Bella Vigna Tripel - 2008 Whetstone Bella Vigna Pinot Noir (French Oak) | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Bella Vigna Tripel - 2008 Whetstone Bella Vigna Pinot Noir (French Oak)Bella Vigna Tripel - 2008 Whetstone Bella Vigna Pinot Noir (French Oak)

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is the premier offering in a collaborative series between two South Carolinians – one went to California to make wine, the other stayed home to make beer! We aged this Tripel for 9 months in French oak barrels that were used to mature the 2008 vintage of Whetstone Bella Vigna Pinot Noir. A re-fermentation in the bottle creates the tiny bubbles that bring this exciting fusion of brewers’ and winemakers’ crafts to life.

25 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by mikeyv35:
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Date: 06/09/12
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2012
Glass: Southampton Large Tulip

*Big thanks to beeruser (Zach) for getting me these 3 wine barrel treatments from Westbrook! This one forced my hand a bit as the cap shot off like a champagne cork when I removed the electrical tap off the top from the in-transit shipping.

Pours a light murky brown in color w/ a massive 2-3 finger off-white head that left heavy lacing. Aromas of Pinot Noir obviously over top of citrus, breadiness, and a touch of funk. The flavor starts off w/ orange peel and lemon zest, which leads into a touch of caramel malt and breadiness, and finishes w/ straight dry Pinot Noir. Medium bodied w/ ample carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but drinks much larger than 8.5% ABV as the Pinot Noir presence is strong and hot.

Overall, the perfect marriage between beer and wine! However, for me the Pinot Noir influence was too much and the carbonation was to high. Looking forward to sampling the other 2 variations. In the end, this was a pleasure to sample and a well done BA brew by Westbrook.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat disapointing. The wine taste is there but not so well integrated or complementary.As if a so-so Belgian was mixed in with some leftover wine to see what you get. Very boozy.Some wood, tannins. OK drinkability for what it is. Very carbonated.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one while hanging out by the pool in Florida with the aasher wedding party along with the other two versions! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a five finger off-white head that subsided to one finger extremely slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, dark fruit, wood, spices, and grape. The flavor was of sweet malt, grape, wood, earth, dark fruit, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The carbonation on this one was pretty high if you ask me personally. It felt like it exploded in my mouth after each sip. This definitely hurt the flavor on this one in my opinion. As you were so focused on the explosion of carbonation rather than the subtle notes in the flavor. Worth trying but definitely the short-faller of the series.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of n2185
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy gold with two fingers of dense white head and a little lacing.

S: spices, candy sugar, and lots of white grapes. There are some tart and sour aromas as well.

T: similar to the aroma, there are spices and candy sugar with tart grape and white wine notes. The finish is dry with some oaky notes.

M: light body with high carbonation, this beer is light, dry, and clean.

O: a very impressive beer overall. The pinot barrels work very well.

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wedding week beer courtesy of thagr81us. Thanks Calton!

This one pours a medium bodied dark amber in color with a billowing three finger head. This one is definitely overcarbed. The nose is very sweet with plenty of dark fruits, red berry, and sweet malt. It smells of an aged Belgian amber. The flavors also follow that notion. There is a lot of red fruit, slight pinot characteristic, and a slight touch of butter. It also has a touch of alcohol. It's ok. It's kind of weird and doesn't have a whole lot of Tripel characteristics. In fact, I wouldn't think its a Tripel at all if tasted blind. It's ok. I'm looking forward to trying the others.

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Photo of slowdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mdfb79. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a golden-peach color with a nice, rocky white head with good retention and some lacing on the way down.

The nose carries some faint wine notes along with a good bit of oak. Mild bready malt lingers in the background along with a big of yeast spice. The flavor has a mixture of the oak, wine, and yeast, with just a bit of malt in the background. Well-developed, but not complex and integrated enough.

Medium body with good carbonation and some slight tannins. Somewhat-dry finish.

Pretty good, I'd be happy to try others in the lineup.

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Photo of mikeincharleston
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Presents beautifully, with a massive whipped egg white head squatting on top of the cloudy peach nectar-colored liquid; amazing retention and a full curtain of lace

Smell: Shortbread and vanilla, with undertones of oak and vinous elements

Taste: Opens with shortbread and vanilla, with a move in the direction of oaky, slightly tart wine grape elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the delicate Pinot Noir grape flavors add complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; silky smooth

Overall: Outstanding and unlike any other beer I have encountered; this beer is deserving of far broader recognition

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Bottle sent to me by Mikesgroove and shared with some friends at our mini-Westbrook tasting. Poured into a tulip. Bottle 314, bottled on 11/16/11.

a - Pours a murky medium orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, bananas, cloves, light wine, citrus hops, and apples. pretty nice nose. Not sour, but nice.

t - Tastes of spices, bready malts, bananas, cloves, light citrus, apples, fruity malts, and light floral hops. Nice but a little spicier then the nose.

m - Light body and high carbonation. A tiny bit too much carbonation for me, but still pretty nice.

o - Overall I thought this as an interesting, pretty good beer, and I'd love to try their other wine barreled beers in the series. Not sour or funky at all, but nice wine notes, especially in the nose. Would try it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan.

Beer is orange / golden in color with a hwite head of small bubbles, moderate retention some lacing.

Oaky and wine in the nose with mild yeast esters.

Beer is medium in body with a wine and yeast cocktail for a flavor, the beer finishes a little dry, it is fine overall but a little odd in my opinion. Probably not a repeat but I'd try the others in this series.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: large three finger head with excellent retention on a murky amber orange body.

S: grapes, banana, belgian yeast, clove, herbal hops.

T: there is a little bit of the butteriness that is really just the oak that my palate senses with a nice belgian character including the yeast but the red wine comes through near perfectly applying dark fruit notes and a dark wine presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a very nice beer, the base beer is excellent and perfect for aging. The wine barrel aged beers I have had sometimes arent very good which speaks to the base beer used here.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of nickfl
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a large head of fluffy, white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles quite slowly and leaves great lace on the glass.

S - Soft, fruity malt noes of pear and pineapple with lots of oak, dark cherry, and a hint of leather.

T - Spicy, fruity malt and yeast up front with an unusually complex melange of oak, pineapple, leather, and clove. Some black pepper and cherry in the middle and a finish of oak, vanilla, pipe tobacco, black cherries, and European hops.

M - Medium thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Really complex, interesting, well balanced, and spectacular. Even better than the other Westbrook wine barrel tripel, this might be one of the best beers I've ever had. A nearly perfect blend of the best aspects of both red wine and a Belgian tripel.

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