Menagerie #8 | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Menagerie #8Menagerie #8

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by duceswild on 10-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 11
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque black beer in a chalice glass with a slim head of tan foam

S: some merlot-esque wine notes, some light burnt sugar malt

T: barrel aging beer in wine barrels is going to ensure a beer/wine hybrid, and that is what you get here - the red wine flavors of cherry, berry, currant, and dark grape are all present, and for me, initially somewhat more dominant than the candi sugar and honey and malts of the beer; as the beer warmed, I thought the beeriness became more apparent, but this was never a hoppy or bitter brew.

M: medium-to-thin - again, had a red wine feel (like a merlot/cabernet sauvignon blend), some tartness (which was more equitably attributable to the beer as much as the wine barrel-aging).

O: I have two strikes against me in reviewing this beer: one is that I am not a big wine drinker, and two is that I have a handful of BSDAs I like (quads excluded - I love those!), but would otherwise probably not rank it among my favorite styles. That said, this was a very interesting and enjoyable drink - probably would've been great accompanying any food you would pair with red wine - and another example of the good work Evolution is doing with barrel-aged products. I'm not a big fan of Chimay Blue, but respect it as a stout representative of the style, and with that in mind, I would say that this beer reminded me somewhat of what a red wine-barrel aged Chimay might taste like. If you like the Chimay and similar BSDAs, this beer will no doubt please you.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Signature Snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a towering three inch head that soon crumbles bearing bumps and crags on its way down to a 1/4 inch head. Not so resilient streaks of lacing.

S- Sweet, somewhat effervescent aroma of Belgian yeast and candi sugar.

T- Sharp flavor of mildly roasted malt combined with the sweet candi sugar. Strong, but I wouldn't go so far as to say boozy although it is noticeable. Smooth and drinkable, but not overly complex, especially for a barrel-aged Belgian. There are some woody notes but nothing too apparent.

M- I think it's the medium-high carbonation that gives the drink such a kick. Mostly full body and a somewhat chalky feel.

O- Pretty much a standard BSDA. Was hoping for a bit more since I've loved previous entries in the Menagerie series.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with some red at the edges when the light hits. There is a ring of creamy tan head around the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some mild molasses. There is a red wine note mixed in with the sweetness along with some grapes and a slight note that reminds me of soy sauce.

Taste: Less tart than the smell. Red wine and lots of dark fruit and dark malt sweetness. There is a flavor in there that reminds me of grape jelly. The finish is mildly warm in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with full, foamy carbonation and a finish that's a bit dry.

Overall: I thought this was a very different strong dark beer. The wine and malt blend together nicely, but the beer manages not to be overly sweet. I'd have more in the future.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Highly carbonated Belgian beer with a mild tartness and strong candied sugar notes.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at State Line the other day, and was pleasantly surprised to see on the shelf.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with red hilights. Head retention was very good, with considerable stickly lacing as well. The nose was very impressive as well. The label indicates that the beer is aged in red wine barrels, the that's definitely what you get on the nose. There is a considerable wine aroma, along with dark fruits, vanilla and light chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the wine flavor imparting a slight sour flavor. This beer reminds me a bit of the always excellent BFM Bon Chien beers, though it's not quite as complex or sour. On the other hand, the moderate sweetness in this beer is countered very nicely by the light sour wine flavor, and the finish was long and complex. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, and I thought the alcohol was very well integrated into the flavor profile (no heat or heaviness on the finish).

A very good beer from Evolution, and it was a beer that seemed to open up more and more as the beer warmed (the wine flavor was a bit less pronounced, and I got more dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate, and even some light licoris). Very nicely done.

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Menagerie #8 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 60 ratings