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The Woodwork Series - French Oak | Revelation Cat Craft Brewing

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The Woodwork Series - French OakThe Woodwork Series - French Oak
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The Woodwork Series - French OakThe Woodwork Series - French Oak

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Revelation Cat Craft Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by deapokid on 06-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by megahurts4:
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revelation Cat The Woodwork Series: French Oak

Appearance: dark amber, huge head, and good lacing.

Smell: fruits, dark fruits, and a slight oak/spice.

Taste: hops, fruits, and a slight malt.

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth with a medium body.

It is very nice, but there isn't much oak flavor. However, it has some great interesting flavors.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL green gueuze bottle to oversized wine glass. Each bottle from the Woodwork Series is wrapped in charcoal grey matte paper that bears the Revelation Cat logo centered bewteen to bodies of text, which illuminates the story behind this experimental brew. Great concept, great presentation, and for a dollar an ounce, I'm hoping that the end result is as successful.

[Notes from a tasting including the French Oak, the American Oak & Acacia]

A: A 2 finger light brown head is both foamy and creamy. The retention is good, but not great like the American Oak version sitting right beside it. The body is amber-orange with deep red tints, hazy with about 65% opacity. Lacing is spare.

S: Alex Liberati designed this series of brews to highlight the affects of each wood species, so I think it was a good decision to keep the ingredients as simplified as possible. There is one malt variety (Munich), one hop variety (Nelson Sauvin) and De Proefs house yeast strain (Proef 8801). It's no surprise then that the nose is very similar across the different versions. Maltier than most American DIPAs with aromas of toasted grain, caramel, honey and toffee. The hop intensity is either lacking or is being overpowered by the oak character, the latter being the more likely case. Vinous with a fruity, wine-like quality. The French Oak version has the most intesnse nose of the 3 I've sampled.

T: It's amazing how much oak character can be imparted in only seven days of barrel aging. The fact that they were virgin barrels must have a lot to do with it, if not everything. There is an interesting mix of red and white wine qualities. Tannic astringency similar to what the skin and seeds of the red grape would impart plus the tannic dryness similar to how oak accentuates the white grape. Alcohol is noticeable, but for 11% ABV, it is incredibly well-masked.

M: One would never guess that there are 110 IBUs packed in to this beer. The bitterness is countered by the sweetness of the malts, the fruitiness of the hops and tannic dryness of the wood. It is actually as if the oak character replaces the hops role in the mouthfeel for all intents and purposes. Very dry with above average carbonation, semi lively and fizzy. The French Oak has the most complete mouthfeel of the bunch.

D: The drinkability is only average, maybe a little above. But it doesn't need to be any better than that. The purpose is to try to distinguish the subtle differences in the woods through sampling, not to endlessly drink the base beer. This beer was produced for contemplation, with experimentation in mind and ultimately providing a wonderful opportunity for a few people to take part in it. Thank you for the study.

NOTE: My bottle was not corked and caged as another reviewer indicates below. Another difference, the brew I'm reviewing was aged for 7 days instead of 5.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thankfully i was able to acquire the entire set before they dissapeared from shelves in the only store that had then in the state, thanks Scott and Rich! i thought this version was simply phenomanal. sevred in a tulip that i had to enjoy over a good 2 hours, this one was consumed on 10/08/2010.

the pour was a splendid light golden color with a remarkable lacing that really coating the entire glass. nice and cloudy but without sediment, this one really hit the spot.

the aroma is nothing short of exquisite. a blend of deep hops which are muted by the grape like notes the wood is imaprting on them. warming really brings this one to the front an the oak is just a wonderful touch ans smooths it out so well. then i took a sip, it was over, i have a new favorite beer. this is just beyond words for me, again subjective to my palate, but the oak sits perfectly on top of the rich hops and grape like notes that seem to come out of nowhere. no clue where all this light fruitiness comes from but it is perfecly placed. the thing that really caught me here is that i really have never come across a beer soo smooth before. it simply was just in a world of its own, drinking like 5 percent and tasting like a day in a fresh meadow, i am not sure what else to say.

i could not understand how anyone could not be in love with this beer, it simply was incredible.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Louis Lambic snifter.

Pours a hazy, deep amber/gold, with a huge, light tan, three finger head, that drops slowly to about half, then holds. Nice huge chunky lacing. Suffers from lack of clarity.

Aroma of sweet malt, golden raisins, orange/citrusy hops, faint hint of oak. Don't get the hop explosion I expect from a DIPA.

First sip is of honey sweetness, oak tannins, citrus/orange, light carbonic bite and alcohol heat. Light sourness. Finish is medium with dry, oaky tannic bitterness. Don't get the hop bitterness I expected from a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is medium, drying, good level of carbonation.

