Pablo Picasso | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Belgian ale aged in Cabernet barrels for over a year with Piedt Farms sour cherries

Added by AgentZero on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of GbVDave
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Revolution 9/17/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a deep & dark red-tinged black. A smallish off-white layer of foam formed on top and stuck around for a short time before leaving a few specks of lace on the glass.

S: Definitely cherry. Certainly medicinal. Got a whiff of my childhood with a nosefull of cherry cough syrup. This was saved by other aromas of vanilla and dark fruit. Heath found the smell overwhelming with strong notes of nail polish remover.

T: The cherry cough syrup of the nose is even more pronounced here. I had to really dig to get other flavors out of this, but I did find some. Vanilla was one and wood was another. Not much else.

M: Sort of like cough syrup, this had a definite sticky quality with ample alcohol astringency that stripped my tongue clean at the end of each sip.

O: I had high hopes for this one but was a little disappointed. Not terrible, heck not bad really. Just a tad bit overwrought.

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Photo of Kayn169
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Revolution Brewery
Served in a Cabernet Wine Glass

A- Deep Dark purple, almost black. Just a hint of off white head.

S- Right off, I get a strong aroma of a big red wine, like Cabernet or Merlo. The wine smell is that of cherries, black raspberries, and oak. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, and not in the best way. Kind of a nail polish or rubbing alcohol.

T- Well, before I even tasted it, it was overly obvious, that it was bein served way too cold for this type of beer. It was served at refrigerator temps instead of cellar. To me this caused the first few sips to be muted and bland. No complexity whatsoever. I gave it 10 minutes, in the palm of my hand, and gave it another try. This helped, but still a little bland. I now could pull in some of the oak, vanilla, a slight touch of cherry, but I wouldn't have called it sour cherries. No tartness beyond what you would find in any average Cabernet. Other fruits, like plumbs, and black read errors or maybe currents, linger in the back. I think had there been more focus on the base Quad recipe, this would have turned out wonderfully.

M- Once again, improper serving temperature, caused this to feel a little watery. As it warmed, it was better, but almost no carbonation, and lack of the yeasty thickness apparent in most Quads, left this one wanting.

O- Glad I tried it, but don't see myself seeking it out again. Would I drink it again, yeah sure why not, not horrible, but plenty of others I would order first. Just my two cents, but focus should be on making a very tasty base beer, that would be amazing on it's own, then, age that as seen fit.

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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aged in 13 months in French oak cabernet barrels with Piedt Farms sour cherries.

A - Really dark beer, almost black in the low light with some purple highlights on the edges. Very minimal off-white head with no stick on the sides.

S - Lots of very sour cherries, vinous notes, lots of balsamic vinegar. Some tart notes with some good oak and barrel presence. Healthy does of vanilla as well that mixes decently with the cherries.

T - Mostly balsamic vinegar with a lot of oak and vanilla. You can tell this has spent a lot of time in the barrels as there is a lot of wood in this one. The flavor is very full, somewhat sour, with a little bit of tartness. It's fairly fatiguing, kind of like a Flanders Red on steroids that fell asleep in a barrel.

M - Full bodied, smooth, slightly lower carbonation.

O - It's okay, but too rich, too much vinegar. Flavors blend well but aren't really something I want. Hard to get through a ton of this, and for the price I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of iadler
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 5 oz tasting glass.

A- Dark brown with a thin tan head. No signs of lacing

S- Cheeries, plum, red grapes, oak, vinegar and some booze. The cabernet barrels also bring quite a pungent wine quality aroma to this beer. I kept smelling this beer before taking a sip as the aroma developed as the beer got a little warmer with notes of vanilla and some spices.

T- Similar to the smell with some tart cherries, plum, red grapes vinegar, oak, and vanilla. It's a pretty intense beer with the flavor being very rich with quite a bit of sourness to it. Has a slight boozy finish.

M- Low to medium carbonation with medium body. Very rich mouthfeel.

O- A very interesting beer, but not one that I could really myself having a full glass of. The flavors started to wear out my taste buds a bit. The barrel process was quite noticeable in the aroma and taste, but just not really my kind of beer.

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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from phone (10/2/11). Served on tap at Revolution.

Poured into a red wine glass almost pure black with just the slightest ruby hints. Beige foamy head and moderate lacing.

Aroma is almost cabernet-like. Sour cherries, woody, slightly earthy.

