Vinalia Urbana
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Belgian Pale Ale
3.87 | pDev: 9.04%
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: White Wine Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Golden Ale, Named after the Roman festival held to bless and sample the wine of the previous season, Vinalia Urbana, a Belgian-style golden ale, is aged for months in freshly emptied Sauvignon Blanc barrels. This maturation process lends some light vinous notes and a hint of oak that blend beautifully with the subtle fruit and light spicy character imparted by the Belgian yeast. Vinalia Urbana is delightfully dry and delicate on the palate with lingering white grape and stone fruit undertones.
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Reviews by Seasmom:
Photo of Seasmom
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable summer beer. Very pleasing start and finish.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color capped by an impressive head of foam; looks and retains like a Belgian, with plenty of lacing to boot

Smell: Shortbread malt with candi sugar sweetness; apple, pear and vinous white wine grape

Taste: Rather sweet, up front, with a shortbread and candi sugar aspect; fruit flavors arrive through the middle, bringing apple, pear and white wine grape tones; after the swallow, there is a hint of tangerine that is joined by vanilla and oak tones; somewhat boozy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: I found this beer to be a good interpretation of the style, with plenty of Belgian Golden elements that are complemented by the barrel aging; while this is not among my favorite styles, Hardywood has done a pretty good job being true to style as well as adding their own interpretation to it

Thanks, julielynndubee, for the opportunity

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy light orange color into my Chimay goblet. Fast fading delicate bubbly white head with no lacing. Aroma is mostly from the barrel aging, a lot of white wine and a little oak. White wine dominates the taste as well. A little light fruit, probably apples, and some bitterness from the oak. On the whole, very pleasant. Mouthfeel is light with a little alcohol bite. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like really grassy hops, with some dry white grapes and a little oak.
T: It tasted like dry grassy hops and creamy wheat, with some tart white grapes and subtle oak. It had a clean sweet tart aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with smooth carbonation. Beautiful body.
D: This was a nicely balanced and delicate brew. The scent and taste were not quite super delicious, but it had fantastic body. It had a relatively smooth finish, so it was pretty easy to drink. Enjoyable but forgettable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL corked bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Definitely get the aroma and taste of white wine with a light Belgian finish.

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Photo of obywan59
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange copper in color with a whitish 2 finger head that recedes to a ring around the glass and a film over the beer, leaving some light lacing. Carbonation is evident.

The aroma is of oak, vanilla, spice, and lemony/winey citrus.

Not as dry as I expected from the description on the bottle. Somewhat sweet early on, with hints of vanilla and fruit. The wine comes through more here than in the aroma. Dryness and spice come through in the aftertaste. Taste of alcohol.

Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Lightly syrupy, drying with warming alcohol.

This beer gets better as it warms. The taste becomes more full and more well rounded. I had to knocked it up from a 4.0 to a 4.25. Definitely worthy of resampling.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange body with fizzy one finger head and left little lace patches. The barrels do add a woodiness to the aroma and there is a balance of slightly sour grapes and other fruits along with minimal sugary sweetness. Smooth, easy to drink, not watery but light bodied and ABV well-hidden. Mixes that woody smoothness (helped out by a little yeast) with some fruit sweetness along with a crisp spiceness and something akin to funky and sour vibe (I guess grape/wine flavors is what I'm getting at).

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Photo of nmann08
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Portsmouth snifter, similar to the one on the bottle.

Clear bodied but also dull and a bit hazy which is a real odd combination. Stuck glowing blur of dull juice orange and apricot colors, with little rising carbonation. Head carbonates up, even a bit fizzy sounding, to a good solid three fingers tall. Real pinhead and bubble bath foamy a bit with a lighter retention head as it settles slowly to a thin but even puck on top.

Real nice nose of light wine grape, and a bit of almost maple syrup like sweetness. Interesting. Mild sensing sucrose like qualities, an almost waffer like lightness of vanilla but with some very thick syrup like aromas. Interesting.

Palate seems to match with a bit of surprises mostly in the makeup. Slightly sugary but not overly sweetened front of mild stone like fruit, but gives to more white grape character. Real interesting vanilla like waffer biscuit notes as well, and some interesting floral tones. Light bodied but also enough malt honey like sweetness and depth to keep it interesting. Good solid finish, accentuating sweet spices and vanilla to match with it as well, with a nice quick but good coating.

Pretty interesting beer, with some unexpected character but also nicely balanced between it all in flavor and feel.

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Photo of stephensinner
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a difference on tap vs bottle. Had it first on tap, was rather underwhelmed. Glad I tried it from a bottle - much better! Grape notes prevalent in the bottle. Well done.

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Photo of lillitnn92
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Drknight
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice clear medium gold. The beer has a very clean and nice looking appearance, which gives a very good first impression.

The beer smell is very good and nicely complex, yet soft. The smell has nice light bitter hop notes with a sweet and bready mat note to complement it. The smell also has notes from the barrel that mix very well with the style notes. The beer has a subtle, yet present, vanilla note and a nice slightly acidic and fruity wine note. Both notes mix very well to give off a soft and subtle nose.

The beer taste is a bit different from the smell. The style notes (crisp, light and bitter hops with a sweet bready malt note) seem to be stronger and made stronger by the wine notes. The beer taste still has a present vanilla note running through and also has a good oak note. Overall, pretty good.

The mouthfeel is very nice but a little too light on the carbonation. The body is medium and goes down smoothly.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting. I enjoyed this beer and id definitely unique even though there are plenty of other wine barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of siege06nd
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium orange with a short fluffy white head that lasts for a short while before fading into a ring. The body is very hazy.

Aroma: There is a very strong spicy and herbal aroma along with the scent of alcohol (pretty normal given the 9% ABV).

Taste: It has a light sweet note...not quite caramel but close too it like a faint sugar taste. There is a bit of a honey note to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body to the beer which gives it a bit more weight than you would probably expect from looking at it. There is a touch of bitterness in the mouthfeel and the sweetness of the beer lingers a while on the palate.

O: So first off I want to mention that this beer gave me no indication of the flavors hinted at on the label. It says "white wine barrel aged belgian-style golden ale." I really did not get any wine character from the beer...admittedly I don't drink much wine so a wine connoisseur would probably be able to pick that out better. I didn't get any of the classic barrel flavors either. I figured the woody character would be extremely light given that it was used to age white wine, but I really didn't pick up anything. Maybe the beer overpowers the nuance? I also found the beer to be very sweet. I wouldn't really want to pick this one up again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaswilson2
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ShanePB
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, slightly hazed gold coloring, with multiple legs of carbonation bubbling, and a bubbly, foamy, white head. Aromas of white grape must, subtle fruity esters of apple and berry, wood spice, subtle honey, candi sugar, clove, all spice, and floral notes. Very richly sweet, but dry. Flavors are candi sweet forward, with white grape, apple, and fig blending with a splice blend of nutmeg, clove, and all spice. This is immediately followed by a dry, boozy character, wood and earthy tones, and a subtle pepper spice, all cutting through the sweetness to provide some balance. The body is smooth and light, slightly effervesced at the end, with a tangy fruit sweetness in the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and crisp. Good beer.

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Vinalia Urbana from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 66 ratings