Vault Trial And Error #149 – Wassail

Since Vault is 15 minutes from my house, we end up there quite often. It’s been really crowded lately, but they have a new app where you can get in line before you get there. If you plan on going, I highly suggest it. This beer is one that is only brewed once as a pilot batch, as they do every Tuesday.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: Dunkelweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Come into Vault any Tuesday and you’ll find a new beer on tap as part of our experimental Trial & Error Series! The idea here is that we make a small amount (5-15 gal) of a special beer designed to test one or more specific ingredients. We typically do these types of experiments in the brewery, but once a week, we give you the chance to peek behind the curtain and give us your insight into the beer related decisions we make here every day. We’ll be experimenting with new styles, hops, yeast strains, adjuncts, etc. Try a glass for only $3 and fill out the attached card to let us know what you think.”

Random: Pardon the candle in the picture, but there wasn’t any way to ascertain the color without it.

The beer poured with less than a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body appeared to be a very cloudy, brownish red color with no visible carbonation, but as mentioned every time that I go there, the lighting isn’t great. The nose had the expected holiday spices with brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger. It also had some banana and wheat. The taste had a lot of apple skins and juice, then I picked up some brown sugar, molasses, wheat and a maraschino cherry character. The spice was muted in the taste, but I still picked up cinnamon. It had a thick body with low carbonation. The finish was a moderate length and sweet from all of the fruit. I enjoyed the beer, but I could see it becoming cloying if I had more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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