Roses On Roses | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released in honor of Fort George's 5th Anniversary (March 2012)

A version of 'XVIth Chapel' aged in Four Roses bourbon barrel and conditioned using rose hips.

Added by msubulldog25 on 03-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion

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Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing Eric!

Densely Murky orange, fluffy coating sheets if foam, long lasting.

Floral aroma, some sticky vanilla, light sweetness.
Fruity flavors of golden raisin and vague citrus, spicy tannic bitter aftertaste. Noticeable whiskey, smooth creamy feel. Overall enjoyable, it was a unique combination though I'm not sure I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, caramel color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roses and yeastiness. Some oak and vanilla. Kinda an odd blend of aromas.

T - Odd. Chalky with some floral taste. A little musty flavor with some sweet maltiness. Some bourbon/oak/vanilla taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - I appreciate the attempt, but it was a little messy. Maybe it needs some aging?

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great aroma of whiskey is intriguing and encouraging. Slightly hazed amber in the snifter. Big foam, then settles into a nice sudsiness. Sharp and light bodied.

The first sip is sweet and aromatic. Then it turns into kind of a lip burner, dry and hot with alcohol. Bitter yeastiness starts evaporating the malt, what little there is. A nice hint of hoppy flowers before total bitterness take over everything. It's not quite undrinkable, since the flavors are so interesting, and the stuff seems well made. They did seem to miscalculate the excess of hops and how much bitterness would be added by the Belgian yeast. Too dry and what woodiness there is seems to add to the astringency.

From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery orange amber with a nice, fine two-finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of oak, whiskey, caramel malt and light piney hops. Flavor of caramel malt with whiskey, oak. Middle develops piney hops and the finish is hops and oaky with a faint floral element. I like this quite a bit. Unlike some other reviewers, I found the whiskey barrel oak flavor to stand out and the rose hips to be a light touch. Medium bodied with creaminess and a great mouth feel. Nice take on a BA IPA. I would label this as an American strong ale, because I do not detect any Belgian influences.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.18/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Edit: For anyone disputing this review, please contact me directly first. This brew is OBVIOUSLY an old keg, but in the PNW, these kegs have been released again recently at growler stations and at obviously unsuspecting bars. It is a disaster and NOBODY should spend the $$$.


MIni growler picked up at the Meridian Growler guys tonight.. hazy golden... perfumed oxidized pale malt with weird apricot esters and and abundant sawdust oaky element that shows no resemblance of Bourbon Aging.. This is a keg that somebody forgot about and the brewery and the distributor should be ashamed they put these out there. This should have been DUMPED... not poured into growlers at GGM and the Boise COOP. Shameful.

Unfortunately, this was probably a fantastic beer when it was released 3+ years ago.. But now it is a disaster.


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Photo of beertunes
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy orangeish amber color with just over a half-inch of off-white head that had very good retention and moderate-to-low lacing.

The aroma featured a very strong wine scent, big citrus hops, a basic fruitiness and no real malt profile. A huge hit of alcohol is the first thing to hit the taste buds, and is followed up by the same hops, fruit, and wine as in the aroma. There was a strong, lingering alcohol taste at the back end.

The body was nicely full, and mostly clean, except for the alcohol finish. The alcohol taste really hurt drinkability, I've had a few of these now, and I wouldn't have two in a row. Overall, an interesting and good brew that's not going to be for everyone. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, belmont station

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint, rich copper orange body, moderate beige ring

smell: hop profile very similar to the ft george ipa - floral but abrasive and a touch metallic, noticeably floral from the rose hips

taste: the bourbon barrels don't really come through at all but the rose hips certainly do. a bit boozy, big caramel bite, biscuity, not really expressing characteristics of a belgian IPA.

mouthfeel: a touch hot, moderate bitterness

overall: Was expecting a bit more - interesting but not well refined

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Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, pulled from the fridge where it has dwelt since purchase back in April. Cracked with a hiss and poured to a pint glass.

Fort George's 5th anniversary release, a 'Belgian Style India Pale Ale' which was 'aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels and conditioned with rose hips'. Its base beer is '16th Chapel'.

A: Hazy, but mostly debris-free, amber-hued pour with a thick tuft (2 fingers) of whitish suds. Great retention, these clingy soapsuds nearly coat the opposite side of the glass and winnow down very slowly. Some steady carbonation cuts through the murk. Golden tones at the edges. Very pretty.

S: I had one of these back in April ('fresh') and this one today (4 months old) and don't notice a big difference in aroma... which is to say both are/were pleasantly malty and gently spiced, but neither bold nor overly intricate. I guess between the bourbon barrels, the rose hips, the hops and 'Belgian' yeast I expected more.

