Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz can in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a medium to deep brown color, with a small light tan head that quickly moves itself to the sides of the beer/glass. The nose shows itself as being the result of a beautifully thought out dubbel recipe. Figs, caramel, toffee, burnt raisons, a bit of wood, and a subtle note of Chimay-esque yeast esters. The palate doesnít quite live up to the promise of the nose, but still delivers the goods, showing raisons, trappist esters, and a semi-sweet finish that lingers in the mouth for an enjoyable moment. Overall, one of the better American-brewed examples of dubbel Iíve experienced.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown. Nose is vanilla, cinnamon, figs, dark fruits, sweet malts, cherry and yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, sweet fruits, fig, raisin, spices, yeast. Very nice offering.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce can from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark, hazy bronzeish dark brown color with a medium brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. The aroma I find strange with some nondescript maltiness punctuated by vinous grape and berry notes. Some faint herbal and plastic notes as well. The taste is dark malts, toffee, berries, herbal notes. nuts, plastic. I had a sample of this earlier and found it odd and displeasing. Now that Iím having a full can I still find it odd and displeasing, though slightly less so. Full bodied. Weird beer.
Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(can) Pours reddish-brown with a cream colored head that settles to a thin film and leaves some lacing. Aroma of red vines licorice, oak, cinnamon raisin rolls, and as it warms, some vanilla as well. Thereís also something in here that smells a bit off towards the end of the sniff, itís dry and slightly tart. Taste does possess some fig, candi sugar, caramel, oak, and a bit of bread and a spike of berry tartness before the finish which ends with plenty of dry oak and a subtle bitterness. Upon exhaling the flavor is reminiscent of turkey stuffing. Canít taste the vanilla that was present in the aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for the style, but the carbonation is appropriate. A decent beer which I have to award extra points in the overall because A. Itís a canned quad. and B. Itís a halfway decent beer brewed by Cold Spring.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can @Suttreeís Nothing else to do TN Gathering. Thanks Suttree/Phil-pours a tan head and amber/red color. Aroma is medium/dark malt, barny, fruit, earthy. Taste is medium/dark malt, barny, fruit-prune, earthy. Oh yeah and I seemed to have picked up some beghelad:-)
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark, reddish-brown color with perhaps a hint of orange. The head is fairly fluffy and off-white in color.
S: There is quite a bit of spice (cinnamon) in the nose, along with some dark fruits as well as bready malts.
T: The flavors were a bit disappointing, to be honest. Plenty of caramel malt, alcohol, spice, and overly sweet. The fruits were not as "real" as I was hoping, but more of a sugary, fake fruit flavor.
M: Decent enough body (medium) with a fairly high level of carbonation.
D: Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high for this one. I found it to be alright, but not amazing, and the alcohol presence doesnít really make me want to drink a significant amount of this.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
belgium beers do not whet my fancy. i have never been to a belgium beer festival, nor will i ever. that said, monkís blood has a cool name and cool can. sounds interesting, letís give it a try.
pours dark red with little to no head. nose of yeast and bread, perhaps a ting of sour fruit. taste is somewhat typical of a belgium. taste is much the same, bready yeast with a little spice. i canít really taste the vanilla. overall, not too bad, just not my style.
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I;m gonna be honest here. This was the last beer of the night and frankly, my notes are pretty much illegible. I can pick up up that the review was largely positive, and I also seemed to express amazement that this came from a can. I seemed to have picked up some coffee, toffee, and beghelad. Also some whiksy, which I assume to be whiskey. Thanks to Secret Sant for this one.
Oh, and if anyone knows what beghelad is, drop me a line. Iíd like to know.
obguthr (3663) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells of toejam, rad grapes, and pineapple. Ochre pour, with a medium tan head, decent lacing. It tastes of rust, must, sweaty feet, and elderberries. Finishes with red grapes. This was a very strange brew. Point for originality, but a point off for enjoyability. Not particularly well executed, but certainlt unique.
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz can thanks to a generous BA at BA La Muerta release) pours clear brown with nice bubbles and lacing. Nose of pomegranate, apricot. Taste of chocolate, bread, cranberry with a good fruity finish.