BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked 29/06/12. Pours with a hazed lighter golden-orange hue with a large white head. Aromas are musty, honey, lightly stale malt, orange peel, floral, rosewater, bready, pear, apple and orange esters. Very low peppery phenol, biscuity as it warms. Flavors are bready and biscuity malt, bitter, grassy, faded hops, orange, grand manier notes, belgian, estery yeast. Medium alcohol, light malt, dry. A nice BGSA. Somewhat Duvel-esque. Mild peppery phenol, a touch astringent, boozy, warming with some mineral character. A touch of salinity, faded hops. Lively bubbles, lower body, warming and dry.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A steady pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head (almost more of a full cream hue). The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows clear’ish, full gold hue when held up to the light; additionally it shows an aggressive carbonation. The aroma smells of grassy grain, floral notes, cracker like malt, honey-like malt, and slightly metallic leaning, generic lager beer like, “beer” notes towards the finish that play a fairly prominent role; everything but the last is fairly inviting.
Slightly sweet, with a pale malt sweetness, touches of honey like malt character and a somewhat cider like fruitiness are found up front. The beer has a creamed corn like, sweet grain finish that has a bit of edge to it. Underneath this last, dominant note, is a touch of pale cracker like malt, a hint of floral / herbal hops and just a suggestion of hop bitterness. This does have a nice effervescence to it that nicely accentuates and offsets at the same time, the lightly viscous, easy drinking body that this beer has.
Hmm, I have always had a hole in my palate for recognizing DMS. It is one of those stupid things that should have been pointed out / associated to me long ago, but somehow never has been. Unfortunately, in this particular case, this beer has pinpointed that for me; this has a ton of it, creamed corn is perhaps a little bit in the right direction for this flavor, it is also slightly metallic, definitely accentuates sweetness and an off-sort-of fruitiness, but what it really reminds me of is cheap American lager that I drank at Frat parties in college. I should be ashamed to admit this discovery, but I am so happy to have filled this gap in my palate that I can easily overlook it. This is certainly a deeply flawed beer, but, my personal enjoyment of this beer is greatly enhanced by my personal discovery to define exactly what DMS in a beer is; I have distinctly noticed this in quite a few beers over the years, but for some reason not made the proper connection; I blame the fact that I learned early on techniques to avoid this in my own brewing, without personal, direct experience, so never had to really troubleshoot this particular off-character :-).
Hmm, I wonder how this mixes with the rest of the bottle of GFAR that I was otherwise going to turn into vinegar…..
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl, ØlKonsortiet. Pours clear amber with a huge light beige head leaving lace. Aroma is yeasty, sweet, fruity, malty, spicy and hoppy. Flavor is yeasty, sweet, malty, spicy, cloves and bitter. Finishes sweet, spicy and bitter.
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flaske 0,33l kjøpt på bryggeriet. Delt med Rune under sammenkomst i Skibotn 16 Sep 11. Aprikosfarget. Uklar. Høyt luftig skum. Litt pepper i nesen.. Smaken er litt frukt & litt malt. Undertone av alkohol. Søtt helhetsinntrykk.
Gary (1889) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) There is a simplicity to this , as if they just said lets manifest a very safe and textbook Belgian blond ale with shitloads of fruity yeast esters , but without that charming Saison like dry finish that would make this something you’d wanna drink lots of. Some notes of grass,hay,spicy boozy bitterness and sweet caramel showcased through out . Reasonable 3.5 kinda thang.
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is dry, milky sour peaches. Flavour is dry, canned peaches, alcohol, hop, yeast, apple. Strange beer.
kramer (5910) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Drie Fonteinen. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a beautiful frothy white head. Nice bready pils malt nose with some light yeastiness. The flavor is light and airy with pale maltiness and a moderate bitterness on the finish. Light to medium bodied for a Blonde, nice light fizzy carbonation. Lingering floral finish. Pretty nice, above average for the style.
ekstedt (6526) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (33 cl) from bierzwerg.de. Shadu golden, medium white head. Malty and fruity aroma with floral hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, low to medium bitterness.
erickok (5451) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, golden body with light white lacing, frothy head. Nice rich aroma with citrus, grass, cloves and fresh yeast. Light body, nice funk at the start and a surprising balanced but fiery light bitterness. If that doesn’t make sense, try it. Hard to describe but it really works. Only downside, next to the lager looks, is the somewhat one sided aftertaste. Surprised me a lot with its awful and genetically Belgium label. (33cl bottle)
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bottle. Pours a cloudy, light golden colour with a decent white head. Aroma of bready yeast, caramel and candy sugar. Flavours of caramel, yeast, a little banana and candy sugar. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle. Alcohol is fairly present, especially in the linger with some pepper and caramel again. Foamy mouth-feel.