Prufrockstar (832) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rare Beer Club. Pours clear apple cider copper with rocky white head. Aroma: well, that’s awfully pleasant. Bubble gum and cotton candy on the nose. Sort of a Dupont saison thing going on as well, with lemon, pepper and cracker. Taste: despite the cotton candy on the nose, this is remarkably dry. Mineral, pepper, with a short, crisp, lightly bitter finish. Bubblegum in the aftertaste. Copper finish picks up after the first few sips, but stays in check. Alcohol becomes a bit more present as well, lending something of a spicy quality. Palate: light/medium body, average carbonation. Overall: I’m actually digging this quite a bit. Wasn’t really expecting to coming into it, but I’m glad I didn’t let those reservations keep me from enjoying this one.
Also, watching Sideways while rating beer. It’s funnier than I remember it, probably because I drink ("taste") now. Of course, I’m only half an hour in as I type this, so it may fall apart before the end, but so far it ain’t bad.
tcane7 (1657) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Chris. Pours a hazy gold with medium, creamy, white head and lasting lace. Aroma of citrus, pepper, honey, tea. Medium body with strong to moderate bitterness. Taste is citrus zest, sweet honey, candy, slight tropical notes
after4ever (6089) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, corked. Aaaaand that’s it for the Rare Beer Club. Enough mediocre $46 shipments for this kid. Pours a hazy pale amber with a fizzy white head that hangs out for a while. Mild lemon and verbena nose, soft mineral notes. Fizzy light body. Starts out caramel, then goes coppery, then gets really coppery, and finishes really coppery.
JDBaker11058 (1223) - Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: clear bright gold with a frothy, bubbly bright white head and decent lacing; second pour of the 750 revealed substantial sediment that changed the glass to a very hazy yellow. Aroma: bright citrus up front, with herbal honey, uncooked pie crust, green tea, and pepper. Taste: bitter citrus and floral hops, with herbal notes, a hint of tart green apple, and a bit of caramel and peppery yeast. Notes: dry, bitter, and lingering herb garden characteristics. Notes: Labeled as "Biere de Garde" but the write-up from the Rare Beer Club noted it’s the "Blonde". Pretty hoppy, herbal, and bitter for the style. Nice palate, but would have preferred a bit more honeyed sweetness to balance.
weihenweizen (1631) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a tulip. Pours translucent/hazy golden with big fluffy off-white head. Aroma is yeasty/floral hops, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is yeasty, floral hops, some herbal hops, and a hint of skunk.
DocJitsu (845) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy, straw-golden color with a very short-live large bubble, sudsy head. Bubble gum, Belgian spice, and banana on the nose. Full body with some light syrupiness. Flavors mimic the bouquet. Some pilsener bitterness at the finish.
Hermod (3078) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from Saveur-biere.com. Hazy golden color, thick white head. Floral, fruity, juicy, yeasty aroma, oranges and some spicyness. Tasty blonde. Bitter dry, earthy and sweet fruity finish. Warming.
Rune (7775) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle kindly shared by Finn. Pours a lasting white head to a cloudy golden body. Laces well. Wheat and semi-sweet fruity smell, notes of alcohol behind. Sappy sweet fruity taste profile, lightly spiced. Sweet ending with alcohol. Quite nice and smooth, rather sweet in the long run (Tromsø 19.02.2014).
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled as anosteke Biere de garde, hazy orange with big foam, herbal nose with a cloying menthol note on the flavor , herbal, not a fan
Finn (4032) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaske 0,33l fra Brune Rousse Houblon, Nice. Delt med Rune & Charly under samling på Nerstranda 19 Feb 14. Gylden. Litt uklar. OK skum som flater ut. Teppelacing. Aroma av søt frukt. Smaken er litt krydder. Svakt tørr ettersmak.