mjs (4933) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at the 16th Kerstbierfestival) The beer piured yellowish brown and cloudy. Its head was small, sparse and white. Aroma had malts, vanilla and apples. Palate was full bodied, warming and dry with low carbonation. Flavours were malts, vanilla, apples, sweetness, fruitiness, wood and bitterness. Aftertaste was woody and bitter. Quite weird combination of flavours that didn’t work well enough.
popery (1534) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer, though not entirely successful. The calvados barrel comes through with mostly sharp, boozy notes. Some green apple is lurking in there, but it’s just a bit harsh and mostly mixes in with the general fruitiness of the beer, which may be from the barrel - hard to tell. Aroma is a bit medicinal. Mustard is also fairly subtle and I mostly picked it up in the taste. Some caramel malt, some spice. Fairly dry. Mouthfeel is a tad thin but still pretty good. Not a bad looking beer - a cloudy yellow with a fizzy, dying head.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Alan. Thanks! Pours clear dark golden color with white head. Aroma is interesting. I can’t put my finger on the gritty part. A twang and a hit of booze. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is a sharp, pretty pungent note of booze and other flavors I’m just not that familiar with. Interesting.
hopdog (9382) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of oaky woodiness, fruity, and yeasty. Tastes of more fruitiness/apples, yeast, some funkiness, spicy, lighter wood, and yeasty. Alcohol burn in the finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of funk, alcohol, malt, wood, fruit, light apple, and slight vanilla. Poured a muddy amber/brown in color with a small, fizzy, off-white head that disappeared very quickly, but lasted around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet, medicinal, and alcoholic. Tastes of malt, alcohol, medicine, wood, vanilla, mustard, and some funk. Medium body. Oily texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Alcohol, mustard, wood, and medicine finish. Very alcohol hot. Very disappointing.
jtclockwork (9869) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy apricot with white head. Nose of mustard seed, oak, hops, Belgian yeast and apple. Taste of granny apple, oak, light bourbon, Belgian yeast and farmhouse funk.
TBone (13254) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 750ml (Alvinne shop, BB 01/2015)
Hazy copper-amber color, small mostly vanishing head. Aroma has lots of raisins, alcohol, cognac, riped apples. Medium-bodied. Alcoholic "bitterness", fruity with raisins and plums, hints of apples, lychee. Flavor is certainly similar to regular Melchior, but this is not so liquerish as it is and calvados barrel brings some extra sweetness. Heavy stuff with 11.5% ABV.
Alphadelic (1828) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cloudy, half-set honey with a fade from straw-gold to tiger orange all topped with a creamy crest - picture perfect. Lemony Belgian yeast aromas mingle with a bandy burn on the nose. Smooth and sleek on the tongue carrying puffy wafts of sweet and sour. A tiny detection of light hopping and a spirituous richness that sticks in the throat. An amazing beer.
planky84 (2248) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Utobeer market stall. Deep amber pour with a white head. Stewed apples, orange peel, some caramel and a splash of wet wood in the nose. Spices, nuts, baked apple and malt flavours. Good alcohol burn. Dry, slightly bitter finish.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled, 0.75l) Slightly hazy amber with a tiny, big-bubbly head. Mild, fruity aroma with apple and peach, a touch of citrusy hops, and some caramely maltiness. Lightly sour-grainy-malty, sweetish and very fruity flavor with apples, peaches, and oranges, very little bitterness. Alcohol quite well hidden. Medium to full body, flat CO2. The vanilla sourness in Mackmyra version was quite pleasant, but Calvados barrel seems just to add loads of fruitiness, pretty much reducing complexity of the original. Add the flat CO2, and you’ll get a pretty dull and lifeless, although pleasantly fruity and rounded brew. 5336