T: I wavered on scoring this one and went with the higher score I'd considered. VERY woody, a mineral-ashy quality that wavers between overly harsh, then (oddly) surprisingly sweet. Dry and herbal to the core, this IPA benefits from the oaky barrel flavors in one sip then suffers from overly tangy/peppery floral flavors in the next. Then the next time around, the woodiness seems to brash, and the botanicals seem wonderful. Confounding, but strangely likeable.

M: No doubt there's some 9%+ warmth here and a tongue grabbing thickness that reflect this 'imperialization' (is that a real term?). A dusty filminess is a little offputting, until I realize that flavors linger much longer. And that's a good thing. Mild carbonation, a smoother beer now than it was months ago.

O: An admirable effort by the folks at Fort George (I can't believe it's already been 5 years since they opened!) - the more I sipped, the better I felt about this one. Intriguing flavors and a sturdy build - very good now. I'll be looking for another.

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Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phelps
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a snifter.

Murky, muddy copper, like an old penny. One finger sand colored foam is frothy and sticky, grabbing the glass in thick walls.

Big, citrusy hops met with big pineapple, lime, mango. Tropical. A bit of oak, a hint of bourbon. Smells like it should have an umbrella in it.

A list too solvent, lots of alcohol. Big pithy bitterness and a huge floral note, which I'm coming from the rose petals. A little mango, Orange peel, vinous oak. More barrel character than bourbon. Mango sorbet.

Creamy medium full body, like half and half. Carbonation is a gentle massage. Holds together well as it moves. A little tongue numbing and hot in the nose.

Too much ethanol, not enough bourbon. Too many competing flavors, and not my favorite mix.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber w/ a 2-finger frothy head, good retention, lace.

Aroma is a bit musty and fruity from the Belgian yeast, floral, just a fleeting hint of pine.

Taste is dank and bitter. Floral. Solid malt presence. The oak dryness is there too, adding good complexity. Some spicy notes and a hint of bourbon. Warming alcohol. Belgian yeast rounds everything out nicely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation level is just right.

Overall this was an enjoyable, unique Belgian IPA. Rich, complex, interesting. Well done.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange color with a good bit of creamy, off-white head. Aroma is huge on floral, herbal, somewhat vegetal notes from the rose hips, along with some spicy, tangy Belgian yeast. Palate is an intriguing blend of tangy, citrusy hops, acidic rose hips, and pale malt, all accented by an assertive Belgian yeast. Body is full but not sticky, a good fit for the complex flavors at hand here. This beer is kind of all over the map. Maybe a little more aging will calm it down a bit.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a nice mostly clear copper color. Big fingers of off-white foamy head which settles slowly to a mess of lace all about and some patchy bubbly islands. Nice looking beer.

Smell: (3.5)

- Roses are certainly present. A nice sweet floral aroma mixed with sweet caramel malts and grassy earthy hops. Light vanilla from the barrels, and esters galore. Certainly unique.

Taste: (3.5)

- Bitter mad hops and a floral punch from the roses. Not overly sweet really, just a nice biscuit malt with a strong tinge of alcohol. It is a super bitter beer with a bit of a rubbing alcohol flavor. Light caramel and vanilla with a clean earthy finish.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Bitter drying. It's a chewy one with a dry finish from the bitter hops and rubbing alcohol. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated...

Overall: (3.5)

- I like where they were going with this. Perhaps an IIPA to sit on a little while? Eh maybe not, it is way too hoppy to let sit around. It's rose flavors are quite nice, and the subtle vanilla is nice. Only complaint is the rubbing alcohol flavors. It's a bit hot, and odd to believe that some kind of adjunct wasn't used. I could be wrong! Watch out, it's bitter!

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Photo of KajII
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a medium brown with a nice orange hue and a large (2-3 finger) cream colored rocky head that receded very slowly, down to a large thick cap with excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, floral hops and a mild funky Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit), a mild fruity ester (apple and pineapple), a hint of cask and a moderate bourbon scent.

The taste was bitter sweet and a tad yeasty, with a hint of caramel and a slight fruitiness right off, and then became a bit hoppy with a somewhat bold citrus peel bitterness along with a lightly sweet woody alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lingered for quite a long time proceeding the swallow, with a slight citrus peel bite hitting you right in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body and dry it texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall this brew possessed a good hoppy bitterness that was offset rather nicely by a mild fruity presence, which created a beer that was very easy to drink and left a pleasing aftertaste on the taste buds...

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