Very drinkable, wood aging isn't overdone. Would be nice to compare the other bottlings in a parallel tasting. Base beer appears to suffer from not being true to DIPA style.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second bottle poured at the recent tasting of the series.

A: Pours reddish orange with a thin off-white head which leaves sticky lace. This is the darkest and most red colored of the lot.

N: More spices present here, almost Saison-like. Citrus and floral notes.

T: Follows nose with the spices of a hoppy Saison.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. The French oak imparts a smoother and less tannic quality.

O: This version shows the mild tanins from the French oak barrel aging well. Darker colored and spicier than the others.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ckollias
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian Tulip Glass.

A: Pours an extremely haze brown-caramel color with a thick, frothy, white, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass, leaving a nice trail and ending a solid lace.

S: Sweet Belgian candy aroma with a good caramel and alcoholic background.

T: Equal mix of sweet and bitter with huge alcoholic punch to the face. Lots of caramel and hops in the background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Full body and carbonation

O: Decent brew – interesting experiment with the different woods.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a massive cream-colored head which was well-retained and produced some substantial sticky lacing throughout the drink. The body was a slightly hazy orange-amber color with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells dominantly oaky (fruity and some oak lactones), over a base of crackerlike malt, and muted earthy and citrus hops.

T- The crackerlike malt is still evident on the palate, but this is overwhelmed by big toasty and deeper fruit notes. The hops are barely there, and their "bite" has been erased (seemingly) by the presence of the oak. The finish lingers with some light tannins and oaky fruitiness long after each sip.

M- A medium body with a coarser carbonation than the other beers in the Woodwork Series... this iteration of the Woodwork Series seems a bit more thin in the mouth than the Base beer. Definitely some heat from the ethanol, and a slight astringency from the oak.

D- While this is all very interesting, and while it does a fabulous job of highlighting the characteristics imparted by French Oak, it is simply too bold to be consumed on a regular basis. I would STRONGLY recommend drinking this along-side the other beers in the Woodwork Series to appreciate what Revelation Cat has done here.

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Photo of orangesol
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had all four of these but this will be the only one I review. Bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

A - Pours golden orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dulled citric hops, bready yeast, light fruit; mostly oranges and green apples; and lots of dry oak tannins. This is not bad but it isn't really great either.

T - Starts off with some caramel malt sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of light citric hop bite, chewy yeast, and some light fruitiness. The finish is a mix of dry oak tannins and light hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, light hoppiness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

O - Good but far from great. When I bough these I was more or less looking to try something different so mission accomplished but they were just ok tasting wise.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at my tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some oak aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop 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 with a nice woody presence in the smell and taste.

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Photo of gford217
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours the least impressive of the four version as the head is big, but very fizzy and recedes to a small cap very quickly. For whatever reason, the retention and lacing is the worst of the series.

The aroma is similar to the American oak with an earthy spiciness and vanilla sweetness in the nose. The hops bring the white wine-like character with a mild fruity sweetness and bready malts as well.

The taste is the most wine-like of the four with an extremely dry oaky character with grassy hops and grapes coming through. The finish is boozy and very dry, again like a wine. Tons of oaky tannins from start to finish.

The mouthfeel is consistent with the others with very high carbonation and this one may have the driest finish of any IPA I've ever had.

This is on par with the American oak version though it takes the sweet grapes and dry oak to a new level. Sounds like a broken record, but this is like a sweetish white wine.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Doopie and I lined up all four of these. This was the second one in the trip, drunk just after the base beer.

From a 375ml into a snifter
100% Munich Malts
100% Nelson Sauvin hops
IBU: 70
Aged 5 Days

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium-thin, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly recedes to a splotchy wisp and ring. Color is amber or burnt orange and slightly hazy. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing at all. Same as the base beer.

SMELL: Much like the base beer. Very yeasty. Green fruits, apples and pears perhaps, with some boozy white wine notes. Some spicy yeast qualities in there, as well as a sour hint in the back. A hint of oak and vanilla from the barrel, but I might just be making that up.

TASTE: Again, the same as the base. Some pale malts, lots of yeasty spices, as well as some green fruit again. Very boozy for sure; lots of white wine and alcohol flavors in there. Big aftertaste is boozy with lots of spicy yeast notes, a hint of sourness, and a good dose of hop bitterness as well. Still very boozy and, but perhaps a touch of oak and vanilla from the barrels. Very faint though, and might just be my imagination.

PALTE: Luckily the barrel didn’t screw this up. Full body and quite thick on the palate. Creamy smooth, goes down nice and smooth with a good deal of heat on the swallow and finishes slightly dry on the palate. I’d like the heat to be toned down, but this is still the best part of the beer.

