12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle directly from Masia Agullons. It pours a hazy golden-amber liquid with a small-medium bubbly head that lasts throughout the beer and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is very herbal and yeasty; quite complex: nice herbal and floral hops along with some mild sweet malts. A little citron is also there (lemon and orange). It tastes likewise, with a very herbal aftertaste and a dry finish. It has low sweetness, low sourness and a medium-high bitterness for an EPA. Carbonation is very soft, and it has a medium-full body. It makes a nice hoppy session beer. Very natural taste; nicely balanced brew.
3fourths (8023) - 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.
Ernest (6218) - 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.
zepepinho (22) - Montevideo, URUGUAY - JAN 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
botella 0.375 comprada en spain
aromas profundos y complejos, algo de aroma a bodega, dulces y algo de platano pero muy poco.
color naranja palido, turbia.
espuma blanca y densa con muy buena retencion y carbonatacion baja.
en paladar muy agradable, algo de platano tambien, pero muy poco nuevamente, gustos dulces en gral., y algo de resina.
un poco amargante al final, pero muy poco
muy equilibrada....muy buena...para tomar todos los dias toda la vida...no cansa...no aburre....
muy recomendable...sobre todo con un buen plato de pasta!!
TAR (2494) - 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.
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.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from La Cervezateca, Barcelona. Nice hoppy nose, mineraly yeast, light honey. Taste is fairly dry, nicely hoppy, lots of citrus, honey and cotton candy, and most importantly zero crystal malt. I think I’m in love! Very well conditioned; carbonation level is high, but very gentle; mouthfeel is soft and silky. A beautiful beer. Amazing find in Spain!
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(375ml, bottled 12-09, batch 009) Pours a hazy golden body with a tall foamy off-white head. Aroma of apricot, peach, grass, and earth. Flavor of banana, apricot, grass, herbs, florals, and nuts. Well balanced.
fiammanghilla (554) - Genova, ITALY - MAY 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spina @ moeder lambic
Schiuma piuttosto grossa e un po' persistente.
Fruttata, rinfrescante, buona!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iFox
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle, thanks ryan for muling this back from Spain! Pours a cloudy yellow with a HUGE head, lots of carbonation. Smells more like a saison than a pale ale, lots of yeast and herbal hops. Taste is starts off dry and yeasty, initially I thought it tasted like a straight up saison, but then lots of IPA-esque hoppy citrus flavor comes through. Solid beer, like a great mix between a saison and IPA.