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Barrel Program 1Barrel Program 1

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel Program I is a blend of two barrel-aged beers:

Beer 1 – An American farmhouse ale fermented in stainless steel with ale yeast, then aged for 20 months in French oak red wine barrels with a mix of wild yeast and souring bacteria.

Beer 2 – Peeper wort fermented 100% with Brettanomyces in French oak red wine barrels, and aged 12 months.

We bottled the blended beer in December 2012 and let it condition until its release. The result, a refreshing blonde ale with considerable barrel character. Barrel Program I was an exercise in patience – it took over 3 years to craft. We hope you enjoy it! Cheers!

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Thanks to DrEntropy for giving this to rudzud and I.

Light fizzy creamy small head fades quickly, semi hazy cool hazed slight clear straw yellow color.

Nose is interesting, tons of Brett, some nice and some bad, little barnyard funk mostly on the back end, a little lemony funk but a solventy slimy Brett funk, raw sourdough bread, little glue, weird perfumey.

Taste starts with mild sweet malts, well taste like a sweet malt but is really dry. Then Brett, a little barnyard funk, with sour tangy moldy bad pineapple, mild tropical notes, Brett C Pineapple but a bad pineapple, mild solventy phenolic thing, bitter lemon rind and tangy notes. Spicy bitter earthy hops too. Finish is still very dry, little rind and lemony funk, little solventy glue and rotten pineapple.

Mouth is med bod, somehow light carb.

Overall eh, Brett that wasn't treated well, some decent characters, lemon and pineapple funk, little barnyard, but bad characters too.

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While i expected something sour, per the name, i was left with a very nicely oak aged Belgian. Overall this is a beautiful beer, however i hope no one is trading an arm and a leg

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Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, Brett, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell, but the flavors don't match up in my opinion.

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Barrel Program 1 from Maine Beer Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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