JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - JUN 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This well-rounded little piece of art far exceeded my expectations. 33cL bottle pours a deep burnt orange with reddish-pink highlights, and a fading white head that leaves some laces. Smells like a zesty orange liqueur, like mandarine peel steeped in schnapps, with subdued traces of wood, earth and honey. Very pleasant, actually. Flavor is a rounded medley of woody tartness, light sweetness and mellow bitterness. That sweetness hangs on to the creamy orange aroma and goes a touch nutty, like toasted walnut. Harmonious and complex yet easily tasty. Alcohol hides until it gets to your belly, which is agreeably dangerous. Gets better as it warms in the snifter.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perfect looking beer! Deep deep clear light amber body, lots of very fine sparkle and a huge fluffy golden white head leaving thick lacing; A nose that definitely doesnt live up to the looks, lightly metallic with actually quite plain malt aromas, the fine calvados aromas shows them self in a very elegant mixed smooth and sharp way behind all the malts; The body is big and really showing itself but it is slightly confused, lots of malt fill, but this is mixed with quite a bit of sharp fruitiness, dont know if it is from the calva but it doesnt go well; Long finish that also has this slightly metallic touch, very balanced amount of pleasant aromas, again there is lots and lots of fruits almost acid like and I find it to much, the late aromas are really good and a pleasant mix of calvados and malts. Very interesting beer, but a little to far from perfect.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Home. Complex aroma with loads of apple but also wood en spices. Light hazy, dark yellow colour, small off-white head, good lace. Sweet, sourish, light bitter, apples, lightly spiced. Soft mouth feel. Complex and very interesting.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of joergen/MiP/yespr. Clear golden with a dense off-white head. Sweetish aroma of fruit and a little wood. Sweetish fruity, lightly fusty notes with a woody touch. Vague tartness with a light bitterness in the finish. 200309
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Joes. Orange color, hay. Malt oak and apple in the aroma. malty, alcoholic flavor with apple and calvados. Just hints of dried fruit and oak. Full bodied. Pleasant brew, has some complexity.
harrisoni (12065) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Alvinne pre Zythos event 09. Bit of apple on aroma, way too much apple in the mouth. Just a bit too muh stewed apple and green apple flavour for me. May settle down after a few months in bottle.
MiP (12839) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle, 11.5%. Quite citric and vinous aroma, a bit like white wine. Hazy yellow colour. Very small white head. The flavour is quite vinous and grapey. Some citrus. OK refreshing. Vanilla aftertaste.
Fin (6628) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at pre ZBF at Alvinne 06-03-09 Pours murky golden with a thin white head. Aroma is woody of that there is no doubt and the Calvados ageing is noticeable, as I can just pick an appleyness. Its got quite a tanginess and its really quite interesting but the actual beer seems a little lost. Despite its best efforts to draw me in I never really got on with this beer, but nonetheless am pleased to see beers like this and was glad to have tried it. A7 A3 F5 P3 OV12 3.0
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Pre-ZBF, Alvinne. A hazy yellow/golden colored beer, with a little white head. The aroma is fresh, fruity, a little alcohol. Notes of wood. TRhe taste of wood with fruits like citrus and orange, some sweetness with notes of bitter. The aftertaste is a little sweet with bitter.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at the Pre-ZBF pours amber with no head. Aroma is fruity and sweet smelling with faint wood notes. This one turned out more bitter than the Bourgogne, but it is a pleasant spice/earthy bitterness that shines in the finish. A very nice and enjoyable beer.