Last weekend I visited one of my favorite local breweries where they had a recently released Dark Belgium Strong ale which was aged for 11 months in a Chardonnay wine barrel. I am not a huge wine fan, but I absolutely loved this beer. First sip gave you the sweet Chardonnay taste and a nice, smooth finish. I enjoy beers that are very unique and creative, so this was a nice find.
Since then I have tried to think of ways to somewhat replicate this type of recipe. Im not too picky about the beer style as long as it would go well with the wine addition. I was thinking the regular Belgium Strong kit might be a good choice, but I would be open to suggestions. To add the wine flavor, I was thinking of soaking oak cubes in wine and adding to secondary, similar to the instructions on the Bourbon Barrel Porter. I have yet to add oak cubes to any beer, so here is where I turn to those with more experience:
-Any recommendation on a style of beer that would go well with a Chardonnay (or similar) wine?
-Would this method work?
-What type of oak cubes would be best? I see NB has several types available and although they appear to be for wine making, Im guessing one type might work for this.
Thanks in advance for any advice!