Flavor is thankfully more reminiscent of beer than wine, unlike the nose. Cherry, vanilla, woody, with hints of dark fruits; figs, plum, etc.

Medium-bodied and low carbonation. Somewhat of a slick, oily mouthfeel.

Overall, this was decent but not particularly memorable. I was in the mood for something Belgian and/or sour, so this looked like the best shot...but didn't quite hit the spot.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark purplish brown color with a tan head that stays consistent. Nice layer of lacing throughout the drink.

S- Oak character is strong with wood and vanilla along with a potent slightly stingy alcohol character. Some tart cherries in the end even things out.

T- Oak and vanilla fairly prominent. Deep malt character complimented by strong dark fruits including plums. Towards the end there are low levels of slightly tart cherry. Was wishing for a little more umph from the cherries (even though I knew this wasn't going to be a real sour beer). Finishes off with a lingering alcohol that isn't as off putting as in the smell.

M- Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

O- Very interesting beer, I think if some changes were made to the base style as well as a little more tart cherry smell this could be even better. Good choice for my first beer from Revolution.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. Served in a wine glass.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settle to a thick collar, leaving a few spots of lace. Dark red-brown body with some transparency to it.

S - Sour cherries, slight nail polish acetone note, very vinous, with some sharp oak. There's maybe a bit of dark fruit from the base beer.

T - Vanilla, chocolate, cherries, some mild tart and sour notes but less than the aroma implies, oak, a bit of candi sugar. Surprisingly clean finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full texture, low carbonation, some wine-like character to it, dry finish, minimal alcohol warmth.

D - It's a nice beer. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and I found this surprisingly easy to drink. Other than the slightly off note in the aroma it's a very nice Belgian with cherries. I suppose if you went in expecting a sour beer you might be disappointed. In any case, a promising start for non-bourbon barrel-aged beers at Revolution.

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Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap and it poured a rich dark black color.

Rich nose that had some port-qualities to it along with some caramel and sour black cherries. A bit boozy on the nose though

full bodied and rich as well. Better flavors with dark chocolate, black cherries and caramel. There was also a port-ish style to it on the feel with a good finish

This doesn't show the booze on the feel where it does a bit on the nose. This is a bit of a bruiser and it would be great if they bottled this in 22oz format

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole..." Repo Man series finale.
Thanks for the round Jeff! :hack:

Black body, looks like Merlot or something, if it wasn't for the thin band of tan foam on top. Transparent reddish glint in the light. Head fades quickly to a thin ring that clings to the edge of the glass. Retention is nonexistent, likely due to the higher abv.

Complex aroma, fruity and vinous with wafts of alcohol and dark fruit that must be the cherries.

Big tart fruitiness up front, blending well into notes of vanilla and oak tannins, with hints of leather and dry wood in the aftertaste. Creamy and full bodied, definitely vinous, approaching luxurious. Full bodied like red wine. Dry tannic aftertaste. Lingering fruity notes from the cherry and wine barrel. Easily sipped and savored.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown and purple, minimal clarity, thin collar of tan head, some lacing

S: Nose features big waves of oak followedby dark cherry. Lots of Cabernet character all over, slight vanilla quality at the end

T: starts off with robust dark fruits with a slight amount of sweetness. The sweetness quickly sours and gives way to the wine. Finish is dry. This is one of the better wine barrel beers I've tried

Mf: medium body, mellow carbonation, smooth texture

O: This is a cool style of beer. It features some nice characters of a sour, and a prominent Cabernet character.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a wine glass.

Pablo Picasso is a "Dark belgian ale aged in Cabernet barrels for over a year with Piedt Farms sour cherries."

Appearance: Just for the name alone I had to order this. Pablo arrives with a dark cherry mahogany color with a 1" off-white creamy head.

Smell: The aroma is full of sour cherries, cabernet, oak, and some dark fruits.

Taste: The flavor starts with a bit of molasses, cherry, and fig and raisin sweetness along with a touch of caramel malt. Brown sugar, oak, and cabernet come in with a blast of tart cherry. The sour flavor levels off by the end.

Mouthfeel: This is sweet to start, but the sweetness vanishes by the finish. Definitely some strong tannins toward the end, and there is a decent amount of acetic acid near the end. The oak gives a dry sensation, especially at the end.

Overall: This is a promising start to my experience with Revolution's barrel aged beers. They really take the base beer and abuse it (in a good way), completely transforming a sweet style into a complex beer with a nice tartness.

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Pablo Picasso from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 17 ratings