Beer #58 is Quercus Vitis Humulus by Otter Creek Brewing from Vermont. Say what? Quercus Vitis Humulus is latin and literally means oak, grape & hop. Sounded good to me! Brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale, this beer has an ABV of 12%. One interesting fact about this brew is that it was fermented a second time with Champagne yeast.
It poured a orange amber color with nice size head. Grape juice was the most prevalent aroma along with a smell very much like what I experienced on a winery tour a few years ago from an oak aged wine. I picked up on some sweet malts also. Taste was a malty sweet grape juice (heavy on the grape juice) concoction with a bit of a bitter hop ending, at times reminding me of a highly carbonated wine. Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy with a ton of carbonation. Lots of alcohol make for a sipping drink. One bottle was enough for me.
To me, this seemed like a beer that wanted to be a wine and at times a champagne. I thought there was way too much of that grape sweetness. I really didn’t like it all that much. It took me quite a while to finish it but finish it I did.