madquacker (995) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Murky brown with minimal head. Citrus american pale ale tastes. Abit rough but not bad. Didnít taste blond.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (330ml). Poured hazy golden brown (amber?) with a rocky off-white head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was of sweet biscuity malts, grassy hops, buttery toffee, dried apricots, orange zest, red berries, hay and some spices (all spice and coriander). Flavor was of dry grainy malts with a grassy metallic hop bitterness, caramel, orange zest, dry biscuit notes and a spicy finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, a dry mouthfeel and an ok finish.
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
...tap at the microbrew showcase. Nice brew, nice hop notes, fruity and balanced. Maltiness is there, and lingers giving a good aftertaste. Medium body, and decently complex. Would have this again if I could find it.
Arassuil (13) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
when I pulled an ice-cold bottle out of the fridge and popped the cap, an immediate malty spice aroma wafted out of the bottle. I took a wine glass and poured about a mouthfull into it and enjoyed the deep gold colour whilst enjoying the aroma some more. Taking the drink, the carbonation filled my senses with its light maltiness and flavour before sliding effortlessly down. I then tasted it out of the bottle, and have to say it was just as good. The enjoyment I got drinking this beer was so great, it seemed gone too soon.
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle -- Cloudy dark honey with a lot of carbonation. Next to no head and not a lot of lacing. Very fruity hop aroma. Medium palate although a bit watery. Flavour is quite sweet and fruity up front, with spice in the middle and some sourness at the end. Perhaps a little unbalanced but a very nice drop.
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice Belgian blond nose and pour, with the typical pale amber (perhaps a bit more amber than many) and firm and fluffy white head. The nose carries a lot of floral notes and a hint of spice. The flavour is a bit of a disappointment - sweet but watery with an unbalanced sharpness finishing into a back-of-the-tongue cloying astringency. This is a Paula Radcliffe of a brew, starting well, but collapsing half way through. Still, the promise is there ...
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A peculiar customer but satisfying drinking. Itís neither blonde in colour nor character, so the name is misleading. Wouldnít say the current incarnation is an amber ale, either. From the mix in ratings it appears to have morphed over the years. These days, it seems close to a Belgian ale, as Bluevegie suggests. Come to think of it, itís a bit like a bantamweight antipodean cousin to Hoegaarden Grand Cru. Appearance: premature; I was still looking for a glass when the cap prised loose and the beer gushed all over the benchtop. Bugger. In a glass, it was a bottle-conditioned hazy honey colour with a quick-diminishing head leaving a thin film of foam. The aroma was sweet and fruity, almost Belgian ale-like. The aroma has peaches, tangerines, faint caramel and tin can. First sip and blimey, itís a sticky, full-flavoured fruity number. Medium bodied verging on full, moderately carbonated. Lots of sticky fruit - apricot jam, lime marmalade and fairly prominent alcohol for the 5.5% abv. Tastes like a stronger beer. Bags of flavour. Perhaps a bit cloying in quantity but I rather like this. (330ml bottle from Purvis Cellars, Melbourne)
bluevegie (3028) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This one couldnít wait to get out of the bottle. Murky orange amber body with a good size white head. Doesnít seem to be like an amber ale more like a belgian ale. Notice the apricot now that I was looking for it, at first I thought it was orange, yeast doesnít seem to help out the taste, but it was drinkable.
timdom (17) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A unique beer in apearance, bees wax colour with heavy cloud from bottle fermentation. Tried it first in 2004 and again today. From memory it was quite different the first time around but I suspect that this being very much a live ale it will be like that. Still itís nice to experiance variation rather than the clinical, sterile reliability of the big brewers drops. Nice malt and hop balance, neither dominates yet both are distinct. Something different. I like it.
Lunkie (1309) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet malt aroma with fruit. Murkey light brown colour with reasonable head and lacing. Smooth malt fruit hop flavour. Smooth palate.