rosenbergh (8693) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. L036/12. BB 9/2013. Bar Animal, Madrid, Spain.
Clear golden colour with a small white head.
The aroma is sweet caramel malt and mild hoppiness. Very sweet.
The flavour is more dry with hops, some caramel sweetness, dry grainy malts. Very drinkable.
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Acid303 (496) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - MAR 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Mitja pinta de barril a Homo Sibaris, també beguda d’ampolla (50cl) fa temps. Color taronja clar amb escuma blanca, no gaire abundant però persistent. Aroma afruitat amb notes de blat. Molt semblant en sabor, amb petit toc de llúpol afegit que aporta un final sec. Cos lleuger / mig, carbonatació important. Refrescant.
juanenka (257) - valladolid, SPAIN - JAN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
De botella y presencia pobre. Aroma afrutado y levaduras. De sabor es ligeramente ácida y con notas a fruta pasada. Falta cuerpo
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - DEC 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
05/12 A 0.5 l bottle @Animal, Madrid, shared with teddybeer. Thanks Tibor! It poured hazy golden body with medium sized head. Orange hop and floral malt aroma. Flavor was quite simple, slightly bitter, same so sweet, herbal and grapefruit hops rounded in a boring, simple sugary way. Thinner to medium in body with pleasant, biscuit and herbal bittersweet finish. Definitely not bad, even pleasant, BUT rather typical, common EPA, not "the best beer in the World" as producers market it and justify the title with nothing except extremely high price. -1 overall for such pretentious attitude.
EmNectar (43) - Mutriku/Rio Gallegos, - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
buena, muy buena, de lo mejor que he probado últimamente a nivel nacional, no quiere ser mas que lo que es, muy bebible, carácter y calidad, lo que le falta a muchas.
teddybeer (2810) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ Animal. Shared with ’Heavy’. Thanks Tibor. Golden colour with a small white head, medium lasting. Aroma is malty, fruity and floral hops. Flavor is quite sweet, fruity and a light bittery final. Medium bodied and carbonation.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straw-hued copper. Creamy cap of pasty, frothy foam exhibits stelar retention. Soft and elegant nose of plasticlike phenols, flowers, apricot, black pepper, orange zest and dusty, puttylike yeast. Underlying notes of earth, hay, breadcrust and biscuit from the malt, along with some black tea. Noticeable alcohol. Soft, natural carbonation. Initially airy and briskly phenolic with a quick onset of leafy hop bitterness. Poignant hop spice tickles the palate as it merges with the earthier malt notions. Delightfully luscious hop and malt combo offers up supple apricot jam atop dry, vaguely toasty malt. Distant gummy candy slickness lends weight which consequently affects some of the brightness, as does a hint of cardboard, though a dusty yeast signature counters with captivatingly rustic charm. Ongoing peppery hop sparkle also helps with the perceived dryness. Plastic continually looms, eventually imparting some astringency along the way. Finishes dry but satiating in its succulence with vibrant notes of apricot jam and a finely detailed tandem of leafy and spicy hops. A flawlessly balanced pale ale in the British mold, with clean malt, clean hops, and a plenitude of pleasant fruity esters all held together by such a beautiful yeast. My first experience with this was blind, and immediately I was enamored as I mistook it for a Belgian ale. This could easily pass as a biere de garde or abbey single, in such a tasting. Having this as an everyday drinker would be ideal. Truly world-class.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially large, creamy, off-white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium amber, unfiltered.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot, peach), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum, pepper, plum, dried pineapple.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, soft/lively carbonation.
If you like brews like Thiriez Extra or Taras Boulba (the nose reminds me of the latter quite a bit), you’re in for a real treat. Beautiful balance (could drink liters of this...succulent juicy malt with just enough bitterness to beg sip after sip), very clean, very enticing nose, delightful texture, lovely appearance...there isn’t anything it does wrong and it does an awful lot right...a 4+ level beer without question. I wish it wasn’t so pricey but at least it’s world class quality...I will gladly give brewers of this caliber my dough, just not the mediocre-and-worse brewers who simply jack up prices because they can get away with it.
3fourths (8641) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 bottle-conditioned 750ml. lightly hazed gold body with an average sized white head but little retention. delightful toasted buttered biscuit malt profile with a musty and herbal Fuggle hop aroma accented by the apricot, lemon, peach and floral qualities of the Cascade. some bit of fruit cocktail / maraschino cherry shows up as it opens, along with a hint of perm solution and pear. mildly coarse grains give it a roughness that isn’t completely tempered by the natural carbonation. lemon pith hop flavor and banana esters develop late. mostly dry with medium bitterness and medium high acid. the excess of burnt crackers overwhelms the otherwise delicate flavors at play here, and the cascade fruit and English noble moss / must / spice seem to work well together.
GBZ59 (1193) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - JUN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grifo. Vaso de Pinta. Saboreada en sep´11 -más algunas botellas de 500ml que han caído desde entonces-. Color dorado y apariencia algo velada. Espuma marfil y corona esponjosa con bastante buena retención. En nariz aromas florales, de moderado malteado, toques herbales y cítricos y notas terrosas. Amargor áspero seguido por un sabor ligeramente cítrico te limpia la boca; se agradece los matices de frutas y estrés con textura de toffee que equilibran el perfil de sabores. Leve granulado y astringencia en el intermedio. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación moderada.Final amargo y seco redondeado por un sutil retrogusto de madera resinosa. Buena y refrescante asimilación. Una auténtica Ale Artesana.
On-tap. Pint glass. Some 500ml bottles have been enjoyed too since sep´11. Golden yellow color, chill haze appearance. Off-white froth & foamy crown. Fairly good retention. Floral, mild maltiness, herbal touches & citric to the nose, earthy notes too. Rough bitterness followed by slightly lemony flavor cleans your mouth, helpfully fruity/estery hues & toffee texture balance the overall tasting profile. Moderate grainy & astringent in the middle. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Dry bitter finish rounded by subtle woody/resiny aftertaste. Easy drinkability. A real Artisan Ale.