This beer is one of the more unusual beers I have tried recently. It’s a hoppy Belgian beer aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels. The color is amber on top and copper on the bottom with a touch of orange in between. There is a lot of lacing sticking to the glass. It smells like grapefruit and has some Brettanomyces notes (this is a wild yeast that can make a beer taste like ‘horsehair’ or ‘horseblanket’ – here, the yeast actually adds subtle earth and pineapple notes). There is a lot of citrus in the nose from the hops and the smell of the wine barrels is also present, with a trademark grapefruit aroma.
The mouthfeel is very bright, bubbly and refreshing. It’s slightly sticky and strong at 9% ABV but really good. The Sauvignon Blanc barrel aging really comes through in the taste. The Belgian yeast dries it out in the finish which is awesome. It’s not gamey or horsey given the Brett notes in the nose and the citrus and hoppy flavors blend extremely well with the wine barrel. Overall, this beer is fantastic, it’s a little on the pricey side at just over $20 for a 750ml bottle, but worth every penny. It’s bright and fresh and I love the way the Sauvignon blanc barrel combines with the citrus flavor of the hops and the Belgian character. This beer is extremely well done. Bravo Mikkeller, Bravo!!!