Barrel Series No. 2 - J. Marie Aged In White Wine Barrels | River North Brewery

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Barrel Series No. 2 - J. Marie Aged In White Wine BarrelsBarrel Series No. 2 - J. Marie Aged In White Wine Barrels

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River North Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by StonedTrippin on 11-08-2012

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 1141/1440, into a tulip glass.

A hazy, honey colored pour, medium head, some cling. Smell brings Belgian yeast, wine, oak, light malt, some black pepper, a little apple. Taste is a little more wine prominent than the nose, yeast, malt, a little funk and oak, hint of vanilla. Smooth, dry, good body.

Solid effort, thought the wine barrel aging resulted in a balanced, flavorful beer. The base saison might not be top tier, but it's good. Worth a purchase, although it's a couple of bucks on the high side.

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3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle, #1144/1400, poured into a River North snifter glass.

The beer pours a very clear, amber color, hues of orange and copper with a fluffy, white head, about 2 fingers high that has great retention and leaves a lot of lace behind. The aroma is very white wine forward, light acidity, white grape, chewy oak, touches of vanilla with an abundance of sticky malt, caramel and brown sugar sweetness. The flavors are the same, huge sweet grain, minerally and acidic white wine character, white grape, vanilla, plenty of oak and just a light citrus character. Unfortunately, the malt is so heavy and sweet and the lack of any noticeable brett character or funkiness renders this one kind of bland and dull. The mouthfeel is okay, very sticky without much in the way of liveliness, coats the mouth well, light carbonation that feels very thick and finishes somewhat creamily.

Verdict: A swing and a miss from River North. The elements are all there, but the lack of cohesiveness and clarity hurts this beer. The wine character is certainly developed, but the base beer isn't strong enough to carry it or build on it. Unfortunately forgettable.

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

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3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this version of the j. maries saison is aged in white wine barrels. doesnt say, but im sure they are chardonnay. ive got all the aromas and flavors coming through. pours a thicker than it should be, hazy, orangey yellow color, with a small white head. the nose is fresh orchard fruit. pears, apples, and plums, a hint of asian seeming spice from the yeast, and plenty of white grape from the wine. flavor has quite a bit of oak to it, and all the same fruity stuff happening. alcohol is there, but is pretty subtle, as are the wine flavors, just playing a complementary role. however, the mouthfeel is hurting here. its got almost no carbonation, and because of the fruit seems like a juice almost. needs a lot more carbonation, and the body feels a little heavy for the style. overall a good beer that needs tweaking, maybe thats why nobody else has had one? not quite worth the 14 bucks i paid for it at the brewery, but when its dialed it will be.

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared thanks to Andrew Macwilliams, big thanks for a rare beer.

The beer pours a healthy orange hue, totally opaque with a ring of white head. Just a little lacing, barely any.

The smell has a very peppy whit grape aroma over the top of the beer that mingle nicely with a straw malt and citrus. Just a hint of earthy yeast and bread, maybe a touch of oak vanilla tannins.

The taste follows the aroma, plenty of healthy fruit flavors mostly dominated by grape and some tangerine. Seem nice vanilla oak flavors, but overall it's not super tasty, and a little thin in feel for me.

A nice beer, but not amazing.

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Barrel Series No. 2 - J. Marie Aged In White Wine Barrels from River North Brewery
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