Wheat Wine Ale | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Wheat Wine AleWheat Wine Ale

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beaver13 on 04-27-2010

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this while in Denver. I continue to learn that I enjoy Wheat Wines. This one was no exception.

Soapy/tan finger of head forms and fades rather quickly. The color of the beer is a bright brown/amber color with perfect clarity and some light visible carbonation. Some light lacing.

Malt focused aroma with a twinge of the lighter wheat grain present. Some caramel sweetness.

Flavor was fantastic. Deep malt/caramel flavor with a crisp finish due to the wheat. There is also the slightest touch of vanilla within the malty goodness. Very nice and a flavor that is consistent front to back.

There was a wonderful warming sense to drinking this... The alcohol was not hot at all, but it certainly was present and warmed your heart. The body was a bit bold and almost thick. Sticky yet smooth in your mouth..

I loved drinking this and felt it was a great representation of the style. Wish it was locally available in Boston. I will continue my exploration of this style.

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Photo of SamN
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber, into a Odell's tasting glass.

A- Holy shit is this a beautiful beer. Ultra deep ruby/amber/copper tones. Sparkling clarity, very little carbonation visible. Just-tan head of fine soapy bubbles graces the top like a crown. Perfect proportion, perfect color and perfect clarity. Wow.



S- Wow! Huge aromas of buttery nuts, woody breadiness, creamy sweetness and an overall strong aroma that is just beautiful. Heavenly smells and a creamy character that is drool-inducing.

T- Creamy caramel malts up front, followed by vinegary oakiness, finishing on slightly tart hop bitterness. Interesting, never quite tasted a beer like this before, but it is my first wheatwine styled brew. A little sour/vinous in flavor profile, but nothing overwhelming. Very subtle dryness and somewhat tart in the finish. A relatively relaxed brew, honestly, despite it's blue-blood title. Intriguing and unique, to say the least. Has definitely piqued my interest in the wheatwine style.

M- Quite thin for such a high ABV, could use a little more body. Carbonation is subdued, right on point here. Spritzy wouldn't fit here.

D- Good drinkability, perfect style for splitting with friends and sipping on. Not a session brew obviously, too strong ABV wise and too strong a flavor profile for all night drinking. A great food pairing beer, perhaps a savory pork chop or ribeye drenched in A1?

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Photo of samie85
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a ruby tinged amber with a downy light tan, two finger head

S-Smells of dark fruit vanilla and sweet caramel candy.

T- Deep dark fruit and caramel with a bourbon-like finish. It reminds me of a light version of a barleywine.

M-Really smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation and medium to heavy body

D-Pretty easy drinking for a higher ABV beer. I really like the fact that it's it got that distinct barleywine flavor profile but it's a lighter, toned down version.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a style I had never tried before and so I was very compelled to give it a shot and I was not dissapointed. It pours a clear reddish copper with a thin fizzy cream colored head. The nose is loaded with sweet citrus, caramel, malts and orange. The palate was bready but not yeasty, very viscous mouthfeel that kinda coats your mouth with sweet malts. The hops show throgh in the finish contrasting the sweetness of the wheat yet it finishes firm and a little hot.

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Photo of THORN
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Served 45-50 F.
A: Brown with a purple hue. Retains a very thin layer of head. Sparse CO2 bubbles release from bottom of tulip. Lace splotches left around tulip.
S: Sweet malt, hops, and faint coconut.
T: Malt is more dominate than wheat. Malt is sweet and spicy. Bitter hop linger. Alcohol is very faint.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue.
D: Less wheat than wine. Mouthfeel is a downfall and flavor is less complex than it could be.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear amber carmel with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells is huge wheat carmel nutty and some dark fruit malts

taste was a little bit of a let down (kinda thin) - but overall good - very malty carmel nutty some vanilla - reminds me of many old ales

mouthfeel - is a medium body brew with plenty of carbonation and is very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good with this being on the lighter side of the style and still packs a punch

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Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts, vanilla, and some fruity alcohol and some rye.

The flavor is earthy malts and vanilla with some tangy fruit and a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, lots of different notes here, but they don't play well together and aren't much to my liking.

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