it is still rather tasty.

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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Translucent yellow with one finger of bright white head that quickly reduced to a thing ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Tartness and breadiness at first with big oak and grape must aromas. Lighter peach and apple notes in the background.

T - Tart and crisp up front. Big wine barrel qualities come through - oak, grape must, apple and apricot are all present. A slightly sweet breadiness is present in the background. The finish is tart and very dry.

M - Light body. Dry. Light to moderate carbonation.

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jrenihan

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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled January 9, 2014 (labelled 2013). This one is aged in chardonnay barrels.

Beer is clear straw gold with a moderate-to-large sized white head. Head fades steadily.

Nose is quite fruity. Lemon, peach, grape, lime. A tart scent, a lactic acid scent. The wheat gives off a bit of a dry cereal scent, but mixed with the tartness.

Taste is quite tart, with a blast of lemon and a bit of lime. A lactic acid flavour. Other fruit flavours as well, light and a bit tropical. Crisp wheat. The chardonnay barrel is present, resulting in some green grape and (likely) some of the light fruits, but it is not nearly as strong as the tequila barrel in the Warp & Weft. Finish is sour, but with a lingering barrel flavour in which the chardonnay flavours come out nicely.

Light bodied, very strongly carbonated. The tartness dries out the mouth. Carbonation is too heavy for me.

Overall, very nice. Definitely a step up from the berliner weisses Bellwoods has brewed in the past - even without the barrel, I expect. The barrel blends very well with the beer - a noticeable flavour but one that blends so well well that it almost seems subtle. Good stuff.

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02-01-2014 05:05:15 | More by jrenihan
Weft & Warp from Bellwoods Brewery
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