[BANISHED] Doublecross | Crux Fermentation Project

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[BANISHED] Doublecross[BANISHED] Doublecross
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3.87/5
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[BANISHED] Doublecross[BANISHED] Doublecross
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States
cruxfermentation.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel-Aged Strong Dark Belgian Ale w/Brett

Added by Todd on 01-09-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,457
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
40
pDev:
13.95%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
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5
Gots:
8
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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Sherry, Dark, Fruity, Sweet

From their Banished series, this is Crux’s Doublecross Belgian-style Dark Ale aged in Oregon pinot noir wine barrels. Immediately, you get complex wine notes of sherry, vanilla and oak. This is balanced by peppery alcohol, a raisiny bite, dark berries, syrupy sweetness and a soft toffee note. It’s lacking carbonation-wise, but otherwise a solid, heady sipper.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale | ABV: 12.0% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours a nice ruby-orange amber with a half finger khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is woody, dark fresh and dried fruit, port like oxidation; there is a bit of alcohol, but was complementary to the dark fruit. Flavor is also reminiscent of port; fresh and dried dark fruit, particularly plums and dates, red cherries, port barrel (was apparently Pinot barrels, but the flavor leans towards a fortified wine), mellow woodiness. Medium bodied with a gentle creaminess. A very nice wine barrel aged Belgian with vintage port notes and well balanced flavors. The ABV is well covered. This is a year old cellared bottle and there a light oxidation notes that make this even more like a vintage fortified wine. I'm not a fan of wine barrel aged beers, but liked this a great deal. I haven't seen anything from this barreled series in my area this year, but I'll certainly try this again. Enjoyable sipper.

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Bottle opened on 12.29.13
Bottled Dec 10.13

A - Pours a ruby red with a fizzy tan head that is gone fast.

S - Ripe dark fruits. Not much else.

T - Sweet cola, cherry, oak barrel.

D - Lower carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Ave, at least. Barrel really didn't add much to this one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'd tried the regular (non-Banished) DoubleCross a few times, and not been horribly impressed, so I was a bit hesitant to spend the $17 for a 375ml bottle of this.

I had a few glasses of this at the tasting room, as well as bottled. The bottles are sealed up like a little tanks. They're waxed, capped, *and* corked. I'd never encountered a cork inside a cap before, so make sure to have a corkscrew ready!

It pours a deep amber, and what head it has dissipates quickly. The Pinot barrels dominate the taste profile, giving it a deep, complicated, fruity profile. The non-Banished version is like a blank canvas where this is the masterpiece laid down on top. This beer is all about the barrel-aging, and not about the hops, so hop-heads should probably look elsewhere.

You may prefer to let it warm up a bit from fridge temperature before drinking as it will bring out a different set of flavors and smells.

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[BANISHED] Doublecross from Crux Fermentation Project
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 40 ratings