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

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

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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4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to Brad for sending these my way. Served alongside the standard Justin Blåbær.

Remarkably different appearance than the regular version. The beer looks like blueberry juice. Bluish purple with a thin pink cap. Aromas of wine, blueberries. More vibrant and flavorful than the non barrel-aged version. Sweet fruit balanced with funk and wine barrels. Delicious.

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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pipeworks berliner glass

A - Pours a rich burgundy color with a finger of faint purple head. Head recedes quickly. Looks like liquefied blueberries.

S - Smell of red wine, currants, blueberries, oak, a bit of funk. Not a strong smell, but good.

T - This is nice. Tart blueberries, dry red wine, a bit of oak and cherriesgrapes. Great mix of sour/tartness/and a bit of funk. Refreshing

M - refreshingly tart, medium body and moderate carbonation.

O - I'm very impressed by this. This is a blueberry berliner done right.

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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brunello Wine Barrel Aged Justin Blabaer
500mL bottle into a Teku

A: Pours a dark maroon, almost brown, with reddish hues when held to light. 2 fingers width of off white head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing.

S: Tart dark fruits, currants and dates, tannic red wine notes, oak, blueberries, faint wheat, banana esters. Very nice.

T: Tart lactic sourness coupled with sweet berries is the first thing to hit the palate. Lemon-lime, wheat, blueberries, oak. Sourness builds throughout the drink. Excellent.

M/D: Medium body, moderate carbonation, drying on the finish leaving you eager for another sip.

O: Excellent beer. Much better than the regular Justin Blabaer in my opinion, more complex with a much great degree of sour tartness. I really dig this one.

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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a globe at cellar temperature. Interested to see how much the wine barrel aging changes this one because I really like the original.

L – Hazy ruby brown color with a 2-finger bubbly, foamy, cream-colored head. Pretty nice retention and some patches of lacing. Much darker and much better head retention than the original.

S – If you look hard enough, you can get all of the notes of the original including grainy wheat and earthy blueberries. However, these aromas have been mostly overtaken by a beautiful blend of oak, tannic red wine, black cherries, and a stronger lactic acid character. I’m having a hard time calling this a Berliner weissbier, but it smells fantastic.

T – Wowsers. This starts off much sourer than the original with sour black cherries and grapes followed by tart raspberries and blueberries. As the acidity fades, the earthier characteristics of the berries and dark cherries come out more and are accentuated by musty, dry oak and red wine tannins. There may even be some chocolate peeking out toward the finish. Delicious.

F – Light-bodied, great carbonation, a tart, bordering on mouth-puckering, and sticky mouthfeel, and an earthy, tart, musty, and very dry finish. Oak and tannic red wine flavors linger for a bit. Even with all this other stuff going on, the body is still light.

O – I always try to rate based on style, but even though this really isn’t even close to a Berliner weissbier, I have to rate it highly. It’s just delicious and beautifully complex. The Brunello wine and barrel characteristics really shine. I can’t really say if I like it better than the original or not because they’re just such different beers. I must say that if you’re a fan of sour beers and are hankering for something a bit tarter than your typical Berliner, you should reach for this one. Awesome beer and bonus points again for the label and for the ingenuity of using Brunello wine barrels. Cheers, Evil Twin and Co.!

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4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Evil Twin Brunello Wine Barrel Aged Justin Blåbær from Evil Twin Brewing
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