Justin Blåbær - Brunello Wine Barrel-Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 08-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no dating to be found. The only thing that differentiates from regular ol' Justin Blåbær is a bit of text on the upper-right corner of the label. Whereas non-BA Blåbær says "malt beverage brewed with blueberries", the BA version says "ale aged in wine barrels with blueberries added". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series chalice glass.

Appearance - The hue of the BA version is much darker than the regular version, with an overall tone of dark burgundy-amber with some undertones of eggplant purple. I had to hold it up directly in front of the light to see the color, as it was too dark to see through the reflections on the bowl of the glass. The head is about a finger thick and ethereal, a bit like champagne head, and dissipates quickly, leaving a thin film of fine bubbles across the top of the body. Eventually even that dissipates to nothing. The color of the foam is a pinkish hue.

Smell - Great notes of oak and tannins, along with muted-fruit vinous elements from the second-use barrels. The blueberries are also on full display, contributing a tart fruitiness that plays well alongside the slightly more rich oak characteristics. Some sweeter notes of vanilla and merlot-infused caramel (no really, it's a thing) cut the acidity.

Taste - In a lot of ways it reminds me of the non-BA version, but with more depth and complexity. Notes of red wind must are definitely present here where they were not in the original. The original is very tasty, but a bit one note--blueberry tartness. This one has that same acidity and hints of vinegar, but now there are impressions of more fruit complexity, with black currant and plum making an appearance. The oak tannins are again present in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly, the barrel aging has not had a terribly negative impact on the effervescence of this beer. There is still a fairly high amount of carbonation to provide a prickly mouthfeel. The body is medium-light.

Overall, a better beer than the base, but not by as much as I had expected. The barrel really lends additional complexity to the taste and makes for a very different looking beer, but the smell and mouthfeel are pretty similar. All else being equal, I would probably choose the wine barrel version of this beer, but it's also more expensive and much harder to come by, and I'm not sure it's enough better than the base to compensate for those drawbacks. Still worth a try if you come across it--especially if you can do it side-by-side with the base.

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4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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Justin blaeber
A4 an amber purple in color with a slight bit of head, looks pretty much like a Chardonnay.
S4.5 wine barrels, that jasmine like Brett scent. Slight hint of blueberries
T5 sour and tart like all hell, blueberries are definitely thereby not overwhelming, the sourness though is dominant and fantastic. Definitely get a wine barrel flavor too.
M4 light body with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing treat.
O4.5 definitely loving this. Wish they had the bottle to go, was really hoping To get Matt a taste of this one :(
Aside from that it's a lovely sour Berliner weisse wih hints of blueberry. Lovely in every aspect.

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Justin Blåbær - Brunello Wine Barrel-Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
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