Johann's Barrel Aged Grand Cru | 5 Seasons Westside

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5 Seasons Westside
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jrallen34 on 02-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of robust oak and syrupy pear aromas. Also present are faint amounts of indistinct spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Smooth light malts up front are joined quickly by ripe pear flavors and hints of green apples. Midway through good amounts of oak come into play and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a tasty beer and the oak was well-integrated as it didn’t overpower the other flavors. Worth a shot.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nkersten
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for bringing this one over to the ultimate showtunes night. Poured into a lost abbey tumbler, looks like dirty dishwater, a hazy grayish red with a small white head that settles to a tiny collar. Smell is fruity and citric, wet oak, lemons, some vanilla, herbal hops, slightly tannic. Taste is buttery barrel, oak, some alcohol, a peppery yeast character, some dry white wine. I cant seem to pick out much in the way of belgian malts... the oak is overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation with a dry finish. I wasnt crazy about this beer - it seems like there are too many strong flavors all trying to dominate. Definitley an interesting beer, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jason for pulling this interesting beer out at our UFC 126 - The Musical tasting.

A - Nothing spectacular looking on this beer. Straw, hazy brew with a bit of a white head that settled down to a soapy cap with little stick on the sides.

S - Kind of a weird wine, belgian yeast, and vanilla smell. With the oak and vanilla suspect this could be bourbon, but it's a strange one. Not sure how I feel about this, it's different, and scores points for that, but not convined it's a good thing.

T - This is a strange beer. My compadres seemed to enjoy it more than I did because of its unusual characteristics, I just think it's bizzare. Tastes like an overly sweet white wine that has been thrown into a bourbon barrel and somehow kept its wine characteristics. Big vanilla and some oak taste.

M - Sticky, medium bodied, active carbonation.

D - Found it too sweet and strange to drink tons of, it's not a bad beer, but there's several things I'd have to pass on first to get to this one.

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours much lighter than I was expecting, more of a straw yellow than a golden color. There is a decent white head that recedes to a thick collar and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, a combination of vanilla and sugar-coated pears. The sweetness of the pilsner malts is definitely present as is the oak.

Taste is also heavy on the sweetness with tons of apricots, sugar and pilsner malts. But there is also an interesting dry white wine character in the finish. Really interesting combination of sweetness and barrel character.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and syrupy for the style with the barrel cutting the sweetness a little bit.

I enjoyed this beer though I think the original Adam's might be better. Definitely not my favorite 5 Seasons BA beer, but that's a seriously high hurdle. Still better than most things out there.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"This beer is beautiful, straw gold in color. It was brewed as a rustic, farmhouse Belgian-style Golden Ale, simple, yet elegant. The grain bill is 100% Belgian pilsner malt, with sugar added to the kettle to help dry it out. The Belgian yeast produces wonderful soft fruit flavors during fermentation of peach, apricot, muscadine and apple.

We then aged the beer in a beautiful French oak barrel for 7 months adding notes of oak and vanilla from the wood. Wonderful, soft aromas waft from the glass. "

Thanks to Jason for sharing this rarity. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin cap and thick collar, leaving minimal lace. Lightly hazed peach-straw body. It looks pretty average.

S - What kind of barrels were used for this beer? Strange but compelling mix of buttery oak, caramel, chardonnay, vanilla, spicy wood, vinous notes, and fruity Belgian yeast.

T - The taste has more malt character after the barrel overload in the aroma. There's some lightly toasted grain character that is reminiscent of a tripel, but it's in the periphery as this is mostly vanilla and oak.

M - Zesty carbonation, smooth, no obvious alcohol, lightly sticky finish. Medium-full body.

D - I really liked this. Would defintiely have again if I was in the Atlanta area. I went back for more, but the bottle was empty! Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

I initially thought this was a bourbon barrel beer, but I'm guessing that was a combination of the pilsener malt and a very vanilla-heavy oak barrel.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Gford217 for this interesting brew. Corked and caged 750ml with a super tight cork. Expecting a gusher but thankfully it wasn't... This doesn't start off great with a really ugly pour. Looks like thin pear juice, cloudy, gross. A very weak off white head without much retention or lacing at all... The aroma is very vinous at first, white wine, grape skin, oak, butter, interesting and new. As it warms bourbon notes come out with lots of vanilla... The taste shows off the bourbon angle more as well, buttery bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Yet I still get tannins and grape skin, I'm constantly confused. Makes me think this is what a bourbon barrel aged pinot grigrio would take like. Vanilla is the main player on this, very sweet, totally complex and drinkable.

Most people won't like this but I think its really unique.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served a hazed, dull straw-hued body with only a thin ring of white suds up top.

Smell: Floral overtones atop a tumbler of oak-choked white wine with hints of honey sugar and sugar-coated European malts.

Taste: Pale and pilsner malts, slender tanginess, and a medium degree of sweetness throughout. A spurt of florals, a small pinch of sea salt, and then some lemon juice and white wine. A bit more sugar leading to a slackening tannin quality, a loosening acidity, but, then they jolt back, along with some more sweetness for the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A nice, interesting beer, but, personally, I think I may prefer the original Adam's Grand Cru.

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Johann's Barrel Aged Grand Cru from 5 Seasons Westside
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 7 ratings