The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #3 – Chateau Civrac Old Ale

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #3

Chateau Civrac Old Ale – Penpont Brewery, 7.5% ABV – 330ml, (Cornwall, UK)

on the front-left label:

“A deep malty brew, with fantastic depth of flavour and a slight tart note from the wild yeasts present during the aging process. Aged for several months in oak wine casks. This beer is smooth but complex.”
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  • Style: (Bordeaux Barrel-Aged) Old Ale
  • Taste: Blackcurrant caramel/toffee malt woody medium bitter hopped
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: Pours clear copper brown without much head, a very thin layer of micro retention, a few countable super slow streams.

Nose: caramel malts, wet wood, hints of alcohol. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming alcohol + caramel sweetness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, light tart/tangy/fizzy, (MAIN) caramel malts, toffee, blackcurrant

Finish: alcohol detection, subtle lasting bitter hops, woody malt exhale.

Summary: The caramel character reminds me of Innis & Gunn, but with a dark fruit twist and more alcoholic punch. This one went down quite fast.