Heart Of Gold | Perennial Artisan Ales

BA SCORE
86
very good
183 Ratings
Heart Of GoldHeart Of Gold
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Silver Medal at the 2012 GABF in Category 13 (Other Strong Beer).

Added by AlCaponeJunior on 11-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
183
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
30
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: single finger head with excellent retention on a hazy golden amber body.

S: honey, candied sugar, Fruity and caramel.

T: the booze hit you right away. Wheat, tropical fruit, toffee, caramel and Citrus hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: initially I thought this one was boozy but it mellows out forming a Wheateine unlike any other I have had. Very nice version of the style.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

odd beer but another tasty one from perennial. on tap at hops and pie, this has a pale golden color, perfectly clear, but not much head or visible carbonation. smells quite sweet, like honey and wheat malt, somehow still light despite its obvious gravity and alcohol strength. I smell some fruity esters too, maybe even berries or honeysuckle or something lush and springy. the flavor is on the sweet side, residual sugars abound, and its subtle malt flavor is less prominent than it probably should be, although I am admittedly not much of a wheat wine connoisseur. the alcohol doesn't come out until the end, and the flavor is actually rather pleasant, just very sweet. a good glass to share. smooth in the feel, gentle vibes, but lacking the carbonation that I need in a beer like this. it gets heavy as a result, and starts to get tough to drink. the booze comes out as it warms and it can really get you smashed if you don't look out. a good beer from perennial. maybe not quite up to the level of some others, but a unique and enjoyable cold weather brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of caramel and toffee are present in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has light flavors of caramel and toffee along with a slight amount of sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are bits of warming from the alcohol once the beer warms up.
O: This beer reminds me like a muted version of a barleywine as you can taste the malty flavors but it doesn't seem as heavy on the body as the wheat lightens things up. It is rather easy to drink considering its strength.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass, thanks to Doug for the assist.

Pours a tawny reddish orange, ascending trails of carbonation rising in the center. Lasting sticky foam that has an offwhite color, leaving residual lacing here and there around the edges.

Smells grainy and sweet, mellow with slight caramel touches.

Flavor has some slight citrus, otherwise a mellow, hearty caramel malt and burly wheat presence and a light herbal bitterness. Not much definitive character here, but it's alright and drinkable. Medium bodied, and fairly smooth considering the 10% abv.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, burgundy color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam that left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, booziness and some toffee.

T - It tasted of wheat, toffee and caramel. There was a strong spiciness and just a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is yet another really good beer from Perennial.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/12

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of beige colored head. Nice viscosity to this, below average head retention & lacing

S: Doughyness, pears & peaches

T: Follows the nose, leafy hops, a touch of wine sap apples & pipe tobacco notes up front. Pears & leafy hops continue to dominate as this warms, a touch of white grape as well. Finishes dry, fruity & warming with more leafy hops & apricot; plus a bit of cardboard/oxidation

MF: Chewy, fairly firm carbonation that softens over time. Becomes fairly warming over time

Alright for the style, not near as quaffable as Harvest Dance, so far this brewery isn't really impressing me, especially a pricey as they were at Brown Derby

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a bottled on date of 10/2011. At 10% abv I am sure this one will be fine to cellar, the labeling even suggests it. Had to crack mine now.

LOOK: Bubbly, slightly hazed, amber, epic lacing

SMELL: Raw honey, faint treacle, bready, mineral, ligonberries, boozy, golden raisins, herbal

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, big bodied, loaf of bread, warming alcohol, nutty, slightly grassy, buckwheat honey, herbal, modest hopping, marsala wine, persimmons, figs, melon rind, drying grassy finish

Massive sleeping giant of a beer. It took a few sips to really fall into this beer and see the complexities open up. Very mellow, the 10% does not fully show until the end. A lovely Wheat Wine, yet another one that may show this style being more malt forward which is fine by me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep caramel colored. A few bubbles. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Caramel and a bit of hops. Sweet and wheaty. Smells like a bit of honey too.

Taste - Sweet with a bit of oxidation. Wheat and caramel. Nothing else but booze.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and kinda sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - This is hella dull.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Memories of Hitchhiker's Guide flowing back for some reason... Anyway, this stuff pours a slightly hazy sunset amber topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, wet grass, flowers, light perfume-y orange peel, and lightly-toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some grapefruit peel. The alcohol isn't quite as present as I'd expected from other encounters with this brewery, which is a nice bit of surprise. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a sorta/kinda fluid feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a kinda limp wheatwine, one with little character and a subsequently bland flavor.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Heart Of Gold from Perennial Artisan Ales
3.86 out of 5 based on 183 ratings.
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