HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, tupalev, rudolf and swoopjones - his bottle. Evidently from the Michael Jackson rare beer club - thanks for sharing Mike!! Slightly hazy brassy pour with a smallish white head (3+). Up-front aroma of sugar, candy, with clove and other spices evolving as it opened, then the sweetness revealed an interesting fruity character. Tasted of very sweet apple with cloves and yeast, a moment of metal harshness which diminished, thankfully, and a welcome sharp yeast and herbal/floral hop bitterness showed up in the finish. Weak body, very lively mouthfeel, syrupy, fizzy - interesting, almost like a sweet apple cider with bittering added - not super, but interesting.
TheBeerGod (5983) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club. 750mL. Pours amber/gold with a tall foamy off-white to near tan head. The pour is almost all foam at first. Nose is strong fruit (mainly pear), dusty yeast notes, flowers, and spices. Some sweet notes throughout. It’s almost candyish at times. Taste is dusty yeast, dry malts, fruit notes and flowers, but it seems lackadaisical. It’s almost muted compared to the aroma. More candyish notes here, too, but they’re subdued. Maybe this needs to warm a bit? Body is effervescent but not extreme. Overall feel is rather light and bubbly. Finishes with more fruit notes, slighter candyish flavors and sweet malts with spices. Very delicate towards the end, too. Not bad but nothing too unique either.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 750 mL bottle. Poured a hazy reddish-orange color. Head was bubbly and white with good retention and lacing. Smelled of pear, clove, and fig. Effervescent on the tongue. Fruity yet not exactly sweet. Flavors included dried apricot, clove, toasted bread, and a bit of lemon zest. Pretty tasty.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 Not quite ruby red, not quite roasted pumpkin, but something in the middle would be the color. Very unique in appearance. Lively two finger head that left solid lacing throughout the drink. Aroma is classic begium ale. Sweet malts, yeast, apricot, and pear dominate with some slightly spicy undertones. I tend to stay away from belgium ales because they are too highly carbonated. This one is an exception. While the carbonation is high, you don’t get the tingle on the tongue or any gas from this one. Smooth in the mouth with a slightly bitter/acidic finish. This one beat my expectations.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yeasty, bready aroma. Pours dark/dirty blonde with a thick white head. Dry, hints of caramel some spice notes, cinamon and nutmeg, but very feint. Very carbonated, tickles the tongue. Dry metalic after taste. Shows promise but is kind of a let down.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a nice white persistent head. Smell is initially fruity before giving way to a grassy aroma. Tastes fruity with a doughy touch and some nice hoppy hints. Mouthfeel is thick. Finish is of wheat and springy meadows (wish I had a better way to describe this). Very nice!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Clear yet livelyamber honey hue. Thick layer of spotty off-white head. Musty citrus barnyard aroma. Earthy and woody with a touch of citrus fruitiness.Rather carbonated and zesty. Smooth rounded malts, followed by a spicy peppery yeasty flaovr. Touch citrus and minerals. Finish is acidic with a tingling sensation on the sides of the tongue. Well carbonated. Surprisingly easy for the depth and complexity. Sharp transitions from the palate. But the different aspects all have a spot on the tongue. Good citrus zest as the beer warms. Very nice brew!
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber coloured, with a medium off-white head and some very light carbonation. Roasted malty and little caramel aroma. Full body. Finish is light bitter, malty with a slightly roastedmalty touch. Average belgian ale.
Jerre (3166) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at ZBF, yesterday. Amber color, off-white head. Medium clear body. Aroma: hops, malty. Taste is light bitter,
alcohol. Very drinkable.
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice head and a light brown color. The aroma is spicy with notes of roasted malt and caramel. The roasted malt is also found in the flavour, together with notes of candy sugar and citrus bitterness. Not a "big" beer, but rather harmonic. 1544