OVERALL: What a waste. This was in the barrel for 5 days, which was basically a waste of 5 days. Still too boozy and sour to be enjoyable, and the barrel didn’t influence the beer enough to warrant any kind of comparison. We will hope for more from the other variants, as this one was a failure.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden color, big white head on top. The smell of the beer has a lot of hoppiness to it and a pretty good amount of the french oak as well. The taste of the beer is bitter upfront with a little bit of citus, the oak gives the beer a nice subtle tart/sour flavor. The mouthfeel of the beer isn't bad, it has a nice body to it and a solid amount of carbonation. Overall this beer wasn't bad at all, I enjoyed it. I can't say that I'd need to drink it again but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of deapokid
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic:

A super huge head fizzles out of the glass (maybe I miss poured it). Liquid is an amber color with bombastic sticky lacing, no sediment and lively carbonation. This is so deep in color that it's impossible to see through and the lacing is as thick as a spider-web. Visually stunning!

Aroma is an oakey, bourbon smell. Sweet hops and a bit of coconut are also on display, which I assume is picked up from the French Oak Barrels. A little milk creaminess rounds out the bouquet, which is fainter than I'd like it to be.

Wow! This is really unique. The hop flavoring is of the sweet variety, giving off blasts of mango and pineapple. These tropical notes are well balanced alongside a wonderful, deep and foresty wood ending. The elegant French oak gives off vanilla bean notes and there's also some sweet grape wine and rich malt in there. This is complex and it's fun to ponder the flavor profile.

The malty conclusion and deep oakey notes move nicely over the tongue, so that the flavor radiates after each sip.

Although the ABV is huge, it's well masked and the deep, woody flavors are so tasty that I could see myself over doing it with this Italian DIPA.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently I was directed to this entry by a fellow BA, who kindly pointed out that the beer I entered at the De Proef page is in fact this one, brewed BY "Revelation Cat Craft Brewing". However, the original bottle wrapping does say that it is "brewed by De Proef brouwerij" and "designed by Alex Liberati in Rome, Italy". So who brewed it and where? Very confusing, innit? Anyway, I'm recording my beer note here for reference.

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009 and coming in a 375ml green bottle, corked and caged just like a geuze. According to the beer label (a separate wrapping sheet), this is the "first release of the Revelation Cat Craft Brewing project", and there are four variations in the series (Base, French Oak, American Oak and Acasia), designed to test how ageing in different types of wood barrels would influence the base ale. This one, the French Oak version, was matured in the new wooden cask for 5 days. Served cool in a tulip-shaped stemmed glass.

A: dark reddish amber, cloudy, loose beige froth with okay retention, plus very fine carbonation.
S: overly sweet comes the nose, full of honey (more like super-thick honey comb), sweet prune jam, overripe melon, melted barley candy... I really fail to pick up any hint of new French Oak barrel though. Rather like an English barley wine all in all.
T: just like a barley wine, the sour-sweet, stale-ish prune-fruitiness manifests upfront, but also coming much more tangy and tannic like a strong IPA, with lots of rough woody flavour and new wood aroma lagging behind; the aftertaste gets drier, sour and more bitter in the end, with more woodiness and tannic bitterness from hops making a deepening impact, actually not unlike an old sherry such as Oloroso sherry.
M&D: the mouthfeel is only mildly fizzy, the body is medium and not quite full for the alc. level, and overall drinks quite well. I can't help feeling that this is just another experiment designed to fulfil one's curiosity rather than to make a real difference...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Revelation Cat Woodwork Series. Let's line'm up and knock'm down. After getting a mouth full of reference beer, I jumped to American Oak, and now, onward to the French Oak.

Hmm. The American-born oak wood added some slight tannic astringency that carries to and past the finish, as well as a small, small hint of vanilla. Perhaps a bit more sweetness, but, then again, the base beer had a fair amount of sweetness to it anyway. Now, with the French oaked variety in glass, there's really not much difference from the American oak which wasn't particularly different from the base. C'est la vie! But there's still the potentially game-changing acasia on deck.

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Photo of bbeane
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a huge white fluffy head with good retention and decent lacing. Beer is amber colored with lots of sediment

S- Pretty weak in the smell IMO. All I get is a weak amount of hops and wood... bit sour, but nothing in an over-abundance

T- Has a very good yet somewhat subtle hop flavor from start to finish with a oaky wood taste coming in mid swig and lingering through the finish

M- Light/medium body with medium carbonation

D- I liked some of the other woodworks series more than this particular one... it just seemed a bit weaker than the others. All are worth a try, but def enjoyed the Acasia barreled version more than this one


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The Woodwork Series - French Oak from Revelation Cat Craft Brewing
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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