Craftsman Cabernale | Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by drewbage on 11-20-2003

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Back before Confession and Wineification, there was Cabernale, the first foray into wine territory for beer (that I'm aware of, unless you count barley and wheatwines, but I digress).

Had a unique purple kind of color with barely anything resembling a head on it, 1/12" at most. Aroma was cool, definitely them cabernet feels.

Taste was something that wasn't enjoyable even in the small taster size dose I was checking out. Didn't think it was all that sour or tart, was just like still life. Tons of tannins mouthfeel. Any bitterness isn't from hops.

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, dark fruit, red wine, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with sour dark fruit and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and drying mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus dark fruit and wine.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of CoolEthan
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Pecan
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep reddish and nearly purple color with no head at all. No hints of lacing either.

S: Smells a whole lot like Welch's grape juice. Maybe with a hint of grape bubbleicious thrown in.

T: I don't know, just not a huge fan of this one. Lacks carbonation or any other real flavor besides the sweet grapes. Maybe a hint of grain on the finish? This is a pass for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Craftsman cabernale 7.5% abv

A: The appearance has a crazy deep grape juice color with red carbonation. This makes the Duchess seem rather tame by comparison. It looks like juice first, beer second. The whole pour smacks of red champagne with foamy pink/purple hues.

S: Wow, what an incredible bouquet that this has. The beer maltiness is completely absent. There is a huge tannin wine presence with cabernet tones. The oak finishes the smell and hammer out the complete lack of beer presence.

T The beer is more present on the taste but the wine is still 60/40 dominate. It is as though it is a cuvee of predominate wine with some blonde ale added to support underlying tones. The juicy palate is overriding grapes and mellow tartness. Despite all this, there is a great balance zero hop presence.

M The mouthfeel isvery thin and lacks maltiness. This would usually be a knock against most beers but it seems more like a plus in this instance. The whole experience is more wine than beer in many ways, but I can’t really complain because it just seems to work.

D: It is not an everyday beer. It cannot be consumed over large doses and therefore it's too limited in scope. I could see this being great for pairing and meals, beyond that, that's about it. It’s tough to enjoy this over large doses.

Narrative: Gerard LeKriek escorted the tour guests through the exit and sighed through his nostrils. “Another successful day at the winery Gerard, don’t lose faith.” However, his investors had lost faith in his vision for his winery. First, his use of a grain bill in his merlot surprised them. Next, his use of trappist year in the wine barrels had them suspicious. I suppose the final straw was when Gerard insisted on making Pinot Grigio under cold fermentation conditions with lager yeast in kegs. Something just, didn’t seem right. “Mr. LeKriek, you ever…uh…think maybe there was something else you wanted to do with your life?” His groundskeeper innocently suggested. “I WILL TELL YOU WHAT I WANT TO DO, I WANT YOU TO STACK THOSE ALUMINUM CANS NEXT TO THE CANNING MACHINE LIKE I SAID! How else is this Pinot Noir going to be prepared for market!?” He kicked an empty bag of bottle caps in front of him. “WHO KNEW THAT THE WINE BUSINESS WOULD BE THIS TOUGH!?”

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Bottle Room in Uptown Whittier, Represent!

Poured into wine glass.

A- Started off with 1/2 finger of head and settled fast to a light bubble lace, beautiful purple red color with medium to lite carbonation.

S- Off the top grapes, fruit rollup, lite malt to round it off.

T- Amazing flavor like the cab wine it is made of, it takes over most of the flavor, lite malt at the end here.

M- Lite body and carbonation, its perfect for the style.

O- One of the most unique wine beer I've had yet. Loved it as opposed to the 2011 Vertical epic. its all about the red wine beers for me. so I may be a little partial in my ratings here.
complemented well with Scaldis Peche lambic.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.37/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Weird rose colored purplish color, no head to speak of, looked like wine. Astringent grape smell.

Tastes like wine and that kambucha drink. Slight fermentation and carbonation. Tannin wood feel to it all. Dry. Unique points, but damn, is the line blurred between a beer and a wine here, and it leans more to the wine side. Just didn't seem like beer, wasn't all that enjoyable, was really looking to get this 'beer' all over with, and it was only a small sampler size. Hid the alcohol I guess, a bump up for that.

On tap at Bruery Provisions. No hop or malt appreciable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's (Pasadena)

A: The pour is an intriguing one: dark purple in color with plenty of red mixed in. The head is fluffy and pink, but short lived.

S: The nose is definitely "grapey". There isn't much to it, to be honest. Other than some vinous qualities, there's some mixed berries, and a bit of sweetness.

T: The flavor is similarly wine-like. The skins provide some mild tannins on the palate, but again, there's just a bit of mixed berry flavor (mostly raspberries), and some grape juice.

M: The body is a bit on the light side and has a bit of dryness to it. Despite being carbonated, the beer seems a little flat on the tongue, but for some reason, it works.

D: I was hoping this beer would have a little tartness to it, but was disappointed on that front. A decent enough beer, but I wouldn't look to try this again.

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