Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
from United States (California)
Highest RatedCatacomb Brew Aged in Chardonnay Barrels (77 / 100) Average score77 / 100 (Excellent)
Lowest RatedCatacomb Brew Aged in Chardonnay Barrels (77 / 100) Number Tried1
Catacomb Brew Aged in Chardonnay Barrels
Reviewed by Jez on 28.02.18 in bottle
77 / 100
500ml capped and wax-sealed bottle purchased from Santa Clara Liquors in Santa Clara, CA.

Pours a very hazy dull straw-gold colour, with a loose-bubbled cap of white that leaves chunks of lace. Minimal carbonation, which is surprising for the style, but perhaps not surprising for the barrel-aging. Body has a bit of slick weight to it, which I didn't necessarily see coming. It's decent.

Nose is very pleasant. It has a pronounced sharpness that wanders between a kind of vinous acidity, and a woody note like cedar. There's definitely chardonnay barrel to it, with a fragrant oak note combining with the tartness, almost to create a kind of skunkiness. It's very good.

Taste is a little more subdued, or a little less obviously complex at least. From the nose, I was expecting more of a pungent wild tartness to it, but here it reigns itself back into the realms of saison. It's earthy on the mid to back palate, which connects with the oak and buttery chardonnay character. There's little actual acidity, although the wine notes promote the suggestion of it even so.

Feel is light, with a brightness from the subdued carbonation. It works well.

Overall, it's a nice brew, and a sophisticated, subtle and restrained one. The barrel aging is done well, and it aids the underlying beer. Overall, I'm definitely a fan.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0