Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sumac and mint is incredibly powerful and maybe a tad too much for my own taste. Taste is also dominated by huge amounts of sumac and mint with a dry caramel malt base that is tame compared to the spice mix. Body is a bit light with medium carbonation. I could barely drink half of the bottle as the spice mix was way too rich for my own taste.
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Botella. Unclear golden, white head. Aroma of citrus fruity hops with spice/herbs. Ok mouthfeel. Fruity citrus hoppy spiced malty like flavour, sweet, ok bitterness. strange pale ale but nice to try.
larsga (6621) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium offwhite head. Clear coppery body. Interesting herbal,
spicy aroma of cedar wood, cumin, and gooseberries. Dry herbal
cumin and cedar wood taste with anise notes. Mid-bodied. Mild,
soft mouthfeel. Dry minty cumin and sage aftertaste with
cinnamon and cedar wood notes. Very interesting and surprisingly
drinkable for such a heavy load of herbs. (0.33l bottle, wine
monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)
TorbenH (925) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, thyme, oregano, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
KnutAlbert (6364) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet.
Slightly hazy amber. Light IPA, well balanced. Then a seducive blend of spices teleporting you to a Middle Eastern bazaar. Truly exotic. Long cardamum finish.
visionthing (3395) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Pours clear, deep golden with a small white head. Nice smell of thyme as it is poured in the glass. Aroma of thyme, camomile, pale malt and hints of caramel and other herbs and spices. Reminds me of my visit to Jordan where thyme was used a lot. The thyme is quite dominating, but too much. Lightly sweet with a slightly dry and bitter finish. Well balanced both tastewise and aromawise. Easy to drink and surprisingly pleasant. Wouldn’t mind more of this!
GRM (3234) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 330 ml, bottled on 01/02/12, best before 31/01/13, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on September 17 2012; eye: polished copper, clear, no effervescence, really tiny ring of off-white head, slight lacing; nose: malt, spices, thyme, sage; mouth: malt, spices, sage, slight floral hops, herbal, finale in thyme with presence of spices, light body, average carbonation, slightly bitter, lightly grainy texture; overall: interesting
Bouteille brune, 330 ml, embouteillée le 01/02/12, meilleure avant 31/01/13, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savourée le 17 septembre 2012; œil : cuivre poli, limpide, pas d’effervescence, très petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, épices, thym, sauge; bouche : malt, épices, sauge, très léger houblon floral, végétal, finale en thym avec présence d’épices, corps léger, carbonatation moyenne, très légèrement amère, texture légèrement granuleuse; en résumé : intéressante
abemorsten (3086) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours a clear deep golden with a short lived white film. Nice Lebanese cuisine spices on the nose. Cumin, thyme and more. Clean light malts added in the mouth. Well balanced bitterness. Light to medium body.Watery mouth. Smooth to drink.
Holmen1 (3281) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Flaske på Cardinal: herlig, spennende og kompleks aroma. Men smaken skuffer: liten munnfylde, kort og vandig ettersmak. Interessant, men dette blir en engangsforeteelse. Øl med pizzakrydder?
esp0r (2291) - NORWAY - SEP 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Copper clear, beige head. Smells of spices, mainly thyme and sage, interesting, reminds me of food. Light to moderate sweet, some malt body, then the spices again, i think of italian food now. Medium bitter finish, resins. The added spice kills off most of the hops, but who cares! This is a special beer, not the average pale ale. I like this one quite alot